Oulu advertises itself as the capital of northern Scandinavia. Don’t know about that but the camping has a fantastic location, close to the city but on an island with a long beach next to. As it was looking like just rain everywhere, when leaving Ranua with all it’s amazing animals and activities, we thought Oulu would be a good place to be, a city would also have indoor options available and when we called ahead we were able to book a cabin there for 40e/ night. It came with two bunk beds, a table and a fridge, linen could have been rented for an extra charge but we had our own. Very basic but we thought that is better than having a wet tent. We don’t mind basic but unfortunately it didn’t smell clean. Once again: with cabins it is good to take a look before booking… We didn’t want to take a closer look but for the second night we decided to use some of my husbands points again and stayed in a CLEAN hotel room.
The camping offers a multitude to do: we rented a pedal car were two could pedal at the same time for an hour. Especially our son loved pedalling around all the beach areas, and of course my husband took both the kids off-road as well. There would have been a pony riding option as well as two ponies move next doors every summer. Small playgrounds and climbing frames scattered around the whole camping area, clean kitchen facilities (but no pots, apparently they get stolen so take your own along. Oh my, just seven years ago when we were doing a trip around Finland all campings still offered those to everyone to use), minigolf, café, sauna etc. The rain didn’t turn out as bad as we imagined, so we also spent some time playing on the beach (too cold for a swim), which my daughter really liked, and so did we adults as we could have a drink on a terrace of a beach restaurant right next to kids playing.
Oulu library was quite extensive and gave us a nice calm time indoors. It was also on a small island and I only now realised how many small islands Oulu is on! There would have been a lovely 3-4 km walk/run over islands to the camping but our kids were not up for it. We also, of course, checked out where my husband works, as he often travels to Oulu for work as well. Funny though, our children were all like “we know this already, we’ve seen it on Skype”. Skype and all it’s options for games are great.
We returned for the last night of our trip to Oulu to the Sokos Spa hotel, right next to Nallikari camping. Seems like it is becoming a tradition for us to finish our road trips with a spa visit as we last year went to Ikaalinen. This one was smaller than the Ikaalinen one but we had fun and 2-3 hours of playing in the water, especially climbing up the stairs to the slide, gave us a good night sleep.
Weird, I have no pics from Oulu. I guess the wetness did it.. but Sartenada has great pictures of it!.