Spirituality, quietness and cultural history
Welcome to the website of the Oulujoki pilgrimage. The Oulujoki pilgrimage route is the first of its kind in North Ostrobothnia. It combines the outdoors, culture, spirituality and quietness. The Oulujoki pilgrimage – breathe in the quietness and history!
On this site, you can find information on the Oulujoki pilgrimage route, the churches and the national park, sights, services and map applications, as well as general information on the pilgrimage, useful tips and information on everyman’s rights. You can also find the pilgrim’s pass on the site for collecting stamps for each church and the national park.
Historically, a pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place. On the Oulujoki pilgrimage, you’ll see Oulu Cathedral, Oulujoki Church, Turkansaari Church, Muhos Church, Utajärvi Church and the amazing scenery in Rokua, as well as Säräisniemi Church in Vaala.
The 113-kilometre pilgrimage offers an opportunity for spirituality, quietness, reflection, physical activity, admiring the landscape and experiencing culture. By following different route options, the pilgrimage can be taken by foot (113 km), bike (117 km), or car or motorbike (129 km). You can also cover some of the distance by train or bus.
Above all, a pilgrimage is a journey within yourself – a journey with a purpose!
Download the Pilgrim's Passport here.
Pilgrim passports and stamps are part of an old tradition that is still cherished to this day. In medieval times one used them as proof of pilgrim status. Today their worth is primarily symbolic, and they offer a nice memento of the journey.