Hailuoto and the region around Oulu are perfect places to watch birds in nature. To make it easier for you there are several birdtowers placed around, from where you have a good view. On the map of Oulu you can make a detailed search for birdtowers: Tourism->Nature Objects->Birdtower
For further information on the nature of Hailuoto and the Bay of Liminka you should pay a visit to the the page below...
Go to the beach at Marjaniemi, which is located directly on the western side of the island. I have been there on a late winterday (at least everything look winterlike) and it is impressive how the ocean is covered with a thick layer of ice. The area of Marjaniemi offers nice walks in summer. There is a map hanging out at the parking showing the possibilities.
The webpage is in Finnish, but have a look at the pictures...
On the ferry to Hailuoto there are webcams installed. With a good internet connection you can set the refresh rate up to 1 frame per second. That way it is almost like being on the ferry.
The cams give a good insight on how much ice is on the ocean.
Life webcam on ferry to Hailouto (eastwards).
Life webcam on ferry to Hailouto (westwards).
The 'normal' way to get to an island by car, this includes Hailuoto, is to take the ferry. It leaves the mainland from an penninsula close to Oulunsalo. In case the icestreet is open, the ferry will not go the usual time schedule as most people drive via the ice.
On the webpage below, click on the ferry icon on the left of the page. Then click on the Oulu region on the Finnland map below, which will show the detailed street map in the main frame. You will see the ferry sign (actually a car falling into water ;) ). Click on it and you will see the timetable.
During winter, when the ocean is hard frozen, the officials open an icestreet to the island. This will be only possible when the ice has a certain thickness and only normal cars are then allowed. During my time the distance between two cars had to be 50 meters minimal and there was a speed limit of 50 kph. Beware that the street is what the name says, an ICEstreet. It is pretty slippery, but except crashing into one of the other cars, nothing can happen.
On the webpage, which is in Finnish look for 'tie 816 Kempele - Hailuoto'. The word 'tie' means road. Don't know yet if the entry will just disappear if the road is closed due to warmer temperatures... lets see.
On Hailuoto you can find a small network of hiking tracks with shelters to stay overnight. It is a good summer trip to stay over the weekend on Hailuoto.
See the webpage below (Finnish only) for an interactive map of Hailuoto. It shows streets and hiking routes. All the features of the map I haven't figured out yet, as my language skills in Finnish are still quite limited. With the time I will try to add some info on how to get the best out of the map.
Below find a link to the official homepage of Hailuoto.
-> Hailuoto Tourism
Check out the high quality webcam located at the western end of Hailuoto at Marjaniemi. It is good to check out the weather there before making your way to the island...
Live webcam view from lighthouse on Hailuoto (high resolution)
The picture is a screenshot I did at night time, day pictures are much better ;)
Fondest memory: I was impressed by the ice on the open ocean, check my page...