How to operate in Kuopio-Jukola


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The competition centre is located in Rytökylä area in Vehmersalmi, city of Kuopio. It will be opened on Friday the 13th of June 2014 at 10.00 a.m.
The first guiding road signs for the traffic arriving from west (southwest) along highway 9 are placed 14 km from Suonenjoki at the crossroads to Lempyy where you turn to east onto road 531, continue until highway 5 (Palokangas). Turn towards south and follow the highway 5 about 10 km to Leppävirta. Then turn to east onto road 534 (Heinävedentie).
For vehicles coming from south the guiding starts at highway 5 north of Leppävirta municipal centre where you also turn onto road 534 and then further towards north onto road 536 (Vehmersalmentie). When reaching the Puutossalmentie crossroads about 40 km from Leppävirta, you will find detailed instructions for busses, VIP and media to the right towards east along Puutossalmentie and for passenger cars and camping vehicles to the left towards west.
Traffic from north will be guided at highway 9 about 11 km to east from highway 5. Turn then to south onto road 539 (Vehmersalmentie). About 1 km before Vehmersalmi centre turn from Vehmersalmentie to west to Puutossalmentie. All vehicles go on about 1 km (over the Vehmersalmi bridge) after which you will find detailed instructions. Camping vehicles and motorcycles will continue along Puutossalmentie straight ahead to west, other vehicles turn to right to Räsälänlahdentie.
Traffic from east along highway 9 will find the guiding road signs about 1 km after the Tuusniemi municipal centre towards Kuopio. Turn to south onto road 544 (Salmenkyläntie), then further to south onto road 542 (Luostarintie). From Luostarintie turn to west onto road 539, Litmaniementie, and follow the road until the crossroads of Vehmersalmentie (536). Turn towards Vehmersalmi and about 1 km before the municipal centre turn to right onto Puutossalmentie. The distance from Tuusniemi to the competition centre is about 37 km.
Driving instructions will be in place on Friday 13th of June 2014 at 7.00 a.m. and it is necessary that these are obeyed. Especially on Saturday you should reserve at least 1 hour extra time for the arrival; the roads are narrow and there will be a lot of traffic.
When coming near Jukola please observe the guiding signs. Navigators can be switched off.

Especially those coming from south and west are advised not to turn to Vehmersalmi from highway 5 onto road Puutossalmentie 5370 about 11 km from Kuopio. There is a ferry connection which is quite slow and heavily used. Even without Jukola traffic there are long queues and rush hours in the summertime.

In co-operation with the city of Kuopio there will be a bus transport from Kuopio harbour to the competition centre. There is a transport fee. Timetables and fees can be found on the website If necessary, the arrivals by train, long-distance bus or by plane can be taken into consideration in the bus schedule. Be prepared for having enough time for the transport. It is at your own risk not to miss your leg.

It is also possible to sail onboard a passenger ship from the passenger harbour in Kuopio to the Vehmersalmi harbour. There is a bus transport from the harbour to the competition centre. The sailing route is chargeable.

Club buses follow the general instructions but there is a picture of a bus on the guiding traffic signs near the competition centre. The parking ticket has to be kept visibly on the windscreen inside the bus until leaving the area. All guiding signs and instructions of the organisers have to be followed. After drop-off the team busses will be parked in three different lots shown by organisers in the Vehmersalmi centre about 1,5 – 2,5 km from the competition centre.

Those who arrive by car will need to prepare for rush hours due to the narrow roads in the event centre. Therefore, the competitors should reserve enough time for the arrival at the competition centre.

All cars will be parked on lots marked with P following the guiding of organisers. Parking fee is 15 € and it has to be paid at the Jukola Shop. The parking ticket has to be kept visibly on the windscreen inside the car until leaving the area. The parking tickets will be checked on departure and those who haven’t paid will be directed to a pay stop onto a slower line. Don’t leave any valuable objects visible in the car.

Park only on the lots marked with P. There is a tightened control on the event area. A car parked in a wrong place is often a security risk and it may have to be towed away which causes expenses for the car owner.

Passenger cars with a VIP or Media parking tickets will be directed on their own parking lots. Admittance only by showing the Invited Guest / Media parking ticket which have been sent in advance. On arrival the parking ticket MUST be visible on the windscreen inside the car.

Disabled persons who have an INVA card on the windscreen are allowed to follow the VIP signs.

