Welcome to ice swimming
Winter Swimming Center Joensuu Polar Bears is open all year round.
- September-May every day from 10 to 23, except on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 06-23.
June-August every day from 14 to 23, except on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 23. Dressing rooms are open every day from 10 a.m.
"Tulinen tuokio" ("Fiery moment") is four
times a week; on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between 22.30 - 23.
During that last half an hour (sauna is open until 23) there are no limitations
for steam, however any competition or teasing is forbidden.
Sarola is available on weekdays from 10 to 12, except on Wednesdays from 14 to
Location and contact
address: Joensuu Polar Bears Association, Mäntyniementie 1, 80220 Joensuu
Links: Joensuu map service, Fonecta, Google Maps
Jarno Linnolahti, tel. 045 78 45 1989 or puheenjohtaja at joensuunjaakarhut.fi
Riitta Sarola, tel. 045 7845 1992 or talonmies at joensuunjaakarhut.fi
How to get there
- Bus no. 3
route is Kytö-Noljakka-Joensuu center-Penttilä-Vehkalahti. The closest stop to
Winter Swimming Center is Jo1147
(incoming) / Jo1148 (outgoing).
and route maps from Joensuu Regional Public Transport
- Car park
in the yard - 20 parking places
Instructions for visitors
is forbidden in the area - always swim and use sauna sober
wristband in advance
sauna - you must wear swimming suit in sauna and while swimming
fee is € 6. Wristband vending machine is coin and phone operated, please see instructions from FB .
The wristband is valid for single entry.
- There is
no shower or other washing facilities in the sauna building
- showers are located in the dressing rooms inside the main house
- for hot water you need to put in coins, 1 €/2 minutes
- From time
to time the sauna can be very full and therefore larger groups (over 15 people)
need to inform the caretaker in advance
general, rush-hours are in the evening between 18-21
How to become a member
- Fill out
the membership form online (in Finnish only). The form opens in its own window. Mandatory
information is marked in red. Or,
- fill out
the form at the Polar Bears center
membership fee invoice shall be sent either by e-mail or mail
- You can
collect your membership badge from the caretaker or from the members of the
Board. Take the receipt of the payment with you.
- You must have the membership badge sewn on your
swimming suit on a visible place (not on a strap, hat or belt).
- You must always have a valid membership badge on your
swimming suit or a guest wristband on your wrist when swimming and/or using the
sauna or other facilities.
Fee of a new member
fee € 30, students 0 €
Membership fee for the first year is determined according to the month of
- when joining in
January-May, the membership fee is 95 €
- June-August, the membership fee is 75 €
- September-October, the membership fee is 55 €
- November-December, membership fee is 45 €
Conference and banqueting facilities for rent
- The first
two hours of a total of € 90 (Friday-Sunday and holidays € 140)
following hour á 22 €
rental price includes the use of tableware
The whole Center
minimum rental fee € 750 (max 6 hours), following hours at € 60
rental price includes: the use of tableware,
sauna, showers, hot water
Making your reservation
leasing of premises link
- Free days
are visible in white and reservations are displayed color-coded.
- Click a calendar
day and fill out the form
- Booking confirmation
will be sent to your email address
Showing the premises, key handovers and returns
Riitta Sarola (tel. 045 78 45 1992 or talonmies at joensuunjaakarhut.fi)
Pirjo Nevalainen (tel. 045 78 45 1990 or sihteeri at joensuunjaakarhut.fi)
- The key
can be left on the table in the Karhu-hall
must be cleaned and left in the same condition as it was before your event
tenant is responsible for taking the rubbish to the waste bin located in a
small shelter outside
- In case extra
cleaning is needed the Polar Bears Association is entitled to charge the client
according to the price list