Visit Oulu

Feb 26, 2019 11:10:53 AM

Largest city in Northern Scandinavia

The city of Oulu is located at the western coast of Finland. As the fifth largest city in Finland, Oulu offers its visitors plenty of tourist attractions and activities all year round.The Oulu region is the biggest urban centre in Northern Scandinavia with 250.000 citizens. Oulu is very easy to access from any part of the world – there are numerous daily fights and just an hour’s flight from Helsinki and Stockholm.

Versatile travel destination

In Oulu you can enjoy a versatile vacation by combining urban pleasures with nature activities. The arctic nature offers its magic: the Northern Lights in the winter and the midnight sun that never sets in summer. Our historically and culturally significant sites, as well as our comprehensive selection of events, are perfect for visitors of all ages. The center of Oulu is full of nice shops, restaurants and activities combined with great accommodation services.

Day trip options in the Oulu region

In the Oulu region you can admire Rokua UNESCO Global Geopark, moulded by the ice age, or visit Syöte - the southernmost fell area in Finland. The Liminka Bay Visitor Centre is an excellent place for observing birds. Kalajoki Sand Dunes is a compact holiday resort offering a wide range of services and activities for the whole family throughout the year. The seaside town of Raahe offers a great archipelago experiences and an idyllic district of wooden houses. You can also travel to Ukkohalla to take part in Swamp Football World Championships. The resorts in the Oulu region offer plenty to experience for several days.

Strengths of the destination Oulu

  • Largest city in Northern Scandinavia
  • Vivid cultural offer
  • All year round touristic activities
  • Attractive location at the northern shore of the Gulf of Bothnia
  • Great accessibility

Winter activities in Oulu

Downhill skiing, reindeer farm visits, dog sledding, kite skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing, skiing, winter swimming, ice fishing, aurora hunting trips etc.  

Summer activities in Oulu

Cycling & fat bike tours, water activities (e.g. SUP, wakeboard, canoeing/kayaking), floating sauna, boat cruises, fishing trips, amusement park for children, guided walking tours, sight-seeing (double-decker & miniature train), golf & disc golf, nature experience tours etc.

Facts: Oulu

  • Number of hotels: 14
  • Number of cottages: approx. 100
  • Capacity: 3.400 beds
  • Skiing tracks: app. 350 km
  • Alpine slopes: 6
  • Hiking trails: 100 km

Accessibility & Transfer

  • Airport: Oulu (approx. 15 km to the city center)
  • Airlines: Finnair & Norwegian from Helsinki (multiple flights per day, flight time 1 hour) and SAS from Stockholm (4-12 flights/week, depending on season, flight time 1,5 hour).
  • Transfer: bus, taxi, rental car
  • Train station: The railway station Oulu is centrally located. The pedestrian zone is in walking distance (approx. 900 m)

Contact: Visit Oulu

Travel Marketing Oulu Ltd
Anniina Merikanto
Kasarmintie 13, 90130 Oulu
Tel. +358 40 1463150
Adresse Touristeninformation: 
Torikatu 18, 90100 Oulu


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