Oulu rises from the ashes and heads toward the future

Since prehistoric times, Oulu has been moving forward. From the beginning, the city has been a significant trade and transport hub, bringing people – and opportunities – together. In the past centuries, Oulu has burned down ten times, but the city has always risen from the ashes towards new possibilities. 

Early signs of life 

The Oulu area was inhabited already in the stone age although Oulu became a city only hundreds of years later. Since the beginning, Oulu has brought people and opportunities together: Oulu and the river Oulujoki were a transportation route for fishing and trade. Both the Carelians and Vikings have travelled through Oulu, and some of them must have stopped here as well!

The Varjakka island got its name from the Vikings

Trading, fighting and urbanisation

In the 14th century, it wasn’t quite clear which state Oulu belonged to, and that led to some fighting. In the end, Oulu ended up being governed by Sweden and received trading permissions from King Gustav Vasa in 1531. The history books tell us that the city of Oulu was founded in 1605. That created a good amount of buzz and Oulu soon became a centre of tar and salmon trade. The first signs of industry and investments into education were seen in the 17th century, as Oulu’s population doubled from 400 to 800. 

Boats were being built in Pikisaari already in the 17th century

Rising from the ashes

Oulu has burned down ten times. The city has gotten up and continued towards growth and progress, time after time, with determination. In the 18th century, with the new port and staple town rights, Oulu’s position as a trading town grew even stronger. The most important export goods were tar, timber, salmon and butter. Tar became a significant export product, livelihood and tourism magnet for Oulu – which it is, to some extent, to this day. At the end of the 18th century, Oulu was the capital of the Oulu province and the second biggest city by population in Finland, after Turku.

Have a coffee at the ruins of the Oulu Castle

Towards the war through reforms

A couple of important things happened in Oulu in the 19th century. An elementary school started operating, the city’s first newspaper began publication, the railroad was built, and damaged in yet another fire, the city’s cathedral was re-built.

The war years were reasonably easy on Oulu. In the 1918 civil war battle, the Whites won, and the Reds, taken captive, ended up prisoners in the Raatti island prison camp. In the WWII  continuation war, Oulu was far from the actual front. The biggest destruction was caused when Russia bombed the city in February 1944. In the mid-20th century, Oulu’s population was over 35 000. 

The Cathedral, rebuilt in the 19th century

Industrial development and growth

The University of Oulu was founded in the middle of the 20th century, which had a significant impact on the growth of industry, service jobs and population in Oulu. A noteworthy story began in 1973 when Nokia built its factories and industrial facilities in Rusko, Oulu. This was the beginning of a speedy journey of Oulu developing into a hub of high technology.

The population of Oulu reached 100 000 in 1990, making it the 6th largest city in Finland. After municipal amalgamations in 2013 Oulu became Finland’s 5th largest city by population, with 190 891 inhabitants.

The Bobby statue arrived in the 1980’s

Living in the now, eyes on the future

Today, Oulu is a versatile tourist destination, the Capital of the North and the future European Capital of Culture. Looking into the future with its head held high but feet on the ground, Oulu continues to develop and grow as the industrial hub of Northern Finland, a university city, a city of events, and maybe just a bit as the ‘sh*tty town’ it’s lovingly called by the locals – always in balance with the northern nature.

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Farmyard. A red log building in the background.

Turkansaari Open Air Museum

The idyllic Turkansaari Open Air Museum takes you on a time trip to the past. Turkansaari’s historical countryside setting and beautiful natural environment are fully preserved, yet close to the city centre. Step into the past and listen to the stories of Northern heritage, everyday life and celebration in the countryside.

Turkansaari Open Air Museum is located on three islands in the Oulujoki River 12 kilometres upstream from downtown Oulu. The museum is Finland’s second-oldest open air museum. It was officially established in 1925 when the island’s wooden church dating back to 1694 was restored to its original location.

