Jenny Lucander's illustration of the churches of Oulu. Text: Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Oulu - summer sights and activities for travellers.
Header illustration and illustrations of the churches: Jenny Lucander

Summer sights and activities for travellers

The Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Oulu offers a lot to see, do and experience during your visit in Oulu – everything from second hand finds to beautiful churches with interesting details and stories. Matkailuvinkit suomeksi.

Roadside churches

Jenny Lucander's illustration of the Oulu Cathedral.

Oulu Cathedral, Sofia Magdalena’s Church - Kirkkokatu 3 A, 90100 Oulu 
27 May
 1 September, MonSun 10 am 8 pm
The Oulu Cathedral, located in the center of Oulu, was originally built in 1777 as a tribute to Gustav III, the king of Sweden – and therefore the cathedral was named after his wife Sofia Magdalena. The wooden structures of the old church burned in a large fire in 1822, and the cathedral was rebuilt on top of the old stone walls with famous architect Carl Ludvig Engel as the designer. The restoration work was completed in 1832. The Oulu Cathedral is open daily, from Monday to Sunday, 27 May 31 August 10 am 8 pm. The ongoing facade restoration affects entering the church: at times the entrance might be directed to the side door facing Kajaaninkatu or to the side door facing Linnankatu. Pikku-Sofia Church in the churchyard is closed due to restoration work. Mass on Sundays at 10 am. The church is accessible. 

You can also visit the Oulu Cathedral and get acquainted with its history and art on a free virtual tourLinkki avautuu uudessa välilehdessä, which is also available in English. 


Jenny Lucander's illustration of the Haukipudas church.

Haukipudas Church - Kirkkotie 10, 90830 Haukipudas 
10 June
2 August, MonThurs 12 am 6 pm, Fri 12 am 5 pm
The wooden Haukipudas Church, decorated with beautiful and vivid paintings by Mikael Toppelius, was completed in 1762. The church is open for visitors 10 June - 2 August, from Monday to Thursday 12 am 6 pm and on Fridays 12 am 5pm. Closed on Midsummer’s Eve, 21st of June. Mass on Sundays at 10 am. The church is accessible, free parking.


Jenny Lucander's illustration of the Oulunsalo church.

Oulunsalo Church - Uhrikirkonkuja 2, 90460 Oulunsalo
1 - 26 July, Mon-Fri 11 am - 4 pm

The wooden Oulunsalo Church, designed by architect Julius Basilier, was completed in 1891. The church is open for visitors 1 26 July, Monday to Friday 11 am  4 pm. A little summer cafe is open on Mondays and Tuesdays during the opening hours, the income goes towards the Common Responsibility Campaign, the annual fundraising of the Finnish Lutheran Church. The Common Responsibility Campaign for 2024 supports young people experiencing deep loneliness or at risk of marginalization, losing control of their lives, or missing out on opportunities for a good life in Finland and globally. 


Summer cafes
Watercolour style illustration of a tea pot and a teacup.

Illustration: Adobe Firefly

Cafe Krypta - Asemakatu 6, 90100 Oulu
3 June – 9 August, Mon-Thurs 10 am – 6 pm, Fri 10 am – 3 pm
Cafe Krypta is an atmospheric summer cafe located in the beautiful Vanha pappila building. Cafe Krypta is open 3 June 9 August, Monday to Thursday 10am 6pm and on Fridays 10 am – 3 pm. Cafe Krypta sells coffee, tea and sweet and savoury pastries baked on the spot. There is also a small handicrafts shop in Vanha pappila - the perfect place to buy some souvenirs! The profit is directed towards missionary work. Cafe Krypta is accessible (wheelchair lift at the entrance).

Tapulikahvila - Kirkkotie 10, 90830 Haukipudas
12 June
1 August, Mon-Fri 12am 6 pm
The Haukipudas Belltower Cafe Tapulikahvila is open 12 June 1 August, Monday to Friday 12 am 6 pm. Closed on Midsummer’s Eve, 21st of June. The cafe offers homemade baked goods and handicrafts made by the volunteers of the parish. The profit is directed towards missionary work in Botswana through Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission, to support children and young people at risk of marginalization. The goal of the Tesholofelong support program is to help the children and their families to get out of extreme poverty, get a profession and learn important life skills so that they are able to make better life choices.

