Peek into the Capital of Culture

Oulu is the European Capital of Culture 2026.
Together with 32 municipalities from Northern Finland, we want to bring more culture and wellbeing, create new jobs and develop our region in a sustainable way. Our main goal is to start a cultural climate change, helping us to reconnect with each other through culture.

Oulu2026 will offer diverse, inspiring and unique contents already before the culmination of events in 2026.
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Arctic Food lab — Local flavours and experiences

Northern Finland’s short but intensive summer ripens our local ingredients. Arctic Food Lab is a program that brings forth the ingredients that have grown under the Oulu2026 region’s Northern sky, and the uniqueness of traditional food born under arctic circumstances. We want to offer local and international guests Arctic Food Lab experiences that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

Arctic Food Lab brings together those operating in gastronomy and food culture in the Oulu region and celebrates Northern cuisine and gastronomy. Food is not just nourishment but a way to provide experiences and demonstrate hospitality. Arctic Food Lab creates images of clean arctic nature and its ingredients that have been refined with local know-how into high-quality products and services. Local food supports sustainable development and achievement of climate goals.

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Dinner in Oula Kitchen & Bar.

Oula Kitchen & Bar

Oulu
people laughing and listening to storytelling at a fantasy tavern

Spirits of Hearth and Home - Tonttu in Finnish Folklore

Oulu
winter cycling on the ice

Winter cycling by fatbikes at Oulu

Oulu

Go Arctic activities - Air guitar workshop or Air guitar show

Oulu

Arctic Edu-Tech - Workshops and experiences in Oulu area

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

SuperPark Oulu

Oulu
group on the ice

Traditional Icefishing at Oulu

Oulu
Musicians in the city centre

Urban Festival Oulu Days

Oulu

Go Arctic Events - Dinner with the ghosts of Oulu

Oulu

Elojazz

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

Literary Art Festival Muusajuhlat

Oulu
Villiyrttikarkelot tapahtumakuva

Wild Herb Celebration

Oulu

ChocoTasting

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

Oulu Quickly Walking Tour

Oulu
a man playing air guitar on Air Guitar World Championships stage

Oulu August Festivals

Oulu
Fish tern at Bothnian bay

Experience the wonders of the Finnish nature

Oulu
Automatic belay

Oulu Climbing Center

Oulu
Handmade chocolate and local products.

ChocoSomnia Factory tour&Tasting

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
Ryhmä tekee tehtävää suon reunalla

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

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

Minivan Trip to Hailuoto

Oulu

Go Arctic Events - Decorations for your events

Oulu

Jumpru Patio Live!

Oulu

Go Arctic Events - Performers and hosts to your events

Oulu
A person wading in ice cold water in Tuira beach in winter. Foreground snow in the bank. Background buildings on the other side of the Oulu river. Sky is grey and clouded.

Guided Winter Swimming

Oulu
Koivurannan saunalautta sauna Oulussa.

Koivuranta Sauna Boat Public Sauna

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

Minivan Trip to Hailuoto

Oulu
a girl plays the violin, a picture on the wall in the background

Ou­lun­sa­lo Soi Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val

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

Go Arctic Events - Theme parties

Oulu

Oulu Music Video Festival

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

Oulu Quickly Walking Tour

Oulu
Ice fishing at Bothnian bay

Ice fishing with huskies

Oulu

Go Arctic activities - Craft upcycle workshop

Oulu
Yrttiaitta

Northern Finland food experience

Oulu
People resting in Finnish woods

Nature Power from a forest in Sanginjoki - Naturest Oy

Oulu

Winter Forest Adventure in Oulu

Oulu

Go Arctic - Events Services

Oulu

Oulu Arts Night

Oulu
A person wading in ice cold water in Tuira beach in winter. Foreground snow in the bank. Background buildings on the other side of the Oulu river. Sky is grey and clouded.

Guided Winter Swimming

Oulu

Air Gui­tar World Cham­pions­hips

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