Attractions

Top Choice National Park in Hossa

Hossa National Park

Founded in 2017 to commemorate Finland's centenary of independence, the country's 40th national park stretches over 11,000 hectares of glittering lakes and dense forests. Highlights include Julma Ölkky, a 3km-long l…
Top Choice Museum in Central Finland

Kierikkikeskus

This excellent museum is by the Iijoki, whose banks are riddled with important Stone Age settlements. The informative display zeroes in on a handful of artefacts, including preserved wooden fences to trap fish. A po…
Top Choice Square in Oulu

Kauppatori

Oulu has one of Finland's liveliest market squares, and its position at the waterfront makes it all the more appealing. The square is bordered by several old wooden storehouses now serving as restaurants, bars and c…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Kuhmo

Juminkeko

If you're interested in the Kalevala or Karelian culture, pay a visit to this excellent resource centre inside a beautiful hand-hewn timber building made using traditional methods and modern styling – its 24 wooden …
Top Choice Museum in Oulu

Tietomaa

This huge, excellent science museum can occupy kids for the best part of a day with a giant, 35m-high IMAX screen, hands-on interactive exhibits exploring planets and the human body, and an observation tower. An ann…
National Park in Central Finland

Oulanka National Park

Stretching from Koillismaa to Lapland and along the Russian border, this superb national park was established in 1956 and covers 27,000 hectares of pristine boreal forest made up of pine, birch and spruce. Sámi live…
Church in Central Finland

Haukiputaan Kirkko

Haukipudas, 21km north of Oulu at a scenic spot along the Kiiminkijoki, is renowned for its cream-painted, terracotta-roofed wooden church, one of Finland’s most exquisite ‘picture churches’. The interior is decorat…
Church in Kajaani

Paltaniemen kuvakirkko

Paltaniemi's enchantingly weathered wooden church was built in 1726 and contains some of Finland’s most interesting church paintings: rustic 18th-century works full of life and colour that enliven the roof and walls…
Visitor Centre in Hossa

Hossa National Park Visitor Centre

The visitor centre at Hossa National Park has a detailed exhibition on the Värikallio Stone Age rock paintings. Only discovered in 1977, the paintings of 61 figures depicting fishing, hunting, shamanic rituals and c…
National Park in Central Finland

Syöte National Park

This national park is a favourite winter-sports escape 140km northeast of Oulu, with a downhill resort, Iso-Syöte. It covers discrete areas of old-growth spruce forest and is great for ski-trekking or hiking, with 1…