Oulu is the capital of the province of Oulu and the region of Northern Ostrobothnia. It is the fifth largest municipality in Finland by population, and the largest and most important in Northern Finland. As a result of two consolidations of neighbouring municipalities, first Ylikiiminki on January 1st 2009, and then Haukipudas, Kiiminki, Oulunsalo and Yli-Ii on January 1st 2013, its land area is over 3,000 square kilometers (five to ten times the size of other similar sized cities in Finland). As urban area it comes fourth, after the capital region, Tampere and Turku.
Oulu is known for its high-tech focus, with free wireless Internet access, Panoulu, in the city center. A lot of Finnish IT companies, including Nokia, have offices in Oulu or nearby areas. In 1988 Jarkko Oikarinen wrote the first irc server and client here. Oulu is also home of Oulun Kärpät, a successful hockey team playing in the top Finnish league, Liiga.
Oulu Airport is the busiest in the country after Helsinki, and the Helsinki–Oulu sector is the country's most popular domestic flight with frequent services (around ten flights per day each way) by Finnair and Norwegian. A fully flexible return economy ticket might cost more than €200 but a non-changeable one-way ticket can go as low as €39 or a return ticket for €78 when bought months in advance. Norwegian is often cheaper, but airlines compete on price for this route so be sure to check Finnair, too. There are also some services to Luleå, Sweden and Tromsø, Norway by Arctic Airlink.
The terminal has recently been expanded and now has jet bridges to get you in the planes without having to walk in the freezing cold tarmac. The airport has an automatic map dispenser that provides free maps, but sometimes it doesn't work.
Bus line 9 (Adult €5,80, child 2,90; 40 minutes) connects the airport to the city center. Buses operate quite frequently from 06:25 to about 21:00 on weekdays. After 21:00 buses operate infrequently to 01:30. A taxi will cost you around €30 for the same distance. To get to Oulu university, change to bus line 1 (Jylkynkangas), 2 (Ritaharju) or 3 (Ritaharju). Buses to the university cost €3.30 for adult and €1.70 for children.
Oulu is on the railway main line between Helsinki and Rovaniemi. The fastest Pendolino trains complete the journey from Oulu to Helsinki in about 6 hours (starting at €24.50 when bought in advance), while direct night trains take around 9 hours (€21.50 when bought in advance, or €64 plus optional sleeper at €12–31 per bed, advance tickets do not allow the booking of a bed). The newest type of sleeper train carriages have a shower and a toilet in each 2-person cabin. As when going to Rovaniemi, you can also take your car with you on the overnight train.
The Saver ticket is always the most affordable choice. Only a limited number of Saver tickets are available and no discounts are offered for them. The Saver ticket lets you choose your travel dates flexibly. Saver tickets are offered 60 days before your departure. You can change your ticket for €5 and pay a €10 cancellation insurance.
You can buy tickets from the train station or from vr.fi.
Trip duration from Helsinki varies between 8 and 15 hours and costs around €70–80, but using the cheaper Onnibus, you can get trip with a price as low as 15€. Timetable and information from Matkahuolto and Onnibus
Oulu is at the mouth of the Oulujoki river, thus reachable by yacht in summer and autumn.
- 1 Meritulli, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 06:00–24:00, after mid August 07:00–16:00. Marina in the river delta, by the Market square. WC, showers, sauna, kitchen, washing machines, fuel, water, electricity, septic tank emptying. Fairway depth 2.3 m. €12/night (sauna not included, electricity €2), €5 for day visit, €2 for short visit..
For being the fifth largest city in Finland the city center is small compared to, say, Tampere or Turku. The whole of the city center is easily walkable.
Public transportation is operated by Oulun Joukkoliikenne. Single ticket (kertalippu) within about 10km from the city center costs €3.30 (€1.70 for children ages 7-16). Between 23:00-04:30 a single ticket costs €6.60, but night services are limited. To plan your route in the city, use Google Maps' public transport features. It gives you the most convenient route to where you want to go, including walks to/from bus stops, which bus lines to use and where to switch buses. You can also use Oulu's own journey planner, Oulun liikenne, but it's not as good. Bus drivers usually understand some English, but best plan your trip beforehand. The site jl.oulunliikenne.fi [dead link] should show the buses on map in real-time, but it doesn't always do that. Few third-party phone apps like Nysse do the job better. There are screens on bus stops that use this technology.
