The autumn colours light up your soul

Northern nature, unbelievably beautiful in its autumn foliage, takes your breath away with its warm colours. Choose the perfect nature destinations for you and escape the ordinary on a colourful autumn route. An autumn foliage themed holiday on the Pohjola route will keep your heart warm for long.

A route to autumn colours

Choose from the ready-made outdoor routes and create your own autumn foliage themed route for the best possible autumn experience in northern nature.

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Find sleep in the middle of nature

An autumn colour themed route wouldn’t be perfect without just the right accommodation – close to nature. A cabin or a camping site, which do you prefer?

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Beach of Kylmäniemi Raahe

Kylmäniemi Beach

The Kylmäniemi beach is situated approximately 1 kilometre from the Raahe city centre. Located in a quiet place, the beach has a lawn area and a sandy beach. The bottom is sand-based and well suited for swimming, also for children. Changing rooms and a toilet are available on-site. There are also two large concrete piers, but jumping from the piers is not allowed because the water is not very deep at the end.

Here you can see beautiful sunsets and try activities such as stand-up paddling.

Kylmäniementie 2
92130, Raahe

Lähde! wellness art park

The Lähde! -park in the municipality of Ii is located in Suvantola, on the riverside area behind the health centre. The park will encourage people to spend time together, exercise and enjoy art and the riverside nature.

n summer 2020 the newest public art work commissioned by the municipality of Ii, Peculiar Flowers by Paula Suominen, was unveiled at the park as part of its official opening.

The path to the park starts from Suvantolantie, behind the canteen of the health centre (Suvantolantie 5, 91100 Ii). Parking possible on the parking are of the health centre.

KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre also organises guided tours for groups. For more information contact us: +358 50 395 0313 / [email protected]

Puistotie 4
91100, Ii
Jokisuuntie 2
91100, Ii

Horse riding in Syöte

On a horse carriage, calm Finnish horses take you to admire the mountain scenery on the Syöte track. The journey runs at a pleasantly leisurely pace, and you can really feel the stress disappear when you ride in the horse-drawn carriages. In winter, the carts are replaced by a sledge and the riders are covered with a warm blanket.

A horse ride in the surroundings of Syöte is a holiday activity for families and groups of friends. At the same time, you can get to know the Finnish breed, which is a traditional breed and the only one developed in Finland.

Horse rides, riding lessons and other equestrian services can be booked through Syöte Booking Centre. The programme is organised at the Syötte Horse Services farm, a little over a kilometre from the Syöte Visitor Centre.

Virventie 11
93280, Syöte
Ryhmä lumikenkäilijöitä kulkee jonossa lumisessa metsässä. / A group of snowshoers walking in a line in snowy forest. Kuva: Harri Tarvainen.

Sanginjoki Nature Reserve

Sanginjoki Nature Reserve is located at a distance of about 20 kilometres from the city centre of Oulu. The area chiefly consists of former multiple-use forests, but there are also old spruce forests, wooded mires and dry esker heaths. There are ponds, mires and springs along the trails.

The trails of Sanginjoki nature reserve are suitable for day trips or for overnight hiking. The trails are easy to travel, there are no steep slopes or rough terrain. In places the trail can be rocky and tree roots can stick out from the trail.

The forests and mires in Sanginjoki nature reserve are a great place to pick berries and mushrooms. In the nature reserve you can sight many birds that favour old forests, such as Siberian jay, redflanked bluetail three-toed woodpecker, capercaillie and the Eurasian pygmy owl. Sanginjoki riverside is a popular place for fishing, where many pools and rapids form a variable river habitat.

In nature conservation areas, everyman’s rights do not apply in the normal way. Please always check the rules of the destination before making your trip. Sanginjoki area is managed by Metsähallitus.

90650, Oulu

Skinbased skiing trip in Syöte National Park

Snowy winter adventure with skinbased skis

Come and enjoy the winter wonderland on this skinbased skiing trip in Syöte National Park! We’ll do a nice trip through snowy forests and ice covered bogs, enjoying also some uphills and downhills on the way.

Before the trip we get to know the equipment well and check how to use skinbased skis safely. During the trip your guide will tell you about the nature and history of Syöte area. We take also a nice break to enjoy snowy views and some hot berry juice.

Exiting winter adventure is waiting for you!

Erätie 1
93280, Pudasjärvi
Floating Cafe.

Koivuranta Floating Cafe

Floating Cafe in the Ouluriver.

Kasarmintie 31
90230, Oulu
Group of friends playing Oulu city adventure.

Adventure Game: Rock The City Oulu

Explore the beautiful city of Ouli with your friends, family or colleagues via Rock The City adventure game!

Rock The City Oulu is a fast-paced and action-packed activity that challenges participants with a wide variety of tasks that require ingenuity, dexterity and teamwork, as well as lightly sportive, co-operative tasks. This is great way to explore the city with your team in whole new way!

The City Adventure takes place with the easy-to-use ActionTrack mobile app.
Remember weather appropriate clothing and shoes.

90100, Oulu
Mountain biking , Köykkyrin retkireitistö

Mountain biking and hiking route - Köykkyrin retkireitistö

Köykkyrin retkireitistö is a 36 km long route, which has five shorter circular routes inside. Two of the routes are ready to use (Kokkokankaan kaarto 3,8 km and Mourundi 20 km) and three others will be finished by the end of 2023. The connecting routes to Oulu and Ketolanperä, Kempele are also ready.

You can find swamp area, forest terrain, duckboards and fireplaces along the route. There is also Mourunkijärvi lake nearby as well as Linnunradan tila alpaca farm. The starting and ending point is Köykkyri recreation area, Pyrinnöntie 5.

Pyrinnöntie 5
90450, Kempele

Land Uplift Nature Path Liminka

Land uplift path leads you to ancient seawalls!

The land uplift nature path starts from Liminka Bay Visitor Centre at Virkkulanranta and extends to the inland’s ancient seawalls.

The route highlights ancient seashore locations in different eras and the area’s altitude from current sea level. The route’s info posts describe events during those eras and create a history path from modern days all the way to the 1700s B.C.

The entire path is about 7 kilometres in length, starting from the Visitor Centre and finishing on highway 8.

The land uplift path illustrates not only the ever-escaping coastline but also biology. The line from the stone ages is already spruce forest, but towards the shore it turns to birch forests, willow thickets, common reeds and finally sedges.

You can download a map for the land uplift path.

Rantakurvi 6
91900, Liminka
Old Town Raahe advent calendar window

Old Town Raahe Advent Calendar

Old Town Raahe Advent calendar eases the excitement of waiting for Christmas. As Christmas approaches, Raahe dresses up in its own unique atmosphere when the Old Town Raahe Advent calendar opens, one window at a time starting on the first day of December, presenting 24 yearly changing, traditional and uniquely wonderful old town sites. The residents of the historic and lively wooden city, entrepreneurs and others working in the old wooden blocks are responsible for decorating the windows. Old Town Raahe windows can be admired from December 1. – January 6. on site and in pictures and stories on Visit Raahe’s digital channels.

Stories from Old Raahe and the people of former Raahe
Raahe based writer Kirsti Vähäkangas records a historical story for each of the 24 windows, telling either the history of the house in question or the history of Raahe in other ways. The stories are published on the below linked Visit Raahe webpage every day, you can also admire the pictures on Visit Raahe’s Facebook and Instagram. When you want to share your own calendar pictures of Old Raahe, remember to tag them #visitraahe and #wanhanraahenjoulukalenteri. Also tag @visitraahe in IG stories to be shared.

Take the map with you for the Christmas walking tour
At the Christmas workshop, a map is being prepared, which you can use to go around the destinations of the advent calendar. The map is based on the grid pattern from 1650. Most of the town’s wooden building stock is inherited from the period after the town fire of 1810.

Kirkkokatu 28
92100, Raahe

City canoeing day or night

Would you like to experience the city of Oulu from the canoe?

City canoeing trip floats from beautiful and peaceful sceneries of river Oulujoki to open sea landscapes. We’ll see the white sand beaches and lights of the city, ducks and trees to bend over the canoe.

You can choose either a daytime or a late night trip, which both have their own lovely details. In the beginning of summertime the sun barely sets and in the fall the red and purple sky looks amazing. In the daytime we’ll get to see the city and the nature better.

Hallituskatu 1
90100, Oulu

Koiteli Team Path

Fresh air and beautiful landscape surrounded by Koiteli white water rapids, amazing!

Nice time, challenging but funny group tasks. You have to use your brains to solve these ticks and at the same time you can enjoy the nature of Island Sahasaari and Koiteli rapids. The tasks cannot be completed successfully without teamwork, creativity and helping each other. The ability of working as a team will increase by itself. After teamwork, coffee and sausage in warm hearted cabin or outside by the river.

Hallituskatu 1
90100, Oulu
Paintball Värikuulasota Oulu Action Park


Guided paintball games in Oulu. Choose your field from our three builded areas. We guarantee you the best guns and equipment, the most impressive game zones near Oulu, Finland and a wide variety of game types.

Kukkulanraitti 166 / Ruskotunturintie 10
90910, Oulu

Arctic Ice Paddling

Join us on a unique ice paddling adventure in the Bay of Bothnia, on the shores of Kalajoki. Experience the arctic spring sea, taste the salty water on your lips, feel a connection with the sea when paddling amongst the floating ice. You might even see a seal enjoying spring sun amongst the ice. All this will be done under the supervision of skilled and experienced paddling guides as well as a safety vessel DMS Matilda, securing the paddling excursion out on the arctic sea.

Price starting from 2200 €/ person, when 6 persons participating:
✓ Accommodation in apartments for 2 nights
✓ Meals and transfers according to the program
✓ Paddling guide services and boat transfers according to the program
✓ Dry suit
✓ Kayak, including a life jacket, paddle, kayak cover

Tuomipakkaintie 9
85100, Kalajoki

Rent a canoe or kayak

Rent an open canoe or kayak for lake or river in Syöte area. We have canoes for two or three persons and different kinds of single kayaks and twin kayaks.

Price inclueds a stable open canoe or kayak, life vests, paddles and waterproof bags. If you go to the river, also helmets are included in the price.

Erätie 1
93280, Pudasjärvi

Oolanti nature trail in Vatunki

Sense the power of the sea, go hiking along the Oolanti nature trail, stand at the feet of wind mills.

At the harbour of Vatunki you can see a wide range of fishing boats and working fishermen. Oolanti nature trail is a place to get to know the nature and history of the area.

Services: Swimming spot, childrens playground, nature trail (450 meters), lean-to and campfire, outhouse toilet, caravan parking, berths for visitor boats.

Arrival instructions: Vatunki is located about 40 km from the Ii town center towards Kuivaniemi, north on highway E4. Road signs will guide you to take a turn to Pohjoisrannantie and drive about 7 km until the end of the point.

Address: Pohjoisrannatie 759, Kuivaniemi.

95100, Ii

Sailor's trail

Stunning sea views, birdwatching tower and a place of silence marked with a wooden anchor will guarantee successful pictures of your holiday. In the winter time, the Merihelmi is a popular spot for ice fishing or riding a snowmobile.

Services: Seaview restaurant, camping area and caravan parking, gas station, children’s playground, birdwatching tower, Sailor’s trail (300 m duckboards) with information boards about history, outdoor seating area.

Address: Rynkyntie 21, Kuivaniemi.

Arriving: Merihelmi is located on the coast of the Bothnian Bay along the highway E75 in between the cities of Kemi and Oulu. Distance from the Ii town centre is about 25 km and from Kemi 44km.

Rynkyntie 9
95100, Ii

Binocular Lending Liminka Bay Visitor's Centre

Going to Virkulla birdwatching tower but you don’t have binoculars?

No problem, you can borrow good-quality binoculars at the Visitor Centre free of charge for the duration of your stay.
Use this chance to get unique experience during your visit to Liminka Bay.

Don’t forget to check opening hours of Visitor Centre at in advance.

Rantakurvi 6
91910, Liminka
Oulujärvellä on upeita melontapaikkoja.