Pop up cafe in the Belltower of Kiiminki church - Kirkonniementie 8, 90900 Kiiminki
On Wednesdays 12 June, 19 June, 26 June and 3 July, 12 am - 2 pm
A pop up summer cafe is open in the Kiiminki belltower on Wednesdays 12 June, 19 June, 26 June and 3 July from 12 am to 2 pm. The cafe offers coffee, tea, juice and sweet and savoury pastries. The profit is directed towards the diaconal work of Kiiminki parish. 


DOM Second Hand and DOM Vintti

Clothes for sale at DOM and DOM's community space with board games and coffee.

DOM Second Hand, Asemakatu 17, 90100 Oulu and DOM Vintti, Asemakatu 6, 90100 Oulu
Tue 10 am
4 pm, Wed-Fri 12 am 6 pm until 21 July
DOM Second Hand is a charity shop of the Oulu parishes. From DOM you can find a curated selection of quality second hand clothes and accessories for both men and women. The profit is directed towards helping those in need. DOM Vintti is located opposite the Second Hand shop, in the yellow Vanha pappila building. From DOM Vintti you will find an outlet store for branded clothing and a community space, where you can freely hang out, play some board games and enjoy some coffee. DOM Second Hand and DOM Vintti are open on Tuesdays 10 am 4 pm and from Wednesday to Friday 12 am 6 pm until 21st of July. Both Second Hand and Vintti are closed 22 July 26 August. 


The Agricola city pilgrimage route

Would you like a moment of quietness and peace in the middle of your summer activities? The Agricola city pilgrimage route starts from the Oulu Market Square. The beautiful bridge route goes through Linnasaari, Raatti and Pikisaari and ends up back to the Market Square. The 1,5 kilometers long route is accessible. The seven key words of pilgrimage - unhurriedness, simplicity, freedom, quietness, lightheartedness, sharing and spirituality - will support you on your way. The questions and prayers help you examine your own life and encounter the sacred. Printed instructions can be aqcuired from the Oulu Cathedral (in English and Finnish), free of charge. Feel free to ask the church guides for more information about the route!


Activities for children and families


The Church Rats at Vanha pappila - Asemakatu 6, 90100 Oulu
3 June - 26 July, Mon-Thurs 10 am - 4 pm, Fri 10 am - 3 pm

The Church Rats (summer employees) organize summer activities for children and families in Vanha pappila. Come and say hello! You can for example play outdoor games and board games with the Rats.

Where's the Little rat hiding? - Kirkkokatu 3 A, 90100 Oulu
3 June - 31 July, Mon-Fri 10 am - 8 pm 

The Little rat is hiding in the Oulu Cathedral - can you find him? Children can seek for the Little rat from Monday to Friday at 10 am - 8 pm. When you find the Little rat, tell the church guide where you found him from - you'll get a small reward! Please do not move the Little rat, so that others can seek for him too!

A small, light grey stuffed toy rat.

The Little rat looks like this!

Children's church bingo - Kirkkokatu 3 A, 90100 Oulu
5 June - 31 July, on Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 2 pm

Children's church bingo takes place on Wednesdays from 1:30 pm to 14 pm in the Oulu Cathedral. Ask the church guide for instructions and try to find the listed items and things from the church. When you have found all of them, you'll get a small reward from the guide!

Music events


Come and enjoy our summer concerts and group singing events! Free admission.

Summer concerts at Oulu Cathedral - Kirkkokatu 3 A, 90100 Oulu
18 June at 7 pm 

Esa Pietilä, Helsinki, Finland - saxophone
Péter Marosvári, Oulu - pipe organs

25 June at 8 pm
Ondřej Valenta, Prague, Czech Republic - pipe organs

9 July at 8 pm
Church singing ensemble Kaanon, Tšerkasy, Ukraine
Artistic director Ievgen Valovenko

30 July at 8 pm
Minna Raassina, Savonlinna, Finland - pipe organs

6 August at 8 pm 
Kata Szabó, Hamburg, Germany - pipe organs

15 August at 9 pm - The Night of the Arts
Oulunsalo Ensemble and Péter Marosvári, pipe organs
Artistic director Sinikka Ala-Leppilampi