Travel Responsibly in Oulu and Pohjola Route

1. Travel to (and in) Oulu with public transport

When coming from abroad, you can fly to the Oulu airport. The Finnish flight operator Finnair is committed to long-term sustainability and responsibility actions and aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2045. Finnair also lists some steps you can take as a customer when booking your flights and planning your route.

Oulu is easy to reach by train and bus via the Finnish railways and roads – so you can certainly consider flying to Helsinki and then continuing to Oulu by train or bus. From the Oulu coach station, you can continue to Hailuoto, Kalajoki, Liminka, Kempele, Raahe and Pudasjärvi close to Syöte, as well as the villages of Muhos, Utajärvi and Vaala which are all in the Rokua UNESCO Global Geopark region.

Both the railway and coach station are only a stone’s throw from Oulu city centre. So, when arriving by train or bus, you can just walk to the heart of the city in about 5 minutes. Local buses operate every day, too. The city centre itself is compact and flat so you can easily take in the sights on foot.

2. Choose eco-friendly accommodation

It’s simple: when you choose accommodation that has an ecolabel, you can rest assured that the sustainability and responsibility viewpoints are properly taken care of. Many hotels  and other businesses in Oulu are hard at work with their sustainability programme, so this list will keep on expanding.

3. Live like a local and hop on your bike

In case you didn’t know: Oulu is a highly prominent cycling city and home to a great many winter cyclists. Some quarters have also named Oulu the winter cycling capital of the world.

Oulu’s infrastructure planning prioritizes cyclists and pedestrians – this means in many cases that you get around by bike faster than by any other mode of transport. Thanks to its location by the sea, Oulu is also very flat which makes cycling easy and relatively effortless.

4. Enjoy locally grown food and purchase Finnish design for souvenirs

There’s more than just a fleeting element of hunter-gatherer still there in the Finnish DNA. Thanks to the everyman’s rights, Finns are allowed to fulfil their inner hunter-gatherer needs with all their hearts. So, in the Oulu region you’ll find lots of opportunities to taste local berries, mushrooms and herbs as well as game. There are also many restaurants where you can get vegetarian and vegan food. Shop your souvenirs from local shops and designers.

5. Leave your footprints only

 

Both the city of Oulu and the Oulu region host a great many nature trails and footpaths. You only need sturdy shoes and, depending on the current season, a few layers of clothing, and you’re ready to go out for a hike to enjoy the nature.

There are ample opportunities to sit down and enjoy the sound of silence, light a campfire, enjoy the atmosphere and give some tender loving care to your body and mind in the region’s forests – after all, science has proven many times that spending time in nature has multiple highly positive effects on your health and wellbeing.

To preserve our nature and environment, we urge you to only leave your footprints behind. Whatever you take with you on your hikes, please also bring it back with you. Back in your certified accommodation, you can then sort your waste and participate in recycling materials properly.  Read more on outdoor etiquette here.

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City canoeing day or night

Would you like to experience the city of Oulu from the canoe?

City canoeing trip floats from beautiful and peaceful sceneries of river Oulujoki to open sea landscapes. We’ll see the white sand beaches and lights of the city, ducks and trees to bend over the canoe.

You can choose either a daytime or a late night trip, which both have their own lovely details. In the beginning of summertime the sun barely sets and in the fall the red and purple sky looks amazing. In the daytime we’ll get to see the city and the nature better.

Hallituskatu 1
90100, Oulu

Koiteli Team Path

Fresh air and beautiful landscape surrounded by Koiteli white water rapids, amazing!

Nice time, challenging but funny group tasks. You have to use your brains to solve these ticks and at the same time you can enjoy the nature of Island Sahasaari and Koiteli rapids. The tasks cannot be completed successfully without teamwork, creativity and helping each other. The ability of working as a team will increase by itself. After teamwork, coffee and sausage in warm hearted cabin or outside by the river.

