These are some of our favourite things:
Long sandy shoreline of the Nallikari beach and the Market Square’s jolly spirits on a balmy summer day. Multitude of events for all tastes, splendid restaurant selection, and cozy cafes. The sea ice that lures you outdoors and well-tended ski tracks, cycling along scenic routes all year round.
Wild nature meets urban living
Easy-going hosts warmly welcome you to explore our beautiful city: to the sunny, lively seaside city with a multitude of events, to autumn’s culture selection, to white winter snows or to a blooming spring when nature blossoms. Mode of transport is up to you alone.
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The world's coolest events
Oulu is home to over 700 events yearly. Both the Air Guitar World Championships and Polar Bear Pitching, the latter situated in an ice hole in the sea, attracts people from all over the world to experience something totally unique: creative Oulu-craziness. Join us!
European Capital of Culture 2026
Oulu is going all out on lively city culture. The city and its citizens are participating in a competition, the goal of which is the status as the European Capital of Culture in 2026. By then, Oulu is an even more lively place to meet, a Northern beam of light, with its gaze set firmly in the future.
What's going on in Oulu!
14.-15.5.2019 Oulu Theatre
Air Guitar World Championships
Oulu is always at its best! Tourist’s delight: the easy-going atmosphere of a small town with the services and plentiful culture selection of a large city, topped with four distinct seasons and wonderful nature experiences. Best served fresh on-site!
Oulu is the leading Northern events city. Whether you’re looking for experiences in music, theatre, or sports, you’ll be sure to find quality ways to spend time all-year-round.
Do you head indoors or to collect mushrooms on rainy days? What tops off a frosty day? How about summer holiday? Remember to photograph Toripolliisi, the statue guarding the entrance to Finland’s 2nd oldest indoor market. Go take in the sights of Oulu’s City Hall, which some have named Finland’s most beautiful building, close to which you can find the Procession of Time statue, which is an intriguing look a the history of the city’s history. Your summer trip can continue on to Hupisaari islands, where a theatre operates in brand new premises.
Tar-scented past and recent history
Throw your brain a curve ball!
Explore the nature
The City of Oulu’s Tourist Information Office services you on a central location at Toriportti, street address Torikatu 18. A massive amount of info on events, places to visit, accommodation options, and restaurant services are there at your service. If we don’t know something, we’ll find out!
Tourist Information Office
Torikatu 18, Toriportti
+358 (8) 558 41330