Public transport system Oulun joukkoliikenne is divided up into zones from A to D that radiate from the centre. The urban area within about 10 km radius from the citycentre is zone A and the regions further from that are B, C and D. Nearly all the hotels, University of Oulu and the main sights are in zone A. The airport, Kempele and Haukipudas are in zone B, Ii, Muhos and Liminka are on zone C. Only Yli-Ii is in zone D. The number of zones you travel through during your trip will determine your fare.
Validity of single and value tickets is 60 minutes when travelling in one zone or two zones, and 80 minutes in three or more zones. You can transfer from one vehicle to another within the validity of your ticket. A-City ticket is valid only in citybus. Validity of A-City ticket is 30 minutes.
|Inside A, B, C or D||3,30||1,70|
|Inside A&B, B&C or C&D||5,80||2,90|
|Inside A, B and C or B, C and D||8,30||4,20|
|A to D||10,10||5,10|
By hop-on hop-off bus
To get a good look around Oulu, with English commentary, try Potnapekka (in finnish). Half train, half bus, it operates during summer months (June to August) on two routes, via Nallikari or Hupisaaret, through roads for light traffic. Both routes leave from the stone ball at Rotuaari (at the center of Oulu) and the journey lasts about one hour. You can hop off and in on the way.
Oulu is renowned for its good bicycle routes, which get you around the city easily and safely even through the cold winter. To rent a bicycle, try Pyörä-Suvala, Lekatie 27. If you're staying at Nallikari Camping, Leiritie 10, they also have bikes to rent for visitors costing €12/day.
Trains aren't really included to the public transport of Oulu, because they're operated by VR (State's Railways), and because the trains don't go as regularly and often as local trains (because they're long-distance trains). Nevertheless you can travel between Oulu and Kempele and Oulu and Muhos with a low cost. The train ticket costs usually under 5€ from Oulu-Kempele, Oulu-Muhos and vice versâ. You can purchase the tickets online from vr.fi or through the VR Mobile app. You can also buy tickets from Oulu Railway Station, R-kioskis (+1€ to the price) and the conductors onboard (+3€ to the price).
Low-cost taxi service Kyyti is available in Oulu, it offers cheaper combined taxi rides and can be booked using a smartphone and credit or debit card.
- 1 Oulu Market Square (Kauppatori). Market square is a often debated juxtaposition of old red granaries, renaissance revival architecture and seventies brutalism style concrete-slab buildings. Nevertheless, during summer months, people of all ages flock to the square and it's terraces, cafes and marketplace booths to enjoy the (few) warm days every year. Check out the often photographed statue of "Toripolliisi", the Market Square Policeman.
- 2 Oulu City Art Museum (Oulun Taidemuseo), Kasarmintie 7 (within walking distance from the city center), ☎ . Tues-Sun 10-17. Two story museum with a wide variety of modern artwork. Around 8 exhibits a year. Plenty of information in English, except for small, temporary exhibits. 3 euros.
- 3 [dead link]Science Centre Tietomaa (Tiedekeskus Tietomaa), Nahkatehtaankatu 2. Mon-Sun 10–19. The world's first science centre. Unfortunately a 'social invention' such as a science centre wasn't to be patented and the idea was copied all over the world. €13 for single adult ticket, €10 for children aged 6-15.
- 4 Oulu Castle (Oulun linna). There is almost nothing to describe as the Castle of Oulu was destroyed in an explosion of gunpowder deposit (by a bolt of lightning) in the 18th century. Nowadays it is a public park where the castle used to be. The park is big, though, so it's a nice walk beside the river. Their rustic café on the foundations of the 'castle', Linnankahvila open daily in the summer, is well worth the visit however.
- 5 Toripoliisi. A statue of a police officer at the market square.
- 6 Oulu Cathedral (Oulun tuomiokirkko). A neoclassicist cathedral drafted by Carl Ludwig Engel (the architect of the buildings around the Senate square in central Helsinki) built in 1832.
- 7 Oulu Automobile Museum (Oulun Automuseo), Automuseontie 1 (next to national road 847, 5 km south of the city center), ☎ . Mon-Sat 9:00-17:00, Sun -15:00 (summer, closed on Sundays in the winter). A car museum with 40 cars and 20 motorcycles and some traffic related paraphernalia on display. A couple of really interesting vehicles like the largest car ever built in the Nordic countries (a truck for a dam company), the remains of a Ford "killed in action" during WW2 and a "motorcycle" where the rider sits inside a large wheel. The car museum also has a restaurant open for lunch. adults: 7€, children 5€.
