Oulu is Northern Finland’s largest and oldest city, located in the Gulf of Bothnia in the Oulujoki River delta with good access from anywhere. Oulu was founded by King Charles IX of Sweden in 1605, and in the nineteenth century the town was Finland’s leading exporter of tar. Today, the city is home to more than 200,000 locals, and is a favourite destination for thousands of domestic and international leisure and business travellers.
Oulu consists of the cultural life of a modern business and tourism city, it also has extensive shopping opportunities as well as the northern arctic nature exoticism. The uniqueness of the city is based on the fact that the hustle and bustle of the city centre areas, for example, make it easy to deviate to the peace and the greenery of the park, the sandy beach or the frozen sea.
Oulu holds several of Finland’s largest music festivals and art events annually, which punctuate the cultural life of the city of Oulu, making it a vibrant year-round tourism city.
Oulu is easily accessible by plane even from afar. Oulu Airport is the second busiest in Finland and dozens of flights from Finland as well as from abroad arrive there on a daily basis. For example Arctic Airlink, Norwegian and Finnair operate at the airport bringing customers safely to Oulu from elsewhere in Finland, neighbouring countries and further away.
For travellers from closer areas, travelling by bus or train is ideal; you can get to Oulu from almost everywhere in Finland in a short period of time. The Oulu region is ideally covered with a rental car, while moving around in Oulu is convenient by bicycle or by local bus.