Hallituskatu 1
90100, Oulu

Cafe Seelari

Cafe with stunning views to Oulu city centre. Located in the beautiful island of Hietasaari, only short walk from the Oulu market place.

Puomitie 12
90510, Oulu
It is easy to enjoy at Nallikari Holiday Village tent site.

Tent site in Nallikari Holiday Village, Oulu

Nallikari Holiday Village 3,5 kilometers away from the center of Oulu has a large camping area which provides camping pitches for tents too.

All 150 tent pitches are without electric supply and can be choose according to own preferences. Caravan pitches with electricity can be booked also for the tents.

All the services in Nallikari Holiday Village are available for visitors; maintenance buildings, free public sauna (days vary depending on the season), laundry and drying room. There are also lockable mini fridges for hire for tent site guests.

Camping price consists of basic fee + person fee. Please check the seasonal prices from the booking site.

Leiritie 10
90510, Oulu

All-year round campsite in Nallikari, Oulu

Nallikari boasts one of the best all-year round campsites in Finland. Nallikari is easy to access even by a larger camper van or caravan. There are places to choose from places without electricity to small and large pitches and drive-through spots.

All the services in Nallikari Holiday Village are available for visitors; maintenance buildings, free public sauna (days vary depending on the season), laundry and drying room. Park-like campsite has also fire places that guests can use.

Camping price consists of basic fee + person fee. Please check the seasonal prices from the booking site.

Leiritie 10
90510, Oulu
Dinner in Oula Kitchen & Bar.

Surprise menu in Oula Kitchen & Bar

The surprise menu is a tribute to the diverse nature of the North and the world’s purest ingredients sourced from the wild. We have roamed the rolling fell tops and open mires and forests in the wilderness to offer you a surprise menu that embodies the genuine and unique quality of Northern nature.

We believe every bite should be an experience, so take plenty of time to enjoy the surprise menu. To allow our kitchen enough time to prepare the dishes for your party, the 5-course surprise menu is available until 8 p.m. and the 3-course surprise menu until 10 p.m. To ensure a pleasant evening for everyone, we hope you order the surprise menu for all members of your party.

Kirkkokatu 3
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
Meeting facilities in Lapland Hotels Oulu.

Conference and venue facilities in Lapland Hotels Oulu

The sizes of the meeting rooms vary in size from smaller offices up to 180 seats conference rooms. In addition to these, your events can be spiced up with the flavour world of Kitchen & Bar Oula. Ynninkulma is a well-established piece of Oulu’s history. You can travel across tasty experiences in its banquet room and feel the history of the city in a fresh way.

Oula is much more than delicious lunches or natural tastes during meetings. Its world of tastes can be seen in events covering all of the restaurant. Oula seats 250 persons for dinner and more than 400 with combined premises. Even up to 600 people for cocktail events.Our chef has designed festive menus, which bring the nature of Lapland onto your plate in a delicate and appealing way.

Kirkkokatu 3
90100, Oulu
Lapland Hotels Oulu Comfort Room.

Lapland Hotels Oulu

Lapland Hotels Oulu offers you a chance to experience Lapland in the heart of a city. The hotel is situated in the centre of Oulu, next to the Cathedral and the historical Ainola park, and its 160 rooms have been decorated with skill and style to suit the taste of even the most quality conscious guests. The design of our rooms was influenced by nature and the stories of Lapland. The party and conference facilities of Ynninkulma bring the atmosphere and the story close to you.

Lappish peace or mystique – it’s up to you.

Kirkkokatu 3
90100, Oulu

Pohjolan Matka Charter Coaches Oulu

If you have any kind of need for the bus transfer, contact us. Pohjolan Matka has over 200 buses on the road which means there are plenty of vehicles for all transportation needs – ranging form a 10-seater minibus to a large 66-seater charter coach. There are some 170 charter coaches with a toilet, DVD and a refrigerator as standard equipment. Additionally most vehicles have air-conditioning, alcohol interlock and WiFi (if asked). We also have buses specially equipped for disabilities. Where ever are you planning to travel, we reserve the right bus for your need – also transfers with several buses will be arranged perfectly. All drivers must follow certain rules of driving time and rest periods – please read more about them here.