On the Traces of the Ice Age - Lake Oulujärvi

Rokua Geopark has a lot to see and do for all ages! We put together a ready-made route suggestion for your trip in Rokua UNESCO Global Geopark area. Along the circular route you will find unique landscapes and nature formations shaped by the ice age, as well as interesting cultural attractions and versatile services! Grab a car or a bike and go discover Lake Oulujärvi.

European Union’s oldest bedrock, tens of kilometers of sandy beaches and a marine atmosphere on Finland’s largest inland open waters.

According to one theory, the eye-catching landscape of Lake Oulujärvi has been created as a result of the effects of ancient crustal movements, continental ruptures and the ice age, and according to another story, giants have had something to do with it. One way or another, the Lake Oulujärvi area is perfect for spending summer days and exploring interesting cultural history.

Along the route, you can spend the night on a lake-view cottage, on a caravan by the lake or tenting under a million stars. Fish, paddle, hike, swim, watch birds, visit a museum or an art exhibition. Both independent and guided tours possible!

This route is at its best during the summer.

Vaalantie 14
91700, Vaala
Oulujoki on Suomen 7. suurin joki.

On The Traces Of The Ice Age - The Oulujoki River Valley

This is a ready-made route suggestion for your trip in the beautiful river valley of Oulujoki river in Rokua UNESCO Global Geopark. Grab a car or a bike and go discover the Oulujoki River Valley.

The Oulujoki River Valley enchants with its idyllic countryside landscape, lush grove forests and colorful history.

The Oulujoki water basin is known as an ancient route of travel, tar and tourism, and many important cultural sites have survived from this time, such as the Lamminaho farm and the wooden churches of Muhos and Utajärvi. Today, the Oulujoki River generates a lot of hydropower, and the Oulujoki power plants and their residential areas designed by architect Aarne Ervi form an interesting entity in terms of architecture and history. Part of the Oulujoki river valley area is also classified as a nationally valuable landscape area.

Along the route you can stay the night at a countryside hotel, cottages or caravan area. Hike on nature trails, go padding, go fishing, visit museums and other cultural attractions.

This route is at its best during the summer, when the services and attractions are open.

Muhostie 2
91500, Muhos
Maaginen suppalampi Rokuan kansallispuistossa.

On The Traces Of The Ice Age - Ridges Of Rokua

This is a ready-made route suggestion for discovering the heart of Rokua UNESCO Global Geopark, the Rokua area. Grab a car or a bike and go discover the Ridges Of Rokua.

On the route that goes around the Rokua ridge area, you can hike in Rokua National Park, enjoy the countryside, and learn the stories of local poets and folk healers.

The story of the Rokua ridge begins at the end of the ice age more than 10,000 years ago, when the melting waters of the glaciers and strong winds piled up tens of meters of sand in the Rokua area. Today, Rokua is home to Finland’s largest sand dune field, where the highest single dune rises 25 meters above the surrounding terrain. The rolling hills are covered with a thick, silver lichen rug and endless pine forests. Here and there are crystal clear kettle ponds. In the midst of silence, the sounds of nature are clearly heard.

Rokua National Park, established in 1956, protects the unique geological formations and vulnerable nature. There are about 40 km of hiking routes and 45 km of mountain biking routes in the national park. In 2018 Rokua was chosen as the Finnish Outdoor Destination of the year!

There is a spa hotel, a wilderness hotel, a big five-star villa and dozens of smaller cottages to stay the night in. Camping and tenting are also possible. Rokua is ideal for many outdoor activities: hiking, mountain biking, paddling, SUP-boarding, and in winter you can try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sliding snowshoes.

Kuntoraitti 2
91670, Rokua
Liminka Bay Visitor Centre

Liminka Bay Visitor Centre

Liminka Bay is one of Europe’s most important bird wetlands. Tens of thousands of birds stop to rest, feed and nest in this area shaped by land uplift.

Liminka Bay Visitor Centre, the main nature attraction in Oulu area, offers insights into the life of birds. The Visitor Centre provides its customers with guiding services by Metsähallitus, a cafe & restaurant, a shop, a small nature hotel, a separate nature school building, an auditorium for 80 persons and many other conference facilities.

The interactive and experimental exhibition “The eight seasons of a bird’s year” offers experiences for visitors of all ages. This exhibition introduces the year cycle from birds’ viewpoint. The protagonist of the exhibition is Liminka Bay’s rich birdlife, but the life of birds in general is also examined.

Where do birds spend the winter, or how do the ones staying in Finland survive winter? You will get answers to these questions at this exhibition. You will also find plenty of facts about birds’ senses, nesting, migration and moulting.

A bird’s nest has been designed especially for children, in which they can sit on pillows and listen stories. The Visitor centre also provides games, colouring pages, books and a lot of other fascinating things to keep children amused.

Two-stores Virkkula birdwatching tower is located about 600 metres from the Visitor Centre. The wide duckboard path is well-suited for persons with limited mobility and baby carriages. Going to birdwatching tower but you have no binoculars? No problem, you can borrow good-quality binoculars at the Visitor Centre free of charge for the duration of your stay.

There is also a campfire place and a small playground for kids by the Visitor Centre. It is also allowed to stay overnight with a camper van or a trailer at the parking lot for a small fee.

Rantakurvi 6
91900, Liminka

"The Eight Seasons of a Bird's Year" exhibition at Liminka Bay

Liminka Bay Visitor Centre’s exhibition “The Eight Seasons of a Bird’s year” introduces the year cycle from birds’ viewpoint. The protagonist of the exhibition is Liminka Bay’s rich birdlife, but the life of birds in general is also examined.

Do you ever wonder why Liminka Bay is such a unique place for birds? Where do birds spend the winter, or how do the ones staying in Finland survive winter? You can find answers to these questions at this experiential and interactive exhibition.

You will also find information on birds’ senses, nesting, migration and moulting. Do you want to learn something new or just enjoy magnificent bird pictures and picture presentations?
This exhibition at Liminka Bay Visitor Centre is for you!

Please check the opening hours before arrival:

Rantakurvi 6
91910, Liminka

Birdwatching Tower at Liminka Bay (Virkkula)

Virkkula birdwatching tower is the most popular sight at Liminka Bay Visitor Centre – for good reason!
The great two-storey birdwatching tower opens a wide view across Liminka Bay. That is the best spot to watch hundreds of migrating birds in the area every spring and autumn.

The tower is located at the distance of 600 meters from the Visitor Centre. The wide duckboard path to the birdwatching tower is accessible also with a wheelchair and suitable for families with children.You can borrow binoculars for free from Visitor Centre when visiting the birdwatching tower.

Useful tips for visitors of Virkkula birdwatching tower are below:

– best time to visit the place is from the end of April to the end of September;
– best place to detect black-tailed godwit;
– the east-side grazing area is home to curlews, sandpipers and ruffs;
– especially in the winter time, you can see a white-tailed eagle looking for food;
– large gatherings of waterbirds in autumns.

It is also allowed to bring pets to bird-watching tower, kindly keep your pet on a leash.

Rantakurvi 6
91900, Liminka

Ladies on the Beach

Ladies on the Beach is full service packages for small groups, 4-10 persons.
Pick your dear friends and enjoy quality time together!

LADIES ON THE BEACH, basic package includes:
* Day cruise or a sunset cruise on a speedboat to Maakalla island
* Guided fat bike safari (2h) from Safari House
* At the BeachRose café-restaurant, you can enjoy the sunset on the glazed terrace, which serves snacks (savory / sweet) and a glass of wine.

Matkailutie 312
85100, Kalajoki

Love on the beach -package for couples

Wrap your loved one in the armpit and enjoy a picnic basket with a welcome drink by the sea at Hiekkasärkät.
You can only book the accommodation you want from our destinations and the program for the weekend is ready.

* Picnic basket with welcome drinks, inclined blanket and welcome drink and snacks, nuts and marshmallows.
* Sunset cruise on the Kiira ship in front of Hiekkasärkki, duration about 1.5 h. Departure from Keskuskari marina at 9 p.m.
* Pedal boating or paddling for two when the morning sun is shining near the beach of Hiekkasärkki, duration 2h.
As an alternative, cycling for two on pine trees, wooden trails or to nearby cultural sites.
Fat bike bikes 2h or regular bike 8h.
* In the magnificent sea view, you can enjoy the sunset on the glazed terrace of the BeachRose café-restaurant, which serves snacks (savory / sweet) and a glass of wine.

Matkailutie 312
85100, Kalajoki

Hot Air Balloon Flight for group 4-12pax

Flying in a hot air balloon flight is a lifetime experience, when you can gently sail across the sky and enjoy the beautiful finnish landscapes from a bird’s eye view.

The MOMENTS balloon trip takes about 3-4 hours of which one hour is spent travelling in the air.

Our service includes:

– Transportation from the agreed meeting place to the departure site and back to the meeting point
– About 1 hour flight in hot air balloon
– Traditional after-flight ceremony at the landing site.
– Flight certificate

Kansankatu 53 T3
90100, Oulu

Alakestilä Arboretum park - Liminka

Alakestilä Arboretum park, located in Liminka in Northern Ostrobothnia, is the third oldest tree species park in Finland.

Its founder Kalle Arvola, a municipal councilor began planting first trees in the island of Liminka’s river in 1930s. Over the years the park has expanded significantly and now covers an area around 3 hectares. You can find almost 200 different variants, species and subspecies here. Some of them Kalle Arvola brought from abroad as he travelled to bring varieties that didn’t exist in Finland.

Trees were always in Kalle’s heart and some people even called him “crazy”. He was answering, that this interest in trees can’t even be considered weird, as both of his parents were similarly “crazy”. My mother loved the garden and my father loved the forest.

Kalle felt that forestry was a job that would be done for future generations so that everyone could experience and enjoy nature.

Nowadays the park is open for everyone: you can go fishing, take pictures, enjoy joga, paint, organize a picnic or just relax and walk through it.

It is worth to mention that there is campfire and pavilion for rent in the park. The pavilion is suitable for small-scale public events or as a stage for performance.

The park uses free of charge audio guide service (Glopas), so don’t forget to download it on your phone to know more about history of this unique place. Glopas can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices from app stores.

Värminkoskentie, 20
91900, Liminka
Jumping tower in Rantakylä

Rantakylä Recreational Park - Liminka

The Rantakylä area is one of the most versatile recreation and sports areas in Finland. Rantakylä village is located at the distance of 4 kilometers west from Liminka town center. And it is the best place to spend time with your family or friends or just enjoy it on your own all-season.

In addition to a beach with quay and jumping tower, Rantakylä has also a 18-track disc golf course, beach volley courses as well as good jogging and skiing routes. Hiking by a beautiful riverside is not bad idea too.

For mountainbikers there are several varied-level routes, where you can choose the best suited one for your skill or fitness level. The routes have been marked with reflective colour codes and arrow signs. Starting point for the routes is at Liminka Bay Visitor Center where you can also rent a bike.

During summer and autumn seasons Rantakylä offers splendid opportunities for berry and mushroom picking.

In winter 8 kms skiing tracks of Rantakylä are connected with sea skiing track and Liminka Bay Visitor Center. Skiing ground and sled hill are perfect for small visitors. For brave adults an icewater swimming place is available. Almost forget to mention 2 campfire shelters for sausage cooking.

Monttutie, 14
91910, Liminka
Nallikari beach covered with ice and snow.

Hietasaari recreational area

The Hietasaari recreational area represents post-glacial rebound coast with lush vegetation of old park and garden species, dotted with old villas and private gardens. Here you can discover the various seacoast vegetational zones, coastal meadows and woods, young and grove-like forest heaths, and an abundance of indigenous birdlife.

Starting in the 1850s, a villa community was created in Hietasaari as the wealthy merchants of Oulu escaped the summer heat of the town to the island with their cattle and servants. Some of the old villas still exist in Hietasaari. Some are used as private homes while others have been renovated to serve as rentable facilities, for example. The ever-evolving island remains an attractive summer destination, with Nallikari Beach offering a fantastic setting for visitors near and far. Here you will also find accommodation and restaurant services, a variety of activities to choose from, and nature trails with birdwatching towers and campfire sites along them. Trails are suitable for walking and biking and they are maintained all year round!

