Kainuu – Arctic Lakeland
Tourism has a great significance to Kainuu’s economy. The development of the tourism industry is a vital factor for Kainuu and at the same time it presents great opportunities.
In 2018 tourism development in the Kainuu region was mainly positive. The total number of registered over- night stays was 953 969, which is 4.1 per cent more than in the previous year. Domestic overnights in- creased by 2.1% and foreign overnights by 23.4%. The biggest foreign groups were Russians (35 772 over- nights) followed by Chinese (18 235), French (8 463), Germans (7 765) and Ukrainians (5 085). The number of overnight stays increased in all the aforementioned groups, particularly in Chinese tourism. Positive de- velopment was seen also in passenger numbers at Kajaani Airport, which grew by 1.6 per cent in 2018.
A downside aspect of tourism development in 2018 was a slight decline in the average price of an overnight stay. In Kainuu region the average price per overnight stay at registered accommodation establishment was EUR 27.1. In the whole Finland, the average price of an overnight stay was EUR 56.1 in 2018. Another down- side aspect of tourism development in 2018 was a slight decrease in the number of Russian cross-border passengers at the Vartius border crossing point.
According to preliminary data for 2019, the number of domestic registered overnights in the Kainuu region increased by 3.6 per cent from January – July. Foreign overnight stays rose by 5.8 per cent compared to the same period in 2018. The greatest increase was in the number of nights spent by Germans (+ 1 053) and es- pecially Chinese (+ 6 728). On the other hand, the number of nights spent by Russians and French decreased (Russians – 2 111, French – 1 428). During January – July 2019, the total number of overnights (domestic + foreign) registered in the Kainuu region grew by 3.9 per cent.
In January-August 2019, the number of passengers at Kajaani Airport increased by 3.3 per cent. (source: Statistical Yearbook Of Tourism in Kainuu 2018, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, 2019)
Continuous development of tourism and tourism businesses
Kainuu has always made its living from the forest and the forest is part of our identity. The preconditions for nature tourism are excellent in Kainuu due to its low population density, advanced infrastructure, and geopolitical position. Kainuu, with its eight distinctive municipalities, is a colorful synthesis of pure nature, rich culture and history, a variety of activities, modern services and top expertise in various fields. The countryside and nature in its many varied forms offer a huge range of opportunities. We believe that there is plenty of unexplored potential in tourism in Kainuu region – also from the real estate perspective. Tourism real estate investment opportunities can be seen on Locations page.
In Finland, the economic and political significance of tourism for regional development has increased considerably in recent years. Large amounts of public money are being spent nowadays on the development of tourism in various regions of Finland. In its 2003 to 2020 development plan, Kainuu municipality office claims that in the travel sector its main target is to promote foreign tourism in the region. Focus points in this development program are nature-, sports- and welfare tourism. Also culture and event tourism are planned to be developed. This has encouraged Kainuu to engage in more long-term planning of marketing and implementing of further inputs.
Holiday Club Katinkulta
The most versatile holiday resort in the Nordic Countries – is located in the Kainuu region. It is a significant operator in the fields of holiday housing and tourism.
Sokos Hotel Vuokatti
Hotel and restaurant next to nature and activities. In addition, the hotel offers a wide range of interesting indoor and outdoor activities all year round.
A registered trademark used by the members of the Idän Taiga Travel Association. The association endorses the collective initiatives of its members and seeks to improve the overall benefits of the profession. The number of member companies was gone up to 62 small or family businesses as of 2011 – are located in the eastern Kainuun region of Finland along the Russian border in Kuhmo town and Suomussalmi municipality.
Vuokatti Sports Institute
A leading cross-country skiing training centre in Northern Europe, and an attractive holiday destination for families and sportsmen. The Institute is also an expert centre in health and work wellbeing, and works as a training base for snow sports.
Hossa National Park
The region of Hossa is an intriguing mixture of wilderness and culture that reflects a borderland’s mindset. It was nominated as a National park in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the republic of Finland. A diverse ecosystem of tourism services providers and experience production companies with orientation towards the appreciation of sustainable nature tourism
Hotelli Vuokatti & Suites
Premium hotel and suites located 500 meters from the downhill slopes of the ski resort providing facilities, such as outdoor pool, mini golf course, tennis court and bicycles.
One of Finland’s most beautiful golf courses (18 holes) with club house, golf range and café, situated alongside Lake Oulujärvi.
Downhill ski resort offering more than 200 cottages, ski-in apartments and ski-in village facilities, sauna world boasts nine saunas, conference rooms, bowling alley, restaurant and coffee shop. Ukkohalla is the home of the annual swamp soccer world championship. Visitors in the summer can also take advantage of wakeboarding, hiking and a visit to the beautiful waterfall at Komulanköngäs.
Kalevala hotel offers visitors year-round activities and experiences absorbing the lakeside location during the summer to include: smoke sauna, jacuzzi and beach swimming. Many nature related experiences can be accessed easily from the hotel’s peninsular position on the edge of Lake Lammasjärvi. The internationally renowned Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival has been held for over 50 years nearby and the local town is steeped in culture. Winter experiences include husky safaris and the downhill resort of Vuokatti is less than 1 hour drive from the hotel.
Vuokatti Safaris provide year-round activity programs and is centered around their husky kennel. Services are provided for group travel and independent travellers in many languages to ensure the best possible experiences for their customers.
A self-contained downhill ski resort with services that extend year-round. Recent investment has seen refurbishment of the slopes, service building, on-site shop, hotel and restaurant facilities. The resort offers the longest snow coverage and has a reputation for some of the best ski tracks in the region.
Ristijärvi Pirtti Cottage Village
A picturesque lakeside cottage village, allowing its visitors to experience an authentic plunge into the humble Finnish cottage life. Situated on the edge of lake Iijärvi with a beach side dock and presenting stunning views from the glass encased fireplace viewing platform. A cozy café and meeting room are situated in the traditional edifice.