When you choose Pohjolan Matka you choose also sustainbility. We have reached ISO 14001 environmental certificate and Sustainable Travel Finland label as a mark of our work for more responsible and sustainable travelling.

We operate almost everywhere across Finland (excluding southwest part of Finland).

Laakeritie 1
90620, Oulu
Pooki Cottages are yellow and very idyllic outside.

Traditional Pooki Holiday Cottages in Nallikari, Oulu

Nallikari Holiday Village’s Pooki Holiday Cottages are located just a stone’s throw away from Oulu city center and situated on a beautiful spot right by the gulf of Bothnia.

These traditional Finnish style Holiday Cottages are available throughout the year and recommended for 1-5 persons. Each cottage has kitchen, toilet and shower. 10 of the cottages are studio size and 6 with a separate bedroom.

Leiritie 10
90510, Oulu
Masto Studio mökin tupakeittiö on viihtyisä

Traditional Masto Holiday Cottages in Nallikari, Oulu

Nallikari Holiday Village’s Masto Holiday Cottages are located just a stone’s throw away from Oulu city center and situated on a beautiful spot right by the gulf of Bothnia.

These traditional Finnish style Holiday Cottages are available throughout the year and recommended for 1-5 persons. Each cottage has kitchen, toilet and shower.

Leiritie 10
90510, Oulu
Meriholstin kokoustiloista löytyy videotykki, valkokangas ja fläppitaulu.

Meriholsti Meeting Room & Private Saunas in Nallikari, Oulu

Meriholsti meeting room and sauna facilities are located in the Nallikari Holiday Village area. Meriholsti has two sides, Majakka and Ulappa, with saunas and shower rooms. When used for an event or meeting the two sides are connected to create an open space. Meriholsti has also a large patio facing the beautiful nature.

Meriholsti can be booked from 8am until 12pm. Own beverages and food allowed and possibility to order also catering services. Cleaning included in the price.

The facilities are recommended:
– In meeting room use for max 15 persons
– In more casual events for max 20 persons

Leiritie 10
90510, Oulu
Nallikari Lomakylässä on yhdeksän idyllistä kesämökkiä

Modern Messi Summer Cottages in Nallikari, Oulu

The Messi Summer Cottages for a little bit more comfortable camping!

Nallikari Holiday Village’s Messi Summer Cottages are located just a stone’s throw away from Oulu city center and situated on a beautiful spot right by the gulf of Bothnia.

Messi Summer Cottages are a great way to enjoy the camping feeling with a hint of luxury. These summer cottages are available from May until September.

The modern Messi summer cottage is suitable for two persons and the cottage includes a sofa bed or twin beds, dining table and chairs, as well as a lovely little terrace. Please note that toilet, shower and kitchen facilities are located in the campsite’s service building.

Pets are welcome for an extra fee.

Leiritie 10
90510, 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
Poiju Villat huokuvat ulkoapäin merellistä tyyliä ja niissä on iso oma terassi

Deluxe Poiju Villas by the Sea in Nallikari, Oulu

Nallikari Holiday Village’s Poiju Villas are located just a stone’s throw away from Oulu city center and situated on a beautiful spot right by the gulf of Bothnia.

All villas are conveniently located to maximize daylight and sunshine on the patio all year round. Poiju Villas are modern and built in traditional island cottage style with large windows allowing nature enter the rooms.

Different size Villas for 1-12 persons. All the villas have kitchen, dining space, sauna, 1-4 bedrooms, combined kitchen and living room area, fireplace and large patio.

Leiritie 10
90510, Oulu
Exterior

Scandic Oulu City

It is easy to feel comfortable in this central hotel decorated in Scandinavian style. The shopping streets are close by. The hotel restaurant Torilla, which can be divided into smaller sections, serves both hotel residents and the people of the city.

Saaristonkatu 4
90100, Oulu