My Oulu: The first tour cycling route is coming to North Ostrobothnia

The route that follows the Bothnian Bay’s southeastern coast familiarizes cyclists to the region’s towns and scenes at a relaxing pace. Picture: Flatland Route

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The Flatland Route is a tour cycling route designed along the North Ostrobothnia’s coast. The route connects the Bothnian Bay’s southeastern towns, cities and nature and historical sites as well as services with quiet side paths. The Flatland Route offers a diverse bicycle ride through the region’s nature and history to the locals and international visitors.

The route is 320 kilometers long and cycling through it at the recommended pace takes about 5–6 days. As it is named, the route passes through flatlands and is easily passable and suitable for beginners. More experienced cyclists may traverse the route in an extended three-day weekend.

“Tour cycling is an emergent international trend that we want to support in the region. The Flatland Route attracted a lot of interest during the Matka 2024 Fair in Helsinki where we were presenting the project”, Project Director Katariina Huikari explains.

The Flatland Route was initiated by Visit Raahe and the municipality of Liminka and was planned and realized in the two-year Pyörällä kuuhun (fin. Cycling to the moon) joint project. The project is set to finish in April and its goal is to promote the tourist industry in the countryside with cycling and nature trips. Additionally, the project aims to enhance the awareness, service capability and operator cooperation in the central cycling routes of Pyhäjoki, Raahe, Siikajoki and Liminka.