In addition to the historical buildings and setting, the museum offers summertime work demonstrations in the Northern Ostobothnian tradition, such as tar pit burning during the Midsummer Week. The main themes of the museum are traditional agriculture and forestry, fishing and Oulu’s history of tar. The main events of the year are Tar Week, Midsummer celebration, the Rahvaan Perinnepäivät Tradition Week, the Jaakko Days and the Autumn Market.

Turkansaarentie 165
90310, Oulu
A smiling girl dressed in an old-fashioned role costume. In the background is the Museum of Northern Ostrobothnia.

Northern Ostrobothnia Museum

The Northern Ostrobothnia Museum focuses on the history of the city of Oulu, Northern Ostrobothnia and Finland. Our exhibitions captivate kindergarten groups, teenagers and seniors alike.

In the Northern Ostrobothnia Museum, years gone by come alive in an unforgettable way through objects, phenomena, famous persons and common people. Smell the tar, learn of adventures in the high seas and get to know working-class life in the Vaara district of old. This and much more is what makes the history of our fair city. The eye-catcher of our exhibition is a large miniature of the White City of the North as it was before the Second World War in 1938.

The cultural-historical provincial museum is located in the beautiful river delta of the Oulujoki River. All four floors of the building house exhibitions. Oulu’s cultural cradle is located at the heart of the city in the Ainola Park and the Hupisaaret Islands.

Ainolanpolku 1
90130, Oulu
Old wooden houses of Rantakatu behind the Toripolliisi statue.

Rantakortteli Blocks Survived the Oulu Fire in 1882

The most central blocks of wooden buildings in Oulu – with national significance – are the Rantakortteli ones adjacent to the Market Square. They are a window to the era of wealth in Oulu due to trade and seafaring in the 1870s and 1880s, when many trade-educated businessmen worked in Oulu. After the third and final Oulu Fire, handsome houses were built on Rantakatu, Ojakatu, and Hallituskatu streets in the spirit of neo-renaissance and art nouveau. Some stone buildings are included.

If you stand back-to-back with the plump Market Square Policeman’s statue, you will see the pink House Höckert across Rantakatu street as well as the pastel green House Jurvelius on the left. Together they constitute a significant and recognisable part of the Oulu cityscape around the Market Square. House Jurvelius was built in the empire style and is the oldest wooden building (1828–1945) on Rantakatu street. Nowadays it is used as a student residence. The first ever electrical lighting system for a private home in Oulu was installed in the house in the year 1900! House Höckert dates to 1838.

Also the Ojakatu and Hallituskatu streets still have some of the construction milieu built after the Oulu Fire in 1882. The single-floor wooden neo-renaissance building of the Oulu Trade Society was built in 1884.

Rantakatu
90100, Oulu
Row of pastel colored houses in Raksila.

Pastel-Coloured Houses in Wooden Raksila

The wooden district of Raksila is a nationally valuable cultural environment of multi-coloured wooden houses. The construction of the area dates mainly back to the 1930s and 1940s. The houses represent the classical wooden architecture of the time. Some apartment buildings have functionalist features.

As you walk around in the colourful Wooden Raksila, you will notice that the wooden apartment buildings have been designed meticulously in six large grid plan blocks. The regular method of construction makes it a uniform residential district, and the design has been based on a unified city image. The lush courtyards are spacious, and you can see small outhouses at the back of them. Wooden Raksila has its very own, unique atmosphere.

In Puistikkokatu street in the middle of the district, there are houses formerly used for business. Teuvo Pakkala School at the end of the street was built in 1950 as an integral part of the composition and intended particularly for use by residents of the Karjasilta district.

Syrjäkatu
90130, Oulu
Kuusiluoto presents heritage of wood building in Finland.

