Touristic Tours

I. Guided Tours and Activities in Oulu for EUCNC2017 Participants

(to be booked by June 1st)

Lively Oulu, capital of Northern Scandinavia is a gateway to urban culture as well as the unique nature of the North. This is where a modern business and tourism city meets northern peace and exoticism. Oulu charms with its light and lushness!

When strolling around the city, you will soon realise how central part nature and outdoor activities play in Oulu. You can find beautiful parks all around and the archipelago nature is just around the corner. You can admire impressive forest and sea scenery.

Take some time and get acquainted with the city of Oulu and its surroundings area. You can choose from pre-planned walk and bus tour to see some classic and modern sights of Oulu. Pick nature trips with arctic magic or fun in the water. Koiteli rapids are great for white water swimming! Enjoy the waves of the sea and the Nordic summer sky when canoeing middle of the city or choose peaceful nighttime canoeing.

Our professional, knowledgeable guides can provide you greater insight into Oulu activities and sights.

 

Responsible program service provider: GoArctic Ltd.

 

JOIN THE EXPERIENCE AND BOOK YOUR TOUR VIA OULU BOOKING CENTRE

 

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

These Guided Tours can be reserved until June 1st, 2017.

 

 

1. Guided walking tour in Oulu: Something old, something new, a little bit of blue

A walk of two hours takes you from the new monumental centre to the old one. The guide will tell you about the persons and events of the past, show you where the long narrow boats full of tar barrels landed and lead you to the old storehouses and to the market hall guarded by the statue of a policeman. You will be revealed the humorous stories behind this figure loved by everyone.  
Date:  Monday 12th of June
Departure time: 16:00
Ending time: 17:00
Duration: 60 minutes
Point of departure: in front of the EUCNC main venue City Theatre, Kaarlenväylä 2
Equipment: weatherproof clothing and suitable walking shoes
Price:  19 € / person

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2. Guided sightseeing tour by bus

 

Today the people of Oulu design software, produce the finest paper in the world, do business all over the world and provide high quality services for each other and tourists. This tour takes you to the river, seaside, marshlands and woods. You will visit the old and new monumental centres of Oulu, the sites of culture and technology. During the tour you will hear stories about tar merchants, ship builders, sea farers and salmon fishers during the history of Oulu.

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Date:  Tuesday 13th of June
Departure time: 15:00
Ending time: 17:00
Duration: 2 hours
Point of departure: in front of the EUCNC main venue City Theatre, Kaarlenväylä 2
Price:  29 € / person

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3. City canoeing

What would it feel to see a Venice of north by canoeing? City canoeing starts near the Market square, Kiikeli island. Peaceful route leads you away from the noise of city to Hietasaari, where trees can bend over to touch and a water bird may come swim next to you. Finally the canals of Hietasaari leads us to the Nallikari, Riviera of Oulu.

 
Date:  Tuesday 13th of June
Departure time: 14:00
Ending time: 16:00–17:00
Duration: 2-3 hours
Point of departure: in front of the EUCNC main venue City Theatre, Kaarlenväylä 2
Equipment: weatherproof outdoor clothing
Price:  59 € / person
*Price includes guiding, canoeing equipment

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4. Night time canoeing

 

Night time canoeing departure from Kiikeli. Charm of nightless night is unforgettable. Feel total calming down while watching the sunset that seems to be endless…

   
Date:  Tuesday 13th of June
Departure time: 21:30
Ending time: about 23.30–00.30, around midnight
Duration: 2-3 hours
Point of departure: in front of the EUCNC main venue City Theatre, Kaarlenväylä 2
Equipment: weatherproof outdoor clothing
Price:  59 € / person
*Price includes guiding, canoeing equipment

JOIN THE EXPERIENCE AND BOOK YOUR TOUR HERE

 

 

 

5. White water swimming in Koiteli Rapids

Exciting swimming experience brings up all kind of feelings! Beforehand the white water might scare you a little but after getting in the water you will feel indescribably light. Stream takes the swimmer in its soft hug and floats towards downstream. While getting nearer the rapids the stream tightens its grip of you and there is no chance to look back anymore.
After beating the biggest waves, all you can think of is: Let’s do it again!  
Date:  Wednesday 14th of June
Departure time: 10:00
Ending time: 13:00
Duration: about 3 hours
Point of departure: in front of the EUCNC main venue City Theatre, Kaarlenväylä 2
Equipment: own swimming suit
Price:  79 € / person

*Price includes transfers to Koiteli and back, guiding, all equipment (wet suit, neoprene shoes and gloves, rafting vest and helmet, towel, safety guidance, warm juice and small snack).

