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Experience Pohjola Route's Arctic Archipelago

March 16 to 20 2022

Welcome to explore Arctic Archipelago with urban city culture, fascinating ice age formations that date back 10,000 years and a rustic seaside town. Pohjola Route runs along the coast of Gulf of Bothnia from Oulu to Raahe via island of Hailuoto and all the way to Kalajoki

Preliminary program

Wednesday 16.3.2022

Flights to Helsinki
16:00 AY 441 from Helsinki to Oulu
17:05 Arrival at Oulu airport, your local host will meet you at the airport
Welcome to Oulu!
Oulu is Northern Finland's largest and oldest city, located in the Gulf of Bothnia in the Oulujoki River delta with good access from anywhere. Oulu consists of the cultural life of a modern business and tourism city with also has extensive shopping opportunities as well as the northern arctic nature exoticism
17:30 Transfer from Oulu Airport to Oulu city
18:00 Check-in to Lapland Hotels Oulu
19:00 Dinner in Lapland Hotels Oulu, Oula - restaurant

Thursday 17.3.2022

Daytrip to Hailuoto
Visit to the largest island in the Bay of Bothnia, Hailuoto, only accessible by ferry or, in the heart of winter maybe a drive over on an ice road that makes its way through an amazing sparkling white moon landscape

Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 Check-out
09:15 Meeting at hotel reception
09:30 Site inspection of Nallikari Holiday Village
Nallikari Holiday Village provides year-round accommodation: 24 high-quality villas and 28 holiday cottages and a number of camper pitches
11:00 Ferry to Hailuoto or if weather conditions allow, drive through the ice road
12:00 Arrival at Marjaniemi village
Walking tour in Marjaniemi, lunch and site inspection of Arctic Lighthouse Hotel
Marjaniemi is the westernmost point in the island at the end of the road in Hailuoto. Marjaniemi is endless open spaces, the sun and wind, fish and seafaring, history and future. Arctic Lighthouse Hotel is nestled at the foot of a still functional lighthouse. The location offers exceptional and expansive sea views across the gulf. This truly unique and utterly fascinating venue once served as a maritime pilot station
14:30 Visit at the Hailuoto Brewery, beer tasting
16:30 Ferry ride or ice road back to Oulu
17:30 Check-in to Scandic Oulu City
19:00 Dinner in Sokeri-Jussi Tavern
21:00 Northern light hunting in Koiteli riverside with Go Arctic
23:30 Back at the hotel

Friday 18.3.2022

Arctic Archipelago of Raahe

Breakfast at the hotel
08:45 Check-out
09:00 Transfer to Raahe
11:00 Arrival at Raahe - heading to adventure
Arctic Adventure on frozen sea by MeriRaahe
Experience the frozen sea and Raahe archipelago in the sleigh ride adventure. Together with our guide we head on a ride on snowmobile sledge over the ice covered sea. We make a stop on the sea to see the winter nets under the ice. Winter fishing in many ways is very traditional hobby for the Finns. Our journey continues to Iso-Kraaseli island where we enjoy a lunch at the traditional "Luotsitupa" pilot's cabin. If we are lucky during our trip we might see some grey seals on the ice. Total duration of the excursion is about 4 hours
14:30 Afternoon coffee at Hotel Langin Kauppahuone including inspection
15:30 Guided walking tour in Old Town Raahe
The old town of Raahe is one of the best preserved wooden towns in Finland and well worth a visit any time of year
Departure to Kalajoki
17:05 Welcome to Kalajoki
Kalajoki is Finland's most nautical tourist and recreational centre. You're never closer to the sea than when you're in Kalajoki. The sea will show you a different face with each season. In winter, the endless expanse of ice will take your breath away. Whether you're looking to spend an exciting family holiday or seeking some quiet time, Kalajoki offers the perfect seaside backdrop
Check-in to Santa's Resort & Spa Hotel Sani
17:45 Kalajoki presentation & Santa's Sani presentation
Time for relaxing; spa, swimming hall and saunas are in use
20:00 Dinner in Steakhouse Pihvitupa

Saturday 19.3.2022


Breakfast at the hotel

09:00 Adventure Park Pakka presentation, let´s have fun
10:15 Kalajoki Booking Centre presentation
11:00 Fatbike safari in beautiful Kalajoki nature. During safari lunch in hotel-restaurant Lokkilinna
13:00 Visit to Nordic Husky Farm
14:45 Drive to Linnakallio
Enjoying Finnish traditon: Smoke sauna and ice swimming in Linnakallio
 Transfer back to hotel
18:00 Free time
20:00 Dinner in restaurant Bistro / Santa´s Resort & Spa Hotel Sani 

Sunday 20.3.2022

Breakfast at the hotel
08:15 Presentations of Hiekka Booking, Lappis and Sea Kalajoki. Introduction of their new arctic product: Arctic ice paddling
09:00 Check-out and transfer to Oulu
11:15 Site inspection to Original Sokos Hotel Arina in Oulu city
12:00 Lunch at the hotel
13.00 Transfer to Oulu Airport
13:30 Arrival at the airport
14:30 AY 438 from Oulu to Helsinki
15:30 Arrival at Helsinki Airport
Flights home

Thank you for visiting Finland!


Wednesday 16.3.2022
16:00-17:05 AY 441 from Helsinki to Oulu

Sunday 20.3.2022
14:30-15:30 AY 438 from Oulu to Helsinki


Lapland Hotels Oulu
Scandic Oulu City

Santa's Resort & Spa Hotel Sani

Follow the weather


Bring along

  • Comfortable and warm outdoor clothing
    (including good winter shoes, hat, gloves, scarf and enough baselayers)
  • Swimming suit for sauna
  • Sunglasses
  • Happy mood

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Suvi Pribilla

Visit Oulu

Hanna Karjalainen