International Modern Nordic Walking Convention in Bratislava, Slovakia, 2-4 October 2020!



An important Statement published by ICNW: Pole walking - Nordic Walking - Modern Nordic Walking: Definitions, a brief history, and the development of the discipline.



The 20th Anniversary Celebrations of Nordic Walking in Finland, August 4-6, 2017. The summary of the historical International Nordic Walking Congress and the official video of the whole event:

see them here.


Respecting the past, working for the future!

International Council of

Nordic Walking

A scientific organization to boost Nordic Walking

research, education and overall development worldwide

Jarmo Ahonen

Tiina Arrankoski

Minna Huotilainen

Mika Pihlman

Ilkka Vuori

Tuomo Kettunen

Liisa Tyrväinen

Tuomo Jantunen

Sampo Idstam

Michela Colagiovanni

Kari Kalliokoski

Tuulia Luomala

Mika Venojärvi

Leena Jääskeläinen

Heikki Tikkanen

Silvia Talana

International Nordic Walking Congress

Solvalla Sports Institute, Espoo, Finland, August 4-5, 2017

Lecturers and their topics

(in alphabetical order)

Jarmo Ahonen

Lecture and workshop: Does it matter how we walk? Principles of biomechanics in human walking

Jarmo Ahonen (FIN), physiotherapist, pilates teacher and educator, one of Finland's most respected experts of human movement and body control. Author of several books, including books on biomechanics of walking, both in Finnish and in English. He has been the physiotherapist of the Finnish National Team in seven Olympic Games and worked for 30 years as a consulting physiotherapist for the Finnish National Ballet. Read more...  

Tiina Arrankoski

Lecture and workshop: Modern Nordic Walking – spiral stabilized movement

Tiina Arrankoski (FIN), Master of Sport and Health Sciences, Spiral Stabilization Teacher, PowerFingers Master Trainer, Modern Nordic Walking International Coach. Chairwoman of the International Council of Nordic Walking (ICNW). Read more...

Minna Huotilainen

Lecture: Brain research reveals the effects of physical exercise

Minna Huotilainen (FIN), PhD., Doc., Universities of Uppsala and Helsinki. She is a neuroscientist and a cognitive scientist who works at Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Sweden, and at Cognitive Brain Research Unit at University of Helsinki, Finland. She is eager to find application areas for neuroscience in everyday life at schools, kindergartens and work places. Read more...

Sampo Idstam

Workshop: Pilates with Nordic Walking poles

Sampo Idstam (FIN), Master's degree in Music (Sibelius Academy), STOTT Pilates Teacher and Educator, Modern Nordic Walking Master Trainer.

Kari Kalliokoski

Lecture: HIIT – a fast way to get fit

Workshop: High intensive training for Nordic Walking

Kari Kalliokoski (FIN), PhD., Adjunct professor, University of Turku. He is exercise physiologist and senior researcher as well as adjunct professor of cardiovascular physiology and exercise metabolism who works at the Turku PET Centre, University of Turku. His main interests are the acute and training effects of exercise on myocardial and skeletal muscle metabolism and blood flow. Recently he has specifically studied the health effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Read more...

Tuomo Kettunen

Lecture: Energy expenditure of walking and Nordic Walking

Workshop: Increasing the energy expenditure with a good Modern Nordic Walking technique

Tuomo Kettunen (FIN), Sports Coach, PE Teacher, Modern Nordic Walking International Coach, Chairman of the World Modern Nordic Walking Academy. Read more...

Tuulia Luomala / Mika Pihlman

Lecture and workshop: The role of thoracolumbar fascia in Nordic Walking  

Tuulia Luomala & Mika Pihlman (FIN), Physiotherapists, Fascia experts and educators, authors. Read more...

Silvia Talana & Michela Colagiovanni

Workshop: Modern Yoga – another way to regenerate the body after a Nordic Walking session

Silvia Talana (ITA) - Yoga Teacher, PowerFingers Trainer, Spiral Stabilization Trainer, Modern Nordic Walking Coach.

Michela Colagiovanni (ITA), Technical and Physical Trainer F.G.I. (Federazione Ginnastica d'Italia), Pilates Teacher F.I.F. Italia, PowerFingers Trainer, Spiral Stabilization Trainer, Modern Nordic Walking Coach.

Heikki Tikkanen

Lecture: Walking on four limbs - Nordic Walking and its clinical benefits in rehabilitation

Heikki Tikkanen (FIN), Professor in Sports and Exercise Medicine, Specialist in Clinical Physiology, Specialist in Sports and Exercise Medicine. School of Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine/Sports and Exercise Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Finland.

Liisa Tyrväinen

Lecture: Health and well-being benefits of nature

Liisa Tyrväinen (FIN), Professor (nature-based tourism and recreation), Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Helsinki, Finland. Read more...

Mika Venojärvi

Lecture: The effect of endurance and resistance training on skeletal muscle metabolism

Workshop: Measurement of oxygen uptake with portable equipment during walking and Nordic Walking

Mika Venojärvi (FIN), PhD., Adjunct professor, docent in Health Exercise, especially Physiology, a university lecturer at the Institute of Biomedicine/Sports and Exercise Medicine at the University of Eastern Finland. His research interests include exercise metabolism, physical activity, Nordic Walking and nutrition. Mika Venojärvi has been the most active Nordic Walking researcher in Finland during the last years with several studies published in international scientific journals.

Ilkka Vuori

Lecture: Research evidence on the effects of Nordic Walking.

Ilkka Vuori (FIN), Professor emeritus, Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, the ”grand old man” of Exercise Physiology and Exercise Medicine in Finland with over 400 research articles and several books published.

Present also be the first Nordic Walking pioneers Leena Jääskeläinen and Tuomo Jantunen with their interventions.