Oulu Things to Do

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    Huge park in the city

    by Leipzig Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    impressions of the park

    After a long ride we stopped in Oulu and saw a huge park next to the parking lot. We went there and were quite surprised of its size. It seemed almost all inhabitants of the town were in the park walking, skating or cycling.

    Later at home I found out that this park belongs to the university and contains world's northernmost botanical garden. There are also to glassy pyramids in the park, called "Romeo and Juliet ".

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    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Jungle in Oulu - the glass house

    by gubbi1 Written Aug 7, 2008

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    Glass house, Hupisaari, Oulu, FI
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    In the park on Hupisaari you can have a look at the small glass house in which many different tropical plants are growing. The glass house is open until 17:00 and located just beside the cafe Tuomenkukka.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Eco-Tourism

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    The rose garden on Hupisaari

    by gubbi1 Written Aug 7, 2008

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    Rose garden, Hupisaari, Oulu, FI
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    If you like flowers, in particular roses, then you should pass by the rose garden in the park complex on Hupisaari. Located close to the glass houses you can easily combine your visit with a relaxing stop at the cafe Tuomenkukka.

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  • Pikisaari

    by tiitta Written Jul 13, 2008

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    There’s no place like Pikisaari these days. There’s always someone with an opposing decree or a view. Pikisaari, located only a short walk from Market Square outside of Oulu, used to be a busy industrial region. These days the island is home to a closely-knit artist community of dozens of artists and craftsmen. The old factory buildings on the island have been renovated to act as the working and living quarters of the artists. Idyllic Pikisaari also has the Seaman’s Home Museum, located in the oldest wooden building in Oulu.

    You will walk around the island in one hour. There is also a tiny beach which is suitable for swimming!

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    • Historical Travel
    • Beaches
    • Museum Visits

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    Hietasaarinkierros - By bike or foot

    by gubbi1 Written Jul 5, 2008

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    Hietasaarenkierros, Oulu, FI

    Just found a nice round tour on the sparetime island Hietasaari. The loop starts just at the edge of Hietasaari when coming from downtown.

    To get to this point just take the walk-/bikeway between the theater and the library. You will cross the bridge and follow straight forward the road to a brickstone building in factory look. There keep slightly right to follow the bike/footpath further. You should pass by a tennis court and reach finally the bridge to Hietasaari. Cross it and you are at the starting point of the loop.

    The loop has signs showing the way. Look for wooden signs with 'Hietasaarenkierros' inscribed. What has the tour to offer? Well, at first after a long straight forward road you will reach Nallikari beach. Here you can make a short detour to the lookout tower, which is hardly to miss once reaching the seashore. Back on the loop you will now pass Hotel Eden on the beachside. After some hundred meters you will pass one of the many BBQ places in Oulu region. Driving further there are some options to make a stop to have a look at the seaside. There is no beach here anymore, instead nature takes place. Just before the track pulls towards the inner part of Hietasaari, you will pass a birdtower, which you can climb. From here you will have a nice view over the sea towards many small islands, Hailuoto and the penninsulae on which the airport is located. Have seen enough you will now cross the island towards the Oulu side. Even the trail will stay inbetween the trees, there are two small sparetime harbours, where you can have a look towards the downtown of Oulu. Inbetween the two harbours you will pass some nice houses, of which one is form the 18th century. I have to investigate more about it as I did not understand the sign (Finnish) in front of it. Once you pass the second sparetime harbour you are about to reach the point from where you started. The whole loop should be roughly 5 km.

    It can be that you will findyourself with mosquitos! There are several wet areas, like channels and wet sea shore.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Cycling

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    Turkansaari - Oulus past in open air

    by gubbi1 Written Jun 30, 2008

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    Open-Air Museum Turkansaari, Oulu, FI
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    Being around in Oulu you should definitely not miss the open-air museum on Turkansaari. There you will find old buildings of the region in which you can have a look at the past of Oulu. The buildings vary from an old church to a forestry building complex showing the living and working conditons of forest workers in the past. At some days you can have a look at how museum workers are making tar.
    Don't miss the short nature trail which features several traps for bears, moose, foxes and other animals which were hunted.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

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    Liminka - Nature and Culture

    by gubbi1 Updated Jun 29, 2008

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    A nice getaway from Oulu for a day is the village Liminka. It is located south of Oulu at the bay with the same name. Several things you can do here.

    Close to Liminka there is the Nature Center from where a small trail on duckboards leads to a bird watching tower. The trail also gives an idea on how fast the land rises since the melting of the glaciers at the end of the last iceage. Small signs indicate the shorelines over the last century.

    In the village you should have a look at the 'Vanha Liminka' (Old Liminka), where you will find old traditional houses and an open air museum showing how people lived here hundred years ago.

    Also nice to see is the church of Liminka.

    Check this link for infos on sightseeing in Liminka... (Finnish)
    Check this link for an online map of Liminka... (Finnish)
    Check this link for infos on birdwatching around Liminka... (Finnish, English)

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    • Birdwatching
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

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    Nallikari - A day at the beach

    by gubbi1 Written May 5, 2008

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    Nallikari beach, Oulu, FI
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    Whenever throughout the year it is nice to come here to Nallikari beach. In wintertime the endless ice reaching to the horizont, in summertime the sandy beach call for you.
    For wintertime I recommend some warm clothing, which protects against wind, as it might be pretty windy even though it is very cold (I have experience with strong wind at minus 12 degrees).