90100, Oulu
Skiers on sea ice.

Virpiniemi recreational area

Welcome to experience the nature in Virpiniemi. Located on the Bothnian Bay near Oulu, the recreation and tourist centre of Virpiniemi is a paradise of beautiful forests and ridges accompanied by year-round activities. This northern sports centre offers visitors the summer trails and winter ski tracks of Runtelinharju ridge, aquatic activities on the sea, lovely beaches, and even the possibility to go horseback riding in wonderful scenery. The Rantasara camping area is perfect for longer stays, too!

Golf lovers visit Virpiniemi for the greens created by leading Nordic course designer Jan Sederholm. Usually, the local season for this fascinating sport can begin as early as April. The closeness of the sea and the ridge landscape will challenge players throughout the round.

90810, Oulu

Northern Finland food experience

Food experience in the Northern Finland is unique. Lean-to dining, authentic and cultural restaurants create the perfect Lappish atmosphere. The restaurants and food experience producers chosen by Hungry for Finland, know how to make a tourist fall in love not only with Lappish nature but also with local food.

90100, Oulu
Greenhouses Romeo ja Julia.

Botanical Garden of the University of Oulu

The Botanical Garden of the University of Oulu is one of the northernmost scientific gardens in the world. Botanical Garden collection of plants is maintained for teaching and research purposes and it is open to the public.

Collections include more than 4,000 different plant species and provide an overview of global vegetation diversity. Botanical Garden is also a testing and experimental area for many new and rare plants. The landmark of the Oulu Botanical Garden are the pyramid-shaped greenhouses Romeo and Julia where about 1,200 exotic plant species are presented. Science Garden of the University of Oulu is also located here.

Outdoor garden is open every day 8 AM – 8 PM and is free of charge. Greenhouses are open Tue – Sun 10 AM -4 PM, with voluntary admission fee of 5 €.

Kaitoväylä 5, PL 3000
90570, Oulu
Winter scenery of river delta.

Gems of the Oulu River estuary

Welcome to the Oulu River estuary! In Oulu, you can sense the closeness of water just a short walk away from the city centre. The cultural landscape opening over the river is present all around. The estuary with its lovely islands is a source of year-round recreation on natural waters with a multitude of services on offer. The estuary is easy to discover by paddling or SUP boarding, for example.

Hietasaari Island does not offer only a lush park atmosphere but also the sandy beaches at Nallikari, the “Riviera of the North”. When you enter Pikisaari Island, you will be swept away by the charm of old wooden houses in an artists’ district full of local industrial history. On Hupisaaret Islands, you can try and count how many small wooden bridges across the lovely brooks you can find. If you fancy a refreshing dip in Oulu River, visit Värttö Beach where you can go swimming throughout the year. Seaside disc golfing by the Bothnian Bay at Meri-Toppila disc golf park is a memorable experience in the summer, while fatbiking on the sea ice is an unforgettable one in the wintertime.

90100, Oulu
Winter SUP boarding in Mustasalmi.

Paddling on the Oulujoki river delta and at sea

Do you want to be your own boss on the waters? For those who prefer independent activities, there are easy and safe paddling routes around the islands in the estuary, and a special atmosphere awaits those who paddle the “Amazon of Oulu”, a route along Mustasalmi strait through Hietasaari Island all the way to the sea.

Adventurers can paddle through Toppilansalmi strait toward Nallikari and back down Mustasalmi to the estuary, truly discovering the aquatic Oulu from the waves! You can also rent an inflatable canoe or SUP board and head out to other waterways around Oulu, such as lakes Kuivasjärvi, Pyykösjärvi, or Valkiaisjärvi, the last of which is a special local favourite. The best summer moments also include taking part in a relaxing, guided paddling trip and enjoying a shared experience with others.

90100, Oulu
Kuusiluoto presents heritage of wood building in Finland.

Many layers of history in Kuusiluoto

The Kuusiluoto District with its beautiful wooden houses lies right next to the city centre by the Oulu River estuary. A pedestrian bridge leads you forward to currently uninhabited Sonnisaari Island to enjoy its peaceful atmosphere. In the 18th century, Kuusiluoto was still an island just like Sonnisaari, and locals used them both as pastures for sheep. Since then, upthrust, soil brought in by the river, and landfill have connected Kuusiluoto to the continent.

According to the city plan made after the Oulu Fire in 1822, construction turned Kuusiluoto into a traditional 19th-century Finnish wooden town district that attracted sailors and artisans as residents. A third of the houses in the area date back to the 19th century and another third to 1900–1920. Stone houses built in early 1950s as replacements for wooden ones destroyed in Second World War bombings represent the third layer of construction in Kuusiluoto.

Also the Sonnisaari Island used to be inhabited in the last decades of the 19th century, housing for example a hospital for epidemic diseases since 1982 and the first municipal maternity hospital in Oulu between 1903–1925. Now the island is a nature destination for discovering the flora of coastal meadows and wetland dells as well as grove woods.

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Oulu city reflection in the water at the night time.

The reflecting pools of Oulu

The cultural landscape of the Oulu River estuary also offers plenty of activities for photography lovers. The historical Market Square area, the handsome trees in the parks, pedestrian bridges lighted by architects, and the monumental dam bridge of Oulu look wonderful from the waters and create beautiful reflections on the surface. When paddling, you can see the reflecting pools of Oulu in all their glory as the cultural landscape is drawn onto the water surface in front of you. When admiring them on land in Hupisaaret, Linnansaari, or the Rautasilta steel bridge crossing the Oulu River, the pools look amazing, and you can capture the stunning view in pictures.

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90100, Oulu
Winterfishing at Hartaanselkä.

Go fishing in Oulu around the year

Fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter are a popular pastime in Oulu! Fishing is also perfectly suited for travellers visiting Oulu, even with the whole family. Go angling in Kuusisaari, fish with a spinning rod in Tukkisaari, net a plump salmon on the river, or ice fish on the Bothnian Bay in Nallikari with dozens of other winter fishing fans. In Kuusisaari in the autumn, you may also watch the traditional scoop netting of whitewish and even try it out yourself. Take a guided tour with a skilled fishing guide for luring rarer catch. When fishing, you must naturally follow the standing regulations. For fishing licenses and instructions, please visit Oulu10 service desk or the online Kalapassi service.

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90100, Oulu
Winter biking in Oulu.

Oulu loves biking

Oulu is a bicycle-friendly city all year round. The extensive network of pedestrian and cycle paths spanning over 900 kilometres features beautiful Nordic landscapes and lively districts and offers plenty of opportunities for sports and recreational activities. The pedestrian and cycle paths are maintained throughout the year.

The main cycling routes in the Oulu region are signposted and numbered to guide you to your destination. The longest main route of the cycling route network, which is undergoing continuous development, extends 38km from the centre of Oulu. The cycling routes can be accessed from various locations, including directly from the Kauppatori market square!

Kauppatori 2
90100, Oulu
A snowy tree in the park

Hupisaaret Islands city park

The large park area on Hupisaaret Islands near Oulu city centre invites travellers to roam in its verdant oasis in the summer and discover a snow-covered wonderland in the winter. The park is a must for any outdoor person, culture enthusiast, and romantic to visit. Here locals and visitors alike can find enjoyment, adventure, games, picnics, and tranquillity. Oulu Museum of Art, the Northern Ostrobothnia Museum, and Tietomaa Science Centre are all located near the park, so there is plenty to see and do indoors as well as outdoors.

The Hupisaaret Park consists of several small islands in the Oulu River estuary. It became a public park after the 1850s, and its history holds industry, watermills, cattle pastures, French gardens, and child’s play. The sound of the rippling brooks is part of the park’s attraction – in the brooks, you can even find sea trout belonging to the native stock of Oulu River as they run to spawn in the park’s channels.

Cafeteria Kiikku serves customers in the park in the summertime, while a versatile playground attracts adventure seekers to play around the year. Created by talented architects, a wonderful summer theatre offers cultural enjoyment for all the family. Gazebos from the old days and lovely bridges joining the small islands provide beautiful spots for resting. At the northern end of the park is the longest fish ladder in Finland and the only one in Oulu River. Here you can spot migrating fish from May until the end of October.

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Seafood pasta.

Bistoria Iso-Syöte

Cozy and welcoming Bistro with good taste.
Bistoria is a great place to relax and gather after an active day. Enjoy our fine food, drinks and service that get´s you smile and come back again.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar.

Romekievarintie 4
93280, Pudasjärvi

Nallikari Bakery & Bistro

Fresh bakery goods, good coffee, lunch, tasty bistro food and easy take away. Gather your friends and family to relax and enjoy!
Full service catering with amazing food ideas, perfect cakes to your wishes and professional service. We are at Nallikari Holiday Village.

Leiritie 10
90510, Oulu
Northern lights.

Restaurant Nallikari

Restaurant Nallikari is a high quality, Nordic restaurant on Nallikari beach Oulu. Restaurant is open from lunch to late evening. 250 seats inside and 300 seats on summer deck.

Served in buffet; tasty soup lunch, famous Islander buffet and Business lunch with two main courses.

A´la Carte
Local ingredients and seasonal food. Menu designed by Chef Antti Lindholm.
A´la Carte menu changes five times a year. Seasonal weeks: blini, asparagus, sea food.

Nallikari brunch is a stylish way to spend Saturday with friends and family.

Bar & Coffee
Full service international cocktail bar, quality coffee and Nallikari Bakery pastries.

Nallikarinranta 15
90510, Oulu
Matti Lepistö's sculptures

Matti Lepistö Sculpture Park

The sculpture park of Raahe-based self-educated artist Matti Lepistö (1948-2020) is a truly unique place to visit. The prolific artist Matti Lepistö, who worked with several different techniques, became known especially for his concrete sculptures. Over the years, they have become a private sculpture park with almost 300 sculptures in his backyard in Pattijoki. In addition to sculptural art, Matti painted, drew, wrote, photographed and made stained glass.

In the exhibition you can get acquainted with the artist’s sculptures. The park features animal and human sculptures as well as mythology and surreal art. Some of the sculptures are works that critically examine the conquests of religion, while the animal figures and the Kalevala themed pieces are in perfect harmony among the themes and depictions of the countryside that symbolize the birth of life. For Matti Lepistö, making art was a way of life and a vocation. Matti hoped as many people as possible to experience his art and also encouraged others to try concrete processing to create art.

Matti Lepistö’s legacy wants to respect the artist’s wish and memory by keeping the sculpture park open to the public. You can come to the sculpture park to spend a summer day, even on a picnic.

The entrance fee to the sculpture park is 5 € / person and 10 € / family. The entrance fee can be paid in cash or with MobilePay. The MobilePay number is 046 657 4089. The entrance fee covers the maintenance costs of the sculpture park.

Mansikkakarintie 200
92140, Raahe
Toripoliisi Statue 1

Sightseeing of Oulu on Mountain Bikes

Enjoy the most beautiful sights of Oulu on a mountain bike.

The sightseeing experience on mountain bikes begins at the famous Toripoliisi-statue of Oulu Market Square from where we’ll walk to the nearby starting point of the actual cycling.

From there the tour is directed through the historical Pikisaari island, which is a remnant of the Old Town of Oulu, and two the beautiful seaside and park scenery of Hietasaari. In Nallikari we’ll also drive across the beach and stop by the Nallikari lighthouse. During its latter part the route weaves through the gorgeous Hupisaaret park area concluding back at the Market Square. The route follows bicycle routes as well as off-road trails.

During this 2,5-hour tour you get to experience Oulu at its most beautiful. This trip is a great experience for travellers but also for the people of Oulu.

During thawed ground (from spring to fall) the trip can be executed with fatbikes and more narrow-tired mountain bikes. During winter the trip is only executed with fatbikes.

Fatbike is a bicycle with oversized tires. Their low tire pressure enables their use on soft and unstable terrains such as snow and sand. The trip is suited for anyone with basic fitness.

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90100, Oulu
Mustasalmi Oulu 1

Kayaking safari to River Oulu delta

The delta of River Oulu is a diverse paddling location providing both cultural and natural scenery as well as a unique perspective on the cityscape of Oulu. This safari offers the delta area as its finest.