- 8 Hupisaaret park, Fountains and salmon stairs (Hupisaaret, kalatie) (A short walk from the city center). 24h. Beautiful park of Hupisaaret (lit. Fun Islands) is a park with little paths and bridges crossing beautiful little streams. The longest fish path of Finland, 750 meter and 64 stairs long fish path is located on the northern part of Hupisaaret park.
- 9 Northern Ostrobothnia Museum (Pohjois-Pohjanmaan Museo) (A short walk from the city center), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wed-sun 10-17. Adults 6 €, Students and Seniors 4 €.
- 1 Oulu City Theatre (Oulun Kaupunginteatteri), Kaarlenväylä 2. Recently renovated theatre offers plays in Finnish. Prices vary from €15 to €40 for a single adult ticket. Significant (half price) discounts are available for people under 26.
- 2 Cinema Finnkino Plaza (Elokuvateatteri Finnkino Plaza), Torikatu 32. Completed in 2007, Plaza movie theater features one of the biggest movie screens in Finland. Most of the movies shown on theater's eight screens are original English versions and are subtitled in Finnish and Swedish, though some children's movies are dubbed in Finnish. Admission €10.30-13, before 17:00 on weekdays €7. Add €2 for 3D movies. Ticket sets of 5 or 9 tickets are available, bringing the price per admission down to €9.90 or €9 respectively and no extra for 3d showings.
- 3 Cinema Star (Elokuvateatteri Star), Kalliotie 6 (Tuira region, northern-side of Oulu river), ☎ . The oldest still functioning (yet very modern) movie theater in Oulu, Star movie theater features 3D digital movies. Most of the movies shown on the theater's three screens are original English versions and are subtitled in Finnish and Swedish, though some children's movies are dubbed in Finnish. Star has been nominated as Finland's most disabled-friendly establishment in 2007. Admission €7.5-10. Sets of 5 tickets are available for 37€, bringing the price per admission down to €7.4 to all shows except for 3D movies, which cost extra.
- 4 Rotuaari, Kirkkokatu. ...from the French word trottoir, meaning pedestrian street, is the main shopping street of the city a place for live entertainment mainly during summertime, but also on weekends all year round. Part of the street has been renovated and refitted with heating in 2011, which should keep the street ice free even during the coldest winter months.
- 5 Nallikari. Summer visit is preferred, but you can bathe outside all year round in Eden SPA's cozy temperature of +26°C. A bone-chilling dip in the freezing Oulu river can also be taken at the swimming spot (maauimala) of Tuira all year round.
- Cycle or walk. In the summer, either rent a bike or walk to the beach in Tuira on the north side of the river Oulujoki, a popular place with locals, passing through Ainola park and over the dam on the way. From there head eastwards, crossing back to the south side of the river and onwards to Värttö. Visit Koivurannan kahvila in an old house by the river, Kasamintie 51. Then head back to the center for a total of 8km trip or take the bus number 7 back to the center.
- 6 Kesän Sauna (Summer's Sauna), Koskitie 58 (By the Tuira beach), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 5PM-9PM. A floating public sauna, open during June, July and August. Run by volunteer workers. 4€.
- Hässäkkäpäivät: 8–9 July 2016 . A punk / hardcore music festival (date needs updating)
- Jalometalli: 8–9 July 2016 . A metal music festival (date needs updating)
- Rotuaari Piknik: 13–16 July 2016 . Music festival in a garden setting in Oulu (date needs updating)
- UFOP: 15–16 July 2016 . Uleaborg Festival Of Psychedelia is a festival focusing on modern music and art (date needs updating)
- [dead link]International Air Guitar Festival. Yearly,beginning of August. Just as the name tells, a competition where the objective is to pretend to be playing a guitar as lively as possible.
- Elojazz: 4–7 August 2016 . A jazz festival in the parks and restaurants of the city. (date needs updating)
- Koiteli elää!: 20–20 August 2016 . Koiteli elää! is a small rock festival arranged in the scenic Koiteli area in Kiiminki, Oulu in conjunction with Oulu August Festival and has been sold out in advance for years. (date needs updating)
- [dead link]Qstock: 29–30 August 2016 . A rock festival of strong traditions. (date needs updating)
- Lumo Light Festival (Valoa Oulu!). Lumo Light Festival fills up the city center with numerous lightartworks for a week in November. free.
Public swimming pools
- 7 Oulu swimming pool (Oulun uimahalli), Pikkukankaantie 3 (Raksila), ☎ . Mon-Wed&Fri 6:15-22:00, Thu 7:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 8:00-16:45. One of the largest public swimming pools in Finland. In addition to the pools facilities include separate gyms for weight training, gymnastics, judo and boxing. Cafe upstairs with a view to the pools. €4.50 for the pools or the gym.
