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Savo-Karjala Excursion 2023 Kuopio

29.04.2023 - 29.04.2023 |Kuopio

Savo-Karjala Excursion is one of the most famous and popular May Day celebration traditions of the Student Union (ISYY). The first Savo-Karjala Excursion was organised in 1990. During the Savo-Karjala Excursion, students circle around Eastern Finland (North Savo and North Karelia regions) on buses on a predetermined route, which will remain a secret until the buses start their journey, and enjoy refreshments in different bars and restaurants along the way. 

The buses will stop at different locations giving students a chance to enjoy some refreshments and at some locations also food. The refreshments/food are not included in the price of the tour. The stops during the Excursion last around 30 minutes each and there is one longer stop in the middle of the trip so that participants can eat. The whole event lasts for approximately nine (9) hours after which there is an official afterparty in Bar Nousu. The price of the ticket includes the official overall badge of the event, the bus trip and the afterparty. By showing the official overall badge of the event at Bar Nousu’s door, you can skip the line till 12 am.

Tickets and registration

Ticket sales start on Tuesday, April 4th 8 am. at ISYY office (in Studentia building, C entrance, Yliopistonranta 3). at Kide.app. The remaining tickets, if there are any, will go on sale on Kide.app on the same day at 11:00 am. Regardless of the situation then, half of the seats on the alumni bus (Bussi 8) are reserved for Kide.app sales. If you are an alumnus and wish to buy the ticket from the ISYY office, please contact toimisto.kuopio(at)isyy.fi and you will receive payment instructions. The ticket price is 20 €. There is a limit of two tickets per person so you can register yourself and one friend. You need to inform your (and your friend’s) name, phone number, e-mail address and UEF student number as you register. The tickets cannot be returned, but in Kide.app you can send it to another user.

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All tickets are sold per bus and the bus departure times are listed below. At the departure time, you must be in a parking lot in front of Lukema no later than 10 minutes before the departure time of your own bus. Bus numbers, departure times and the names of the bus executives and the student organizations they represent can be found below:

  • Bus 0 - Departure time at 11.20 am. - Bus executives: Essi Rautiala & Julia Visniova (Dentina ry)
  • Bus 1 - Departure time at 11.40 am. - Bus executives: Ida Sulku & Hilla Valtola (KuoLO ry)
  • Bus 2 - Departure time at 12.00 pm. - Bus executives: Aaro Heikkinen & Vitalina Yakovleva (Fortis ry)
  • Bus 3 - Departure time at 12.20 pm. - Bus executives: Moona Korhonen & Taru Rinne (Serveri ry)
  • Bus 4 - Departure time at 12.40 pm. - Bus executives: Laura Appelqvist (Terho ry) & Sonja Soinne (Socius ry)
  • Bus 5 - Departure time at 01.00 pm. - Bus executives: Liinu Kilpeläinen & Jarkko Kuivalainen (Kulti ry)
  • Bus 6 - Departure time at 01.20 pm. - Bus executives: Noora Artola (Socius ry) & Roosa Kärki (Retikka ry)
  • Bus 7 - Departure time at 01.40 pm. - Bus executives: Milla Mäkinen & Eveliina Voutilainen (Hyeena ry)
  • Bus 8 (alumni) - Departure time at 02.00 pm.

Queuing for tickets at Studentia

In Kuopio, students have traditionally queued for Savo-Karjala Excursion tickets for a few hours before the ticket sale starts. KIVES (Kuopion Intellektuelli Vapunedistämisseura, aka ISYY’s May Day Club) organises the official queuing for tickets on April 4th starting from the early hours of the morning and is there to supervise the queuing.

If you want your name to be on the waiting list for tickets, visit the tent outside Lukema and ask for a Board member of KIVES. Students who have reserved a place for themselves on the waiting list are expected to be there queuing the entire time after they have added their name to the list so please dress warmly. KIVES checks at random times whether the students on the list are still present and if they cannot find someone, their name will be removed from the waiting list. (Bathroom breaks inside the ISYY office are naturally allowed while waiting!) The queue is formed in the morning in front of Lukema according to the waiting list before the office opens at 8 am.

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More information:

Remo Saaristo, Organisational Affairs Specialist, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), jarjestoasiantuntija@isyy.fi, tel. +358 44 576 8419