In the beginning we’ll teach the basics of kayaking and go carefully through the safety features. Then we’ll start a safari with the length of approximately 7 kilometers led by a trained and experienced paddling instructor and carried out with single seated kayaks.

The trip is well suited for beginners and doesn’t require swimming skills.

90500, Oulu
Exit Oulu Room Escape Games

Room Escape Games

You have 60 minutes, can you get out..?

Can you escape the infamous Alcatraz? Or find the Dead Man’s Island in Caribbean in a pirate ship? Or solve mysteries of a famous magician?
Exit Oulu is the biggest room escape game organiser in Oulu with 12 differently themed games in four locations all located conveniently in Oulu city centre.

Each of our 12 games is designed to be played by team of 2-6 persons, so we can host games for up to 70 players at the same time.

There are bars in our Rotuaari and Uusikatu 22 venues. We can also provide catering services for groups. (Pre-booking required.)

Uusikatu 13-15
90100, Oulu
Varjakka island fire station.

Varjakka industrial heritage site and nature trail

Varjakka has a colourful history full of local stories. The island houses an old sawmill that is important for reasons of both cultural history and architecture. The collection of buildings around the sawmill is an intact entity and rare by international standards. It has also been declared a nationally significant cultural environment. Varjakka is located just over 20 kilometres from Oulu city centre.

The island of Varjakka was a ship and renovation dock in the 19th century, before seeing its golden age in the early 20th century when the largest sawmill in the Nordic countries operated on the island. The island and the Varjakka area on the continent constituted a sawmill community that used to employ as many as 700 people.

Nowadays, the island is a forested destination of natural beauty. You can reach it in the summertime with your own boat, a kayak, a SUP board, or a hand-winched block ferry – an unforgettable experience especially if you are travelling with children. You can explore the island on your own or hire a guide. The Varjakka area also has a beach, the all-year Warjakka Art Trail, and a B&B accommodation.

South of Varjakka Island, there is the 263-hectare nature reserve of Akionlahti, a popular resting place for migrating birds. The area has a nature trail, a tower for birdwatching, and a campfire site.

Varjakantie 223
90470, Oulu
Nallikari beach in winter.

Nallikari – the Riviera of the North

The beautiful pearly beach, spectacular sunsets, high-quality accommodation, and vast selection of recreational outdoor activities have earned Nallikari the nickname ‘Riviera of the North’. The Nallikari beach attracts not only sunbathers but also beach sports lovers.

A family seeking adventure can try out the gigantic climbing net on the beach or storm the well-equipped playground. In the winter, the vastness of the Bothnian Bay offers a range of possibilities for walking, skiing, or snowshoeing on the sea ice. You may also catch kite skiers or fatbikers speeding on the ice. If you fancy a day trip, discover the trails, birdwatching tower, and campfire sites around Hietasaari Island for recreation throughout the year. Accessibility has been considered for the summertime routes.

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Letonniemi nature trail.

Letonniemi protected area and nature trail

The protected area of Letonniemi is an important destination for education and research of post-glacial rebound, showcasing seaside nature and how areas like this turn from sea into forest. It is located only six kilometres from the city centre. A 2.7-kilometre nature trail provides a great opportunity to discover the lush and versatile vegetation. Along the trail, there is an old seafaring navigation device, now standing on solid ground 150 metres from the shore in the middle of the woods. The small lighthouse was built in the 1940s to guide ships to Toppila harbour. In those days, sea level was much higher than today, and Piispanletto in the middle of the area was still an island – the word “letto” means a small, bare island in the local dialect.

In Piispanletto, you will find a resting shelter with a campfire site and a birdwatching tower for the best view of the coast and the sea. Taking and harming of plants and plant parts is forbidden in Letonniemi protected area. Picking berries and mushrooms is allowed, however.

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90580, Oulu
Pilpasuo nature trail includes duck boards.

Pilpasuo protected area and nature trails

The Pilpasuo mire is a great destination for a family day trip and a unique northern experience, about 20 km from Oulu city centre. Most of the mire was formed on an ancient 3,000-year-old coastal meadow. One of the area’s rarities of is the raised beach of Ala-Korkiakangas. The top is covered by boulder soil, which was a little island in the sea 6,500 years ago.

The changing seasons bring out the versatility of the protected area of Pilpasuo. In the summertime, the nature trails attract visitors to take daytime hikes and relax by campfires in the nature. In the autumn, it is a good for berry and mushroom picking. During the winter, Pilpasuo is ideal for Aurora hunting on skis or snowshoes. Pilpasuo has two duckboarded nature trails with fun, nature-themed task points along them for a brain workout.

The shorter one-kilometre trail is especially suited for families with children. You can recognise the trail by the red route markers. The longer seven-kilometre trail has eight task points and is marked with blue. There are designated campfire sites along the trails.

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90650, Oulu
Northern lights abowe the Nallikari lighthouse.

Nallikari Lighthouse

With its splendid sunsets, Nallikari is home to a lighthouse – actually, a lookout tower – that is a must for countless holiday photos and a landmark loved by locals. The unique landmark was completed in 1988 and designed by architects of the Oulu School of Architecture. The tower offers excellent opportunities for taking photos, enjoying the sea view, or staring at stars late in late evening. This is a popular spot for taking unhurried promenades, snapping selfies, or just spending quiet time by the calm sea. Romantics find their way to the lighthouse for summer sunsets.

In the summer, the lookout tower offers a view over the pearly Nallikari Beach as sunbathers crowd the Riviera of the North. In wintertime, you can watch locals spend hours ice-fishing, skiing, fatbiking, or kite skiing. When darkness falls, you may also be lucky enough to spot the Northern Lights flickering across the night sky.

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Old granaries of the market square during winter.

Oulu Market Square

When you reach the Market Square and its landmarks – the Market Hall, the old granaries, and the Market Square Policeman’s statue keeping the peace – you know you have arrived in the local people’s summertime living room.

From early morning on, the summery Market Square bustles with travellers and local residents, along with vegetable and food vendors as well restaurant keepers serving customers till late evening. The old, multi-coloured granaries house not only restaurants but also tiny, charming boutiques selling handicraft products, clothes, and decoration items.

Patrolling in front of the Market Hall and keeping a watchful eye on the visitors is the Market Square Policeman, a plump statue as a reminder of the times when real policemen were guarding the area. The vibrant harbour and export hub of the 18th century gradually became less busy, and the market area became a meeting place for city folk and visitors from the countryside. The policement were needed for upholding law and order.

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Polliisi in the winter.

Oulu Market Square Policeman statue

Over centuries, Oulu Market Square has offered its visitors a year-round, lively meeting and trading place which has also required guarding. A peculiar feature in the local policing history were the Market Square policemen who kept an eye on the Market Square and maintained order there. Through them, the townspeople and those who came from the province became acquainted first-hand with the authorities and the police.

The era of Market Square policemen in Oulu lasted from 1934 until 1979. After the patrolling ended, the policemen were commemorated through a citizen’s fundraiser for erecting a bronze statue in front of the Market Hall. The Market Square Policeman’s statue was designed by sculptor Kaarlo Mikkonen.

Standing at 2.2 metres, the robust policeman with his cap and Sam Browne belt has become a symbol of Oulu over the years and is a popular choice for selfie buddies. So go ahead and snap a friendsie with the jolly Policeman and prove you were really in Oulu!

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Pikisaari scenery in winter.

Wooden old town in Pikisaari Island

An idyllic wooden district, old industrial milieu and unique artists’ community awaits travellers who cross the pedestrian bridge from the Market Square to Pikisaari Island. Pikisaari (in English: Pitch Island) got its name from an old pitch works founded in the 17th century. Besides that, the island has housed shipyards, a sawmill, a distillery, a wool mill, and a machine workshop. Nowadays the island is the home and studio for many artists and artisans.

Pikisaari Island has residential and industrial buildings as well as granaries from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as the early 20th century. Many of the original wooden houses remain standing, although several fires have tested the island. The oldest wooden building in Oulu accommodates the Sailor’s Home Museum. Another building worth seeing is the old, decorative office of the local machine workshop from the 1880s, nowadays used as a residential house. It represents the neo-renaissance style with a tower that is a notable landmark among the houses on the island. Unique accommodation businesses have also found home at the heart of the island, and there are charming restaurants, too.

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Kuusisaari recreation park in winter.

Kuusisaari Recreation Park

Just a ten-minute walk from the city centre, Kuusisaari Island offers a variety of recreational opportunities and an active day out in a wonderful setting by the river. The island’s campfire sites are regularly used throughout the year, and plenty of fishing spots are available, too. The spacious lawns provide a great setting for enjoying a sunny summer day on a relaxed picnic, for example.

For those in search of active leisure activities, street basketball is the best way to get fit! At the end of the day, you can take a dip in the river or watch the local football club play at the nearby stadium. By the way, Kuusisaari is also the number one location to watch in Oulu’s lively summer calendar. Festivals, concerts, and other events will take you to holiday mood with rock, pop, and metal music every summer.

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guided fatbiking tour

Fatbike Tour in Raahe

Start the day with your local guide who will introduce you the secrets of Fatbiking. Even though the fatbikes look sturdy, they are great fun to ride and surprisingly agile, giving you a feeling of floating even on rugged terrain. After the guided tour, the guide will give you the best tips to explore the beautiful nature by yourself.
What is included: guidance in English, helmet and fatbike
Good to know:
• This adventure requires basic physical fitness and is recommended for children of 10 years or older.

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92100, Raahe
kayaking is the best outdoor activity on summer time

Bay of Bothnia by Kayak in Raahe

Explore Raahe from the sea and as close to the sea as you can get! Be prepared for an unforgettable outdoor excursion in Raahe!
City of Raahe by kayak is the defining paddling trip, our 2 hour guided kayak tour through the Raahe and characterized by its clear waters and nature.
The kayaks used on the trip are easy to handle and very stable – This paddling trip suits beginners and experts alike. We will provide you with all the kayaking equipment needed. Just wear some sporty clothing and bring your adventurous spirit – Lappis will take care of the rest. We will ensure You’ll have a relaxing and a memorable paddling experience. We will paddle on a slow and easy pace, everyone can tag along on this journey.
What is included: guidance in English, kayak, live vest, paddle, spraydeck and waterproof celphone case

Musta 14
92100, Raahe
SUPping is nice summer activity

Bay of Bothnia by SUP (stand up paddling) in Raahe

On this ocean adventure we will learn the basic skills on paddling a stand up paddle board (SUP). We will also focus on how to paddle safely and on a sustainable manner protecting the nature.
This paddling trip suits beginners and experts alike. We will provide you with all the SUP equipment needed. Just wear some sporty clothing and bring your adventurous spirit – Lappis will take care of the rest. We will ensure You’ll have a relaxing and a memorable paddling experience. We will paddle on a slow and easy pace, everyone can tag along on this journey.
What is included: guidance in English, SUPboard, live vest, paddle and waterproof celphone case
Good to know:
• This adventure requires basic physical fitness and is recommended for children of 10 years or older.

Musta 14
92100, Raahe
Traditional Finnish pancake with jam

Pancake trip in Syöte National Park

This trip is excellent for families – and all nature and pancake lovers! Trip can be made all year round, in winter with snowshoes.

During this trip your guide sets the fire in the wilderness hut or an open fire place. You can fry your own delicious pancake and enjoy it with strawberry jam by the open fire with some hot coffee, tea or berry juice. Yum!

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93280, Pudasjärvi

Canoeing Trip in Syöte

In the Syöte area there are pleasant lake and river sceneries which are made for an interesting canoeing or kayaking trip! When you go on a trip, we first get to know the canoeing and kayaking equipment and technique, the route and safety issues carefully. During the canoeing trip, we enjoy the lake and ridge scenery and hear information and stories about the history and nature of the Syöte area.

Come along for a relaxing evening by kayaking or canoeing. When booking, tell us about your kayaking experience and whether you want a canoe or kayak with you for the trip.

