Joensuu Travel Guide

  • Taking a jump into the lake before a sauna
    Taking a jump into the lake before a...
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Joensuu Things to Do

  • sauna & ice swimming

    When you are in Joensuu, you certainly have to go ice swimming. It sounds really cold, but it is very nice to do. Afterwards, you can warm up again in the sauna and when you have again too warm, you just jump again in the lake.Real Finnish people jump furst in the lake and take a sauna after it.It costs only 5€ for a whole day. You will also meet...

  • Botnia, botanical greenhouse

    This is not something we usually do at our trips- go to garde.. I don´t actually remeber why we went there, but it was a interesting place, and it was worth of visiting!Even my husband like it. Expecially the meat eating flower ;)Page is only in Finnish (witch is quite strange in Finland!)It´s closed on tuesdays and open from 11 to 16 at saturday...

  • Koli National Park

    If you ever go all the way here already, go also to Koli National Park, it is not that far and worth to see it, it is one of the amazing and most beautiful national parks in Finland.

  • The river

    There is this nice river crossing the city, in the winter it is surely look interesting while half way it is frozen. In the summer I assume it is the place to stroll around and maybe have a picnic as well.

  • Eating, drinking and nightlife in...

    Small Finnish - English restaurant/bar/nightclub vocabularybaari = barklubi = clubyökerho = nightclubkahvila = cafepikaruokala = fast food restaurantgrilli = grillruokaravintola = restauranttanssiravintola = dance restaurantAvoinna = OpenOsoite = AddressPuhelin = Phone numberKotiinkuljetus = home deliveryIkäraja = Age limitTo see a list of...

  • Local art museum

    Joensuu Art Museum is located in the very centre of the city, in an old school building that is impressive sight from the market square (see picture). The building itself is quite sight itself, being built on 1894 and used as school until 1974.When we visited the museum, they had a good Finnish readymade art exhibition on the ground floor and...

  • Pielisjoki river cruise

    In the summertime you can take a part to a river cruise in Joensuu. You see the town from a different view and also can enjoy peaceful riverside life ;) And of course you can have a beer or two if you like ;)

  • For children: Sinkkola Farm

    You can see some good old domestic animals in the middle of Joensuu, too. Sinkkola Farm in Noljakka is open during summer (Tue-Thu and Sat-Sun 10 a.m - 6 p.m.) and there is no entrance fee.

  • Wooden Joensuu

    In Joensuu (like in many Finnish towns) lots of old wooden houses were destroyed in 60's and 70's when the town wanted everything to be new (and ugly, that's my opinion ;) )Fortunately you can still find some wooden houses from Rantakatu street (south from the City Hall)

  • Ilosaarirock

    If you ask me, Ilosaarirock is by far the best music festival in Finland. I was there in July (along with 20 000 other people) and really enjoyed myself. The weather couldn't have been better, the beer was cheap enough and all the people were very nice. I didn't see a single fight during the 3 days at the festival.Every year (in July) most of the...

  • Sauna view

    This was our view coming out of the sauna, heading for the pier for a freezing cold plunge...................

  • 'The city train'

    In the summertime you can jump on the train and have a sightseeing tour of Joensuu. It was very nice!


Joensuu Restaurants

  • North Carelian Food

    The Karjalantalo restaurant was re-opened in April after a renovation work and I haven't been there after it but at least earlier the food was good - but a bit expensive. Here you can find local specialities from the buffet table.

  • Wonderful cakes

    Kahvila & Konditoria Houkutus is the gem of Joensuu's coffeehouses. Located next to Sokos department store (not far from the market square), the café sets the standards for the cakes, pastries and good service in the town.The coffee shop itself is trendy without being too cold and over-designed -- remember to check out the restrooms, too. The main...

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Joensuu Transportation

  • By car

    Car is the easy and obvious way to get here but if it is in the winter remember the driving conditions as well as spear some time in the morning to clear the snow after the storm.

  • Train

    You can get to Joensuu by train direct from Helsinki in about 5 hours. I haven’t used it myself as I went here by car which is also rather a long drive.Next time I’ll fly.

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Joensuu Shopping

  • Shopping Mall in the heart of Joensuu

    At the moment Iso Myy offers this range of stores and services:• Aleksi 13• Arnolds• Bettiina Textile• Buffa• Change of Scandinavia•• Door 17• Elisa• Fysiokeskus ITE• Glitter• Hairlekiini• HairStore Megasalon• H&B Home• H&M• Isännöintitoimisto Pusa Oy• Jack & Jones• JC• Joensuun Kalastustaito• Joensuun Röntgen• Kahvila-ravintola Cafe...

  • Arts & Crafts

    This is a new place twhere you can find local arts and crafts in Joensuu. There are unique little shops and also a cute little café.Opening hours:Mon-Fri 10-17Sat 10-14

  • Cheaper department store

    Carlson is an independent department store chain in the Eastern Finland. Originally from Kuopio, they opened a new department store in Joensuu in 2007. Located in a prime position next to the market square, the two storey building hosts the department store and two specialist stores (electronics store and young fashion shop), all run by Carlson.The...


Joensuu Local Customs

  • Hassisen Kone - Harsoinen Teräs

    Voi muovi syödä munkkeja ja rauta laulaa taasVoi betonilla paistatella päivää ihanaaKai puu on paljon kokenut ja nähnyt elämääMutta tässä tulee se, jonka varjoon kaikki jää:Harsoinen teräsVoi ihminen kuin ihminen saada jalat jäniksenMutta uhriksi jos joutuu harsoisen teräksenSaavat kädet kaiken tuntevat ja diplomaatin suunSaa pikkuaivot poliisin ja...

  • Neljä Ruusua - Valuva Taivas

    Oliko ennen kaikki paremminMistäpä mä sen tietäisinMaailman muuttuvan sanotaanKuitenkin tullaan ja kadotaanPalava maa ja valuva taivasHuutavat kunniaa ja JumalaaJokainen yö ja jokainen päiväJää historiaan, lopulta unholaanOltiinko silloin sekaisinKun kierrettiin maata jalkaisinIltaisin rauhaa rukoillaanLumottu kansa polvillaanPalava maa ja valuva...

  • Watch the water to flow

    The Pielisjoki river is going through the centre of Joensuu. Just walk to the bridge near Ilosaari island and watch the flowing water :)


Joensuu Warnings and Dangers

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    by Gili_S Updated Sep 20, 2008

    In the winter be aware that all the smaller roads are snow and ice covered, be sure to have winter tyres on your car and drive careful.

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Joensuu Sports & Outdoors

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    by tpk2 Updated Nov 13, 2006

    Repokallio in Niinivaara has the best cross country skiing tracks in Joensuu. There are some tens of kilometers of tracks of which two (1,3 and 4 km) are illuminated.

    Equipment: You need equipment for nordic skiing (skis, shoes, sticks) ;) No rental at Repokallio.

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