Information in English

Winter swimming in Kuopio

Welcome to enjoy winter swimming!

Kuopio Winter Swimming Association has two different places for ice swimming: one in Väinölänniemi and another in Sorsasalo.

Väinölänniemi is situated near the center. The address is Väinölänniemi 26.

Sorsasalo is situated about 8 kilometers to the north from the center. The address is Tavirannantie 2. See the map here!

For starters it is better to come to swim on those days when saunas are warmed up.

In Väinölänniemi an electric sauna will be warmed up every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Winter swimming perioid in Väinölänniemi starts 1st of September and lasts till 31st of May.

In Sorsasalo wood-burning sauna stove warms up in wintertime (1.10.-31.5.) from Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. In the summer time sauna is warm every day except on Thursdays.

You need to take your swimsuit and towel with you. In both saunas, women and men bath together. Dressing rooms and showers are separated.

For single visitors sauna and swimming costs 10 euros / person. In Sorsasalo there is an electronic entrance ticket machine, where you can buy the entrance wristband either by cash payment or mobile phone payment. If you pay by your mobile phone, notice that your telephone subscribtion must be Finnish one, and you need to have the readiness to call in Finnish service numbers.

The annual membership fee is 90€ / season (Jan. 1st - Dec. 31st) for adults (adults & children of 15 years old and over) when joining in January-August. For new members, the annual fee is reduced to 50€ until the end of the year if the time of joining is after the 31st of August. In your first year, you'll have to pay in addition a registration fee which is 10€.

In Väinölänniemi there is no ticket machine. You should buy the entrance wristband in Sale, Kauppakatu 7. The same wristband is valid in both saunas: Väinölänniemi and Sorsasalo.

If you have more questions, do not hesitate to contact us. You are warmly welcome.


Note! Saunas will be opened 1.6.2020. Sauna in Sorsasalo will be warm every evening except on Thursdays. The one that comes there first, should make the fire in the stove. In Väinölänniemi sauna is closed during the summer, but dressing rooms are open in the mornings (6.00-9.00).

At the moment saunas and dressing rooms are available only for members of the Association, so no wrist bands will be sold.

  • Remember to keep enought distance to others in sauna, bathrooms and dressing rooms.
  • Don't enter these rooms if there are lots of people (max 10 persons).
  • Don't go there if you have a flu or feeling of a starting flu.
  • If you belong to a risk group, please rethink the idea of coming there, because we cannot make sure that everyone comes there healthy.