Things that make your heart beat faster

There are two things you can’t miss on your road trip on the Pohjola route: everyone’s love for the arctic waters and – bicycles.

In the Oulu area, the locals ride their bikes all year round, and many own more than one to fully enjoy the magnificently kept routes both in the urban areas and nature destinations. 

Besides biking, you can ride high on a wakeboard or go exploring the myriad of islands, rivers, seashores and lakes in a kayak, boat or on a SUP board. 

For extra adrenaline, climb the treetops in an adventure park. To finish your day sweating it out, go swimming in the crystal clear northern waters – a memorable experience in its own right.

Water fun in the city

 

Start or finish your road trip with an adrenaline rush available right at the centre of Oulu. A short walk from the Market square with views over islands, bridges and fishing boats, there’s a waterpark that will lift you up on a wakeboard over jumps, obstacles and sliders. 

For a little less speed, rent a kayak or SUP board and go on a guided trip or adventure on your own. The river delta is worth exploring for its lush, green trees, wild birds and amazing views of the city and sea.

Adventure away in the amazing arctic archipelago

 

Make your way south and make a pit stop in Raahe. In this little seaside town, you can access the arctic archipelago right from the town centre, on a kayak!

Or hop on a cruise boat at the museum pier. On the cruise, sunbathe on the sandy beaches of desert islands, spot sheep grazing away or sea eagles and grey seals minding their business on a northern summer day that never ends. Take a fishing trip to catch your own dinner, or fill your mouth with wild strawberries.

Ride on and above the sand dunes 

 

To visit a famous and popular seaside destination, make your way further south to Kalajoki. Among the many wonders of this seaside resort are its nature trails that run along the river and pristine forests, as well as wide duckboards along the never-ending sandy beach. This place is magical – ask the Finns who keep coming back year after year.

So ride a bike to the sunset – or rather, into the midnight sunshine – or choose the water element. Rent your gear from the beach and go on a standup paddleboard fishing excursion or head out windsurfing. For those aiming higher, there’s an adventure park built in the treetops with a zip line slide over the sand dunes!

The Pohjola route makes your heart beat a little faster on land, sea or sky!

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Ravintolamaailma Limingantulli seating area

Ravintolamaailma Limingantulli

Oulu

Sokeri-Jussin Kievari

Oulu

Tuba Food & Lounge

Oulu
Cafe Hanna is a small cafe close to the Oulu Train station.

Cafe Hanna

Oulu
Puistokahvila Makia

Puistokahvila Makia Cafe

Oulu
Järvelänjärven Grilli-Cafe rannalta kuvattuna

Järvelänjärvi Grill-Café

Raahe
De Gamlas Hem Hotel & Restaurant.

De Gamlas Hem Hotel

Oulu
Oulu city reflection in the water at the night time.

The reflecting pools of Oulu

Oulu
The white lighthouse in Hailuoto Marjaniemi against the blue sky.

Minivan Trip to Hailuoto

Oulu
people laughing and listening to storytelling at a fantasy tavern

Spirits of Hearth and Home - Tonttu in Finnish Folklore

Oulu

Lampinsaari Camping

Raahe

Mediterranean Restaurant

Oulu

Go Arctic Events - Performers and hosts to your events

Oulu
Burrito

Fresh Mex

Oulu
Sauna experience.

Traditional Finnish sauna and hot tube

Oulu
Raahen Hovi - VIP-sviitti - VIP-suite

Hotel Raahen Hovi

Raahe
Ryhmä tekee tehtävää suon reunalla

Nature-based recreation days for work communities (Sanginjoki, Rokua) - Naturest Oy

Oulu
Koivurannan iglut Oulussa.

Koivuranta igloos

Oulu
Yellow Oulu Cathedral church tower against blue sky in summer.

Oulu Quickly Walking Tour

Oulu
Local tradiotional Pulla

A Unique Cafe Huvila in Oulu

Oulu
Team Path

Go Arctic group activities - Team Path

Oulu
Lomakoti Onnela

Seniors' vacation: Break from everyday life

Oulu
Nallikari Aalto located By the Sea

Nallikari Aalto Apartments

Oulu
Handmade chocolate and local products.

ChocoSomnia Factory tour&Tasting

Oulu
Northern lights.

Restaurant Nallikari

Oulu
Frans&Camille indoors

Frans&Camille Bistro

Oulu
Rosso seating area

Rosso Restaurant Valkea

Oulu
Winter SUP boarding in Mustasalmi.

