municipality in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland

Hailuoto (Swedish: Karlö) is the largest island in the Gulf of Bothnia in Western Oulu region, Finland.

Get in and around

Boats in Marjaniemi harbor
Ice road to Hailuoto.
Map of Hailuoto

By ferry


Most people arrive with the free ferry from Oulunsalo on the mainland. The ferry takes both cars and lighter traffic.

By car


In the winter when the ice is strong enough it is possible to drive to the island without taking the ferry, by an official ice road replacing it.

By bus

See also: Oulu#By bus 2

You can reach Hailuoto by Oulu PTA's bus number 59 from Oulu. There are a couple of buses a day to the island (and along the main road?).

By taxi

See also: Western Oulu region#By taxi
  • Otaxi offers taxi service in Hailuoto
  • Smartphone apps: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi

By plane

Tourist information office in Marjaniemi, in the former pilot station
  • The sand dunes and the nature.
  • 1 Hailuoto church.
  • 2 Hailuoto Organum, Petsamontie 328 (on Luovontie, turn to Petsamontie (sign: Ulkokarvo) and drive to the end of the road, then, in the car park, you see a signboard with information about Oreganum and directions to the site). A concrete piece of spatial art by Hai Art, built in summer 2014 in Ulkokarvo.
  • 3 Keskiniemi Daymark (Keskiniemen pooki). A historic navigational aid from 1858, designed by Albin Stjerncreutz.
  • 4 Kniivilä Museum, Marjaniementie 20. Museum area of ​​20 buildings. The main building of Kniivilä has been preserved as it was when the last inhabitants lived there from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1970s. €2/1.
  • 5 Marjaniemi lighthouse. Lighthouse from 1872. A wind turbine park nearby.    
  • 1 Sunikari Beach, Sunikarintie.


  • Bättre Folk: July. A festival combining music and literature.
Luovon puoji

If you like to prepare your own food: two grocery store chains, 2 K-Market and 3 Sale are present in the main village.


  • 1 Hailuodon Huikku. A café at the ferry harbour.
  • 2 [dead link] Cafe Bar Haiku, Luovontie 150 (in the main village next to the K-market). The locals' "living room".
  • 3 Alko Order Point (Alkon tilauspalvelupiste). If you would like a bottle of something stronger than beer, the government's alcohol monopoly store operates an "order point" in the K-market store where you can order beverages to be delivered later the same day.


  • 1 Luotsihotelli (Arctic Lighthouse Hotel), Marjaniementie 783, +358 40-192-3464, . Set in a former pilot station building located at the foot of a lighthouse, this 20-room hotel offers great views of the Bay of Bothnia from the restaurant, the terrace and most of the rooms. It offer fully accessible accommodation and food services. Pets are welcome in some of the rooms. It is also an excellent and imaginative choice for an island meeting, parties or other small-scale events.

Stay safe






For free Wi-Fi and internet terminals, check the 2 Hailuoto Library. Also cafés and the hotel may have Wi-Fi.

Go next


Go back to the mainland by ferry.

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