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Leisure in Joensuu

Joensuu provides leisure services in the city centre and surroundings. There are versatile opportunities for camping and recreational activities close to the city centre and in the surrounding countryside.

Joensuu provides many culture and sports facilities. In addition to sports and culture, clubs and associations, other leisure groups and the Community College of the Joensuu Area offer plenty of opportunities to study languages and learn manual skills, for example.

Annual events in Joensuu include, for example, the Winter Music Festival, the Ilovaarirock and Ilosaarirock Festivals, the Night by the River (Joen Yö) event and the Rokumentti Rock Film Festival.

More information on leisure services in Joensuu is available on the Joensuu city website.

There are also several links to event calendars on the city's website that include information on current culture and sports events.

Further information: Leisure

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Events in JoensuuFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

Libraries

Joensuu City Library is located in the city centre. Branch libraries are located in Eno, Heinävaara, Karsikko, Kiihtelysvaara, Niinivaara, Pyhäselkä, Rantakylä, Reijola, Tuupovaara and Uimaharju. There are also mobile libraries that serve various parts of the city.

Information on the opening hours and services of the library and the routes of mobile libraries is available on the library's website. The library also has an online library. There you can browse the library's collections, reserve material, renew your loans and loan e-books at any time.

Further information: Libraries

linkkiVaara-kirjastot:
Vaara-kirjastot (network of libraries)Finnish | English

Exercise and sports

Joensuu offers a range of facilities open all year round for people who want to take part in sports and exercise. There are sports facilities throughout the city.

The city maintains cycle tracks, hiking routes, exercise tracks, ski tracks, beaches, playing fields for ball games and skating, and exercise areas in various neighbourhoods.

You can obtain more information on the versatile selection of instructed sports activities in the online service of the Community College of the Joensuu Area.

There are over a hundred sports clubs and other sports associations in Joensuu. More information on sports facilities in Joensuu and the contact information for clubs/associations can be found on the Joensuu City website.

Further information: Exercise and sports

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Sports facilitiesFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

linkkiCommunity College of the Joensuu Area:
Community College of the Joensuu AreaFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Sports and sports clubsFinnish

Recreation and travel in nature

You can engage in different types of recreation and spend time in the natural environment in all seasons. Everyman’s rights define what you can do in the countryside. Everyman’s rights allow you to pick berries and mushrooms in forests, and hike, ride a bike or ski in winter.

A fishing permit is needed for fishing, except for angling and ice fishing. Hunting also requires a hunting permit. Everyman’s rights do not allow you to leave litter, damage trees or vegetation, disturb or damage birds' nests and nestlings, drive motor vehicles off road without the landowner’s permission, or build any structures, even if they are temporary.

More information on Joensuu's outdoor routes, rest areas, fishing, boating and birdwatching towers, for example, is available on the city's website.

The routes and areas for camping, hiking and cycling in the Joensuu region can be viewed in an online map service of the City of Joensuu. The map service also includes the locations of most of the sports facilities.

You can buy a map of Joensuu's outdoor activities from the Carelicum service point: Koskikatu 5, 80100 Joensuu

Further information: Recreation and travel in nature

linkkiFinland's environmental administration:
Everyman's rights(pdf, 1 MB)Finnish | Swedish | English | Russian

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Map of the municipality and skiing tracks of JoensuuFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Camping and other outdoor activitiesFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

Theatre and cinema

Joensuu City Theatre operates in the City Hall (Rantakatu 20). The main stage is situated in the City Hall's banquet hall, where many plays and musical performances are staged every year. The repertoire also includes theatre performances for children. You can find the programme of the Joensuu City Theatre on the theatre's website.

Movie Centre Tapio in Joensuu has four halls of different sizes. You can find the listings of films at Tapio by clicking the link below.

Further information: Theatre and cinema

linkkiJoensuu City Theatre:
Joensuu City TheatreFinnish | Swedish

linkkiMovie Centre Tapio:
CinemaFinnish | English

Museums

Art Museum Onni is located in the very centre of Joensuu near the market place. The museum offers several high-quality exhibitions annually. The museum's own collections provide interesting perspectives on the national and international art heritage.

