Four Seasons and the Feeling of Freedom
Kainuu is an adventure paradise for nature loving people, a considerable excursion destination for outdoor enthusiasts and a snow-guaranteed favorite winter sports centre. There’s a lot to see and experience for culture enthusiasts, as well.
Pick a Spot!
Below you’ll find the municipalities of Kainuu and some examples what to see there.
Facts and Figures
Kajaani and Oulujärvi
In the tourist area of Kajaani and Lake Oulujärvi one feels alive. Here you can more around in clean nature, feel events to revitalize and enjoy the culture. Kajaani, the capital city of Kainuu is situated in the middle of Finland surrounded by good transportation connections, magnificent ridge landscapes and water. Kajaani-Lake Oulujärvi offers a great deal to see and experience among family-, nature-and cultural travel year around.
Snow-guaranteed Vuokatti is surprisingly close and it is easy to come by car or via Kajaani by train or conveniently fly to this magnificent ridge scenery. In Vuokatti activities, hotels, cottages, spa and shops are easily accessible and you can reach the nature right from the door of your accommodation.
Paljakka not only has magnificent nature, Finland’s most snow-guaranteed winter or services. It is the local people and willingness to serve their guests that shape it. Paljakka is a local way of life, where an entrepreneur arrives at work by snowmobile, holds meetings by the fire and greets his guests with warmth.
Ukkohalla tourist centre is located by Lake Syväjärvi, next to nice ridges. Winters with lots of snow, several ski runs and winter trails, visits to reindeer farms and husky safaris give unforgettable experiences beneath the northern lights. During the summer one moves around great trails or enjoys cable wake-board -track. The unique Saunamaailma gives relaxation after an active day and in the evenings one can relax by delicious food or go to bowling alley together with friends.
Wild Taiga Kuhmo - Suomussalmi
Wild Taiga combines the best nature and cultural experiences of Kuhmo, Suomussalmi and surrounding areas. We offer the possibility to observe and take pictures of large predators and other animals, move around in untouched nature engaging in various activities as well as enjoy unique culture such as Kalevalaism and Kuhmo chamber music.
Hossa feels right at the first step familiar as home. Relaxing tranquility accompanies the scenery that make Hossa’s wilderness gentle. Soft paths lead the hiker ahead. For mountain bikers offers Hossa magnificent scenery and versatile trails throughout the year. Calm and crystal-clear waters encourage canoeist to continue from one lean-to shelter to another. A fisherman is happy over his prey by swift streams, a grayling that fought against forcefully.
Suomussalmi is the northernmost municipality in the Kainuu region, 110 km north of Kajaani, 130 km south of Kuusamo and about 200 km east of Oulu. Its extensive services and excellent location along highway and on the shore of Lake Kiantajärvi attract visitors from all over. The lively Highway 5 is the most important route running north and south, and the Via Karelia scenic route branches off from it and runs eastward to Kuhmo and northward to Kuusamo.
Step in the Kalevala lands in Unesco literature city of Kuhmo. A civil parish known for its tar and Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival offers beard moss, numerous lakes, colorful bogs as well as wintertime freezing cold temperatures, high drifts and clear starlight. In clean nature you can find silence and hear when trees speak. Experience hundreds of rapids along the tar route and pick up the bounty of the forests. Traditions are cherished and researched by The Information Center for Kalevala and Karelian Culture Juminkeko in Kuhmo and Culture-and Research Center Runosong-Academy as well as Music Festival Sommelo.
”Kainuu is a great region. A good place for doing anything at. Beautiful, with pristine nature, and, of course, with great people.”
-Director Aku Louhimies-
Great Authors of Kainuu
Get to know the Kainuu of Elias Lönnrot, Isa Aspin Eino Leinon Ilmari Kianto and Veikko Huovinen.
Each of the Finnish regions has their regional anthems. Among those, the regional anthem of Kainuu might be the most famous one. The lyrics are written by Ilmari Kianto and the melody is by Oskar Merikanto. The song is called Nälkämaan Laulu, which may be translated to ”the Song of Hunger Country”. The lyrics describe the natural beauty of Kainuu region, the hard-working nature of the Kainuu people, and their pride of their homeland.
Taste the Local Delicacies
Bread, berries, game, fish, tar and nettle – the Kainuu cuisine is strongly characterized by clean ingredients from the nature and simple recipes.