There are many opportunities for exercise and sports as well as watching sports in Joensuu and Kuopio. Sporting venues such as sports hall, swimming beaches, jogging/skiing tracks and nature trails are particularly well-suited to outdoor activities.  

UEF's sports programme called Sykettä offers extensive opportunities for sports and exercise at a very affordable price both for staff and students.




  • Bowling alley
  • Cross-country skiing - Hundreds of kilometres of machine-prepared tracks through beautiful winter landscapes, that is a dream come true for skiers. Puijo is the best-known cross-country ski area in Kuopio with its 40 kilometres of largely illuminated tracks for both recreational and competitive use.
  • Downhill skiing -  Kasurila Ski Centre (20 kilometres from Kuopio) and Tahko Ski Centre (65 kilometres from Kuopio)
  • Nature trails in Kuopio and  information on national parks and hiking destinations
  • Fitness Clubs and Gyms
  • Fishing- Free-fishing areas are located at Iso Valkeinen (the Päiväranta side), Maljalampi, Rahusenlampi, Pitkälampi, Sammakkolampi, Leväsenlampi, Pieni-Neulalampi, Pieni-Valkeinen in Päiväranta, Litmasenlampi and Valkeinen in the centre. Angling, ice fishing, artificial lure fishing and fishing with fish trap do not require a fishing licence issued by the city. Using equipment than the above is not allowed. Further information on Everyman's Right in Finland.
  • Ice-skating- Outdoor ice-skating rinks can be found near schools around the town in wintertime. Skates can be purchased at sports shops, department stores or flea markets. You can skate on the lake Kallavesi in January/February and even take part in the Ice Marathon. Ice stadium: Hannes Kolehmaisen katu 4 and Petosentie 8
  • Ice-hockey matches: KalPa is a traditional hockey team from Kuopio playing in the Finnish National Hockey League
  • Horse Riding
    • Rauhalahden ratsastuskoulu , Kartanonkatu 22
    • Savisaaren Ratsastuskeskus, Savisaari
    • Peikkometsän Ratsastuskoulu, Rautaniementie 25
  • Kuopio Sports hall (Kuopio halli) with football field, running track, gym etc., Opistotie 4
  • Swimming pool (Uimahalli)
    • Kuopio swimming pool: Hannes Kolehmaisenkatu 3
    • Lippumäki swimming pool. Petosentie 8
    • Rauhalahti Spa, Katiskaniementie 8
  • Renting of cross-country skiing, snowshoes and ledges, SpaHotel Rauhalahti, Katiskaniementie 8
  • Renting of ice-skates, During best ice-skating season (around January-March) skating cafe in the Kuopio passenger harbour (on board of M/S Queen R).