- 8 Raatti swimming pool (Raatin uimahalli) (Raatti, northwest from the city centre), ☎ . Mon, Wed-Fri 6:15-21:45, Tue 7:00-21:45, Sat-Sun 8:00-20:45. Public pool and gym. Smaller than Oulu swimming pool, but recently renovated (2010). €4.50 for the pools or the gym.
- 9 Snooker Time, Kauppurienkatu 9. Play billiards or snooker right in the city center. B-license.
- 10 Pelibunkkeri and Megazone, Kansankatu 47. Indoor minigolf, air hockey and fussball tables. Megazone is a futuristic laser tag adventure mainly for groups, with a possibility of playing with random others
- 11 Oulu bowling alley (Oulun keilahalli), Isokatu 97. Over twenty bowling lanes near the city center. €15-18 per hour per lane, plus €2.50 for shoe rental. Also pool and snooker tables.
- 12 Superpark Oulu, Tyrnäväntie 16 (Citybus C to Limingantulli, also reached by many buses that go to south. 2km walk from the city center). Mon-Fri 13-20, Sat-Sun 11-19. day 19€, 2h 12€.
- 1 Oulu Market Hall (Kauppahalli). Mon-Thu 8-17, Fri 8-18, Sat 8-15.. Atmospheric interior in over a hundred years old building. Largely a food market, offering fresh and conserved foods varying from reindeer meat to Asian specialities. The market and the surrounding 'aitat' (or barns) also offer a variety of souvenir-type items.
- 2 Verkkokauppa.com (Verkkokauppa.com), Kaakkurinkulma 4. Mon-Fri 9-21, Sat 9-18 and Sun 12-18.. Very large home-electronics located 8 km from Oulu center. The best spot for electronics, computers, digital cameras, mobile phones, etc. in Oulu.
- 3 Zeppelin (At freeway 4, 10km south of the city). The largest shopping mall of northern Finland with over hundred different stores.
- 4 Ideapark Oulu, Ritaharjuntie 49 (Buses 2 and 3 to Ritaharju take you to the shopping center in about 30 mins. Zone A). 10-20, 10-18 (12-18). 50 shops, 10 km from the city center.
- 5 Shopping Centre Valkea (Kauppakeskus Valkea) (About 150-200m from the Tourist Info, in the city center). A new shopping centre opened 14 April 2016.
Oulu is a place for eating pizza and other fast foods. For as low as €4-7 you can get a pizza with your choice of (usually three) toppings. Try one of the more interesting choices of toppings such as reindeer, kebab and mayonnaise. Also there are many restaurants that have a pizza buffet for around €7-12 which includes a drink. A number of restaurants serving international cuisine or fast food are found in Oulu, including Indian, Greek, Mediterranean, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Thai and Chinese kitchens. For American style fast food there is McDonald's and Finnish equivalent Hesburger, but best burgers can be had at a tiny and ever-crowded Kauppuri 5 (Kauppurienkatu 5).
- 1 Pizzeria Romeo, Hallituskatu 22. Arguably, Finland's biggest pizzas are served in Oulu's Pizzeria Romeo.
- 2 Ravintola Pannu, Kauppurienkatu 12. There is also the Pannu pizza joint in town - a bit more up-market pizzas for the discerning.
- 3 Stands at the Market Place. During the summer months, head down to the marketplace and have some fried vendace (muikku) or salmon in one of the stands there.
- 4 [formerly dead link]Pannukakkutalo Renesans, Aittatori 9. An interesting little restaurant is Pannukakkutalo Renesans near the market square, serving Dutch style pannekoeken, or for the unfamiliar, crêpes. More than a hundred of either sweet or savory toppings to choose from.
- 5 RAX Pizzabuffet, Isokatu 23, Kauppalinnankuja 3 (Linnanmaa). The pizza buffet chain has two restaurants in Oulu. Buffet 9,95 €.
- [dead link]Katri Antell-lounasravintolat. The local bakery operates several lunch eateries both in central Oulu and the suburbs. lunch about 6-8 €.
- 6 Bisketti, Kirkkokatu 8, ☎ . Mo-Th 8-22, Fr 8-01, Sa 8:30-01, Su 11-22. A cafe which also serves breakfast and lunch.
