A favourite Oulu beach escape, Hailuoto is a sizeable island of traditional red farmhouses, venerable wooden windmills, modern wind farms and pines growing tall from the sandy soil. The largest island on the Gulf of Bothnia at 200.5 sq km, it's rising almost 1cm per year due to post-glacial rebound. At this rate, it's expected to join the mainland around the year 4000.
The road winds 30km from the ferry slip to the shallow-water beach (perfect for kids) at Marjaniemi at the island's opposite end, overlooked by a lighthouse. In the middle, Hailuoto village has services including a petrol station, a bank, a library and grocery stores.