The Gateway to Lapland
On the way up to Oulu, the sand dunes in Kalajoki offer a refreshing beach break from driving. Formerly a centre for tar trade, and now a technology hub, Oulu is the biggest city within a 500 kilometre radius and is considered the unofficial capital of northern Finland.
At the northern end of the Bothnian Coast Road, the city of Tornio lies on the border with Sweden, forming a unique twin town with its Swedish counterpart Haparanda. Nestled on the shores of both the Torne River and the Bothnian Bay, Tornio is often referred to as the Gateway to Lapland.
Where to next? All the way up to the Norwegian border along the Northern Lights Route, perhaps?