Parking places for motorhomes and caravans have to be booked in advance according to the event invitation. There is only a limited number of parking lots for camping vehicles and they will be given in the order of booking. Parking fee is 35 € and it will be paid on arrival.

Camping vehicles should follow the general instructions but there is a picture of a caravan on the guiding traffic signs near the competition centre. The parking ticket has to be kept visibly on the windscreen inside the vehicle until leaving the area. All guiding signs and instructions of the organisers have to be followed.

The parking area for camping vehicles will be opened on Friday the 13th of June at 10.00 a.m. onwards. There is a drinking water tap and toilets in the area. Electricity is not available and it is not possible to drain septic tanks in the area. The distance from the parking area to the main guiding pole is 1000–1500 metres. Open fire or grilling is not allowed outside the vehicle. It is also prohibited to use the awnings or front tents. Pay attention to the security distances.

It is also easy to cycle or come by motorcycles to the competition centre. Motorcycles should follow the general instructions but there is a picture of a bicycle and a motorcycle on the guiding traffic signs near the competition centre.

It is free of charge to park bicycles and motorcycles. The parking area is located very close to the event centre.

Traffic announcements of Kuopio-Jukola can be listened on the YLE Radio Suomi channel Radio Savo frequency: 98,1 MHz (Kuopio) and 96,5 MHz (Iisalmi).

Leaving the event centre will follow according to the guiding and instructions given by the organisers.
ATTENTION! Have a good rest before heading on the road.

If weather conditions are exceptional (prolonged rainfall) preventing parking on the fields, the passenger cars might have to be parked by the smaller roads leading to the event area. In that case there will be transport to the competition centre.



Accidents: First aid is provided at the main first aid station or at the emergency first aid (see chapter First Aid).

Serious injuries, sudden attack of illness: follow the instructions below.
1. Find out what has happened.
2. Talk to the patient and try to wake him/her up.
3. If the person is unconscious, call 112.
4. Check if the person is breathing.
5. If the person is breathing, turn him/her on recovery position.
6. If not breathing, start chest compressions.
7. Call Jukola First aid tel. +358 44 5768 674
8. Have someone to show the way to the emergency location.

Fire in the competition centre or at the parking place: follow the instructions below. Inform also the security service tel. 044 3614 416.

In case of fire:
1. Warn other people who are in danger.
2. Try to minimize the fire if possible (extinguisher, fire blanket).
3. Call the emergency number 112.
4. Show the way to fire brigade.

Disturbances of public order:
Contact the nearest order supervision person or call the superior of order supervision tel. 044 3614 418.
If the situation is threatening, call 112. Don’t put yourself or others in danger!


General emergency number 112

Telephone numbers of competition organisation concerning security
First aid tel. +358 44 5768 674
Security service tel. +358 44 3614 416
Superior of order supervision tel. +358 44 3614 418

The main first aid station is situated in the competition centre near the washing facilities in the red building by the road. A doctor and first aid personnel are on duty in the main aid station. There are guiding signs from the competition centre to the first aid. The emergency first aid is situated near the finishing line at the competition centre.

The first aid station is marked with a white cross on green background.

In the competition terrain there will be two first aid stations during Venla relay and three during Jukola. The first aid stations in the terrain are marked on the competition maps. Some first aid equipment is available at the drinking points, too.


The information stand is situated next to the Jukola Gate at the competition centre. Team material and map returning cards will be handed out at the information stand. Model course maps and training maps will be on sale at the information stand.

For those attending Jukola for the first time it is recommended to study the Jukola Guide which can be found on the website

The general information boards and the main guiding pole are situated near the information stand. Guiding will be marked with various direction signs and information boards.

See competition instructions.

The model orienteering at the event weekend will be arranged on the northwest side of the competition centre. There are print out maps of model orienteering. Course marking, control descriptions and structures are similar to those used in the competition. Maps will be on sale at the information desk (5€/pc.).
Maps with all control points will be on sale at the information desk on Sunday the 15th of June at 9.20 a.m. onwards (10 €/kpl). Further information of training possibilities before the event can be found on the Kuopio-Jukola website.

In the runners bank on the website of Kuopio-Jukola a team can look for a runner for a missing leg or a runner without a team can announce willingness to run in the relay.

