Impivaara Swimming Centre offers spectacular facilities and diverse opportunities for water sports. The swimming hall also offers supervised courses and has its own gym.
Impivaara Swimming Centre has the largest pool facilities of any swimming hall in Finland, and its facilities are named after characters and places from the classic Finnish novel Seitsemän veljestä.
Autumn term: 11.8. – 22.12.2021
- Autumn vacation: 11.10. – 17.10.2021
- Chrismas holiday: 23.12.2021 – 9.1.2022
Spring term: 10.1. – 4.6.2022
- Winter vacation: 21.2. – 27.2.2022
I period: 11.8. – 5.10.2021
II period: 6.10. – to 2.12.2021
III period: 3.12.2021 – 10.2.2022
IV period: 11.2. – 11.4.2022
V period: 12.4. – 4.6.2022
In order to slow down the spread of coronavirus infections the Recreation Division of Turku has made several changes to their services.
You can get student discounts, for example, in the following locations:
Time travel through the history of Finland
Explore the history of Turku by taking the Heart of Finland route. At the same time you will learn about the development of the region of the river Aura and Turku. Walk, run or cycle, the choice is yours.
The route starts from the Turku city centre and continues through the Maaherran Makasiini to the Old Castle of Lieto. The length of the route is 11.5 km. There are 12 information boards along the route.
Become familiar with Turku architecture
Familiarize yourself with Turku city center architecture by taking the ArchitecTOUR route. The route introduces the city's architecture and how it has changed. Walk, run or cycle, the choice is yours.
There are two route options: you may choose a shorter or a longer version. The total length of both routes is 9.63 km.
Explore the mysteries of Turku
What kind of strange things have happened in the Kupittaa lido and on the Aura riverside? Where is the second secret passage of Turku located? Take the Amazing Turku route and you will find out! Walk, run or cycle, the choice is yours.
The route starts from the city centre, goes around the Samppalinna lido and continues to the Student Village. The length of the Amazing Turku route is 4.8 km.
Work out in the stairs of Turku
Add stairs to your route and get in shape in a fun way! One step up the stairs is equivalent to ten steps on flat ground. In the city center area there are three Stepping It Up routes containing lots of stairs. At the same time you can familiarize yourself with the history of Turku.
The lengths of the routes are 2 km, 9 km and 11 km.
Get to know the statues of Turku
What kind of statues are there in the Turku city centre and what kind of history do they have? Explore the Sculpture Walk cultural exercise route and find out the answers. Walk, run or cycle, the choice is yours.
The city centre’s outdoor statues and environmental artworks are divided between three route options. One is located around the Turku Cathedral and the University, the second around the Samppalinna hill and the third around the Aura riverside and Puolalanmäki.
Explore Romantic Turku
What are good places and times to kiss in Turku? How did people court in Turku in different decades? Explore the Romantic Turku cultural exercise route and find the answers!
The length of the Romantic Turku route is 6.2 km.
Combine culture and outdoor recreation!
Cultural exercise routes located around the Aura river are a refreshing combination of culture and exercise. Take your time and explore Turku and its love stories, statues and urban legends. You can walk, run or cycle, the choice is yours.
Turku is a City of Films
Turku has become a city of film productions. Many famous Finnish movies have been shot in Turku. In addition, Turku has many places where it is possible to watch movies.
Mika Kaurismäki's new movie the Girl King was filmed in Turku. The movie is going to air in September 2015.
Dance and theatre meet in Turku!
Puppet theatre for adults? Musicals for kids? On a grand stage or intimately at a people’s house?
The Turku City Theatre was founded in 1946 and was the first fully municipal theatre in Finland. Experience Turku City Theatre shows at the temporary facilities of Logomo and Linna theatre.
Many open-air theatres give performances in summer. Summer theatres are very popular, so it is a good idea to purchase the tickets well in advance. Tickets can be purchased online for many theatres.
Turku has three art museums. Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, located on the Aura riverside, is the art museum of the City of Turku. Ars Nova is a museum of modern art and also located on the Aura riverside. Turku Art Museum is located at Puolalanmäki.
Please go to the TurkuART -website for a full list of art museums and galleries in Turku.
Turku City Sports Services Centre maintains Impivaara and Varissuo ice halls.
During public hours anyone can ice skate from August to April. The public hours are open for all and free of charge, but hockey sticks are not allowed.
Public ice skating hours at Impivaara Ice Hall
Mon 14.00-14.50 (rink 1) and 16.45-17.35 (rink 2)
Wed 13.45-14.35 (rink 2)
Sat 10.30-11.20 (rink 2)
Public ice skating hours at Varissuo Ice Hall
The Sports Committee provides approximately € 1.5 million in financial assistance to various sports and exercise associations and other similar organizations annually.
Approximately one half of the assistance provided is for annual activity-related expenses.
The rest is for specific projects, such as international activity, renting or building sports facilities, training of coaches, etc.
The city of Turku has many sports facilities which are open to its citizens. Some of the facilities require an advanced reservation.
Many experiences – one card
The Culture Card is a free-of-charge benefit card for lovers of culture. This unique card gets you e-mail updates about Turku’s abundant cultural offerings and ever-changing range of benefits and offers.
There are lifeguards present in Ekvalla, Ispoinen, and Saaronniemi beaches during schools' summer vacation (5th Jun - 10th Aug 2020) every day between 11.00 and 18.00 (lifeguards have a lunch break from 13.30 to 14.00).