White nights, summer in the city

Oulu, with its neighbouring destinations along the Pohjola route, offers urban experiences with a guaranteed arctic twist.

Summer nights barely get dark when you’re this close to the Arctic circle! So get road-tripping and fill your days admiring crafts and history, tasting the local delicacies and walking around in art exhibitions out in nature as well as indoors.

For a day trip along the Pohjola route, start from Oulu, grab the transportation of your choice, and head on out to the neighbouring towns and islands. The Oulu area is famous for its well-kept biking routes and modern public transportation, should you opt for those. 

The sound of Oulu

 

If you’re around in July, be sure not to miss one of Oulu’s most famous festivals. The Air Guitar World Championships promotes love, unity and peace, and gathers people from all around the world to compete in and enjoy this very Finnish, very Oulu kind of music event. 

Oulu hosts a bunch of festivals for more traditional instruments and music styles as well, including jazz and chamber music. From music halls to parks and churches, find the sound of Oulu performed by local musicians as well as international stars.

Artsy and craftsy islands next to the city 

 

Before or after a night in town, take a nice walk around the picturesque island of Pikisaari right next to the Oulu city centre. The island, home to artisans and artists, is accessible by a pedestrian bridge from the Market square. Admire the old, red-brick industrial buildings and the oldest house in Oulu turned into a museum. Spot the locals as well as tourists strolling around the pathways on foot or on their bikes, enjoying the cafes and restaurants, and the views of the river delta.

Hailuoto, the biggest island in the Bothnian Bay, welcomes you to spend a day or stay for more. The ferry wharf is located just about 15 kilometres from the Oulu airport – and the city centre. So if you’re road tripping by car, bus or bike, get on board the ferry and get an exotic bonus to your trip. 

If Oulu has its own arctic, urban edge, Hailuoto and its inhabitants take their own vibe even further. Cherishing their age-old customs, crafts and way of life, the hailuotoans have managed to keep their home island original and exotic – even to neighbouring ouluans. That is probably why it is a favourite destination to many in the Oulu region, all year round.

Outdoor art exhibitions

 

Oulu is just the perfect size with its pedestrian walkways and world-famous cycling routes, so if fresh air is your thing even in a city setting, there’s no reason not to spend your day outside in the parks and patios. 

Be sure to visit Oulu’s galleries and museums right in the city centre or within a walking distance. For a special treat, combine a walk in a park with exploring local, northern art on a guided tour or wander around on your own. 

​​An easily accessible neighbour to Oulu, Ii, is an old trading town with a fascinating history. Today, Ii is known for its ambition for environmental issues, as well as respect for its history. Visit this quaint little town and make sure to take a stroll along a path from the town centre to the Environmental art park, leading up to an Art centre and a cafe.

For a healthy dose of northern culture, make your way to the Pohjola route and inhale the sounds and sights!

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Lapland Hotels Oulu Comfort Room.

Lapland Hotels Oulu

Oulu
Old pilot building Torni

Tower house

Hailuoto

Jakkukylä suspension bridge and Purusaari

Ii
Martti Tarvainen, Sunrise

Martti Tarvainen (1897–1985): To See and to Experience

Oulu
Automatic belay

Oulu Climbing Center

Oulu
Toripoliisi Statue 1

Sightseeing of Oulu on Mountain Bikes

Oulu
tyttö soittaa viulua, taustalla taulu

Ou­lun­sa­lo Soi Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val

Oulu
Old granaries of the market square during winter.

Oulu Market Square

Oulu
Pikisaari scenery in winter.

Wooden old town in Pikisaari Island

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

Deluxe Poiju Villas by the Sea in Nallikari, Oulu

Oulu
Winter scenery of river delta.

Gems of the Oulu River estuary

Oulu

Lähde! wellness art park

Ii
Illinsaaren hiihtomaja.

Illinsaari disc golf course

Ii

City canoeing day or night

Oulu

Sailor's trail

Ii
Koivurannan saunalautta sauna Oulussa.

Koivuranta Sauna Boat Puplic Sauna

Oulu
Pilpasuo nature trail includes duck boards.

Pilpasuo protected area and nature trails

Oulu
Skiers on sea ice.

Virpiniemi recreational area

Oulu
Kaksi alamäkipyöräilijää Rusko Bike Parkissa ajamassa helppoa reittiä alaspäin.

