Oulu, with its renowned university, is a leading light in Finland’s burgeoning computing industry and a great place to pause on your way up north, with a good collection of restaurants and cafés and a pulsing nightlife, especially in the warmer months. On Kirkkokatu, the copper-domed and stuccoed Tuomiokirkko seems anachronistic amid the bulky blocks of modern Oulu. Across the small canal just to the north, the Northern Ostrobothnia Museum has a large regional collection with a good Sámi section.