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Leisure Activities

At the KAMK, two gyms and a sports hall are at students' disposal free of charge.  The student union KAMO arranges free-time activities to students for example in form of sports club activities, activity days and parties. KAMO International aims at connecting Finnish and foreign students in different free-time activities. 


Outdoor Keep-Fit

Vimpelinvaara is a popular outdoor leisure and sports area, which is conveniently situated right next to the campus area. There are possibilities for jogging, field sports, tennis, ice-hockey, skating, skiing and even downhill skiing and snowboarding. There is also a disc golf park next to campus. 

Other recreation areas include Pöllyvaara, a wooded area of tracks for joggers and walkers in the summer and skiing in the winter, the riverside parks and walks (for example the ‘Friendship Path’ from Kaukametsä) and generally all wooded areas in and around the town. You can go virtually anywhere you like apart from peoples’ front and back yards.

Take a boat trip in the summer to the island of Rehja in the middle of Lake Nuasjärvi, or ski across the ice in the early spring. Many people take the opportunity to strike out into the open countryside where they might grill sausages over a camp fire and drink a flask of hot coffee.


Cycling is safe in Kajaani and in Kainuu as a whole. There are cycleways within the town and even in the countryside. Cycling is a particularly favoured mode of transport both in the summer and winter. Most cycle tracks and pedestrian walkways are gritted and maintained during the winter. You can buy a second-hand bike from a shop in town. The distances are short and it's easy to find your way to different places by bike.


There are several different options in Kajaani for different kinds of sports (dance, zumba, judo, aikido, boxing, swimming, ice-hockey, soccer, floorball... to name a few). You can ask from the Student Union for the options and contacts as most of their web pages are unfortunately in Finnish.


There is a great movie theater in Kajaani, called BioRex. It was one of the first ones in Finland to show 3D-movies. In Finland we have all movies in their original language with subtitles in Finnish so it is easy to go an see foreign movies. To see a movie costs approximately 10 - 15 euros.

Address Kauppakatu 38


Swimming Hall Kaukavesi
Address: Jokikatu 5 (near Scandic Hotel Kajanus)
Tel. +358 44 4214 097

The swimming hall was opened in November 2013. There are different kinds of pools available and remember to try the slide! The price for students is 5,40 euros (October 2020).

If you feel brave you can work off the symptoms of SAD in the depths of winter by taking a dip in the river through an ice-hole! Many Finns swear by this daily plunge into literally ice cold water. Facilities for this winter pastime can be found within the Onnela area on the riverbank. During the summer you can enjoy the sandy or grassy beaches which are all to be found along the Onnela road.


The municipality of Sotkamo contains one of the most versatile tourist destinations in Finland, namely, Vuokatti. Vuokatti is located about 30 km from Kajaani. The Vuokatti area is a popular international centre for holiday makers and top sports men and women alike. The Vuokatti College of Sport has a ski tunnel and alpine centre so that training is also possible during the summer months. The Katinkulta spa and leisure centre offers a wide range of recreational and sports facilities. 

SuperPark Vuokatti provides an exciting experience for the whole family! Located in Kainuu, our Vuokatti branch offers irresistable activities every day, whatever the weather.

The indoor activity park’s Freestyle Hall boasts a skate and scooting park, our extremely popular AirTrack tumble track, and a range of ramps and trampolines. The Game Arena features a hockey radar, disc golf and basketball for those with a competitive streak. The Adventure Area has climbing walls, exhilarating slides, and a pedal car track.

SuperPark Vuokatti also has a Golf Arena that includes indoor golf practice facilities and a minigolf course. The Forge gym caters to fitness and toning exercises. Come and explore, try out different sports, test your skills, and move with joy throughout our whole park! You won’t regret coming to SuperPark Vuokatti and no doubt, you will be coming back for more!

KAMK Friend Family Programme

At KAMK, foreign students have a possibility to participate in a friend family programme. The aim is to offer international students the chance to get to know Finnish culture and language better by pairing participating students with families from Kainuu area. Ask more from the International Office.