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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.

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The four seasons change nature in a miraculous way

The warm summer wakes the Oulu region’s Arctic wilderness into bloom after the cold of winter when the trees, flowers and plants in a riot of colour are a rare sight. Autumn nature is coloured with gorgeous yellow, red and brown tones, which is called vibrant autumn foliage. Winter covers the nature with white snow drifts, which emphasizes the contrast of the extraordinary nature of the Arctic. During the spring, the remains of winter quickly disappear and nature begins to rise again in full glory, when the rapid growth of plants, flowers and tree foliage is nice to follow while waiting for the summer. You can therefore enjoy the highlights of nature all year round in the Oulu region’s arctic wilderness!

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Everyman’s right is the best way to experience the arctic wilderness on your own

It’s possible to camp, hike, swim in natural waterways, pick berries and mushrooms, as well as enjoy a campfire anywhere in the Oulu region. The Finnish legislation of 'Everyman's right' makes this possible, under which all can enjoy nature on their own completely free of charge, as long as you remember to not litter and respect nature, other people, as well as private areas.

 

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Arctic wilderness

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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.