Erätie 1
93280, Pudasjärvi
SUPping is nice summer activity

Bay of Bothnia by SUP (Stand Up Paddling) in Oulu

On this ocean adventure we will learn the basic skills on paddling a stand up paddle board (SUP). We will also focus on how to paddle safely and on a sustainable manner protecting the nature.
This paddling trip suits beginners and experts alike. We will provide you with all the SUP equipment needed. Just wear some sporty clothing and bring your adventurous spirit – Lappis will take care of the rest. We will ensure You’ll have a relaxing and a memorable paddling experience. We will paddle on a slow and easy pace, everyone can tag along on this journey.
What is included: guidance in English, SUPboard, live vest, paddle and waterproof cellphone case
Good to know:
• This adventure requires basic physical fitness and is recommended for children of 10 years or older.

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90100, Oulu
fatbiking is nice summer activity

Fatbike Tour in Oulu

Start the day with your local guide who will introduce you the secrets of Fatbiking. Even though the fatbikes look sturdy, they are great fun to ride and surprisingly agile, giving you a feeling of floating even on rugged terrain. After the guided tour, the guide will give you the best tips to explore the beautiful nature by yourself.
What is included: guidance in English, helmet and fatbike
Good to know:
• This adventure requires basic physical fitness and is recommended for children of 10 years or older.

90500, Oulu
Arctic wolf and Auroras - Wolf photographing in winter

Arctic Wolf & Auroras

This exclusive wildlife photographing tour takes you to the most remote areas in Europe, near the eastern border of Finland. Tour includes a lot of new experiences, long day tours on the tracks of wolves and wolverines, optional sleeping in the hide; your wildlife vacation is full of exciting moments! You will have also a good time enjoying the silence and rest during your wilderness holiday.

Learning about the wildlife and wolves is always interesting. Also, skills of managing in the wilderness are included in this winter tour. A bit of luck is needed to see the magnificent Northern Lights and these timid wild animals. Sea eagles and golden eagles are living here, so it might be possible that you see these big birds gliding silently above the untouched white snowfields.

One of our unique skills is to make beautiful meals in nature. So, welcome and enjoy. Feel free to make contact and tell us about your expectations and needs. We will make your wilderness holiday dreams come true!

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90410, Oulu
Cruises to Raahe Archipelago leave from the harbor next to the Packhouse Museum.

Day Trip from Oulu to Raahe

Raahe is full of history and maritime experiences!

Take a day trip from Oulu to Raahe for a full day of experiences! In Raahe, you can stroll through the atmospheric quarters of Old Town Raahe, stop at cafés and museums, shop in boutiques or enjoy a maritime experience on an archipelago cruise, by paddling or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Bicycle rental is also possible.

The Saaga Travel day trip bus to Raahe runs on Thursdays from 30 June to 4 August 2022 as a guaranteed departure. The trip is organized if there is at least one participant. The bus leaves from Kaarlenväylä street next to Oulu Market Square at 10.00.We will be back in the center of Oulu at 6 p.m.

We organize also private tours from Oulu to Raahe on request – ask for a quote!

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Three National Parks Summer Adventure in South Lapland - canoeing

Three National Parks Summer Adventure

Incredibly fresh air, blue lakes, exciting activities and wonderful classic Log cabin accommodation welcomes you to three different National Parks in South Lapland!

Well-being and adventure meet in this nature-based holiday. Hiking and biking in the old forest in Syöte national park and a meditative paddling tour on the wilderness lake in Hossa National Park with a professional adventure instructor is a pure joy.

Meeting brown bears in their own territory near the Martinselkonen Nature Reserve and a boat trip in a huge canyon are both unforgettable experiences.

True adventure is arranged for you in Kuusamo rapids! You are warmly welcome to join a rafting adventure in Oulanka National Park!

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93280, Syöte
South Lapland Winter Experience - two day's husky tour

South Lapland Winter Experience

We have selected unique treasures for you to enjoy South Lapland’s white wilderness, where you can find peace and quietness. You’ll have a great extraordinary Nordic week, guided by local experts, friendly, safely and personally. Experience the highlights of Lapland nature and culture with professional outdoor instructors.

You will hear the stories of living in Lapland, have an opportunity to join the unforgettable two days Husky sled tour, experience the Northern Lights and walk on the untouched white snow with snowshoes. Have a landscape photographing experience in Riisitunturi National Park, drive the snow scooter, meet the reindeers and organic cows at the Lapland cow farm and eat delicious local food! Welcome, and enjoy!

Erätie 1
93280, Syöte
Forest Mind Trip in winter with snowshoes

Relaxing Forest Mind trip in Syöte National Park

There are many great places in Syöte National Park where you can just concentrate on relaxing, breathing and enjoying the nature around you. Come and join our relaxing Forest Mind trip!

The trip is suitable for all and it’s possible to arrange all year round, in winter for example with snowshoes. On this trip we use Finnish invention, Forest Mind Method, which connects nature based wellbeing and mind skills. Forest Mind is ideal for promoting self-awareness, relaxation, stress relief, refreshment, and invigoration. You don’t need any previous experience, just come along and relax!

Erätie 1
93280, Syöte
Boreal bird and wildlife tour - brown bear

Boreal Bird & Wildlife Photographing Tour

This comprehensive bird and nature photographing week in Northern Ostrobothnia and South Lapland is made for nature lovers! Photographing holiday could be arranged as a self-guided holiday or with the local guide.

Wide-ranging bird sites vary from wonderful old spruce forests to hills, wetlands, lakes and riversides. We photograph birds and wildlife from the hiking trails in the wilderness, from the hides made for professional photographers, single or twin bird photographing tents, bird-watching towers and if you prefer you can hire a floating bird hide. Bear and eagle hides are solid wooden hides with photographing tables where you can attach your ball head or gimbal.

You will have also a good time enjoying the silence and rest during your wilderness photographing holiday. Taigavire Oy / Hikes’n Trails works as a field operator in South Lapland specializing in bird and wildlife photography tours. We cooperate only with professional nature photographers and sustainable wildlife companies in Finland.

Erätie 1
93280, Syöte
Snowshoeing Holiday in South Lapland

Snowshoeing Week in South Lapland

Welcome to enjoy the silence and untouched nature in a peaceful Northern fell and forest area with snowshoes! Do you sometimes need to feel freedom and relaxation from the stressful life and daily work? Snowshoeing in these bright white snow-covered surroundings might be a meditative experience when you find your rhythm to your walking. You can hear the only wind in your ears, snow crunching under your snowshoes, and sometimes snow falling from the trees.

On this snowshoeing holiday, you will explore Finland in the region of Southern Lapland. The remote area is absolutely a perfect place to enjoy the peace of nature. Tracks will go in peaceful areas through the snow-white forests up to the hills, along the ridges, and over the frozen lakes.

During this trip, you can also put your cell phone away, enjoy the freedom and be without any media devices if you want.

The daily treks of approx. 4 to 6 hours will be walked partly in deep and thick snow. The terrain is variable, with many up – and downhills. The difficulty of the tour is moderate. No previous experience in snowshoeing is needed, but the good physical condition is desirable.

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93280, Syöte
Sahasaari island in Koitelinkoski is reached via a suspension bridge.

Day Trip from Oulu to Koitelinkoski rapids

Koitelinkoski is a wonderful nature destination for the whole family, only half an hour’s drive from Oulu.

In the area you can admire the rapids of the Kiiminkijoki River, walk on the nature trails on the islands of the river, have picnic on the rocks and campfire sites, or enjoy the delicacies of the café and ice cream kiosk. There are also play stands for children in the area.

The Saaga Travel day trip from Oulu to Koitelinkoski is organized on Fridays from 1 July to 12 August 2022 as a guaranteed departure. The trip is organized if there is at least one participant.

The bus leaves from Kaarlenväylä street from Oulu Market Square at 11.30. The total duration of the trip is 3.5 hours.

We organize also private tours from Oulu to Koitelinkoski on request – ask for a quote!

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The 19-km Syötteen kierros trail is one of Finland's most acclaimed mountain biking trails.

Day Trip from Oulu to Syöte

Syöte area offers a wide range of opportunities for nature activities from sightseeing to hiking, mountain biking or berry-picking! For those looking for the charm of speed, we recommend downhill biking in Iso-Syöte Bike Park.

Syöte area is located 2 hours from Oulu and can be conveniently reached with Saaga Travel’s guaranteed weekly departures on Saturdays from July 2 to August 6, 2022.

The bus operates around the area during the day, so you can explore more Syöte destinations during the day.

Example itineraries for a perfect day in Syöte:

1. Syöte for landscape admirers
Get off the bus at the Syöte Visitor Centre. Check out the exhibition which tells about the history and nature of the area. Ask the Syöte Visitor Centre guides for suitable hiking tips and take a small walk along the trails in the Syöte National Park. Have lunch at the Visitor Centre or enjoy your own packed lunch during your small hike. Take the bus to the top of Iso-Syöte fell. Climb to the top of the fell and admire the scenery over the National Park. Enjoy afternoon refreshments in Hotel Iso-Syöte panoramic café-restaurant and visit the hotel’s rooftop Skywalk observation deck for last selfies and photos before the bus takes you back to Oulu.

2. E-fatbiking around the Iso-Syöte fell
Book e-fatbikes in advance from one of the rental shops. Pick up your bike and head for the 19-km Syötteen kierros trail. Bring your own packed lunch and swimming suit with you. Have a lunch break by one of the ponds along the trail and enjoy swimming before riding your bike back to Syöte. You can also swim in Luppovesi behind the KIDE Hotel after the biking tour. Eat a nice meal at the new restaurant Bistoria at KIDE Hotel before taking the bus back to Oulu.

We organize also private tours from Oulu to Syöte on request.

90100, Oulu
There is an easy-to-walk wooden route on the shores of Marjaniemi Beach in Hailuoto.

Day Trip from Oulu to Hailuoto

The unique Hailuoto is the largest island in the Gulf of Bothnia, where you can spend a varied summer day enjoying the outdoors, beach life, culture and good food.

The Saaga Travel day trip bus is an easy way to visit Hailuoto. The bus runs between Marjaniemi fishermen’s village, the village center and Ailasto during the day, so you can combine different destinations of the island to your visit.

Example itineraries for a perfect day in Hailuoto:

1. Go first to Marjaniemi fishermen’s village. Explore the beach, take photos, climb the lighthouse, enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants and buy freshly smoked fish from the smokery. Hop on the bus and go the Hailuoto village center. Visit Hailuoto Organic Brewery, enjoy locally produced beer in the atmospheric pub, and buy local handicrafts in Luovon Puoji just next to the brewery.

2. Get off the bus at Ailasto and make a nature excursion to Hyypänmäki, the highest point of Hailuoto (31 m) with interesting history. Enjoy lunch in Ailasto. Take the bus to Marjaniemi and take a swim in the sea before heading back to Oulu.

The Saaga Travel day trip from the center of Oulu to Hailuoto island is organized on Wednesdays and Sundays from June 29 to August 7, 2022 as a guaranteed departure. If there is one participant, the tour is organized.

We organize also private tours from Oulu to Hailuoto on request.

90100, Oulu
Canoeing in Oulu.

Rent a canoe

Take a canoieng trip in Oulu. Rent a canoe for a day and paddle around the river delta area to the sea. Easy to paddle, life wests are included.

Hietasaarentie 9
90500, Oulu

Canoeing, Paddling and Kayaking routes in Ii

Enjoy calm river deltas or head to the Bothnian Bay seashores.
Routes are not signposted.

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91100, Ii

Environmental Art Park

Contemporary art by the river and in the heart of Ii.

The Environmental Art Park of Ii was first opened in June 2012 and now has become a popular site among locals and visitors. Every second year KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre organizes Art Ii Biennale (AIB) that produces international modern art.

Pappilantie 16
91100, Ii

Jakkukylä suspension bridge and Purusaari

Enjoy the views of Ii river

The outdoor recreation area on the Purusaari island, located in Jakkukylä village in the Finnish municipality of Ii, offers amazing views of River Iijoki and the Jakkukylä village. The island becomes even more attractive in the summer, when visitors can independently cross the river using a rope-operated ferry (distance 20 metres). In the winter, the island can be reached by a ski trail or over the ice. The Purusaari recreational area is maintained by the Jakkukylä village association.

