This year the three-day-festival welcomes You to Imatra, a town in eastern Finland some 260 kilometers from the capital of Helsinki and 230 kilometers from St. Petersburg in Russia.
Friday 30th June 18.00: Under 21 Boys Itä-Länsi-game
Saturday 1st July 10.30: Under 19 Girls Itä-Länsi-game
Saturday 1st July 14.00: Women’s Itä-Länsi-game
Sunday 2nd July 10.30: Under 18 Boys Itä-Länsi-game
Sunday 2nd July 14.00: Men’s Itä-Länsi-game
The playing field
Itä-Länsi event will take place in Ukonniemi, Imatra. Rauha and Ukonniemi area offer diverse holiday and sport services for leisure travelers as well as for sportsmen and sportswomen. The whole area is reachable within walking distance.
All Itä-Länsi-games are played at the Ukonniemi Stadion (Ottelukatu 11, 55420 Imatra). It’s located in the heart of the Ukonniemi area.
Where do I buy tickets?
Itä-Länsi event tickets are sold by Ticketmaster Finland.
How do I get to Imatra?
Imatra is connected to many Finnish destinations by train. Non-stop service from Helsinki takes approximately 2 hour 30 minutes (6-8 daily). You can also catch a direct train to Imatra from Joensuu, Kouvola, Lahti, Lappeenranta and Tikkurila (Vantaa). From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport change train in Tikkurila.
All international trains from Russia stop at Kouvola where there are train connections onward to Imatra.
More information about bus connections is available at www.matkahuolto.fi/en/ and www.onnibus.com/en. There are many options to rent a car in Finland. More information is available at www.rentalcars.com/Finland.
Imatra is situated by the lake Saimaa, the fourth largest lake in Europe. Several companies offer boats and canoes for rent. More information is available at http://www.gosaimaa.com/en/Activities/Rent/Boats-and-canoes.
Where to stay in Imatra?
Official Itä-Länsi hotels include Holiday Club Saimaa www.holidayclubresorts.com/en/resorts/saimaa/ and Imatran Kylpylä www.imatrankylpyla.fi/en. Spas and beauty treatments are available.
Other accommodation options can be found at www.gosaimaa.com/en/Accommodation.
What is an activity that fascinates you most?
There is no problem because it’s probably found in Ukonniemi area. The most popular activities include hiking, swimming, cycling, playing golf or renting a boat or a canoe.
The famous Imatrankoski Rapids are well worth admiring. Architectonically interesting is Church of the Three Crosses in Vuoksenniska in Imatra designed by Alvar Aalto.
In case you have more time visit the city of Lappeenranta 35 kilometers southwest of Imatra and explore the amazing sandcastle among others. There are also visa-free boat cruises available to Vyborg in Russia.
Find more inspiration at http://www.gosaimaa.com/en/Activities.