In Finland we have got so many beautiful places, scenic destinations, that even we Finns ourselves are often amazed about them. Many of these destinations should be on world top lists.
Last week I experienced this myself when I visited Oulu, which is quite north in Finland, but not in Lappland. I saw there so many nice scenic places, where the nature is unique and specially.
The season for midnight sun was just about to start.
Right after my trip my feeling was confirmed by a documentarist, traveller Riku Rantala, who wrote a column to a news paper called Helsingin Sanomat. His message was that, we Finns have got a green treasure in front of us, but we just don’t realize it’s value. We should start developing more traveling services for travelers and start to market our green treasures.
And he has travelled everywhere and seen everything.
These are the places I visited.
The unique nature is formed during ice age. Special: lichen (Cladina stellaris), which makes the scenery white. Kettles holes and the deepest kettle hole in Finland. Nice place for hiking.
Hailuoto – a small flat island next to the city of Oulu and Kempele. The land rises all the time, because of the ice age. Former seabed is now woodland. Take a ferry to travel there. The best thing to do, walking in the beach.
There are also parks in the city of Oulu, for example Hupisaaret, where is a built fishway for salmons to bypass the hydro power plant of Merikoski. It’s worth visiting for all and especially for fish lovers.
Here you can watch the live show, a webcam, salmons swimming upriver form the sea.
Want to see birds and found out more about them? Visit Liminganlahti, Liminka Bay Visitor Centre.
And how to get there? Take a flight to Oulu and rent a car. All these beautiful places are located quite near Oulu.