Rusko Bike Park

Oulu

Oulu Music Video Festival

Oulu
Dinner in Oula Kitchen & Bar.

Surprise menu in Oula Kitchen & Bar

Oulu

KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre

Ii
Accommodation near Oulu and Hailuoto.

Warjakka B&B Accommodation

Oulu
Cathedral in Oulu.

Oulu quickly

Oulu
Toripolliisi statue in the Oulu Market Square.

Top 5 attractions in Oulu!

Oulu
Koivurannan iglut Oulussa.

Koivuranta igloos

Oulu

All-year round campsite in Nallikari, Oulu

Oulu
Statue with light snow cover.

Oulu Market Square Policeman statue

Oulu
Kuusisaari recreation park in winter.

Kuusisaari Recreation Park

Oulu

Glamping in Hailuoto

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

The reflecting pools of Oulu

Oulu
Musicians in the city centre

Urban Festival Oulu Days

Oulu
Coffee in nature. Coffee pouring from a thermos into a cup.

Day hike with a professional wilderness guide

Oulu
Nallikari beach covered with ice and snow.

Hietasaari recreational area

Oulu
Hand playing piano.

Voltti´s Music Quiz, Oulu

Oulu
Visit Hailuoto, Hailuoto, Information point, info, Hailuodon Elinkeinotoimijat ry

Visit Hailuoto, Information point

Hailuoto
Row of pastel colored houses in Raksila with autumn foliage.

Pastel-coloured wooden Raksila

Oulu
Facade of OSH Arina

Original Sokos Hotel Arina, Oulu

Oulu
Pääruoka Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown – alkuillan gourmet mysteerimaut

Oulu

SuperPark Oulu

Oulu
Ilmakitaransoiton MM-kisat

Oulu August Festival

Oulu
Group of friends playing Oulu city adventure.

Adventure Game: Rock The City Oulu

Oulu
Walking tour with a local guide

Guided walking tours in Oulu

Oulu
Hiastinhaaran suisto.

Nature trail and birdwatching tower Hiastinhaara

Ii
Nallikari Lomakylässä on yhdeksän idyllistä kesämökkiä

Modern Messi Summer Cottages in Nallikari, Oulu

Oulu
Water park in Oulu

Lappis Water Park Oulu

Oulu
A happy girl is playing that she is fishing.

Playroom Leikkilä

Oulu
People resting in Finnish woods

We Breathe the Forest!

Oulu
Tourist information sign outside.

Oulu Tourist Info

Oulu

Iisland Uoma, beautiful house on an island

Ii
Exterior

Scandic Oulu City

Oulu

Geocaching in Ii

Ii

Fishing trip on the beautiful Bothnian Bay in Ii

Ii
Market hall in winter.

Oulu Market Hall

Oulu

Canoeing, Paddling and Kayaking routes in Ii

Ii
Winter swimmer in Tuira beach.

Splash-tastic water activities in Oulu

Oulu

Local museum of Ii

Ii
Greenhouses Romeo ja Julia.

Botanical Garden of the University of Oulu

Oulu
Saunallinen kahden hengen hotellihuone.

Best Western Hotel Apollo, Oulu

Oulu
Kierikkikeskus.

Kierikki Stone Age Center

Oulu
Paintball Värikuulasota Oulu Action Park

Paintball

Oulu
SUPping is nice summer activity

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

Oulu
Masto Studio mökin tupakeittiö on viihtyisä

Traditional Masto Holiday Cottages in Nallikari, Oulu

Oulu
Pooki Cottages are yellow and very idyllic outside.

Traditional Pooki Holiday Cottages in Nallikari, Oulu

Oulu
Tar boat in Turkansaari.

Minivan trip to Turkansaari Open Air Museum

Oulu

Air Gui­tar World Cham­pions­hips

Oulu

Koiteli Team Path

Oulu
Inside Oulujoki church.

Oulujoki Church

Oulu
Outside picture of the hotel

Arctic Lighthouse Hotel

Hailuoto

Oulu Arts Night

Oulu
Rantakortteli block in winter.

Historical Rantakortteli blocks of Oulu

Oulu
Koivurannan saunalautta Risteilyllä Oulussa.

Koivuranta Sauna Boat Cruise

Oulu
Ryhmä lumikenkäilijöitä kulkee jonossa lumisessa metsässä. / A group of snowshoers walking in a line in snowy forest. Kuva: Harri Tarvainen.

