Municipality of Ii is situated in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia (Finland). Historically the place has been a center of agriculture and fishing, and now it is famous for its ambitious climate actions.


Where the sea and rivers meet.

Ii is a growing region with around 10,000 residents, located around 25 minutes drive north from the city of Oulu in Northern Ostrobothia, Finland. Ii attracts visitors with summer fairs, art, fishing and boating.

Ii was formed as administrative borough in 1445. Back then, the place was known as a trading centre and a harbour exporting salmon, peat and furs. Many wonder about the municipality’s unusually short name: the origin of the name is said to be based on the Sámi words iddja or ijje meaning night.

Wanha Hamina – Old Ii

Ii Wanha Hamina (Old Hamina) dates back to 14th century and is among the oldest trading posts in Northern Finland. The name “Hamina” has its roots in the Swedish term “hamn”, which means harbour. It used to be a home to yearly markets with as much as 2 000 visitors from all over the northern Finland. Nowadays the Old Hamina is a tight-knit neighbourhood that has managed to keep its own unique historical spirit.

Environmental Art Park

In 2012, Ii Municipality obtained a unique Environmental Art Park which binds together the environmental art in Old Hamina and KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre. The artworks of the 2012 Biennial were prepared specifically the park in mind, and new works have been added since. The park is located on the banks of the picturesque River Ii, along the main highway number 4. crossing the municipality. The Environmental Art Park forms a recreational area for residents and travelers alike.

Climate actions and innovative politics

Ii is known as one of the best Bioeconomy cases in the Nordic region and thrives to become a zero emission and waste-free community in the future. Following the cut of CO² emissions by half between 2007-16, the municipality has set an ambitious goal to reduce 80 percent of carbon emissions by the year 2020, over 30 years faster than the EU climate target. In 2017 the municipality received a RegioStar Award for the innovative climate actions.


llmastoAreena (Climate Arena) is the nation’s leading platform for common dialogue on climate change. In Climate Arena the sparsely populated rural area takes its place as an active actor, not just a target of decisions. Finding solutions to climate change needs everyone’s participation. In addition to year-round dialogue Climate Arena is foremost Finland’s most important free and open for all climate festival. For two days Finland is in Ii. As a leader in emission reduction and a true example of how a small sparsely populated rural town can make actions with a wide impact Ii is a natural platform for the Arena. If Ii can tackle the climate change, everyone can. We need knowledge, common understanding, will and actions – the Climate Arena.



Arrival to Art Ii Biennial 2020

The village of Ii is located on the coast of the Bothnian Bay 35 km north of the city of Oulu. There is a bus connection from the centre of Oulu to Ii.


B&B Villa Kauppila

Bed & Breakfast righ next door from Art Centre KulttuuriKauppila, on the beautiful river bank of the river Ii.

Iin Sillat

Cottages, rooms, campground and a café right on the banks of the river Ii.


Alarannan kota

Rooms for 2-10 people, about 3 kilometers from town centre
Address: Uittotie 1, 91100 Ii


2 small cottages close to Merihelmi, private location, 25 km/15 m north of Ii

Camping Merihelmi

Rooms and cottages, 25 km north of Ii
Address: Rynkyntie 9, 95100 Kuivaniemi

Restaurants, cafes and grills

B&B Villa Kauppila

Café right next door from Art Centre KulttuuriKauppila.

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Café, lunch

Open Mon-Thu 8-18, Fri 8-22, Sat 9-22, Sun 10-16
Address: Haminantie 2, 91100 Ii

Nenosen Neste

Service station, lunch and burgers
Address: Kauppatie 4

Open Mon-Thu 6:30-21, Sat 7-21, Sun 8-21

Shell, Ii

Café, restaurant
Address: Leipojantie 1, 91100 Ii
Open 24/7, kitchen open Mon-Fri 8-21, Sat-Sun 9-21

Orient Kebab Pizzeria

Loyal to its name, serves Pizza and kebab
Address: Laurintie 2, 91100 Ii
Open: Mon-Thu 10.30-21, Fri 10.30-04.00, Sat 12-04.00, Sun 12-21

Iin Pizza&Kebab

Loyal to its name, serves Pizza and kebab
Address: Haminantie 6, 91100 Ii
Open Mon-Thu 10.30-22, Fri-Sat 10.30-05.00, Sun 12-22

Hamina Grill and kiosk

Fast food restaurant, kiosk
Address: Laurintie 2, 91100 Ii

Open Mon-Thu 11-22, pe 11- , la 12- , su 12-22


Fast food, hamburgers
Address:  Ouluntie 370, 91100 Ii
Open: Mon-Fri 10-21, Sat 12-21, Sun 12-21

Kotipizza Ii

Address: Sorosentie 2, 91100 Ii
Open: Mon-Sat 11-21, Sun 12-21


Fast food restaurant
Address: Sorosentie 2, 91100 Ii
Open: every day 10-23

Makujen Kiina

Chinese restaurant
Address: Sorosentie 2, 91100 Ii
Open: Tue-Fri 10.30-19, Sat-Sun 11-19. Closed on Mondays.


Cafe, restaurant, grocery store
Address: Sorosentie 2, 91100 Ii
Open: every day 06-23, lunch 10.30-18

Shops and kiosks

S-market Ii

Post office and liquor store also in the premises
Address: Kisatie 2, 91100 Ii
Open: Mon-Sat 7-22, Sun 10-21

K-market Ii

The only cash machine in Ii is located outside the K-market.

Address: Kisatie 1, 91100 Ii
Open: Mon-Fri 7-21. Sun 10-21


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Café, lunch
Address: Haminantie 2, 91100 Ii

Nenosen neste

Service station, lunch, burgers
Address: Kauppatie 4

K-market Autokeidas

Groceries, lottery
Address: Sorosentie 2, 91100 Ii
Open every day 6 am – 11 pm

Shell, Ii

Café, restaurant
Address: Leipojantie 1, 91100 Ii
Open 24/7

Nightclubs and pubs

Joku paikallinen pub

Address: Laurintie 2, 91100 Ii
Open: Sun-Fri 12-02, Sat 12-03


Pub, nightclub
Address: Laksotie 2, 91100 Ii
Open: Fri-Sat 21-4:30