Rokua Region

Feb 26, 2019 11:01:52 AM

Rokua UNESCO Global Geopark

Experience Finland’s stunning natural landscape at its best in the world’s northernmost UNESCO Global Geopark. Shaped by the Ice Age, the spectacular scenery of Rokua Geopark opens up endless opportunities to explore and enjoy.There are over 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in over 38 countries around the world, each with its own distinctive theme. The theme of Rokua Geopark is the Ice Age, its story is embedded in the history of the unique bedrock of the Geopark that spans millennia. Geology has influenced the development of the area’s biodiversity, history, archaeology, culture and human settlement in many ways.

Unique Landscape in the Rokua Geopark

Rokua Geopark comprises three different landscape areas: the Oulujoki River Valley, Lake Oulujärvi and the Rokua Eskers and Dune area. Together they form an unbroken area covering over 1,300 m2. The Geopark begins in the town of Muhos, about 20 km from the city of Oulu, continuing for over 90 km to the southeast to the northern part of Lake Oulujärvi. The legacy of the Ice Age and the history of the area’s development can be seen in the natural phenomena of Rokua Geopark, with its high dunes and deep kettle holes hidden deep within its boundless forests, spectacular sandy shorelines along its glistening lakes and rivers, and boreal forests carpeted with white lichen, mushrooms and berries. Come and explore!

Finnish Outdoor Destination 2018

Rokua Esker and Rokua Geopark were selected as the Finnish outdoors destination of the year 2018!

Rokua Geopark finnlands outdoor destination 2018

Strengths of the Region Rokua

  • World’s northernmost UNESCO Global Geopark
  • Rokua National Park
  • The lake Oulujärvi recreational area
  • Excellent skiing and hiking routes
  • Good hotels and tourism services
  • Wide range of cabins
  • Expertise in Fishing services
  • The Suppa visitor center
  • Recognized Finnish architecture sites
  • Educational programs
  • Rokua Geopark mobile app for Android and IOS devices
  • Situated close by to the city of Oulu and Oulu airport

Summer activities in the Region Rokua

Hiking, canoeing, Nordic walking, swimming, fishing, tennis, mini golf, picking berries and mushrooms, volley ball, badminton, basketball, roller skating, Mountain biking, biking, geocaching.  

Winter activities in the Region Rokua

Cross-country skiing, snowshoe hiking, fat biking, ice fishing, snowmobiles, guided nature treks, winter swimming, under ice diving in clear water lakes

winter in the Rokua geopark

Facts: Region Rokua

  • Number of hotels: 2
  • Number of cottages: 40
  • Capacity: approx. 400 beds
  • Hiking trails: approx. 150 km
  • Skiing tracks: appprox. 40 km (+ approx. 10 km multifunctional tracks)

Accessibility & Transfer

  • Airport: Oulu (approx. 90 km/ 1 h, 15 min.)
  • Transfer: rental car and taxi service at the airport
  • Train station: Muhos, Utajärvi, Vaala; train stations are located inside the Geopark area. Shortest distance to visitor center is 25 kilometers

Contact: Rokua Geopark

Humanpolis LTD/ Rokua UNESCO Global Geopark
Mari Saastamoinen
Valtatie 17, 91500 Muhos
Tel. +358 (0) 40 152 6520


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