Many Layers of History in Kuusiluoto

The Kuusiluoto District with its beautiful wooden houses lies right next to the city centre by the Oulu River estuary. A pedestrian bridge leads you forward to currently uninhabited Sonnisaari Island to enjoy its peaceful atmosphere. In the 18th century, Kuusiluoto was still an island just like Sonnisaari, and locals used them both as pastures for sheep. Since then, upthrust, soil brought in by the river, and landfill have connected Kuusiluoto to the continent.

According to the city plan made after the Oulu Fire in 1822, construction turned Kuusiluoto into a traditional 19th-century Finnish wooden town district that attracted sailors and artisans as residents. A third of the houses in the area date back to the 19th century and another third to 1900–1920. Stone houses built in early 1950s as replacements for wooden ones destroyed in Second World War bombings represent the third layer of construction in Kuusiluoto.

Also the Sonnisaari Island used to be inhabited in the last decades of the 19th century, housing for example a hospital for epidemic diseases since 1982 and the first municipal maternity hospital in Oulu between 1903–1925. Now the island is a nature destination for discovering the flora of coastal meadows and wetland dells as well as grove woods.

Merikatu
90100, Oulu
Old wooden houses in Karjasilta.

Oulu Wooden Districts: Karjasilta evolved in the reconstruction era

Karjasilta is a wood-governed residential district selected as the best city district in Finland in the 2000s. Built in the 1940s and 50s, the dimensions, plot setting, and materials of the houses are consistent, and the aim is to maintain the mood of the era in the district as well as possible. In Karjasilta, there are about 200 detached houses built after the Second World War for the families of soldiers who returned from the front.

This residential district of the reconstruction era has remained exceptionally large and unified, and its value as a constructed cultural environment has been assessed as nationally significant. However, renovations and expansions transforming the appearance of the houses have been done since the 1960s. Nowadays there are some renovation or expansion methods to be seen that are alien to the identity or unity of the district. In addition to houses, on the west side of the district there are some apartment buildings built in the 1950s and 60s, a school, a library, a music centre, two churches, and a grocery store.

Karjasilta (in English: Cattle Bridge) was named after its history as grazing ground for cows owned by the locals. The street names of the district still echo this period. On the northern edge of Karjasilta flows the Kaupunginoja brook, across which the cattle had to be led along a bridge. Another section of the street names here refers to battle locations of the Second World War.

Nokelantie
90140, Oulu
Ghost house tour is exciting

In a real ghost house walk

In a real ghost house you will hear interesting and even scary stories told by a ghost guide.
Outside you get a sight of Kakaravaara ghosts, spirits and shadows.
Inside the house you take a look at the places and go down the old prison cells. (This could be a little bit creepy).
During all this you meet the creative person but you should be careful…
Kahvila Hanna’s colourful ragrugs, soft pillows and handmade coffee cups calm you down if the round has been too exciting.
At the end of the tour you’ll find out the secret of the house.
The experience includes a tour and coffees and pullas or juices to kids.
The starting point for the walk is at Rautatienkatu 11, the stairs to the Railway station.
Walks are arranged as follows:
Thu June 7th at 15:30 PM
Thu June 14th at 15:30 PM
Thu June 21st at 15:30 PM and
Thu June 28th at 15:30 PM
Pre-registration needed.

Rautatienkatu 11
90100, Oulu
Walking tour with a local guide

Guided walking tours in Oulu

Guided walking tours are available during the summer with varied themes. Guaranteed departures on Tuesdays and Fridays between 13.6.-19.8.2022. Guiding in Finnish only.

You can also book a guide for your own group! More information in the web page!

Kirkkokatu 3
90100, Oulu
Luotolainen tikkuri on kaunis perinneneule

Luotolainen Tikkuri - exhibition

Luotolainen is an old traditional sweater knitted by finnish sheep wool. It has many special details that you can not find other knit wears. The first Luotolainen was found in Hailuoto island near Oulu. Now that knitted sweater is more famous than ever! In the exhibition you see all the versions of this awesome sweater. Can you use a spinning wheel and make yarn? Now you have a change to try!