Services: On the Purusaari island, there is a 2-km-long scenic route, and at the west end of the island, there is a lean-to perfect for enjoying the view and live fire. The area was equipped with a woodshed and an outdoor toilet in the summer of 2022. There is also a beach suitable for taking a swim. Information boards describing the local history and environment are planned for the route.

A suspension bridge with the largest span in northern Europe, crossing the almost 200-metre-wide River Iijoki, was completed in December 2021. The bridge can be crossed on foot. If you are travelling the route on a bicycle, you have to dismount it for crossing the bridge. The Jakku school is located on the north side of the bridge. Particularly if you are taking the route with a dog, please note that the walking surface of the bridge is made of metal mesh.

The Jakkukylä area also offers various opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing and cycling.

Jakuntie 85
91210, Ii
The Särkkä's Perennialnursery grow more than 1000 different perennials.

Särkkä's Perennial Nursery

Our plant nursery in Raahe specialises in growing perennial flowers. The plants are mostly grown from our own stock plants.

In addition to our own perennial plant production, our nursery has a wide selection of ornamental trees and shrubs, as well as fruit and berry plants. We also have a selection of wild species and several rarities.

Get new experiences and ideas for your own garden at our nursery displays, which run from spring to autumn.

Welcome to visit our nursery! We are just off the 8-road (E8), so it is easy to get to us.

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92210, Raahe
Everyman´s rights allows to pick up some berries and mushrooms from the forest.

Siiponjoki nature trail

This 20-kilometre nature trail runs across magnificent pine forests to the shores of the Siiponjoki river. There is a kota hut and two lean-tos by the river. The river snakes through the sandy terrain, constantly reshaping its bed and creating a magical atmosphere and the occasional lush riverbank grove in the otherwise open woodland landscape. Downstream, the river forms a number of distributaries that flow into the sea at the Rahja archipelago. The nature trail offers some of the best scenery in Kalajoki.

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85100, Kalajoki
In a quiet Vihaslahti area yo can spot many species of birds and animals.

The Vihaslahti bird tower and nature reserve

Vihaslahti is a habitat or stopping place for numerous bird species, which can be spotted eating or nesting in the area. Hikers can also see the sheep in the surrounding fields in the summer. Vihaslahti is part of the Vihas-Keihäslahti nature reserve. You can reach this area by hiking or by bike easily along the duckboards.

Tuomipakkaintie 9
85100, Kalajoki
more than hundred of small islands invites for island hopping.

Rahja archipelago

The ancient shores and old ports of the Rahja archipelago are living proof of a post-glacial rebound. All of the habitat types of a coast with rising land masses can be seen on Rahja’s hundred islands, from the inner archipelago’s sheltered forests to the rugged islets out in the open sea. The Rahja archipelago is a wonderful, sheltered destination for a geocaching trip, kayaking, SUP paddling or cross-country skiing.

85100, Kalajoki
Let the sea wind dance with your hair.

The duckboards of Hiekkasärkät

A dense duckboard network covers the Hiekkasärkät sand dunes, extending to the nature trail which starts at the resort’s northern end. The renovated nature and culture trail leads to the Vihaslahti reserve. The trail is accessible on foot and by bicycle, and with a stroller or wheelchair.

85100, Kalajoki
Sarkkiranta sports centre

Sarkkiranta sports centre

The Sarkkiranta sport centre is home for Finnish baseball’s top level league games and also football games. It is a dynamic centre for sports and exercise. In addition to the stadium for Finnish baseball and the full-size crumb rubber football field you can find a skateboard ramp, a playground, two beach volley courts, a rock dust covered field, running tracks, athletics field, three tennis courts and a mountain bike trail in Sarkkiranta. In winter, illuminated ski trails circle around the sports centre and when the snow melts, the trails are used by joggers.
In winter there is an illuminated ice hockey rink and a skating area.

90440, Kempele
Cycling in Köykkyri

Köykkyri recreation area

Köykkyri recreation area is situated in Honkanen, near the Zeppelin shopping centre. The area is a centre for many sports and outdoor exercise in nature. Köykkyri has the longest stair climbing stairway in the Oulu region that is becoming increasingly popular. The recreation area offers a variety of sporting activities all year round, such as mountain biking, disc golf, beach volley, cross-country running, stair climbing exercise, football or simply fun outdoor activities. During the winter, there are some 12 km of lighted skiing tracks circling in the area. The ski resort has one illuminated main ski slope, a drag lift and a snow park.

The area will get marked hiking and MTB trails, the routes are currently being mapped.

Pyrinnöntie 5
90450, Kempele
Nainen hiihtää ladulla husky-koiran kanssa. Taustalla luminen metsä ja sininen taivas. / A woman is skiing on a piste with a gray husky dog. In the background you can see a snowy forest and a blue sky. Kuva:Annu Tuohiluoto

Syöte National Park

Enjoy an active break in the wooded hills of the north! The wild wooded hills of Syöte provide an ideal setting for many activities. Ski-trek through the magical snow-covered winter forests, or pedal up hill and down dale along the park’s fine mountain-biking routes. The log cabin sauna at Ahmatupa in the heart of the park is a great place to soothe your body and soul.
In nature conservation areas, everyman’s rights do not apply in the normal way. Please always check the rules of the destination before making your trip.
National parks are nature reserves, whose key task is to safeguard biodiversity and enable people to enjoy and relax in nature on the terms of nature conservation. All national parks in Finland are managed by Metsähallitus.

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93280, Pudasjärvi
Lumisen metsän keskellä on hirsirakennus. /  In the middle of the snowy forest is a log building. Kuva: Sami Säily.

Syöte Visitor Centre

Syöte Visitor Centre is a handsome log castle by the gates of Syöte National Park. At the permanent exhibition, you can sense the presence of history and hear the whispering spruces. The exhibition presents the history of the interaction between man and nature in the backwoods of Syöte. While sipping a cup of coffee, you can admire the snow-crowned spruces or relax watching nature films. With the help of the up-to-date hiking tips that are provided by the visitor centre’s staff, it is easy to enjoy an active holiday amongst the wooded hills. Check opening hours from Visitor Centre’s homepage.

Erätie 1
93280, Pudasjärvi
montta, oulujoki, muhos

Active camping Montta

Traditional camping on the bank of the Oulujoki river in Muhos, surrounded by forest, peaceful atmosphere and beautiful nature landscapes. You can color your stay with activities such as sports in the nature, photography, hiking, fishing, renting a canoe, kayak or a boat. Summer season in our region is full of events.

Camping comprises of 40 caravan pitches and 13 cottages. To complete your comfortable stay we have saunas, playground for kids, dancing floor under the roof, cabinets for events etc. All these facilities will make your holiday warm, relaxing, funny, cosy and joyful.

Kieksintie 209
91500, Muhos
Bird-watching tower in Vihiluoto. Kempele, Finland

Vihiluoto beach and bird watching area

Vihiluoto is the seaside oasis in Kempele. There is a swimming beach, a marina where you can rent a Jet Ski, beach volley courts, an accessible nature trail with a bird-watching tower and barbecue place. In addition, there is a disc golf course, a little skateboard ramp, and in summer, a field for 20 sheep. In winter, the village association prepares skiing tracks and a tour skating route on the sea ice.
There is also Finlandia Hotel Airport Oulu, Spanish restaurant El Sabor and Vihiluodon Torppa on the seashore in Vihiluoto.

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90440, Kempele
It is about 500 m walk from Liminka Bay Visitor Centre to the Virkkula birdwatching tower, from where there are good views over the Bay area.

Day Trip to Liminka Bay

Join us for a day trip from Oulu to Liminka Bay, where you can visit the interesting Eight Seasons of Birds exhibition at the Liminka Bay Visitor Centre and follow birdlife at the Virkkula Bird Tower. A birdlife guide is present at the bird tower at 10-12 am (weather permitting). There are also well-marked mountain biking trails starting form the visitor centre.

Cafe-Restaurant Liminganlahti serves customers at the visitor centre building. Own snacks can be enjoyed by the visitor centre campfire place.

The Saaga Travel bus leaves from Kaarlenväylä from Oulu Market Square at 9.30. The return from Liminka Bay back to Oulu leaves at 13.00. For an additional fee, you can also take your own bike.

This day trip is operated on Fridays 1.7.-5.8.2022.

90100, Oulu
kayaking is the best outdoor activity on summer time

Bay of Bothnia by Kayak in Oulu

Explore Oulu from the sea and as close to the sea as you can get! Be prepared for an unforgettable outdoor
excursion in Oulu!
City of Oulu by kayak is the defining paddling trip, our 2 hour guided kayak tour through the Oulu and
characterized by its clear waters and nature.
The kayaks used on the trip are easy to handle and very stable – This paddling trip suits beginners and experts alike.
We will provide you with all the kayaking equipment needed. Just wear some sporty clothing and bring your
adventurous spirit – Lappis will take care of the rest. We will ensure You’ll have a relaxing and a memorable paddling experience.
We will paddle on a slow and easy pace, everyone can tag along on this journey.
What is included: guidance in English, kayak, live vest, paddle, spraydeck and waterproof cellphone case

Linnasaari 1
90100, Oulu
Syötteen Eräpalvelut Huskysafarit husky

Syöte husky safaris

Syöte husky safaris give you a real feel of the silent fell nature of the north. The safaris are organised by Syötteen Eräpalvelut. When you’re driving a husky sledge, all you hear is the squeaking snow as the eager huskies gust forward.

Before starting the safari, you will get instructions on steering the sledge. The safari route runs through forests and over swamps. Sometimes you might even cross a frozen lake. After the ride, you have a chance to scratch the dogs. Finally, you will enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and hear some interesting stories about the life in the husky kennel.

Dog sledge rides are a great and warm-hearted activity for the whole family. In the winter season, there are shorter routes of 6 and 12 kilometres available, as well as longer all-day husky safaris. Visits to the Syötteen Eräpalvelut kennel of approximately one hundred Siberian huskies are organised throughout the year.

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93280, Syöte

Gym at KIDE Hotel

At KIDE Hotel in Iso-Syöte, you don’t miss a workout, even on holiday. The hotel has two gyms.

There is a spacious 200 square meters gym for functional training and fitness workout. In the traditional gym, you will find versatile workout stations and modern training equipment.

You can buy access to the gyms when booking a room.

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93280, Syöte
Fish tern at Bothnian bay

Experience the wonders of the Finnish nature

The programme introduces to the sounds, flora and fauna of the season.

Finland has four unique seasons. Light-filled summer, when Oulu is bright even at night. Our area’s birds and late summer berry reserves are second to none.

The colorful autumn brings with it migratory birds, dark nights and our pure nature is slowly turning into a mushroom-hunter’s paradise before frost-glazed winter.

Winters in Oulu are crisp, glittery and full of snow. It is the time for warm woolen jumpers and windproof jacket. Winter is also time for darkness but also time for peace and quiet in our forests.

Bloom-covered spring is also time for wild herbs. In the spring and early summer, nature provides an abundant harvest of wild edible plants for anyone to pick. It is easy to fond fresh, nutrient-rich ingredients for salads, seasonings and herbal beverages.

Finland is home to the world’s largest archipelago and has more than 80,000 islands off its coast. Our excursion destination is Akio Island, which is slowly becoming part of the mainland due to the region’s strong land uplift. The nesting birds in the area are rich in both species and numbers, and the surrounding sea area is an important resting area for migratory birds.

Did You know, that all people have the right to enjoy nature anywhere in the Finnish countryside regardless of land ownership? The legal concept of “Everyman’s Right” in Finland extends immense freedom to roam but comes with some serious responsibilities. Primary of all is a mutual respect for nature and people. The golden rule requires a desire to preserve and protect the unspoiled beauty and wonder of nature for future generations to enjoy.

Good walking condition required (includes ~3 km of walking).

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90470, Oulu
People resting in Finnish woods

We Breathe the Forest!

Come with us to enjoy in the arms of the Finnish forest. During the nature walk we challenge our senses to hear, feel and see the surrounding nature holistically.

