Travel & Stay



Welcome to Oulu, a vibrant city with plenty of things to see and experience!

Oulu is Northern Finland's largest and oldest city, located in the Gulf of Bothnia in the Oulujoki River delta. Oulu was founded by King Charles IX of Sweden in 1605. Before Air Guitar World Championships the city was known for tar, salmon and technology. Today, the city is home to more than 200 000 locals, and a favourite destination for thousands of domestic and international travellers who come to enjoy the city's urban beat and clean nature.

Oulu is easily accessible by plane even from afar. Oulu Airport is the second busiest in Finland and several of flights arrive here on a daily basis. There are regular bus connections between the airport and Oulu city center. Timetables can be found here. Please notice that you can pay only with cash at the bus. There is an ATM at the airport.

Taxis are on call at the taxi stand in front of the airport during the scheduled arrival times.

Travelling by bus or train is also convenient; you can get to Oulu from almost everywhere in Finland in a short period of time. Moving around in the city is easy by foot, rental bicycle or local bus.

Our partnel hotel for 2018 is Original Sokos Hotel Arina, located conveniently in the heart of the city, right next to Rotuaari square where the World Final is held. The hotel is known for its cosy atmosphere, restaurants and relaxing sauna department - which has recently received the quality certificate of Sauna from Finland as an indication of excellent sauna service. They also have a Green Key label. By choosing a Green Key awarded accomodation you make sure your stay is environmentally friendly.


The Tourist Information Office is located at Torikatu 18 (Toriportti). It offers you practical advice and tips for your visit. Professional tourist officers will assist you and you will find all the latest information about events, accommodation, restaurants, attractions and places to visit. The Tourist Information provides you with computers, an open wireless network and a charging point for smartphones. 

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm, Sat 10am - 4pm

tel. +358 8 558 41330

Download Oulu map


GoArctic! offers activities both in the wild nature or in the heart of the city. 
Oulu Region Tourist Guides are at your service when you want to familiarise yourself with the City of Oulu, Oulu Region or neighbouring municipalities.


More info:
Visit Oulu
This is our Oulu