We arrived at the Airport Hotel, Oulu conveniently sited a brief drive from the airport in the late afternoon. The hotel is just a short walk from the shore of the shallow coastal bay of Liminganlahti and has, in its grounds, a tower for viewing the bay and surrounding area. We had a walk around this area on the first evening as daylight persists until late into the evening. We were looking forward to our self drive bird and mammal watching trip organised through Finnature.
Our first day was spent walking trails around the bay shore and viewing from the several birding towers.