The legend of Luotolainen
On the island of Hailuoto, in the far north of the Baltic Sea, lived a boy and a girl. As they grew older, their paths led them apart; he went off to war, and she married another man. As a token of their deep affection, she knit the Luotolainen sweater for him. The sweater was his most prized treasure. He lived in solitude for the rest of his life, but his Luotolainen sweater he never gave up. It was worn and mended for over 45 years—worn until the day he died. The Luotolainen is the island’s story of love and longing.
the man got several other sweaters over the years, but he never wore them. instead he took pieces from the new ones to mend the sweater from his unrequited love. the orginal sweater from this legend is located in the handicraft museum in Jyväskylä. (Käsityön museo). This sweater is about 100 years old.

Significance of the ribbing: not unusual, goes through whole sweater, easy to adapt when making larger or smaller. ribbing also makes it warmer, better insulator. Inteded to be kept and mended even through multiple generations. If the sweater is gifted to a specific person, the knitter can add the wearers, personalized initials or other personal emblem, so that if the fisher died or was lost at sea, the person could be recognized by the sweater. If it happened in late fall or winter you couldn’t find the person, but the sweater.

This exhibition is to be seen in Taito Shop Pop up room all the july. This exhibition is not guided.

Rautatienkatu 11 B
90100, Oulu
Northern lights.

Restaurant Nallikari

Restaurant Nallikari is a high quality, Nordic restaurant on Nallikari beach Oulu. Restaurant is open from lunch to late evening. 250 seats inside and 300 seats on summer deck.

Lunch
Served in buffet; tasty soup lunch, famous Islander buffet and Business lunch with two main courses.

A´la Carte
Local ingredients and seasonal food. Menu designed by Chef Antti Lindholm.
A´la Carte menu changes five times a year. Seasonal weeks: blini, asparagus, sea food.

Brunch
Nallikari brunch is a stylish way to spend Saturday with friends and family.

Bar & Coffee
Full service international cocktail bar, quality coffee and Nallikari Bakery pastries.

Nallikarinranta 15
90510, Oulu
Kierikkikeskus.

Kierikki Stone Age

The Kierikki Stone Age Centre takes you back in time thousands of years into the distant past of the North. The Kierikki Centre is located along the Iijoki River on a Stone Age dwelling site that has been studied since the 1960s. Guests of all ages enjoy the archaeological exhibition in the main building and the Stone Age village.

Pahkalantie 447
91200, Oulu
Oulu market square policeman.

Oulu Market Square Policeman Statue

Over centuries, Oulu Market Square has offered its visitors a year-round, lively meeting and trading place which has also required guarding. A peculiar feature in the local policing history were the Market Square policemen who kept an eye on the Market Square and maintained order there. Through them, the townspeople and those who came from the province became acquainted first-hand with the authorities and the police.

The era of Market Square policemen in Oulu lasted from 1934 until 1979. After the patrolling ended, the policemen were commemorated through a citizen’s fundraiser for erecting a bronze statue in front of the Market Hall. The Market Square Policeman’s statue was designed by sculptor Kaarlo Mikkonen.

Standing at 2.2 metres, the robust policeman with his cap and Sam Browne belt has become a symbol of Oulu over the years and is a popular choice for selfie buddies. So go ahead and snap a friendsie with the jolly Policeman and prove you were really in Oulu!

Kauppatori
90100, Oulu
Policeman Statue in front of the Market Hall.

Oulu Market Hall

One of the most important buildings in Oulu by cultural history standards is the Market Hall which has served its customers since 1901. The building was designed in neo-Gothic fashion by Karl Lindhal and Valter Thomé, and a massive reconstruction finished in 2020 restored its old-time glory.

Some of the current merchants have operated in the Market Hall for decades. They stock a multitude of products for gifts and souvenirs, including beautiful and unique handicraft products, clothes, and other lovely gift shop items. This is also a great place for buying high-quality local food produce and organic ingredients for festive or everyday occasions. Popping in for breakfast of a hearty bowl of salmon soup is not a bad idea either!

