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Welcome to ice swimming

The club is closed for private reservation on Wednesday 20th August 2014 from 16:30 to midnight.

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.


Member Benefits
Service Card


You are warmly welcome
Survival guidelines
Visitor fee is 5 € 


 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 17 runs from downtown Joensuu once an hour and takes about 10 minutes. The map shows bus routes if you select first "English" and then "Buslines (Joensuu)". The timetable can be found from WILIMA matkainfo by choosing route KESKUSTA - Vehkalahti.

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

Contact info

Jarno Linnolahti
p. 045 7845 1989

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

Technical maintenance
Jorma Hämäläinen
p. 045 7845 1991

Mäntyniemitoimikunnan vpj
Marja-Liisa Muikku
p. 050 361 7507


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