Paddling on the Oulujoki river delta and at sea

Oulu

Go Arctic activities - Canoeing trip at river Oulujoki or Kiiminkijoki

Oulu
Coffee House seating area

Coffee House Café

Oulu
Exit Oulu Room Escape Games

Room Escape Games

Oulu
Artist room at Hotel Lasaretti

Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti

Oulu

Go Arctic group activities - Heptathlon

Oulu
Superior room

Scandic Oulu Station

Oulu

Go Arctic Events - Decorations for your events

Oulu

Rauhala ravintola-pâtisserie

Oulu
fatbiking is nice summer activity

Fatbike Tour in Oulu

Oulu
Kuva kauniista sisäpihasta

Wanhakulma Guesthouse in Old Raahe

Raahe

Go Arctic Events - Theme parties

Oulu
45 Special

45 Special

Oulu
Makuupaikat kahdelle

Villa Sinipursi 3 Studio Apartment in Old Raahe

Raahe

Go Arctic activities - Northern Lights

Oulu

Go Arctic group activities - Kurvisen karsinnat

Oulu
kennel visit

Visit to the Home of Huskies

Oulu
winter cycling on the ice

Winter cycling by fatbikes at Oulu

Oulu
Dining room of the Koiteli Residenssi.

Koiteli Residenssi accommodation villa

Oulu

MajoitusYkkönen

Raahe
padel virpiniemi pikepadel

PikePadel outdoor padelcourts

Oulu
Fish tern at Bothnian bay

Experience the wonders of the Finnish nature

Oulu
Scottish fountain in front of Oulu City Hall in summer. Background Oulu Cathedral and clear blue sky.

Guided Bike Tour from Nallikari to Oulu City Center

Oulu
Koivurannan saunalautta Risteilyllä Oulussa.

Koivuranta Sauna Boat Cruise

Oulu
Luotsivahdinhuone

Historical Pilot House on Iso-Kraaseli Island

Raahe
Varvin uimaranta Raahessa

Varvi Beach

Raahe
Winter swimmer in Tuira beach.

Splash-tastic water activities in Oulu

Oulu
Bacaro Doppio indoors

Bacaro Doppio Café

Oulu
Sea Oulu Charter Cruise at Sea

Sea Oulu Charter Cruise

Oulu

Avis Car Rental in Oulu

Oulu
Hemmotteleva rentoutus

Pampering Relaxation (1-2 persons)

Oulu

Bronze-casting course

Raahe

Go Arctic group activities - Koiteli Team Path

Oulu
Winter biking in Oulu.

Oulu loves biking

Oulu
OTAXI VIP is available also for groups and disabled.

OTAXI VIP for Premium Taxi Wishes

Oulu
Joo Hetki kahvila sisätila

Joo Hetki Cafe

Oulu

1bar

Oulu
Poika ajaa punaisella polkuautolla lasten liikennepuistossa Raahessa

Children’s Traffic Park

Raahe

Arctic Edu-Tech - Workshops and experiences in Oulu area

Oulu
Exterior

Scandic Oulu City

Oulu
take-away coffee

Kahvila Kiikku

Oulu
Nallikari Lomakylässä on yhdeksän idyllistä kesämökkiä

Modern Messi Summer Cottages in Nallikari, Oulu

Oulu
Kaksi alamäkipyöräilijää Rusko Bike Parkissa ajamassa helppoa reittiä alaspäin.

Rusko Bike Park

Oulu

Zivago

Oulu
Dinner in Oula Kitchen & Bar.

Oula Kitchen & Bar

Oulu
Log cabin of Liisa Rehu.

Liisa & Moss Wonderland

Oulu
Winter wishing in Oulujoki delta area.

Go fishing in Oulu around the year

Oulu
SUPping is nice summer activity

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

Raahe
Nallikari Holiday Village tent site

Tent site in Nallikari Holiday Village, Oulu

Oulu
The Table, Amarillo

Amarillo Restaurant Oulu

Oulu
Nallikari Holiday Village - camping

Nallikari Holiday Village - Camping, Oulu

Oulu
People resting in Finnish woods

Nature Power from a forest in Sanginjoki - Naturest Oy

Oulu
Accommodation near Oulu and Hailuoto.

