The four excursions will take place after the conference. The minimum number of participants is 20. Themes of the excursions are (1) Climate change and phenology in tree line ecosystems, (2) Human and climate impacts on northern ecosystems, (3) Forest management in Boreal forests, and (4) Forest management north from Arctic Circle.

The excursions are sponsored by Metsämiesten säätiö.

1) Climate change and phenology in tree line ecosystems (June 19 - 22, 2010)

The excursion will address environmental change and its impacts in arctic and subartic regions. Northern latitude and high altitude tree lines and their sensitivity to climate change including dendroclimatology and dendroecology will be discussed during the excursion. You can end your excursion in Tromsø 21st June at 10.15. (Please check connection flights to Oslo/SAS).

Professional highlights

  • Abisko Research Station
  • University of Tromsø, Northern Research Institute
  • Norwegian Polar Institute
  • University of Helsinki, Kilpisjärvi Biological Station

Cultural hihglights

  • Aavasaksa, Earth, Midnight Sun and Aavasaksa
  • Kiruna, world's largest underground iron ore mine
  • Tromsø Museum, Sapmi – Becoming a Nation
  • Levi, tourism and reindeer husbandary

2) Human and climate impacts on northern ecosystems (June 19 - 23, 2010)

The field excursion will address the effects of human and climate impacts to the northern forests along a transect from the Arctic Circle to the Kola peninsula in Russia.

Professional and cultural highlights

  • Astropolis Sodankylä
  • Norway spruce forest limit, Saariselkä
  • Forest fire studies in the Urho Kekkonen National Park
  • Scots Pine forest limit
  • Siida ethnographic museum
  • Kevo Subarctic Research Institute
  • The river Tenojoki
  • Lake Pulmankijärvi
  • The Varangerfjord
  • Nikel
  • Pechenga
  • Murmansk Region and Kola Peninsula
  • Murmansk
  • Forest damages in Monchegorsk area
  • Poljarnye Zori and Kola NPP
  • Apatity and Khibiny Mountains
  • Salla
  • Check also the Excursion Guide

3) Forest Management in Boreal Forests (June 19 - 23, 2010)

The field excursion will address the effects of environmental variability and human activities to the northern forests along a transect from the Arctic Circle to the hemiboreal zone in southern Finland.

Professional Highlights

  • Adaptation of trees to the climate change
  • Oulanka national park
  • Silviculture in Finland
  • Koli national park
  • High quality forest research
  • Punkaharju research forests
  • Lusto - the Finnish forest museum

Cultural Highlights

  • Kerimäki church, the largest wooden church in the world
  • Punkaharju ridge
  • Olavinlinna castle
  • Saimaa lakeland

4) Forest management north from Arctic Circle (June 19 - 22, 2010)

The field excursion will introduce forest management practices and multiple use of forests in the boreal forests north from Arctic Circle. The route leads far north above the timberlines of Scots pine and Norway spruce and to the area of curly mountainous birch forests, real reindeer husbandry, and Sámi culture.

Professional highlights

  • Characteristics of forests and forestry in Finnish Lapland
  • Forest regeneration and management in harsh conditions
  • Introduction to the Needle Trace Method, NTM
  • Pyhä-Luosto national park
  • Arctic climatological and geophysical research: Ilmala and Tähtelä
  • Reindeer Research Station
  • Dendroclimatological analyses and thinning reaction at timberline forests
  • Climate and forest damage

Cultural highlights

  • River Teno and salmon fishing
  • Siida, The Museum of Sámi culture
  • Levi tourist centre
  • Lappish art exhibition Särestö