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Welcome to ice swimming

The club is closed during June for renovation of the heating system of the dock. Please follow homepage and Facebook for possible earlier opening of the club.  

Joensuu Polar Bears (Joensuun Jääkarhut) is one of Finland's biggest winter swimming clubs with over 1100 members. The club is open and sauna is heated up every day of the year. To enjoy the benefits of the centre you can either come as a visitor or become a member.

 Opening hours

  • Winter hours (October - May)
    The dressing rooms and sauna are open 10-23  except on Wednesdays 06-23.
  • Summer hours (June - September)
    Dressing rooms are open 10-23 every day. Sauna is open 14-23, Monday through Friday and 12-23 on Saturday and Sunday.

On-site janitor
You can see Riitta Sarola in Mäntyniemi 10-12 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) or 14-18 (Wednesday).


The street address is Mäntyniementie 1, 80220 Joensuu. For exact location, see map links: Google Maps, Joensuu city map , Eniro (aerial view ).  The club is located three km from downtown Joensuu on the shores of Pyhäselkä, 30 km long and 14 km broad lake. The club is next to Vehkalahti swimming beach, which is Joensuu's best bit of shoreline.

Getting there

The club can be easily reached by foot, by bike, by bus or by car. Bus 3 runs to Vehkalahti. The nearest buss stop is Jo1147 / Jo1148. For departure / map search see Joensuun seudun joukkoliikenne.

For cars there is a spacious car park at the club.


Member Benefits
Contact information changes


You are warmly welcome
Survival guidelines
Visitor fee is 5 €

Contact info

Jarno Linnolahti
gsm 045 7845 1989

On-site janitor /  space rental
Riitta Sarola
gsm 045 7845 1992

Mäntyniemitoimikunnan pj
Pirjo Tervonen
gsm 044 033 1990

Technical maintenance
Jouko Pulkkinen
gsm 045 7845 1991


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