Warjakka B&B Accommodation

Oulu
Lomakoti Onnela

Family autumn vacation: Break from everyday life

Oulu

Catharina´s Cellar Willa Katariina in Old Town Raahe

Raahe
Tilava ja tyylikäs olohuone

Villa Sinipursi 8 Two-room Apartment

Raahe
Automatic belay

Oulu Climbing Center

Oulu

Go Arctic group activities - Traditional tar olympics

Oulu

Go Arctic activities - City canoeing day or night

Oulu

Restaurant Harald

Oulu
Kids favorite roller coaster ride in amusement park Vauhtipuisto.

Amusement Park Vauhtipuisto

Oulu
kayaking is the best outdoor activity on summer time

Bay of Bothnia by Kayak in Oulu

Oulu

Go Arctic group activities - Inhouse Derby

Oulu

Pohjolan Matka Charter Coaches Oulu

Oulu
Watersliding is great fun at Raahe Vesipekka

Kuntokeidas Vesipekka Indoor Swimming and Sport Centre

Raahe
Saunallinen kahden hengen parivuoteellinen hotellihuone 10 kpl

Best Western Hotel Apollo, Oulu

Oulu
VENN Bar

Restaurant and winebar VENN

Oulu
Lapsi uimarannalla Olkijoella Raahessa

Olkijoki Beach

Raahe

Cafe Tunnelmatupa in Koiteli

Oulu
Have a fun ride in city train Kompiainen.

City Train Kompiainen

Oulu

Café Kaari

Oulu

Rosemam´s Summercafe

Raahe
Fall in love with our new menu!

Restaurant Raahen Hovi

Raahe
Mustasalmi Oulu 1

Kayaking safari to River Oulu delta

Oulu
Lapsi tekee tehtävää metsässä

Forest Nature School in Sanginjoki - Naturest Oy

Oulu

Hop On - Hop Off Cruise

Raahe
Ulkokuva Cortenkadun ja Kauppakadun kulmasta

Villa Sinipursi 1 Studio Apartment in Old Raahe

Raahe
Aloita matkasi Otaxin kyydissä.

Oulu's Original Taxi - OTAXI

Oulu
Mikonkarin rannalla auringonpalvojia

Mikonkari Beach

Raahe
Olohuone ja tupakeittiö

Villa Sinipursi 9 Seaside Two-room Apartment

Raahe
Walking tour with a local guide

Guided walking tours in Oulu

Oulu

Winter Forest Adventure in the Dark

Oulu

GreenStar Hotel Oulu

Oulu

Fishing trips

Raahe

Himmeli workshop – Raahen Taitopaja

Raahe

Island Hopping at Raahe Archipelago

Raahe

Go Arctic activities - Fatbike trip in Koiteli or Liminka

Oulu
The Miss Sofia’s Chamber is decorated in the style 1840s.

Trade House of Lang Unique Historic Hotel Experience in the Heart of the Raahe Old Town

Raahe

Restaurant Hugo

Oulu

Go Arctic activities - Stories from Oulu

Oulu
Jennamaria at sea

Raahe Archipelago Cruises

Raahe
Pronsin kaato muottiin

The Bronze-casting Work Demonstration

Raahe
Floating Cafe.

Koivuranta Floating Cafe

Oulu
We recommend preordering when arriving to the airport.

Airport Taxi Service in Oulu

Oulu
Vanhan pappilan sali, jossa pöytiä ja koristeellisia tuoleja.

Cafe Krypta

Oulu

Go Arctic - Guided walking tours in Oulu and in Oulu area

Oulu
Authentic soy sauce ramen

Pure maku

Oulu

SuperPark Oulu

Oulu

Private event: Wine and Fashion

Oulu
Kumilauttapoolo

Go Arctic activities - Rubber raft polo game

Oulu
White water swimming

Go Arctic activities - White water swimming in Koiteli

Oulu
Starter at Lasaretti's Bistro

Bistro, Hotel Lasaretti

Oulu
The old red wooden church in Turkansaari in summer. Foreground green grass, background green birch trees.

Minivan Trip to Turkansaari Open Air Museum

Oulu

Raahe | Hertz Car Rental

Raahe
Perioululainen ömeisingreis

Go Arctic group activities - Amazing Oulu - City adventure

Oulu
Paintball Värikuulasota Oulu Action Park

Paintball

Oulu
Beach at Pikkulahti Raahe

Pikkulahti Beach and Outdoors

Raahe
Parikellunta

Relaxing 2 Persons Floating in same Floating Pod

Oulu
Water park in Oulu

Lappis Water Park Oulu

Oulu
Lomakoti Onnela

Idyllic holiday home by the Kiiminki River

Oulu
SUPping is nice summer activity

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

Oulu
Welcome!