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6. Nature trip to Koiteli Rapids

 

Welcome to Koiteli located by river Kiiminkijoki to spend a wonderful outdoors afternoon! Word Koiteli comes from Sami language and means “in the middle”. You get to enjoy fun outdoor activities in an island located in the middle of two rapids. Beautiful surroundings, ancient trees and the silence surrounding you will give you the feeling of being also in the center of yourself. You can enjoy a relaxing walk in the Koiteli area. You can carve wood and take part in a small handicraft workshop and in Tunnelmatupa hut you get to bake some traditional Finnish buns to enjoy it with your afternoon coffee/tea. And sausages grilled by open fire belong always to Finnish nature trip!  
Date: Wednesday 14th of June
Departure time: 14:00
Ending time: 17:00
Duration: about 3 hours
Point of departure: in front of the EUCNC main venue City Theatre, Kaarlenväylä 2
Equipment: weatherproof outdoor clothing and suitable walking shoes
Price:  79 € / person
*Price includes transfers to Koiteli rapids and back, guiding, coffee/tea, buns, sausages and guided handcraft workshop.

JOIN THE EXPERIENCE AND BOOK YOUR TOUR HERE

 

 

 

II. Places to Visit in Oulu on Your Own

 

1. Science center Tietomaa

Finland's first science centre Tietomaa offers fun and excitement for visitors of all ages. The changing theme exhibitions consist of over 150 exhibits, and there is also a magnificent super screen theatre and a glass elevator with a view over Oulu. You can enjoy yourself exploring the interactive exhibitions of science centre all day!

www.tietomaa.fi

 

2. Oulu city art museum

The Art Museum of Oulu is situated on the edge of the beautiful Ainola Park, within walking distance from the centre of town.The Art Museum's old red brick section, by the architect Birger Federley (1921), represents Industrial architecture of the early 1900's. The building has been part of a larger real estate of the leather factory "Veljekset Åström Oy". Oulu Museum of Art’s unique collection focuses on visual art from Oulu and Northern Ostrobothnia. The emphasis of the collection is on contemporary art.

 

3. Museum of Northern Ostrobothnia

This cultural history museum is located in the Ainola Park. The building was designed by architect Oiva Kallio and completed in 1931. The museum's primary focus is in the history and culture of the City of Oulu and the Northern Ostrobothnia region of Finland.

http://www.ouka.fi/oulu/ppm/english/

 

4. Turkansaari Open-air museum

The island of Turkansaari, situated on the Oulujoki river about 14 km east of Oulu, is an old trading center and place of salmon fishing. Turkansaari museum area includes a traditional farmyard complex complete with the all relevant buildings and equipment characteristic of the Northern Ostrobothnia region. Also on display are old forms of livelihood such as tar-making, salmon fishing, lumbering and log floating.

http://www.ouka.fi/oulu/ppm/turkansaari-in-english

 

5. Market square

In the market square you will come across the Toripolliisi statue which is the symbol of the city. The market hall by the square was opened in 1901 and provides great service for those who appreciate good food and handicrafts. The old storehouses by the market square are an interesting piece of history in the city. The oldest storehouses date back to the 18th and 19th century. Nowadays, the buildings have restaurants, cafes and boutiques selling handicrafts.

http://www.rotuaari.info/market_square

 

6. Hupisaaret park

With its walking paths and white bridges, Hupisaaret is a charming green district that has been a popular picnic destination for centuries. Formed by a series of islands at the mouth of the Oulujoki river, Hupisaaret also includes the attractive Ainola Park.

 

7. Nallikari beach area

Nallikari offers different kinds of things to do, every day of the year. Nallikari's long, shallow beach attracts sun-worshippers but is also suitable for an active day on the beach. Located approximately three kilometres from the centre of Oulu, Nallikari is easy to reach. You can also ride your way to Nallikari. The bicycle route starts from Torinranta and runs through the beautiful Pikisaari neighbourhood.

www.nallikari.fi

 

Activities

Paddleboard (SUP), Kitesurf, Windsurf or Wake in Oulu

Oulu is a true gem for watersports like kitesurf, paddleboarding, windsurfing or wakeboard. If you look at the map the coast around Oulu is very diverse with bays, peninsulas and several islands. Combine this with shallow sandy beaches and you have just perfect location to do kitesurfing, stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing or wakeboarding.

You can also rent city bikes and fatbikes!

For rentals and guided tours contact:

http://www.lappis.fi/index.php/watersports-oulu/

 

Guided City Tours

Excursions and site visits get new content and become much more rewarding when you have an expert guide telling you the hidden stories from the past and present!  Oulu Region Tourist Guides are at your service when you want to familiarize yourselves with the City of Oulu, Oulu Region, neighbouring municipalities, their history and the present-day life. You can book the services of Oulun Region Tourist Guides by Go Arctic! even for one or two persons. Guided walks and guided tours by bus or by bike can be realized in ten different languages. Oulu Region Tourist Guides are authorized by The Finnish Guide Association.

www.goarctic.fi