Breathing exercises soothe us by the trees. We hear local stories and learn what the forest means to Finns. A relaxing moment in clean, Finnish nature increases health and relieves stress. In summer this can be arranged also during the night.

After the walk we sit by the campfire. Everyone gets to make a memory for themselves; a little piece of jewerly made from a local reed.

Coffee/tea with a little sweet and sausages are served.

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90660, Oulu
Iso-Kraaseli daymark and sail sheds

The Iso-Kraaseli Island Daymark in Raahe Archipelago

The Iso-Kraaseli daymark was built in 1852 according to the plans of Albin Stjerncreutz, chief of the Ostrobothnian navigation district. 25 metres above the sea level, 18 metres above the ground. Even earlier, there were a daymark and a pilot’s hut on the island. According to a sailing guidebook from 1865, a senior pilot and three pilots were on duty in the pilot’s hut. They had steering documents for all three entrance routes to Raahe. The Iso-Kraaseli daymark and the tower of Raahe’s old church were important signposts for the central route. In the Kraaseli daymark, the heartwood tree running all the way through the roof forms a two-metre pole on top of the structure, which was used as a signal pole. The daymark’s sea-facing walls are white, while the other parts are red.

In summertime, you can access the archipelago on small cruise boats or by canoe – or go stand up paddling either on your own or on guided tours, or with your own or rented equipment or boat. Normally, the cruise boat charter transport season starts in May and operates all the way until October. The summer schedules for daily departures are published in the Archipelago cruises and transport website.

In winter, when the ice is firm enough, the islands can be accessed by sleigh and other means, weather permitting. Skiing, walking and cycling on the frozen sea is a favourite pastime for locals too. Read more about the services available in the archipelago in

Special accomodation on the islands historical Pilothouse
Explore the naturetrail

Iso-Kraaseli island
92100, Raahe
Rokua MTB race

Rokua MTB

Mountain bike event at the nearby Rokua National Park and at the heart of Rokua Geopark! Fast-paced racing in the varying terrain that will challenge you. The event welcomes all mountain bike enthusiasts, beginners also welcome.

Distances 21 km / 63 km

Kuntoraitti 2
91670, Rokua
Santa's Resort&Spa Hotel Sani Kalajoki

Santa's Resort&Spa Hotel Sani

Santa’s Resort&Spa Hotel Sani – Arctic beach resort in Kalajoki

Santa’s Resort & Spa Hotel Sani is located in the arctic beach resort Kalajoki. Kalajoki is the perfect wellness holiday destination every day of the year. The full-service spa hotel with a sea view, instant access to the beach and nature trails, conference facilities, restaurant and bar enable tailored holidays and events for individuals and holiday groups, high-end guests as well as meetings and incentive groups.

Our superior rooms and modern apartments have glazed private balconies facing the famous sand dunes. How wonderful to watch the sun set behind the sea from your own balcony!

Taste the Nordic and Lappish flavours in our Restaurant Bistro. Santa’s breakfast is a pleasant surprise with a variety of traditional and local flavors and dishes.

Jukupolku 5
85100, Kalajoki

Skywalk rooftop terrace

If you are looking for a lookout spot with the best views in the north, welcome to the Skywalk roof terrace of the Arctic Hilltop Boutique Hotel Iso-Syöte. You can really feel the beauty and stunning silence of mountain nature there.

Skywalk offers you 360° views from the top of Finland’s southernmost fell. The specialty of the Skywalk (100 m²) is the corridor from the terrace area to a vantage point. Here you will grab the best selfies of the trip!

The views to the fell, extending beyond the naked eye, change according to the seasons. In winter, there are snow-covered trees and northern lights; in summer, bright summer nights. Autumn is the time of the autumn foliage. Access to the Skywalk roof terrace is free for hotel and restaurant guests and is suitable for the whole family.

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93280, Syöte
Fatbike mäntyä vasten metsästyssä

Fatbike rental in Rokua

Jump on a fatbike, refresh and marvel the beautiful nature of Rokua! Mountain biking is a fun and ecological way to explore area of Rokua Geopark and Rokua National Park. Enjoy the varied and easy terrain with the best company.

Unique nature filled with lichen and green pine forests guarantee a wonderful independent bike tour of Rokua’s surroundings.

Fatbikes can be rented for 3 to 8 hours and come in multiple sizes depending on your height (S-L).

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91670, Rokua
Tasku island and historical daymark in the summer - Raahe Archipelago

Raahe Archipelago

The Raahe archipelago, Finnish Outdoor Destination of the Year 2016, is a gem right in front of the town. The compact urban archipelago consists of around 50 small islands and islets. Take a short cruise, spend a lovely summer day on an island, learn about nature formed by post-glacial rebound on a nature trail, listen to audio guides to hear about the history of maritime transport and other stories, savour the peace of uninhabited islands and enjoy the lovely beaches. See the historical wooden lighthouses on islands of Iso-Kraaseli and Tasku built in 1853.

You can easily enjoy the archipelago. In the summer, there are daily cruises and Island Hopping trips. You can take part in guided kayaking trips on nearby waters or further to the open sea. We also offer skilled guidance and company for more experienced stand-up paddlers. For boaters, there are mooring points on the islands of Iso-Kraaseli, Kalla, Tasku and Ulkopauha.

In the winter, you can enjoy the frozen sea and its many outdoor opportunities. Thanks to the ice, you can get to the archipelago by walking, skiing, snowshoeing, fatbiking or taking a sleigh ride.

A significant part of the archipelago of Raahe belongs to the Natura 2000 network due to its birdlife, vegetation and habitat types. With a total area of 2,240 hectares, the archipelago includes approx. 358.5 hectares of land and shallows and 1,881.5 hectares of water areas.

Guest berths in the Raahe archipelago
The island of Iso-Kraaseli features a pier for small boats, a kayak pier and a large concrete pier with landing levels and a wheelchair ramp on both sides. Some 1.3 km long and 600 m wide, Iso-Kraaseli is Raahe’s second largest island. The island features a wooden daymark, a 2.3 km nature path, barbecue facilities, a campfire site, a table and benches, a toilet, a sauna and a pilot house leased by MeriRaahe with beds for 13 people. In addition, the island has a glo-lake and a large pine.

Location: 64°40,8’ P, 24°24,4’ I
Port number: 1864
Docking: bow-codend buoy
A 2.5-metre boating fairway leads to the harbour
Location: 64°42’30.5″N 24°23’21.2″E
Port number: 1870
Location: 64°42,1’N, 24°21,3’E
Port number: 1872

Landing ban for protection during bird nesting season
To prevent disturbance of nesting birds, landing is prohibited on the key bird islets and islands. Landing ban on the following islands from 15 April to 15 July: Saapaskari, Kakkonen, Selkämatala, Kallanriutta, Rääpäkänriutta, Vesimatala, Isokivi, Kurikka, Kusiini, Kanttikivet. Landing ban on Rääpäkkä from 1 May to 20 July. Landing ban on Jyry from 1 May to 15 July.

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92100, Raahe
Mega Zipline

Mega Zipline

Mega Zipline is the coolest zipline ride in Finland. And, fittingly, Finland’s coolest zipline starts from the top of the X-Tower, Europes’s tallest adventure tower! The starting point is a whopping 32,5 metres above the ground level. The ride itself goes for an incredible 330 metres. If you dare to open your eyes, as you zoom through the air high above the trees, you will see the beautiful Kalajoki sand dunes and the blue shimmering of the sea.

Tuomipakkaintie 19
85100, Kalajoki
Olohuone ja keittiö

Holiday Apartment With Own Yard

A completely renovated semi-detached holiday home with a sauna for 4 people is located just a short walk from the services, restaurants (600 meters) and beach (400 meters) of Hiekkasärkät in Kalajoki. You have direct access to the ski slopes and jogging paths (100 meters from the door). The holiday apartment also has a terrace and a quiet location with a view to the forest.

Isokoukku 24
85100, Kalajoki
Villa Kalajoki

Villa Kalajoki

We are located in Hiekkasärkät, Kalajoki, next to the services of golf course and outdoor routes. You can also walk to the nearest restaurant and beach.

The homely villa has its own sauna and hut, where you can enjoy atmospheric campfire moments all year round. Accommodation capacity is 7 + 2 people.

In addition to the three bedrooms, the villa has a spacious loft, toilet, bathroom and additional toilet, sauna, fireplace, kitchen and living room. Amenities also include dishwasher, washing machine and baby travel cot.

Tiipolku 48
85100, Kalajoki
Rokua Health & Spa Hotel

Spa Hotel in Rokua

Rokua Health & Spa Hotel welcomes all visitors to a wellness spa hotel in a stunning natural environment, complete with unhurried silence and optimal services. Rokua is the ideal setting for a wellness holiday in a natural environment. Visitors can enjoy a good night’s sleep in Rokua Geopark in comfortable accommodation provided by Rokua Health & Spa Hotel.

Our diverse hotel services and the unique natural setting cater to all tastes! Our restaurant’s chefs will pile your plate with local delicacies. A diverse selection of activities is available all year round. We provide holiday and congress services for adults, children and both young and senior guests. Our guests can enjoy a pleasant stay combined with different programs and activities. Entrance to our spa and well-equipped gym is included in accommodation packages.

Kuntoraitti 2
91670, Rokua
Snowboarding and skiing at Iso-Syöte

Ski Resort Iso-Syöte

Ski Resort Iso-Syöte is a proud World Ski Awards winner for the Best Ski Resort in Finland 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022.

In the winter time, Iso-Syöte is a ski resort and a travel destination that the whole family can enjoy! Iso-Syöte ski area is located in the southernmost fell of Finland where you can ski on 17 perfectly groomed slopes. Whether you are a first-time skier or an advanced pro skier, there is a slope for you. The well over 2 km-long, Iso-Syöte SnowPark is definitely the most versatile freestyle park in Finland – especially popular among youth and young adults!

Iso-Syöte is surrounded by the breathtakingly beautiful Syöte National park and gets the biggest snowfall in all of Finland!

The wide range of activities guarantees you an exciting stay. Syöte offers many recreational possibilities for all tastes. The Syöte fell area offers a spectacular setting for nature lovers. An extensive network of trails is waiting for skiers, trekkers, cyclists, and orienteers to be fascinated by the diverse range of control points.

KIDE Hotel is the official ski-in hotel and is situated in the heart of Iso-Syöte. Brand-new apartment hotel features functional and beautiful scandinavian style rooms, each having a kitchen and a balcony with a fell view.

Syöte area is located 140 km north-east from Oulu and only 750 km from Helsinki. You will get to the slopes as well as to other activities straight from your accommodation door.

Romekievarintie 126
93280, Syöte
one corner of Pekkatori square with old wooden houses in white, yellow and blue

Pekkatori Square in the Heart of Old Raahe

Pekkatori square is a pivotal part of the Old Raahe. This square, representing the closed corner square type and conforming to the ideals of Italian Renaissance, was included in the town plan designed by Gustaf Odenwall after Raahe burned down in 1810. Soon after the fire, several exceptionally unified business buildings representing the construction fashion of the 19th century were built around the square. The buildings have been preserved with meticulous care up to the present day. In the middle of the square there is a statue of Count Per Brahe, Queen Kristina’s governor general, made by Walter Runeberg. The statue was erected in 1888 and has been looking towards the sea for over 120 years.

92100, Raahe
Pekkatori square in old town raahe through a window with flowers

Old Town Raahe

Old Town Raahe is one of the best-preserved 19th-century wooden towns in Finland. Not a museum area but a living town district, Old Raahe tells the tale of the construction of a town and life in it from centuries ago to the modern day.

Get on a guided theme walking tours organised by the Raahe Guides Association. Enjoy the guides’ stories about the people of yore, visits by kings and emperors, the life of sea captains and merchants who had seen the world, daily life, habits and people in the past and today.
You can also take a walk on your own and listen stories via Glopas audio guide while touring. Glopas can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices from app stores.

Just a stone’s throw away from the heart of the old town, from the pier of Packhouse Museum, the former sailors’ house, you can start a cruise in the award-winning Raahe archipelago. Sit down on the pier, breathe in the fresh sea air, listen to the lilt of the happy town.

