Welcome to ice swimming
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.
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.
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.
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.