- 7 Café Provence, Hallituskatu 25, ☎ . Mo 8-18, Tu-Fr 7:30-18, Sa 10-15. Another cafe serving breakfast and lunch.
- 8 Koivurannan kahvila, Kasarmintie 51, ☎ . Open only in the summer months. A cafe right at the Oulu river, that also has rowing boats for rent.
- 9 Tähtitornin kahvila. In 1793 the gunpowder storage of Oulu castle exploded, turning it into a ruin. Almost a hundred years later, in 1875, an observatory was built on the ruins, and today the observatory is used as a cafe. In the basement there is a small museum about the history of the castle.
- 10 Ravintola Indian Cuisine, Kajaaninkatu 38 (near Oulu railway station), ☎ . If you fancy good Indian then visit Indian Cuisine near railway station, probably the best Indian restaurant in Finland. They have excellent Indian lunch buffet at less than 10 EUR. Ala Carte has excellent price to quality ratio. Just try Garlic chicken tandoori or Lamb Hydrabad.
During the lunch time, usually from 11AM to 3PM, most restaurants serves food for reasonable prices. Lunch restaurants and lists in Oulu can be found at lounaat.info.
For typical, if a bit boring, French-Scandinavian dining, hotel restaurants such as Sassi (Radisson SAS) and Fransmanni (at the recently-built Arina hotel in the town center) provide.
- 11 Ravintola Toripolliisi. Offers gastropub-style fare in nice surroundings both inside and outside, just in the corner of the marketplace.
- 12 Crecian, Kirkkokatu 55. A "taverna" serving Greek food in an Greek-styled environment.
- 13 Oskarin Kellari, Uusikatu 26 2 krs., ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Large servings of non-nonsense food, steaks and such at reasonable prices. It used to be right across the street from the railway station, but nowadays neighbors the hotel Omenahotelli.
- 14 Sokeri-Jussin Kievari, Pikisaarentie 2. Finnish "countryside food" restaurant on the island of Pikisaari, accessible by pedestrian bridge from the Market Square. It operates in a former storage building, which is on of the oldest buildings in Oulu. The seaside outdoor seating is a nice place to dine in the summer.
Good experiences in a bit more upscale dining would be either Uleåborg or Puistola Dining, for a bit more affordable but still nice dining head near the Oulu Cathedral to Ravintola Hella.
- 15 Ravintola Uleåborg 1881, Aittatori 4-5.
- 16 Ravintola Puistola, Pakkahuoneenkatu 12-15.
- 17 Ravintola Hella, Isokatu 13. Classic Finnish food, lunch is good value for money.
Drinking in Finland can be an expensive activity, a typical pint (either 0,4l or 0,5l) of domestic macro lager is typically around €6 and up. Typical Finnish beer is European lager, but also more interesting Finnish craft beer is available at a few pubs, as is imported stuff. Do try lonkku, a long time Finnish favorite long drink of gin and grapefruit juice.
- 1 1bar, Kauppurienkatu 5. Probably the best cocktails in town, a small dancefloor, sofas and electronic/rap/house music.
- 2 45 Special, Saaristonkatu 12, ☎ . Open every night. Weekdays gigs and meeting place of modern drunkards after 1:30AM, weekends crowded.
- 3 Amarillo, Kirkkokatu 15, ☎ . Nice bar in the 1st floor and a night club underground. Also, the Tex-Mex-style kitchen is open Mon-Thu 11-00.30, Fri-Sat 11-23.30, Sun 12-23.00.
- 4 Apollo Live Club, Torikatu 21-23. Wed,Fri,Sat 10PM-04AM.. A largish discotheque with two different rooms of different styles. Age restriction: 20+.
- 5 Gloria, Torikatu 21-23. Next to Apollo Live Club, a bar with no cover charge featuring two dancefloors in separate rooms. Gets quite crowded on Saturdays.
- 6 Caio, Sammonkatu 10, ☎ . Nice and quiet bar with music, billiards and food near the University of Oulu.
- 8 Hevimesta, Asemakatu 20. Hard Rock / Metal club. €1 beer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays til 1AM.
- 9 Kaarlenholvi/Jumpru, Kauppurienkatu 6. Genuine Oulu. Pub downstairs with warmed up patio offers the authentic overview of locals. Nightclub upstairs attracts younger clientele and exchange students. Long queues weekends, so arrive early (before 11PM) to avoid waiting.
- 10 Kuluma, Kauppurienkatu 5. 11AM-2AM. If you fancy cocktails, this is the place to go. Some cocktails include a fire-breathing display.
