PLANETSWIMMER

Welcome to the Planetswimmer blog! The Planetskier blog has many stories about swimming as well, at the Blogspot, TGR, Freeride or Relaa websites. All swimming-related blog articles are show below, however. You can also click on the map below to see where in the world they took place.

See also the articles about skiing, caving, urban exploration, climbing, cycling, flying, and saunas.

All swimming-related articles:

Tegelhagens Badplats
100 meter commute to the office from the hotel. Free bikes at the hotel. And a nice beach a bike ride away. Cannot complain!
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June 2018, Tegelhagens Badplats, Sollentuna, Sweden
Biking (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Cleaning up rat shit in the cabin
+10C, raining, high winds, cleaning up ratshit in the cabin, a fallen tree on our swimspot... HAPPY MIDSUMMER!!!
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June 2018, Arkko summer cottage, Teisko, Finland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor)

Solbergabadet
While at the caver's camp, I felt like I needed a shower... and a sauna. Solbergabadet in Visby to the rescue!
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June 2018, Solbergabadet, Visby, Gotland, Sweden
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Santasport
45 minutes before I need to be at the airport. But I'm sweaty. Is there a sauna that I could visit? Yes there is. Santa's sauna.
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May 2018, Santasport, Rovaniemi, Finland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Benvengudo
Benvengudo, near Arles, France. Nice pool!
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May 2018, Benvengudo, Arles, France
Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Pool at the Big Bear Frontier
When visiting the Big Bear Lake ski areas, I stayed one night in the village, and obviously had to try their pool. Even if there was no sauna...
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March 2018, Big Bear Frontier, Big Bear Lake, California, USA
Swimming (Outdoor)

Another visit to Kuusijärvi
1/ It is -15C 2/ I had a nice smoke sauna & dip to lake 3/ But my car... dead. Now waiting for the tow truck.
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February 2018, Kuusijärvi, Vantaa, Finland
Sauna (Smoke); Swimming (Ice)

Swim in the East Itäkeskuksen Uimahalli
I visited the Itäkeskus swimming hall after many years of not being there. It is one of my favourite community swimming pools.
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February 2018, Itäkeskuksen uimahalli, Helsinki, Finland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

February Swim
I went for a swim in the Allas Sea Pool today, again. Except that now it is February, and it is -5 C outside.
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February 2018, Allas, Helsinki, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Ice); Sauna (Normal)

Sauna at the Grand Hotel Beau Rivage
Janne and I visited Interlaken, and stayed at the Grand Hotel Beau Rivage. A grand, old style hotel, and I of course also wanted to visit their pool & saunas department.
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January 2018, Grand Hotel Beau Rivage, Interlaken, Switzerland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Upper House Spa. Wow.
It was worth waking up at 6:45am for this. If I wanted to visit the Upper House Spa at the 20th floor of this Göteborg skyscraper, I had go early before my meetings.
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January 2018, Upper House, Göteborg, Sweden
Swimming (Indoor, Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

Kazakhstan Sauna!
It turned out that our hotel, the Uyut in Almaty had a sauna, and a small jacuzzi. The sauna was almost too hot, and there was no way to throw water on it.
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January 2018, Hotel Uyut, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Kuusijärvi Smoke Sauna
Kuusijärvi smoke sauna and beach. Great public sauna, maybe best around Helsinki (?)
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January 2018, Kuusijärvi, Vantaa, Finland
Sauna (Smoke); Swimming (Ice)

Reno Swimming
I finally managed to test the pool area in the Homewood Suites hotel in Reno. It was OK, even if there was no sauna... at least there was a hot jacuzzi! :-)
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December 2017, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Reno, Nevada, USA
Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

December Swim
I went for a sauna and swim in the Allas Seapool today. Late arrival, after 8pm... and they were already closing at 9pm.
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December 2017, Allas, Helsinki, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

Swissotel Singapore Sauna... Closed WTF?
I arrived... and needed a sauna. Or at least an excuse to completing that document. Actually, I really needed a sauna to wash off travel and to warm me up from the freezing aircon climate.
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November 2017, Fairmont Hotel, Singapore, Singapore
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

