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.




Water Activities rejuvenate mind and body!

There are countless ways in the Oulu region to experience the summer sea: enjoy a delicious meal at a waterfront restaurant, standup paddleboarding board in the sea and amongst the green islands of the delta, take a morning swim at the beach from the pier or eat a delicious picnic dinner on the sandy beach admiring the sunset.




The region’s sandy beaches also have great potential for surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and other speedier water activities. The sea region is also accessible by a number of charter boats, which entertain passengers with maritime and ocean delights during the cruise.



Gulf of Bothnia summer

How to experience the Gulf of Bothnia summer

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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!