Nallikari Bakery & Bistro

Oulu

Your Digital Guide to Raahe Glopas

Raahe

Farmahand´s Cabin Willa Katariina in Old Town Raahe

Raahe
Ravintolamaailma seating area

Ravintolamaailma Linnanmaa

Oulu
Yrttiaitta

Northern Finland food experience

Oulu
De Gamlas Hem Restaurant.

De Gamlas Hem Restaurant

Oulu
Saaga Travel drivers are well-trained, polite and English speaking.

Charter buses and private transportation services in Oulu region

Oulu
Rock The City Adventure Game

Rock The City Oulu

Oulu

Mon Chou - French Pastry Shop

Oulu

Hot Air Balloon Flight for group 4-12pax

Oulu
Lumijärven veneranta ja uimapaikka

Lumijärvi Beach

Raahe

Go Arctic group activities - Traditional games

Oulu
Katariina´s Chambers entrance

Katariina´s Chambers Willa Katariina in Old Town Raahe

Raahe
Lapland Hotels Oulu Comfort Room.

Lapland Hotels Oulu

Oulu
raatausta

Walking tour in the Old town of Raahe

Raahe
sauna

Budget Hotel Raahe, in North Ostrobothnia

Raahe
Kesäteatterin katetusta katsomosta

Raahe Theatre

Raahe
Veranta for private occasions

Breakfast & Private Restaurant Veranta

Oulu
Hand playing piano.

Voltti´s Music Quiz, Oulu

Oulu
Nainen laiturilla Kirkkojärven rannalla Raahen Vihannissa

Kirkkojärvi Beach

Raahe
Heimopäällikkö Go Arctic

Go Arctic group activities - The Head of Tribe

Oulu
Rentoutuskellunta

Relaxing Floating in Floating Pod

Oulu
The café is decorated in the style of the 1860s.

Trade House of Lang 19th Century Style Cafe and Restaurant at the Raahe Old Town

Raahe

Go Arctic activities - Guided tour in Oulu by bike

Oulu

Go Arctic Events - Dinner with the ghosts of Oulu

Oulu
Sea Oulu Water Taxi

Sea Oulu Water Taxi

Oulu

Cafe-Restaurant Seelari in Hietasaari

Oulu
Beach of Kylmäniemi Raahe

Kylmäniemi Beach

Raahe
Main door to Cafe

Sleep in hostel

Oulu
Robson's Lunch

SuperPark Restaurant

Oulu

Go Arctic activities - Air guitar workshop or Air guitar show

Oulu
Poiju Villat huokuvat ulkoapäin merellistä tyyliä ja niissä on iso oma terassi

Deluxe Poiju Villas by the Sea in Nallikari, Oulu

Oulu

Nature Cafe Loppula at Sanginjoki

Oulu

ChocoTasting

Oulu
icelandic horses

Riding treks with charming Icelandic Horses in Oulu!

Oulu
Koiteli rapids area in summer. Blue water flowing between rocks. Foreground green grass on the bank. Background green spruces.

Minivan Trip to Koiteli Rapids

Oulu
Taidokkaita käsitöitä kierrätysmateriaaleista

Rantakatu Ice Cream Kiosk

Raahe
Radisson Blu Hotel Oulu ulkoa kuvattuna

Radisson Blu Hotel Oulu

Oulu
Reenis is a creative gym for versatile training. With us, you train purposefully in the gym and develop coordination and have fun on the trampolines.

Single ticket to Reenis

Oulu

Local Taxi Services in Kempele

Oulu
Cottages are yellow and very idyllic outside.

Traditional Holiday Cottages in Nallikari, Oulu

Oulu

Go Arctic - Events Services

Oulu
Enjoy your time in historic milieu.

Experience Life at Trade House of Lang

Raahe
Facade of OSH Arina

Original Sokos Hotel Arina, Oulu

Oulu

Voimala 1889

Oulu

Night at Reenis

Oulu
A unique restaurant in idyllic Pikisaari in Oulu.

Restaurant Mallassauna

Oulu
Toripoliisi Statue 1

Sightseeing of Oulu on Mountain Bikes

Oulu

Bistro Mesu

Oulu
Koivurannan saunalautta sauna Oulussa.

Koivuranta Sauna Boat Public Sauna

Oulu

Ravintola Sarkka

Oulu

Go Arctic - Guided bus tours in Oulu and neighbouring municipalities

Oulu

Go Arctic activities - Craft upcycle workshop

Oulu