The Museum of North Karelia is located in the Carelicum Cultural and Tourist Centre in the very centre of Joensuu. The museum's permanent exhibitions present the history of North Karelia and partly also the history of the Ladoga Karelia district. Carelicum's first floor houses a temporary exhibition area with 3–5 themed exhibitions every year.

At the Joensuu Bunker Museum, you can visit two reinforced concrete bunkers and the fortifications of the Salpa defensive line built after the Winter War. The Bunker Museum is situated along the idyllic Höytiäinen canal in the district of Marjala.

There are local museums in Tuupovaara, Eno, Kiihtelysvaara and Pyhäselkä.

Further information: Museums

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Art Museum OnniFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Museum of North KareliaFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Joensuu Bunker MuseumFinnish

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Local museumsFinnish

Hobbies for children and young people

Children and young people can enjoy sports and cultural activities throughout the city.

They can obtain a basic arts education in music, dance and art.

Youth services offer activities during the school summer holiday to both children of primary school age and young people of 13–18 years of age.

Joensuu City Youth Department maintains youth centres throughout the city. Youth centres, which forbid the use of intoxicants and smoking, offer guided activities to primary school students and young people. Information on leisure activities for children and young people is available on the city's website.

The Youth Department works in close cooperation with, for example, the Joensuu Pop Musicians' Association which arranges band activities for young people.

In addition to open youth activities, Youth Centre Whisper houses a youth council and a youth editorial board.

The Community College of the Joensuu Area offers various leisure activities to children and young people, for example, in the arts, music and dance. Please check the current course selection from the College's online service.

Numerous organisations offer versatile hobbies and recreational activities for children and young people in Joensuu. You can find their contact information on the nuortenjoensuu.fi website.

Youth Centre Whisper
Torikatu 17
80100 Joensuu

Further information: Hobbies for children and young people

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Basic arts educationFinnish

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Youth servicesFinnish

linkkiCommunity College of the Joensuu Area:
Community College of the Joensuu AreaFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiNuortenjoensuu:
Nuortenjoensuu.fi (Youth activities, Finnish website)Finnish

Hobbies for the elderly

There are several associations and clubs in Joensuu that offer leisure activities to elderly people related to culture or sports activities, for example.

You can obtain more information on various leisure associations from the Jelli association information service. Further information on sports clubs is available on the city's website.

The Community College of the Joensuu Area offers various leisure activities to elderly people in areas such as the arts, sports and manual skills. Please check the current course selection from the college's online service.

There are several meeting places for the elderly in local service centres for senior citizens. Activities are also arranged at the Kerhotalo Rupla club house and at Senioripiha's Matti house. There are gyms suitable for the elderly in Koivupiha, Senioripiha, Suvituuli Service Centre, the health centres of Eno and Hammaslahti and in Reijola Community House.

Senior services are intended for Joensuu citizens of over 65 years of age, from the year in which he or she turns 65. Persons entitled to senior services can buy a reloadable card providing admission to the gyms and swimming pools of Vesikko and Rantakylä.

Persons over 65 also have the opportunity to buy a senior card for instructed sports activities and gyms' general public hours in rural areas. You can buy a senior card from the swimming pools or from service points in rural areas.

Further information: Hobbies for the elderly

linkkiJelli association information service:
Jelli association information serviceFinnish | Russian

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Sports clubsFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiCommunity College of the Joensuu Area:
Community College of the Joensuu AreaFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Gyms for the elderlyFinnish

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Swimming poolsFinnish

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Service pointsFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

Associations

Joensuu has active and versatile clubs and associations that offer leisure activities for residents of all ages. There is a register of sports associations on the Joensuu city website that includes the contact information of associations.

Information on associations operating in Joensuu is also available through the Jelli association information service.

Further information: Associations

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Sports and sports clubsFinnish

linkkiJelli association information service:
Jelli association information serviceFinnish | Russian