Here you can find just a few examples of what you can do in Kajaani.
Vimpelinvaara hill is a popular outdoor leisure and sports area. It is conveniently situated right next to the university of applied sciences campus area. In the summer you can walk or jog along maintained tracks or test your fitness on the athletics track. In the winter you can ski along the maintained tracks.
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. 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. Try the slide! The price for students is 4,70 euros (2013).
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.
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