    My Nallikari travelogue...

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    • Photography

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    The rapids of Kiiminkijoki

    by gubbi1 Written May 3, 2008

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    Kiiminkijoki, Kiiminki, FI
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    Why have a look at the rapids of Kiiminkijoki. Especially when meltingwater is pushing down the Kiiminki river (Kiiminkijoki) it is impressive.
    It is a small recreation area, with bridges to two islands and several barbeque places.
    Have fun!

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    Bird watching

    by gubbi1 Written Apr 30, 2008

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    Bird watching tower, Oulu, FI

    The Oulu area is a favorite place for the travelling birds to have a break. Large amounts of them stop here in the bays to get some energy for the last part of their travel. For those interested to see the birds, there are plenty of towers for birdwatching. Some are real towers, some are more like shelter.
    Have a look at the document (Finnish only, but worth to have a look anyway!) for the types of towers and their location.

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    Nature? Rokua National Park!

    by gubbi1 Written Apr 27, 2008

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    Rokua NP, Oulu l��ni, FI
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    Rokua National Park is the closest National Park to Oulu. Former dunes of an ancient shore line give the park a special character. In winter there are plenty of crosscountry tracks, in summer it is perfect to hike there. The National Park is located about 90 km southeast of Oulu.

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    • National/State Park
    • Skiing and Boarding

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    The Northern Ostrobothnia Museum

    by gubbi1 Updated Apr 15, 2008

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    NOM, Oulu, FI
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    Are you interested in culture, the past and different aspects of life in Oulu and its region? If so, you should pay a visit to the Northern Ostrobothnia Museum. Situated close to Oulus city church, in a beautiful park, the museum presents information about the development of the city of Oulu. You will get to know facts about the (still) ongoing rising of the ground in the Oulu region after the disappearance of the ice-age glaciers, how Oulu got wealthy, how people lived during different periodes of time etc. One area is dedicated to Samuli Paulaharju (1875-1944) who spent his life in research and writing about the Sami people in the Northern area of Finland.

    Address:
    The Northern Ostrobothnia museum
    (Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo)
    Ainolan puisto PL 26
    Post code: FIN-90015, The city of Oulu
    tel. +358-(0)8-558 47161
    fax. +358-(0)8-558 47199
    email: ppm@ouka.fi

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    • Museum Visits

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    Go to the cinema - Finnkino

    by gubbi1 Updated Apr 9, 2008

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    Finnkino, Oulu, FI

    Very downtown beside the Scandic Hotel you will find Oulus big cinema. Even though you might not understand Finnish, never mind. The films here in Finland as well as in the Scandinavian neighbour countries are shown in its original version with subtitle. You can get a flyer in the entrance hall of the cinema, listing the films of the week. Or just have a look at their webpage:

    -> Finnkino, Cinema chain in Finland including Oulu (Finnish, English)

    Choose language and city on the right side of the page.

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    Web presence - City of Oulu

    by gubbi1 Written Mar 31, 2008

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    Oulu city, Oulu, FI

    Check out the official page of the city of Oulu:

    -> City of Oulu, the official page.

    It gives also access to the online city map of Oulu, which I decribed on another tip.

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    Map of Oulu city region - very useful!

    by gubbi1 Updated Mar 30, 2008

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    City map, Oulu, FI

    The following link brings you to THE map of Oulu. It includes almost all official interests, from cross-country tracks and panOULU hotspot locations to empty buidling lots. The map also includes the community of Kempele and the island Hailuoto.
    In my opinion for a 'first-time-user' the map might seems a little unhandy, but here a short help how to get the most of it:

    Finding an address:
    1.) Open the link below...
    2.) Click on the little flags on the top right for your language of choice (English, Finnish, Swedish)
    3.) Enter the address into the uppest edit-field and click the arrow just right of it.
    4.) The search result will be shown on the screen.
    Remark: Notice the house numbers on the map!

    But the map has MUCH more to offer...
    Finding YOUR points of interest (e.g. panOULU WLAN-Accesspoints):
    1.) Open the link below...
    2.) Click on the little flags on the top right for your language of choice (English, Finnish, Swedish)
    3.) Click on 'Detailed search'... a small window will appear with categories.
    4.) Find the entry 'panOulu Access points' and click the '+' in front to view the different subcategories.
    5.) Choose the entry 'panOULU Access points in' by clicking on it for finding the running ones. Clicking it will add it to the choices in the box just on the right.
    5.1) You could now add also other categories.
    6.) Press the arrow on the top right of this small window and your results will be displayed on the map.
    7.) Close the small window by clicking on the red button in its top right corner.
    8.) On the left of the map you will now find all entries listed you just have found.
    9.) Click on one of the symbols on the map. A new browser window will open and show you details about the Access point. Similar information you will get to most of the points of interest.

    My favorites:
    Exerciseplaces -> Skiing and running tracks

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