Lines of forbidden areas are marked with fences and signs / tapes (see the chapter concerning forbidden areas in the competition instructions). Only a competitor running his/her leg is entitled to move in the competition terrain. The public is not allowed to pass the competition terrain. Unauthorized access in the forbidden terrain could cause disqualification of all teams of a club.

Wind shelters of the clubs can be pitched only in pre-reserved sites that are marked by the organiser (see competition instructions). It is forbidden to accommodate in the wind shelter area.


Start, changeover and finish can be followed and photographed at the competition centre in the areas reserved for the public. The video screens at the competition centre will show the events going on at the competition centre and in the terrain. Proceeding of the top teams will be followed with GPS.

Kuopio-Jukola has its own competition radio channel which can be listened at the competition centre and in its near surroundings at frequency 96,3 MHz during the event weekend.

Venla relay will be broadcast online on television channel TV2 on Saturday at 1.45 – 5.30 p.m. and Jukola relay on Saturday at 10.45 p.m. – 7.30 a.m. (TV1). Both relays from beginning till the end can be followed in an online broadcast on internet ( An online radio broadcast of both relays on channel YLE Puhe (Kuopio 88,1 MHz) as well as on internet (

In the competition centre area it is strictly forbidden to use any other radiophones or equipment that operate on VHF than those used by organisers.

Opening ceremonies and lifting the Jukola Flag will take place on the Festival Stage on Saturday at 1.00 p.m. Before that the Air Force Band is playing on the stage at 12.30 p.m. The Jukola Festival and the prize ceremony for Venla Relay will begin on the Festival Stage on Saturday at 7.30 p.m. The prize ceremony for Jukola Relay and handing over the Jukola Flag will take place on the Festival Stage on Sunday at 9.30 a.m. For further information of prize ceremonies see the competition instructions.

Nature Church service will begin on Saturday at 9.00 p.m. The church is situated in the Syvähiekka summer theatre which is about 0,5 km from the competition centre. The parish of Järvi-Kuopio is in charge of the Nature Church service.

Children’s World is situated in southeast corner of the competition centre. It is open on Saturday at 11.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. and on Sunday at 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. There will be various activities for children organised by students of Savo Vocational College. ATTENTION! There is no controlled babysitting at the Children’s World.

Reception of invited guests will take place in the Guest Tent. Accredited media will be received in the Media Centre. For further information for the media see the Jukola website (

Kuopio-Jukola competitors and audience are served by a restaurant and a cafeteria as well as by grills, ice cream stands and ”a beer control point”. In addition, there will be a cafeteria run by Rissala Solders’ Home Association. Opening hours of the restaurants and cafeterias can be found under Opening Hours.
All food is low in lactose. It is also possible to choose lactose-free, dairy-free and gluten-free meals. On Friday there might be a limited choice in restaurants, cafeterias and grills. Coffee and other cafeteria products are available at the self service desk of the cafeteria. Payment is accepted with cash or with all major debit and credit cards (see bank and post office). The biggest bank note accepted is 50 euro. Anyhow, it is easier to have exact change.
It will be crowded in the restaurant around the starts and after the finish of Venla Relay. Be prepared for queuing during these times. To avoid queuing it is better to buy meal tickets in advance in the sales points which are situated near the dining area. You need a pre-purchased meal ticket to get a meal at the meal desk.

The drinking water taps in the competition centre and accommodation areas are marked on the guide maps in the event area. It is not allowed to wash any outfit there in order to ensure sufficiency of water. Washing of outfit is allowed only in the specific spot near the shower premises.

Competition centre will be opened on Friday at 10.00 a.m. and the guiding signs are in place. Accommodation in tents can begin at the same time. Take care of your valuables. Open fire, smoking, use of grills and gas cookers etc. is strictly forbidden. There is a special fireplace which is marked on the guide map.

Accommodation in own tents in the competition centre is possible only on pre-reserved, numbered places. The tent areas are located on the north and east side of the competition centre. The areas for tents are about 10mx10m or 5mx5m and they have been numbered in the terrain. Location of reserved tent places can be seen on Kuopio-Jukola website, on guiding signs and at Info. Information on reserved tent places will be sent to clubs by e-mail. When the competition centre is open and there are free places left, they can be bought at the Info.

