Welcome to the Oulu River estuary! In Oulu, you can sense the closeness of water just a short walk away from the city centre. The cultural landscape opening over the river is present all around. The estuary with its lovely islands is a source of year-round recreation on natural waters with a multitude of services on offer. The estuary is easy to discover by paddling or SUP boarding, for example.
Hietasaari Island does not offer only a lush park atmosphere but also the sandy beaches at Nallikari, the “Riviera of the North”. When you enter Pikisaari Island, you will be swept away by the charm of old wooden houses in an artists’ district full of local industrial history. On Hupisaaret Islands, you can try and count how many small wooden bridges across the lovely brooks you can find. If you fancy a refreshing dip in Oulu River, visit Värttö Beach where you can go swimming throughout the year. Seaside disc golfing by the Bothnian Bay at Meri-Toppila disc golf park is a memorable experience in the summer, while fatbiking on the sea ice is an unforgettable one in the wintertime.