Attend in Viinistu
Biotoopia conference takes place on 26-28 August in an historical fishing village Viinistu (Ranna 1, Viinistu village, Kuusalu parish, Harju county; Google maps coordinates: 59.64613162198688, 25.754003606472082) on the north coast of Estonia (time zone UTC+03), 75 km from the capital Tallinn. 20 years ago, Jaan Manitski founded a museum of his huge art collection there and turned a Soviet era fishing factory into Viinistu Art Harbour . The Art Harbour offers Biotoopia a range of diverse facilities: restaurant, hotel, museum, galleries, arbour, port, sauna and lots of cosy corners for private meetings, discussions and making new acquaintances. Conference takes place in various museum halls among many masterpieces of Estonian art, and sea views. Besides the permanent collection, there will be exhibitions of Estonian and international artists working with the themes of the Biotoopia conference. The conference will also include music and dance performances and guided nature trip. In addition, there will be a selection of side events, like nature hikes and boat trips provided by the Viinistu Art Harbour.
Please download (and print if needed) Biotoopia conference information package at Viinistu
The ticket covers all lectures, panels, art, music and nature programme, other conference activities and meals (suitable for vegetarians, vegans incl. G, L free options) for three days. The side events provided by the Viinistu Art Harbour are not covered.
Please do keep in mind that we still have COVID-19 virus spreading around. Due to the new restrictions in Estonia only people who have an COVID certification of being fully! vaccinated, a negative PCR test result (valid for 72 hours) or a negative antigen test result (valid for 48 hours) or are recovered from Covid-19 (no longer than 6 month ago) are allowed to enter the Biotoopia conference at Viinistu. Read more about safety and health regulations on our travel and safety page.
In case Estonian Government’s restrictions will prohibit organising physical events in August 2021, the conference will be held only online. The tickets sold for accessing the conference on the venue will be refunded after the conference excluding 25 euros which will be charged for participating in the conference online.
The conference venue including Viinistu Art Hotel will be available for conference quests. The ticket covers all lectures, panels, art, music and nature programme, other conference activities and meals (suitable for vegetarians, vegans incl. G, L free options) for three days. The side events provided by the Viinistu Art Harbour are not covered.
After you buy a ticket to the conference you will receive a discount coupon for purchasing a room in Viinistu Art Hotel by email (prices at 20 EUR / night in a twin room for one person). A tenting area will also be available, the price is 7 EUR/ night for a one tent (guest have to bring their own tent).
For booking your stay in Viinistu Art Hotel please write email@example.com using the discount code received by email.
If you are not staying in Viinistu Art Hotel or the campsite you may use the Biotoopia shuttle bus which is free for ticket holders and invited guests. The bus departs for Viinistu on 26 and 27 August at 9 a.m. and returns to Tallinn at 9 p.m. When buying your ticket on Fienta, please let us know if you would like to come by bus. The location of the bus stop in Tallinn city centre will be sent to you by email shortly before the conference.
In 2021 Biotoopia will take place as a hybrid conference. Lecturers who are not able to travel will participate via the web. The first two days of lectures, panels, art and music programme and other conference activities will be accessible online conference environment Worksup (time zone UTC + 03) and it is available to tickets owners only. The platform will allow the participants to watch live broadcasts, follow the programme, ask questions and show their appreciation for the questions of others, create their own profile, browse other experts’ profiles and invite them to discussions/virtual meetings.Please download Biotoopia online conference information package
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Biotoopia 2021 online conference review now available.
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Travel and safety
Local transport to Viinistu, coming by car
Biotoopia shuttle bus which is free for ticket holders and invited guests departs for Viinistu on 26 and 27 August at 9 a.m. and returns to Tallinn at 9 p.m. When buying your ticket on Fienta, please let us know if you would like to come by bus. The location of the bus stop in Tallinn city centre will be sent to you by email shortly before the conference.
From Tallinn Balti Station the local transit line 151 goes to Viinistu at 9:40. Please find the routes here.
Viinistu Art Museum’s address is Ranna 1, Viinistu village, Kuusalu parish, Harju county (Google maps coordinates: 59.64613162198688, 25.754003606472082). There is a free parking lot in Viinistu for guests who are coming by car. The distance to Viinistu from Tallinn city center is 75 km, Tartu 180 km and Narva 173 km. Please take your time for driving, there might be road works ahead.
How to get to Estonia?
Travelling to Estonia is quick and convenient thanks to frequent connections with Scandinavia, Russia, Eastern and Central Europe. You can fly to our capital city Tallinn with a number of direct routes from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Paris, Vienna and many other cities. Ferry routes connect Tallinn with Helsinki and Stockholm. You can arrive to Estonia by train from St. Petersburg, Moscow and Riga. Driving is another hassle-free way to travel to Estonia from Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. Most likely You do not need a Visa for travelling to Estonia.
Please find more information about travelling to Estonian including topics like local transport, medical support, weather & climate, public holidays and people with disabilities on www.VisitEstonia.ee webpage.
Safety and health. Entering Biotoopia, Estonia
Only people who have an COVID certification of being fully! vaccinated, a negative PCR test result (valid for 72 hours) or a negative antigen test result (valid for 48 hours) or are recovered from Covid19 (no longer than 6 month ago) are allowed to enter the Biotoopia events.
No worries, you still have time to fully vaccinate yourself until 26th of August and the rapid antigen tests could be done in your home city before coming to Viinistu.
The conference will obey all the rules and regulations of the Estonian government for organising public events and will ensure every guest’s safety and wellbeing.
Starting from 1 February, the 10-day self-isolation and Covid-19 testing are not mandatory for individuals, including those arriving Estonia from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or a third country, who: (1) have suffered from Covid-19 and no more than six months have passed since they have been declared cured; (2) have undergone Covid-19 vaccination and no more than six months have passed since its completion. In real time updated information about Covid situation in Estonia is available here.
Vaccinated travellers will need to provide “an immunisation passport”, even though there is no international agreement on such a document, or a vaccination certificate with a similar level of detail to the doctor’s certificate.
Before travelling to Estonia, please submit a traveller’s declaration here.. The person arriving in Estonia can complete traveller’s questionnaire 72 hours before their arrival in Estonia. This will make the border crossing faster, and they do not have to wait in line in order to fill in a paper declaration.