Tents put up by the organiser that have been reserved in advance are located north of the competition centre. The tents are marked with numbers on poles beside the tents. The places and numbers are shown on Kuopio-Jukola website, on guiding signs of the tent area and at the Info. Tents are not heated. More information on tents at the Info.

There is a restricted number of accommodation on the floor at schools within approx. 3 km from the competition centre.


Official Jukola products and postcards with special Jukola postmark and Jukola stamps can be bought at the Jukola shop. Also the parking ticket can be purchased in the shop.

Payments at restaurants, Jukola shop and at Info are accepted in cash or by all major debit and credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Diners. The biggest bank note accepted is 50 euro. There is no currency exchange nor any possibility to draw cash at the competition centre. The nearest cash point is situated at Osuupankki bank in the municipal centre of Vehmersalmi. The post office is in the Jukola shop.

There is a taxi stop in the crossroads of Räsälänlahdentie and Ritoniementie. To call a taxi dial +358 200 30300 (price 1,24 euro/call + 0,25 euro/10 sec. + local call fee).

Telephones and computers can be recharged at the Info using your own recharger, price 10 €.

It is possible to look for your lost items at Info until Sunday 5.00 p.m. as well as at Jukola Kuopio office until June 30th 2014. After that the most valuable items will be delivered to the main police station (Pohjois-Savon poliisilaitos, Suokatu 44 B, Kuopio).

The toilets in the competition centre are marked on the information maps. There is disinfection liquid at disposal next to the toilets.

The showers are located about 200 m from the main guiding pole. On Friday it is possible to use showers at the competition centre from noon till 9.00 p.m. On Saturday the showers will be available from 9.00 a.m. There is also a tent sauna available which is not heated on Friday. Sauna is available on Saturday from 2.00 p.m. till Sunday 4.00 p.m. Ladies’ sauna is on Saturday between 2.00 and 11.00 p.m. and the men’s turn starts after that. During Jukola ladies can use a smaller sauna after 11.00 p.m. Sauna fee is 3 €. Sauna tickets can be bought at Info beforehand or paid in cash in the sauna. A sauna bench cover is included in the price.

During Venla there are separate shower premises for men as well as during Jukola separate premises for women. For environmental reasons don’t waste water and avoid using shampoo.

The outfit is allowed to be washed in a special service point near the showers. Washing of outfit elsewhere is prohibited.

Jukola is a tidy event. Its environment won’t be littered and all competitors and spectators have to take care of waste sorting. Each team will get a waste bag and a bag for bio waste. There are containers for bio waste, carton and recyclable waste in front of the restaurants. Food rest and napkins go into bio waste containers. Paper plates and cups, beverage cartons and other carton products go into carton waste containers. Plastic boxes and wrappings are recyclable waste.

In other areas of the competition centre waste has to be sorted into containers according to separate instructions.

It is prohibited to leave energy gel packages or other waste on terrain. They should be taken into the waste containers near drinking points or in the competition centre.

The fundamental worth of Kuopio-Jukola is to honour environment and nature. Good planning and co-operation with land owners, environmental authorities and hunting clubs will ensure that the event won’t disturb nature or animals in the area. We all who are involved in the event – competitors, spectators as well as officials – are together responsible for taking care of the environment.

To ensure a smooth proceeding of the competition it is strictly forbidden to use any other radio phones in the competition centre area that operate on VHF than those used by organisers.

Referring to the Finnish law of smoking ban (5. chapter 12 §) it is allowed to smoke only in the place shown by the organiser, not anywhere else in the competition centre area.

It is not allowed to bring or drink your own alcoholic beverages in the competition centre area. It is also prohibited to take alcoholic beverages outside the service area of restaurants.

Open fire, using camping or gas cookers, grills or tent stoves is strictly forbidden in the whole competition centre area as well as in all accommodation areas, inside or outside the tents, on parking places or anywhere else but on special places for campfire. Fire prohibition will be controlled.

Accommodation in the wind shelter area is prohibited.

Other orienteering events can be advertised on the information board near the Info. If you want to advertise, offer for sale or sell in the competition area (including accommodation areas, parking places and the competition centre) please contact the organiser and make a written agreement. For all kind of selling you will need the organiser’s permission.
There is a specific place for club pennants in the competition centre.
According to the orienteering regulations an orienteer is obliged to help a sick or injured fellow competitor or a competitor in need of any help. An orienteer is also obliged to take part in searching of a lost competitor if the competition management insists.











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