Web page only in Finnish at the moment!

Kauppatori
90100, Oulu
Pikisaari wooden town.

Pikisaari is an Island Full of Industrial History

An idyllic wooden district, old industrial milieu and unique artists’ community awaits travellers who cross the pedestrian bridge from the Market Square to Pikisaari Island. Pikisaari (in English: Pitch Island) got its name from an old pitch works founded in the 17th century. Besides that, the island has housed shipyards, a sawmill, a distillery, a wool mill, and a machine workshop. Nowadays the island is the home and studio for many artists and artisans.

Pikisaari Island has residential and industrial buildings as well as granaries from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as the early 20th century. Many of the original wooden houses remain standing, although several fires have tested the island. The oldest wooden building in Oulu accommodates the Sailor’s Home Museum. Another building worth seeing is the old, decorative office of the local machine workshop from the 1880s, nowadays used as a residential house. It represents the neo-renaissance style with a tower that is a notable landmark among the houses on the island. Unique accommodation businesses have also found home at the heart of the island, and there are charming restaurants, too.

Pikisaarentie
90100, Oulu
Tähtitorni cafe.

Tähtitorni Observation Tower

Just a stone’s throw from Oulu Market Square, you can find the lovely, pastel-coloured Tähtitorni Café, which has served as a summer café since 1912. The idyllic setting invites you to experience an interesting piece of history while enjoying a nice cup of coffee – you are sitting on top of the renovated foundations of Oulu Castle which was destroyed in 1793 when the gunpowder storage blew up. From the observation tower, you have a nice view of Pikisaari Island where a stone from the castle landed in the explosion. The stone is still there.

Finished in 1875 according to a design by Wolmar Westling, the building with its observation tower originally belonged to Oulu Maritime School. More than 200 sea captains graduated from the school.

In the summer, the castle cellar is home to an exhibition about the history of the castle. For centuries, people have tried to find a rumoured, secret passage from Linnansaari Island to the city. Can you find it?

Linnansaari 1
90100, Oulu
A hand-winched block ferry to Varjakka island.

Varjakka Industrial Heritage Site And Nature Trail

Varjakka has a colourful history full of local stories. The island houses an old sawmill that is important for reasons of both cultural history and architecture. The collection of buildings around the sawmill is an intact entity and rare by international standards. It has also been declared a nationally significant cultural environment. Varjakka is located just over 20 kilometres from Oulu city centre.

The island of Varjakka was a ship and renovation dock in the 19th century, before seeing its golden age in the early 20th century when the largest sawmill in the Nordic countries operated on the island. The island and the Varjakka area on the continent constituted a sawmill community that used to employ as many as 700 people.

Nowadays, the island is a forested destination of natural beauty. You can reach it in the summertime with your own boat, a kayak, a SUP board, or a hand-winched block ferry – an unforgettable experience especially if you are travelling with children. You can explore the island on your own or hire a guide. The Varjakka area also has a beach, the all-year Warjakka Art Trail, and a B&B accommodation.

South of Varjakka Island, there is the 263-hectare nature reserve of Akionlahti, a popular resting place for migrating birds. The area has a nature trail, a tower for birdwatching, and a campfire site.

Varjakantie 223
90470, Oulu
Oulu market square granarys.

Oulu Market Square

When you reach the Market Square and its landmarks – the Market Hall, the old granaries, and the Market Square Policeman’s statue keeping the peace – you know you have arrived in the local people’s summertime living room.

From early morning on, the summery Market Square bustles with travellers and local residents, along with vegetable and food vendors as well restaurant keepers serving customers till late evening. The old, multi-coloured granaries house not only restaurants but also tiny, charming boutiques selling handicraft products, clothes, and decoration items.

