Arctic experiences

The Oulu region’s uniqueness stems from its northern location. The four seasons of the Arctic atmosphere and the adjacent marine environment change its surroundings in a beautiful way. In summer, enjoy the sultry weather and the Midnight Sun, in autumn the trees and plants are stained in the vibrant tones of yellow, red and brown. In winter, nature hides under a white snow cover, and the Northern Lights glare in the sky until nature wakes up to its green bloom from under the snow drifts in the spring.

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Thanks to the Oulu region’s versatile environment, you can experience the Arctic in many ways all year round. Experience the pulse of the city, a frozen sea, mountain nature and sandy beaches. Check out our website and find your way to experiencing the Oulu region!

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Oulu – Capital of Northern Scandinavia

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.

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Northern Lights

People come to marvel the Oulu region’s night sky with different shades of glowing green and red auroras even from a long distance, and for a good reason: this remarkable light phenomenon of the Arctic winter environment has puzzled people for a long time. The Northern Lights are born when the solar winds Sun rush towards the magnetic polar regions of the Earth and hit the atmosphere releasing energy that is seen in green and red colours. Thanks to the northern location of the Oulu region, it is one of the world's most desirable places to see the Northern Lights.

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The Midnight Sun

To balance the dark winter, the Oulu region enjoys an exceptionally bright Summer: June-July is bright until the wee hours of the night, and at the end of June the sun shines through the night! This phenomenon is called the Midnight Sun, and it will transform the Oulu region into one of the world's brightest spots during the summer.

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Huskies & Reindeer

Huskies and reindeer have been important draft animals for the Oulu region people for a long time, helping to transport local foods and merchandise in a sleigh through the snow and forests. Nowadays, these northern nature raised winter adventurers take you for a sleigh ride in Oulu region’s snowy environments. Reindeer and huskies naturally enjoy pulling sleighs and sleds, and they are very tame, curious and human-friendly.

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Winter Wonderland

Nature changes in a mind-blowing way in the Oulu region in mid-winter, when abundant snowscapes colour the landscape completely white, and the frosty air freezes the sea under a thick layer of ice. Ball-like formations of snow around trees made by frost are called crown snow, and it truly makes nature seem enchanting. Snow makes the Oulu region a true winter wonderland!

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The Frozen Sea

One thing that makes the Oulu region’s water areas so special is that the water always freezes during the winter. The ice makes the landscape look marvellous: you might not see anything other than white around you! The ice is load-bearing in Oulu’s water areas and you can move on it in the middle of winter from January-March by a number of means of transport. However, you should always make sure that the ice is load-bearing!

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Summer in Gulf of Bothnia

When sunbathing on the Oulu region’s sandy beaches during the summer, you would not first believe that the sea was covered with a thick layer of ice only a few months earlier. However, the northern location in the Oulu region doesn’t mean cold weather throughout the year, as in June-August, the temperatures in the area are often close to heat wave temperatures and the sea water is not cold either! This causes people to gather near water for sunbathing, picnics, beach restaurants and summery water activities.

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Arctic Wilderness

The Northern region’s natural exoticism is at its best where it manifests itself in a pure and untouched form. The Oulu region’s natural sites in national parks are a cross-section of the arctic biodiversity: you can find the Ice Age shaped lichen-covered ridges, age-old fabled forests, miles of sandy beaches, tall fell highlands, inhabited by hundreds of thousands of birds in wetland areas, and lush parks near the city centre.