Built on a former Lapp hut site, the town was originally quite modest. According to a town plan map drawn in 1659, the oldest picture of Raahe, the then 10-year-old town only comprised less than a dozen blocks, many of them nothing more than small strips. There were only two longitudinal streets and three cross streets. The town was surrounded by a customs wall with two customs points: the eastern one outside the crossing of today’s Brahenkatu and Reiponkatu streets, and the southern one at the end of Pitkäkatu (now Kauppakatu) street, approximately at the location of today’s Koulukatu street. Even back then, the town had a busy port, located at the packhouse, which is now the Packhouse Museum. There was no shortage of wood for construction, and stones were procured from the islets in the archipelago, for instance. Founded by Count, Governor-General Per Brahe the Younger by order of Queen Christina, the town materialised “as if by magic”.

92100, Raahe
Tasku island and historical daymark in the summer

The Tasku Island Daymark in Raahe Archipelago

The daymark in Tasku was built in 1853. 19.2 metres above the sea level, 16.5 metres above the ground. Designed by Albin Stjerncreutz, chief of the Ostrobothnian navigation district. The original colour of the daymark was yellow. The daymark was repaired in 1866, and it is said that it was also tarred and painted with red-ochre, but was later repainted yellow in 1877. The first daymark was apparently built on the Tasku Island in the very first years following the establishment of Raahe town (1649). The layout of the daymark is square-shaped. The building resembles a church tower and the roof is pyramid-shaped, with a cross on top. The daymark was repaired in 1890, 1909 and 1914. In 1922, the daymark’s liners were renewed, the cross was replaced and a lock was added to the door, double-painted with oil paint.

In summertime, you can access the archipelago on small cruise boats or by canoe – or go stand up paddling either on your own or on guided tours, or with your own or rented equipment or boat. Normally, the cruise boat charter transport season starts in May and operates all the way until October. The summer schedules for daily departures are published in the Archipelago cruises and transport website.

In winter, when the ice is firm enough, the islands can be accessed by sleigh and other means, weather permitting. Skiing, walking and cycling on the frozen sea is a favourite pastime for locals too. Read more about the services available in the archipelago in

Tasku island
92100, Raahe
group excursion in Syöte national park

Trail biking experience in the Syöte National Park

Many mountain bikers claim the Syöte area has the best trails in Finland, varying from the lappish fell scenery to Syöte National Parks old forests, swamps(be prepared for duckboards!) and wavy ridges with fast drops and gorgeous views.

In this excursion you get to know the basics about riding a full-suspended trail bike, fat bike or electric bike, depending on your choice of equipment. Your local guide will then take you to the most beautiful and memorable spots in the area, or depending to you liking the best flowing trails. This excursion is always tailored to the wishes of the group.

The excursion is well suited for first-time mountain bikers( but you need to be able to ride a regular bike).

Romekievarintie 126
93280, Syöte
High Ropes Course

High Ropes Courses

Come spend an unforgettable day enjoying the nature and the glorious scenery of the Kalajoki Sand Dunes as you climb around the largest adventure park in the Nordic countries! The high ropes courses are built among the trees at varying levels and heights, and they are completed safely wearing a safety harness. The high ropes courses offer unforgettable experiences and challenges, the joy of exercise, and the chance to conquer yourself. The blue courses are intended for families. The orange courses are built slightly higher and provide an added challenge with their long ziplines. On the most demanding Ninja courses, adventurers can properly test their skills.

Adventures for the smaller children can be found in the Activity Park at ground level.

Tuomipakkaintie 19
85100, Kalajoki

Airport Hotel Oulu

Finlandia Hotel Airport Oulu offers comfortable accommodation in maritime scenery on the border of Oulu city and the municipality of Kempele. Hotel has good transport connections and is close to nature and the Oulu Airport.
Finlandia Hotel Airport Oulu is part of Finlandia Hotels chain alongside 11 other hotels around the country.

Vihiluoto 10
90440, Kempele
Hotel Iso-Syöte Snowshoe Safari Views

Snowshoe safari

The snowshoe trip of the Arctic Hilltop Hotel Iso-Syöte is an easy way to experience the magnificent fell nature. Thick snow crunches under snowshoes as the route takes you straight from the hotel’s courtyard to the middle of a forest filled with trees covered in snow.

On the snowshoe safari, your guide gives you advice on the correct use of snowshoes and tips for getting around. You will get to look for the most amazing photo locations on the way and take breaks enjoying hot drinks. The guide will tell you more about life in the fell area.

The duration of the programme is about 2 hours and the trip is suitable for the whole family. The price includes guide services, snowshoes and hot drinks. The snowshoe safari is part of the winter weekly programme of Arctic Hilltop Boutique Hotel Iso-Syöte. Taking part in a safari does not require any previous experience.

For prices and reservations, please visit our website.

Isosyötteentie 246
93280, Syöte
Traditional sailing ships anchored on the shore of the Packhouse museum on a summer day.

Pooki Flakkaa – Raahe Maritime Festival

Enjoy the glory of a maritime city and the hustle and bustle of an old-timey market in mid-July!

There is something to see and experience for the whole family, both on land and on the waters, on the weekend celebrating maritime life. In Raahe’s beautiful museum shore, you can see, for example, magnificent traditional vessels, and in the old-timey market at Komerssi, you can experience the busy market life of the sailing ship era, enhanced by the authentic outfits and hand-made products of market vendors.

The happy whirl of the market is accompanied by a summery programme of music, work demonstrations, children’s sea adventure track, a petting zoo and so much more.

The Pekkatori market, which is organised in Wanha Raahe old town, focuses on traditional construction and old manual skills in the form of work demonstrations and lectures. The atmosphere is complemented by the inspired music of the romantic age.

During the weekend, cruises will be organised to the award-winning Raahe archipelago, and the idyllic Wanha Raahe old town invites visitors to enjoy adventures on its picturesque streets and alleys!

Read more about the event on the event’s own channels.

Rantakatu 33
92100, Raahe
Hiking in Syöte

Syöte Hiking Trails

The hiking trails of Syöte have lots of options for you to choose from. The 122 kilometers of marked hiking routes wander through scentful pine forests, varying ridge- and water formations, and spots with scenic views. Whilst feeling the peace of the nature, you can also make stops at the cooking shelters and huts along the National Park.

The trails of the area suit for day trips, as well as for longer multi-day-trips. You can find hiking maps online from links attached, as well as from the visitor center and the local entrepreneurs and shops.

The Syöte Visitor Center has a year-around customer service, which you can get actual recommendations and information from. Please remember to respect the nature and the rules of the area, as well as the every-man’s-rights of Finland.

Erätie 1
93280, Syöte
Fatbike lumessa

Fatbike rental in Rokua

Jump on a fatbike, refresh and marvel the beautiful nature of Rokua! Mountainbiking is a fun and ecological way to explore area of Rokua Geopark and Rokua National Park. Enjoy the varied and easy terrain with the best company.

Unique nature filled with snow and green pine trees guarantee a wonderful independent bike tour of Rokua’s surroundings.

Fatbikes can be rented for 3 to 8 hours and come in multiple sizes depending on your height (S-L).

Jaakonjärventie 2
91670, Rokua
Retkeilijä hiihtää umpihangessa metsässä. Ympärillä puita ja aurinko paistaa takaa. / A hiker skis in the dead end of the forest. There are trees all around and the sun is shining from behind. Kuva: Eeva Mäkinen

Rokua National Park

Inland dunes and scenic kettle hole lakes in Finland’s first Geopark!

When you explore the esker ridges, sandhills and kettle hole lakes of Rokua it’s easy to see the clear traces of the Ice Age that explain why this area forms part of Finland’s first UNESCO Geopark. Family-friendly trails lead off through the park’s wooded sandhills, where the forest floor is blanketed with silvery lichens. Scattered through the park are many kettle hole lakes nestling in sandy hollows.

In nature conservation areas, everyman’s rights do not apply in the normal way. Please always check the rules of the destination before making your trip. National parks are nature reserves, whose key task is to safeguard biodiversity and enable people to enjoy and relax in nature on the terms of nature conservation.
All national parks in Finland are managed by Metsähallitus.

Jaakonjärventie 2
91670, Rokua
Pariskunta lumikenkäilemässä

Snowshoeing in Rokua

Snowshoeing combines exercise, wonderful winter scenery and the fresh air of Rokua. Walk through the peaceful winter forests and marvel the nature with the best company. Snowshoeing is a great way to explore area of Rokua Geopark and Rokua National Park.

You can rent snowshoes for 8 hours, which includes snowshoes and staffs for balance.

Jaakonjärventie 2
91670, Rokua
Rokua TrailRun

Rokua TrailRun

Rokua’s TrailRun event is hosted in the heart of Rokua, surrounded by Rokua Geopark’s beautiful nature. TrailRun event is perfect fit for your first trail run, but also offers challenge for more experienced trail runners!

Distances 10 km / 21 km / 42 km.

Men and women compete in their own series. The top three are rewarded and in addition there are raffle prizes.

Kuntoraitti 2
91670, Rokua
Hiastinhaaran suisto.

Nature trail and birdwatching tower Hiastinhaara

Hike along the duckboards, observe birds and count sheep on the field.
Hiastinhaara is perfect place for hike and bird watching while there are hundreds of migrating birds in the area every spring and autumn. The record is nearly 90 different species.

The area is located around 4,5km from Ii’s town center on the Hiastinlahti Bay, where tributary stream of Ii river also flows. Easy access nature trails are 2 km and 0,7 km, suitable for families with children.

91100, Ii
Hotel Iso-Syöte Lumikenkävuokraus

Equipment rental

You can rent sledges and snowshoes for your winter activities conveniently from the equipment rental at Arctic Hilltop Boutique Hotel Iso-Syöte.

There are several sled slopes around the area. Next to the hotel is a small free sled slope run and a barbecue shelter for frying sausages on your day out. At the foot of the fell, you will find a bigger sled slope at the Iso-Syöte Snow World.

For your independent snowshoe trips, snowshoes, as well as route maps and tips on the best snowshoe trails in Syöte, are available from the equipment rental. Equipment rental is open during the winter season at the hotel reception.

For prices and reservations, please visit our website.

Isosyötteentie 246
93280, Syöte
Children's Rokua day trip

Children's Rokua day trip

Enjoy Children’s Rokua!

The astoundingly beautiful landscape of Rokua Geopark invites children on a trip of discovery, learning, exercise and play. Enjoy hiking the forest paths and roast sausages in the shelter of a lean-to! After that unwind in the warm waters of Rokua Spa and in genuine Finnish sauna. The Pihka’a Adventure Course and children’s playroom are available during your day trip.

The price includes picnic lunch (sausage, breads and warm cocoa or coffee), firewood, a Rokua route map, a spa ticket and free access to the children’s playroom and outdoor adventure course. Min. 1 adult and 1 child (under 14 years old).

Kuntoraitti 2
91670, Rokua
Visit Hailuoto, Hailuoto, Information point, info, Hailuodon Elinkeinotoimijat ry

Visit Hailuoto, Information point

Hailuoto Information point is open at summer season. If you need some assistance or have some questions, please contact by email: [email protected]

Hailuoto App you can find updated services and ferry timetables all year around.

Download here:

You are welcome to visit our beautiful island.

Luovontie 798
90480, Hailuoto
Free fall

Free fall

At the top of X-Tower, the tallest adventure tower in Europe, you can experience the exciting Free Fall. The jumping-off points are located at a height of 20 meters. The platform includes two free fall devices, which means that you can take the plunge and experience weightlessness together with a friend. While we cannot recommend this to the faint of heart, we encourage all our adventurous guests to challenge themselves and take on this memorable experience!

Tuomipakkaintie 19
85100, Kalajoki

Disc Golf

Disc Golf is very fun way to spend time with friends and family! Hiekkasärkät Frisbeegolf course is something you’ve never seen before!

Renewed 18 fairway course suits for everyone who is interested of Disc Golf!

Best group size is 3-5 players. Going through the course takes normally about 2-3 hours.

Right to play fees and disc rental can be purchaced from Cafe Pakka at it’s opening hours.

Tuomipakkaintie 19
85100, Kalajoki