Patrolling in front of the Market Hall and keeping a watchful eye on the visitors is the Market Square Policeman, a plump statue as a reminder of the times when real policemen were guarding the area. The vibrant harbour and export hub of the 18th century gradually became less busy, and the market area became a meeting place for city folk and visitors from the countryside. The policement were needed for upholding law and order.

Kauppatori
90100, Oulu
Tietomaa science centre tower stairs.

Tietomaa Science Centre Tower

A walking distance from the city centre, you will find the historical industrial complex of Brothers Åstrom tannery. Since 1988, the former steam power plant of the tannery has housed the first science centre in Finland – Tietomaa Science Centre. The tower standing next to the centre was designed by Birger Federley and completed in 1921. Originally it served as the tannery’s water tower. Now the tower offers a wonderful view of the estuary and over the city of Oulu.

You can reach the top observation deck at 35 metres easily with a panoramic lift. When descending along the staircase, you can enjoy the tower’s exhibitions and a Northern Lights presentation. You can buy tickets to the tower at the counter of the Science Centre.

Nahkatehtaankatu 6
90130, Oulu
Cruises to Raahe Archipelago leave from the harbor next to the Packhouse Museum.

Day Trip from Oulu to Raahe

Raahe is full of history and maritime experiences!

Take a day trip from Oulu to Raahe for a full day of experiences! In Raahe, you can stroll through the atmospheric quarters of Old Town Raahe, stop at cafés and museums, shop in boutiques or enjoy a maritime experience on an archipelago cruise, by paddling or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Bicycle rental is also possible.

The Saaga Travel day trip bus to Raahe runs on Thursdays from 30 June to 4 August 2022 as a guaranteed departure. The trip is organized if there is at least one participant. The bus leaves from Kaarlenväylä street next to Oulu Market Square at 10.00.We will be back in the center of Oulu at 6 p.m.

We organize also private tours from Oulu to Raahe on request – ask for a quote!

Kaarlenväylä
90100, Oulu
Stone Age dwellings can be visited in the Kierikki Stone Age Village.

Day Trip from Oulu to Kierikki Stone Age Centre

Experience the lively atmosphere of the Stone Age at Kierikki Stone Age village on a day trip from Oulu!

Kierikki Stone Age Centre is beautifully located on the banks of the Iijoki River, less than an hour’s drive from Oulu. Kierikki is a combination of an archeological museum and modern log architecture. The Kierikki main building is one of the most magnificent and largest log buildings in Europe and it has won several awards and host to an archeological exhibition.

You can explore the outdoor area in Stone Age village on your own. There is a guide in the Stone Age village and nice things to do for the whole family. Guests can also explore the archeological excavations.

The café-restaurant in the main building offers a selection of refreshments, hot and cold drinks, as well as sweet and savory items. In the museum shop you will find personal souvenirs.

The Saaga Travel day trip from Oulu to Kierikki is organized on Saturdays from July 2 to August 6, 2022 as a guaranteed departure. If there is one participant, the tour is organized.

We organize also private tours from Oulu to Kierikki on request – ask for a quote!

Kaarlenväylä
90100, Oulu
View from Oulu City Hall to Cathedral.

Guided bike tour from Nallikari to Oulu city center

Welcome to guided bike tour from Nallikari to Oulu city center! We drive cycleways trough Pikisaari to city center. We visit Market Place, City Hall and Catherdral from outside. The tour ends in Nallikari. Guide will tell you information and stories from Oulu and Oulu region. You will get tips for shopping and events. You can rent bikes from Nallikari holiday village. Rental is not included in the price of tour. For families, small groups and companies.

Leiritie 10
90510, Oulu
Cathedral in Oulu.

Oulu quickly

Welcome to Oulu! Guided city walking tour.

History and present shortly told by an authorized tourist guide: Market Place, City Hall, Cathedral. Tips for places to visit, shopping and events.