Sanginjoki Nature Reserve

Oulu

Iisland Boating trip in Ii river and Bothnian Bay

Ii
Old lighthouse in Marjaniemi.

Minivan trip to Hailuoto

Oulu
Tietomaa science center in winter.

Tietomaa Science Centre Tower

Oulu
Riitta-Alina Helevä, Moonwatchers II

Riitta-Alina Helevä: My Song

Oulu
It is easy to enjoy at Nallikari Holiday Village tent site.

Tent site in Nallikari Holiday Village, Oulu

Oulu

Hot Air Balloon Flight for group 4-12pax

Oulu

GreenStar Hotel Oulu

Oulu
Oulu cathedral in Oulu city.

Oulu Cathedral

Oulu
Kuusiluoto presents heritage of wood building in Finland.

Many layers of history in Kuusiluoto

Oulu
Mustasalmi Oulu 1

Kayaking safari to River Oulu delta

Oulu
Mysterioustrip

Mysterioustrip

Oulu
Lännentilan kotieläinpihan lammas.

Lännentila farmyard with animals

Oulu
A smiling girl dressed in an old-fashioned role costume. In the background is the Museum of Northern Ostrobothnia.

Northern Ostrobothnia Museum

Oulu
View from Oulu City Hall to Cathedral.

Guided bike tour from Nallikari to Oulu city center

Oulu
A girl moving the light tubes.

Science Centre Tietomaa

Oulu
Nallikari beach in winter.

Nallikari – the Riviera of the North

Oulu
Artist room at Hotel Lasaretti

Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti

Oulu
Old wooden houses in Karjasilta.

Wooden Karjasilta from the reconstruction era

Oulu
Winter biking in Oulu.

Oulu loves biking

Oulu
Northern lights abowe the Nallikari lighthouse.

Nallikari Lighthouse

Oulu
Tähtitorni cafe winter.

Tähtitorni Observation Tower

Oulu
Winter SUP boarding in Mustasalmi.

Paddling on the Oulujoki river delta and at sea

Oulu

Oulu Museum of Art

Oulu
Kids favorite roller coaster ride in amusement park Vauhtipuisto.

Amusement Park Vauhtipuisto

Oulu
majoitus, accommodation

Ailasto accommodation

Hailuoto

Elojazz

Oulu
Fish tern at Bothnian bay

Experience the wonders of the Finnish nature

Oulu
Varjakka island fire station.

Varjakka industrial heritage site and nature trail

Oulu
Yrttiaitta

Northern Finland food experience

Oulu
Letonniemi nature trail.

Letonniemi protected area and nature trail

Oulu
Oulucityhall

Guided transportation from Oulu airport to Oulu

Oulu
Turkansaari museum church.

Turkansaari Museum Church

Oulu
Talvinen wanha Hamina.

The old town of Ii - Wanha Hamina

Ii
Have a fun ride in city train Kompiainen.

City Train Kompiainen

Oulu
Farmyard. A red log building in the background.

Turkansaari Open Air Museum

Oulu

Literary Art Festival Muusajuhlat

Oulu
kayaking is the best outdoor activity on summer time

Bay of Bothnia by Kayak in Oulu

Oulu
Winter wishing in Oulujoki delta area.

Go fishing in Oulu around the year

Oulu
fatbiking is nice summer activity

Fatbike Tour in Oulu

Oulu
Oil painting from 1896.

De Urbe Uloa – Paintings of Oulu

Oulu
Camping, Hailuoto, Caravan park, Tent area, Matkaparkki, Leirintäalue

Ailasto Camping and Caravan Park

Hailuoto
A snowy tree in the park

Hupisaaret Islands city park

Oulu

Environmental Art Park

Ii
De Gamlas Hem Hotel & Restaurant.

De Gamlas Hem Hotel

Oulu
kennel visit

Visit to the Home of Huskies

Oulu

Oolanti nature trail in Vatunki

Ii
Sauna experience.

Traditional Finnish sauna and hot tube

Oulu
Superior room

Scandic Oulu Station

Oulu
Iisi-areena liikuntakeskus.

Iisi-areena indoor sport center

Ii
Luotolainen tikkuri on kaunis perinneneule

Luotolainen Tikkuri - exhibition

Oulu
Exit Oulu Room Escape Games

Room Escape Games

Oulu