Central Finland

In Hailuoto village, 8km east of Marjaniemi, Kniivilä is an open-air museum of old wooden buildings, including a shoemaker's cottage, a barn and a cowshed. Farming implements and fishing equipment are among the 3000 items in its collections.

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1. Luototalo


On the ground floor of the Arctic Lighthouse Hotel, in the former lighthouse pilot station, this exhibition details the local dune ecosystem and the…

2. Marjaniemi Lighthouse

4.61 MILES

Guided visits of this 1872-completed lighthouse run in July; be prepared to climb 110 steps. It originally had a Fresnel lens and was automated in 1962…

3. Liminganlahti

22.07 MILES

Liminka Bay, 34km southwest of Oulu, attracts numerous avian species, with several rare waders nesting here during summer, and many species of waterfowl…

4. Merimiehen Kotimuseo

22.23 MILES

This house-museum on Pikisaari belonged to a local sailor. Built in 1737, it is the oldest house in Oulu and was transferred here from the city centre in…

5. Kauppatori

22.43 MILES

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…

6. Haukiputaan Kirkko

22.45 MILES

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…

7. Oulun Tuomiokirkko

22.73 MILES

Oulu’s imposing cathedral was built in 1777, but then came the great fire of 1822, which severely damaged the structure. Prolific architect CL Engel…

8. Pohjois Pohjanmaan Museo

22.74 MILES

The Museum of Northern Ostrobothnia in the city park has almost too much information to take in at first bite. It covers the earliest habitation of the…