Toripolliisi
90100, Oulu
Oulucityhall

Guided transportation from Oulu airport to Oulu

Guided transportation from Oulu Airport to your accommodation to Oulu city center. The guide will pick you or your group up from airport. On the way you will hear stories and information of Oulu and Oulu region. You will get tips of events and shopping. 30 min tour in Oulu city center is included.

Lentokentäntie 720
90410, Oulu
Old lighthouse in Marjaniemi.

Minivan trip to Hailuoto

Welcome to a minivan trip to Hailuoto. We pick you up from Oulu city center and bring you back after the trip. Guide will be with you troughout the trip. You hear stories and information from Hailuoto, Oulu and Oulu region. We visit Hailuoto Organum, wich is a concrete piece of spatial art by Hai Art in Ulkokarvo. The piece was designed by a distinguished acoustic artist, Lukas Kühne. We can enjoy snacks, in the nearby Petsamo hut, on an open fire. Then we drive to Marjaniemi, where you can get to know the area with guide or independently. Possibility for shopping also. If you like to have a meal in restaurant in Hailuoto, it is better to book advance. It is also possible to visit Hailuoto Brewery, when it is open. For companies, groups and families.

Toripolliisi
90100, Oulu
Tar boat in Turkansaari.

Minivan trip to Turkansaari Open Air Museum

Welcome to a minivan trip to Turkansaari Open Air Museum. The museum is located in three island in Oulujoki. The main themes of the museum are traditional agriculture and forestry, fishing and Oulu’s history of tar. We pick you up from Oulu city center and bring you back after the trip. The guide will be with you throughout the trip. From the guide you hear stories and information of Turkansaari, Oulu and Oulu region. Turkansaari Open Air Museum is open 6.6.-29.8. Mon-Sun from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m. In the museum area is Café, where you could have traditional salmon soup for lunch from 11 a.m. to 15 p.m. Tickets 10 € adult, children under 18 years free. Museum tickets and lunch are not included in the price of the trip. For Companies, groups and families.

Toripolliisi
90100, Oulu
The Old Hamina district in Ii is a tight-knit neighbourhood that has managed to keep its own unique historical spirit.

Day Trip from Oulu to Ii

Experience charming Ii on a day trip from Oulu!

The tour starts from the historic district of Ii with a short introduction to the homeland museum exhibition, after which there is time to explore the old Ii historic district (Iin Wanha Hamina) on your own. Visit also the Ii Church and enjoy refreshments at Café Wanha Hamina.

Next, our trip continues to the Art Center KulttuuriKauppila, where we have a guided art exhibition tour.

At the end of the tour, we will visit the new suspension bridge in Jakkukylä. Completed in December 2021, the longest suspension bridge in northern Europe crosses the Iijoki River, which is almost 200 meters wide. The bridge has quickly become one of Ii’s most popular attractions.

The Saaga Travel day trip from Oulu to Ii is organized on Tuesdays 5.7., 12.7. and 19.7.2022 as a guaranteed departure. If there is one participant, the tour is organized. Duration of the trip is five hours.

We organize also private tours from Oulu to Ii on request.

Kaarlenväylä
90100, Oulu
Maikkula Mansion´s courtyard.

Maikkula's Manor the Charter Restaurant

Maikkula Mansion has been one of the great houses on the Oulujoki River for centuries. On entering the courtyard, the view is the same as that seen by travellers back in the 19th century. The mansion grounds and the buildings, once forgotten, are valuable conservation sites that have been restored to their former glory using traditional methods and with respect for history.
Maikkula Mansion´s kitchen prepares meals on site, using carefully selected ingredients. For example, in the summer 30-40 lambs from Pudasjärvi graze in the pastures of the Mansion and are raised for the needs of the restaurant. For us, food is the number one thing and we want our customers to enjoy good Finnish local food with personal service in a wonderful setting.

Maikkula Mansion is a charter restaurant and in the area there are saunas and six different celebration spaces, where you can organize celebrations for 10 to 250 people.

