Joensuun Jääkarhut


Winter Swimming Center Joensuu Polar Bears is open all year round.

Opening hours

September-May every day from 8 to 23.”Tulinen tunti” (”Fiery hour”) in the bigger sauna from 22 to 23. During that last hour there are no limitations for steam, however any competition or teasing is forbidden.

June-August every day from 8 to 23. ”Tulinen tunti” (”Fiery hour”) in the bigger sauna from 22 to 23. During that last hour (sauna is open until 23) there are no limitations for steam, however any competition or teasing is forbidden.

Housing manager

Pasi Mikkonen is available on weekdays from 10 to 12, except on Wednesdays from 14 to 18

Location and contact

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).
  • Schedules and route maps from Joensuu Regional Public Transport
  • Car park in the yard – 20 parking places

Instructions for visitors

  • Alcohol is forbidden in the area – always swim and use sauna sober
  • Buy wristband in advance
  • Uni-sex sauna – you must wear swimming suit in sauna and while swimming
  • Visiting fee is € 7. 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 10 people) need to inform the caretaker in advance
  • In general, rush-hours are in the evening between 18-21

How to become a member

  • Fill out the membership form online . The form opens in its own window. Mandatory information is marked in red. Or,
  • fill out the form at the Polar Bears center
  • The 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

  • Joining fee € 30, students 0 €
  • Membership fee for the first year is determined according to the month of joinining
    • 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

Bear hall

  • The first two hours of a total of € 100 (Friday-Sunday and holidays € 150)
  • The following hour á 25 €
  • The rental price includes the use of tableware

The whole Center

  • The minimum rental fee 1.9.-31.5. € 2000, following hours 200 € and 1.6.-31.8. € 1500 (max 6 hours), following hours at € 150
  • The rental price includes: the use of tableware, sauna, showers, hot water

Making your reservation

  • The 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

  • Housing manager Pasi Mikkonen (tel. 045 78 45 1992 or talonmies at
  • The key can be left on the table in the Karhu-hall


  • Place must be cleaned and left in the same condition as it was before your event
  • The 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 (100 €/h)