- 11 Tivoli, Isokatu 35. Four different rooms with different styles: Disco, Rock, Suomipop and "Saucepan".
- 12 Oluthuone Leskinen, Kirkkokatu 10, ☎ . 12-02. Irish-style pub with the best selection of beers in the city. Very crowded on Friday and Saturday nights.
- 13 Sarkka, Hallituskatu 13-17. 9AM-2AM. You think you are pro? Come here at 9AM and see if you have what it takes!
- 14 Yöhuikka, Mäkelininkatu 13. Fri-Sat 11PM-4AM.. A small gay friendly nightclub. Fresh decor, no entrance fee. Cloak room 2 €.
- 1 Hotel Lasaretti, Kasarmintie 13, ☎ . One of the cheapest hotels in Oulu. Located in Hupisaaret, the recreational area of Oulu, just 1km from center.
- 2 Nallikari Lomakylä-Camping, Leiritie 10, ☎ . Absolutely the cheapest place to stay in Oulu. Located next to Nallikari beach 4km from center. 79 cottages with douche, toilet, cooking equipment and television. No breakfast served, but you can purchase breakfast at nearby Hotel Eden. 36€/4person cottage.
- 3 Kempeleen Moottorimaja, Sohjanantie 3, Kempele, ☎ . Clean rooms with refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee machine and television. Breakfast 4€/person. The motel is situated 9 km south from the city center, access by car, bus no. 9 or taxi. single 25 €, double 40 € or 50 €, quad 65 -75 €..
- 4 [dead link]Sokos Hotel Eden, Holstinsalmentie 29, ☎ . Spa hotel on Nallikari beach, a few kilometers (3.5km by foot, 5km by car) from the city center.
- 5 Best Western Hotel Apollo, Asemakatu 31-33, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. Good value for money, a clean and modern hotel in the city center. The restaurant is open just for breakfast, not for dining. There are 70 rooms, 29 of which are equipped with private sauna (and they're more expensive). from 69 €/night including breakfast.
- 6 Cumulus Oulu, Kajaaninkatu 17, ☎ . The Cumulus Oulu is a cosy hotel for a pleasant business or leisure visit.
- 7 Airport Hotel, Vihiluoto 10, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. reception open 7AM-midnight. A decent hotel 5 minutes by car from the airport. weekdays: single rooms 100 €, double rooms 120 €. Weekends: single rooms 75 €, double rooms 85 €..
- 8 Forenom Oulu Uusikatu (Apartment hotel Forenom), Uusikatu 26, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Apartment hotel in the ex-premises of Omenahotel Oulu. 123 rooms, free wifi and shared kitchen and laundry room. Rooms include Code lock, Coverlets and towels, WC and shower, Hairdryer, TV, Microwave, Fridge and Electric kettle. ~100€.
- 9 Radisson Blu, Hallituskatu 1, ☎ . One of the best hotels in the city with quite luxurious rooms.
- 10 Scandic Oulu, Saaristonkatu 4, ☎ . A brand new but overpriced hotel of the Scandinavian mid-range chain in the city center. double room 146 € (May 2010).
- 11 [dead link]Lapland hotel Oulu, Kirkkokatu 3 (Walking about 350m from tourist information, right beside the cathedral), ☎ . Ex Holiday inn Oulu is now completely redesigned Lapland hotel Oulu ab. 130€.
Oulu is on the whole a very safe city, but avoid getting into arguments late in the night in fast food joints.
The panOULU (public access network OULU) network provides wireless broadband Internet access to everybody in its coverage area.
The tourist information centre has a computer with free internet access.
- Hailuoto is the largest island in the Gulf of Bothnia and a good destination for day trip. Accessible by ferry, either with own car or by bus.
- Iso-Syöte on the way to Kuusamo is the closest destination for downhill skiing and the southernmost fell of Finland. Here are also Syöte national park, Iso-Syöte national hiking area and Pikku-Syöte recreational forest. Koskilinjat [dead link] arranges day trips to the slopes during the winter season.
- Kuusamo by Finland's east border is a gateway to Lapland, with the ski resort Ruka, the legendary Karhunkierros hiking route (80 km) and Oulanka national park.
- Koitelinkoski-rapids of Kiiminkijoki-river, about 25min by car from Oulu.
- Ii - A little village with beautiful old town, just a short trip away.
- Helsinki, the capital of Finland
|Routes through Oulu|
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|Rovaniemi ← Ii ←||N S||→ Pyhäjärvi → Helsinki|