Maikkulanrinne 21
90240, Oulu
People resting in Finnish woods

We Breathe the Forest!

Come with us to enjoy in the arms of the Finnish forest. During the nature walk we challenge our senses to hear, feel and see the surrounding nature holistically.

Breathing exercises soothe us by the trees. We hear local stories and learn what the forest means to Finns. A relaxing moment in clean, Finnish nature increases health and relieves stress. In summer this can be arranged also during the night.

After the walk we sit by the campfire. Everyone gets to make a memory for themselves; a little piece of jewerly made from a local reed.

Coffee/tea with a little sweet and sausages are served.

Sanginjoentie 1101
90660, Oulu
Inside Oulujoki church.

Oulujoki church

The national romantic spirit of the twentieth century was brought to life in the architecture of Oulujoki church, completed in 1908. The church was designed by the architect Viktor J. Sucksdorff of Oulu province, and it also contains Karelian influences. The atmospheric church is the only preserved wooden church in the art nouveau style in Northern Finland.

In 1984, as a result of the restoration work planned by Anna-Kaisa Ylimaula, the church was restored as closely as possible to its original appearance. Visitors to the church can see how the roof and the bell tower in particular reach upwards. On the second clock of the tower, an inscription has been made asking for a blessing for the Finnish people.

This church is part of the Oulujoki Pilgrimage route. Read more from the web page!

Oulujoentie 69
90650, Oulu

Meeting Day at the Maikkula Mansion

The six buildings in the area allow for a wide variety of meetings. The number of participants can range from 10 to 100 people. In addition to the traditional meeting room, we have a variety of personalised celebration spaces. Some rooms have the added bonus of a stunning river view, and there is plenty of courtyard space for outdoor activities on meeting days. Our kitchen prepares the food for the meeting day, which allows you to brainstorm efficiently throughout the day. Your meeting equipment includes a data projector, screen and flipchart. Sound systems are available in the main building and in the Great Barn, and wireless internet is available in the area.

Maikkulanrinne 21
90240, Oulu
Turkansaari museum church.

Turkansaari museum church

The oldest wooden church in the Oulu urban area serves as a summer church and is located in Madekoski, in the Turkansaari open-air museum area. Nowadays it functions as a beautiful wedding venue for many summer weddings. In the Middle Ages, the island was the westernmost marketplace for Russians and Karelians. As was typical of the time, the church was built in connection with the marketplace. The fishing industry also had an important role on the island.

When the days of trade and fishing were over, the church was demolished and transferred to Raati island, where it served for years as a storehouse until Östen Elfving, founder of the Turkansaari open-air museum, bought it and returned it to original location in 1922.

This church is part of the Oulujoki Pilgrimage route. Read more from the web page!

Turkansaarentie 165
90310, Oulu
Oulu cathedral from outside.

Oulu Cathedral

The beautiful Oulu Cathedral stands in Oulu’s monumental centre, on the same site where several church buildings were located over the centuries, with the oldest dating back to the late sixteenth century. The wooden church that was built on the site in the 1610s was replaced by a cathedral designed by Daniel Hagman of Sweden and completed in 1777. The cathedral, built of natural stone, was so big that all the 2,400 inhabitants of Oulu could fit in it at the same time!

Throughout the centuries, densely built wooden towns were vulnerable to urban fires. The Oulu fire of 1822 completely destroyed the wooden structures of the cathedral. The movable property was saved in time, and the fire left only the stone walls standing. The current stone cathedral was completed in 1832 according to the neoclassical designs of C. L. Engel. The most notable work of art in the cathedral is the portrait of Johannes Messenius, painted in 1611.

Among the cloud cherry trees in the garden is the Pikku-Sofia church for children. It is a model of Oulu’s very first wooden church from the late sixteenth century.

This church is part of the Oulujoki Pilgrimage route. Read more from the web page!

Kirkkokatu 3 A
90100, Oulu