No swim for you
No swim for you Sir... because thunderstorm. Ok, but at least I got wet from the rain as I walked to the pool at the Swissotel & Fairmont Singapore.
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November 2017, Fairmont Hotel, Singapore, Singapore
Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Memory of a Sauna
Visited the Memory Hotel sauna. Free, but needs to be reserved. Sauna reservations are not my thing. But not a bad sauna at all! There's also a pool.
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October 2017, Memory Hotel, Kista, Sweden
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Santa Monica Beach
For some reason, one of my favourite places in the greater Los Angeles area is Santa Monica. Maybe it is because on my first trip I stayed there, various fun memories from all my time there. Or the beach.
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August 2017, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, California, USA
Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Krakow Sauna
I had an opportunity to visit a sauna in Poland. Obviously I took the opportunity!
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August 2017, DoubleTree Krakow, Krakow, Poland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Black Snow Apocalypse. Now.
Imagine bright, white snow, gently covering a mountain. Now imagine all that snow black, dirty. Melting hard ice, covered by an accumulation of pollution and dust from air. This is reality.
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August 2017, Hintertux, Austria
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Health; Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Four saunas in Dresden
Late arrival... quick dinner... and then onto testing the wellness area at Dresden's Hilton hotel. Usually, hotel saunas are simple, but not this one!
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July 2017, Hilton Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Arizona Sauna
I'm on vacation with Janne, a road trip through western US. Our hotel in Flagstaff turned out to have a sauna. Great!
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July 2017, Flagstaff Hilton Garden Inn, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Sauna at the Hilton... again
Long meeting... but for once, I had a free Sunday morning, so I went to the sauna and pool at the Prague Hilton. Hot... spacious and well-maintained sauna.
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July 2017, Hilton Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Basic Caving Course in Turku
The Finnish Speleological Association arranged a basic caving course in Turku in June. The course started from the basics, like crawling. A slide to teach crawling! And walking, for that we had another slide.
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June 2017, Luolavuoren luola, Turku, Finland; Ispoisten ranta, Turku, Finland
Caving (Rock); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Ice-swimming in Midsummer
I was just going to walk around in rain, but the sign for ice swimming caught my attention.
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June 2017, Allas, Helsinki, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

Auberge and Spa Beaux Rêves
I'm wet. Cold. Sweaty. And have 16 hours of travel ahead of me. Auberge and Spa Beaux Rêves' sauna to the rescue!
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May 2017, Auberge et Spa Beaux Reves, Quebec, Canada
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Backcountry Onsen
Sometimes skiing isn't just about the skiing. I can also be about hot springs in the middle of the backcountry skinning trip. We climbed Mt. Niseko Annupuri (1308m), skied the backside of the mountain and found an onsen, a Japanese hot spring.
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March 2017, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Pool with a view
I'm staying at the Chicago Swissotel for a conference. There was a break in Internet connectivity while we were setting up our network, so I decided to visit the sauna and pool at the 42nd floor of this high-rise hotel.
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March 2017, Swissotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

The New Leppävaara Pool
I have finally visited the refurbished Leppävaara swimming pool centre. Generally, a very positive experience! So many new pools!
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January 2017, Leppävaaran uimahalli, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water); Sauna (Normal)

Nippy? Swimming at -18C
Nippy a bit? Swimming at a lake when it is -18C.
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January 2017, Kuusijärvi, Vantaa, Finland
Sauna (Smoke); Swimming (Ice)

Conrad Seoul Sauna
When I travel, I try to find places where I can go to a sauna. It relaxes me... Last week I was in Seoul, South Korea, staying at the Conrad. This new hotel has a very nice gym & pool & spa area on the 8th floor. The pool is free of use for hotel guests, but the sauna costs 39,000 local (about 35€) to use. Nevertheless, I needed the relaxation. Badly.
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November 2016, Seoul, South Korea
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Sauna in Hangzhou
Another visit to a sauna in foreign land! This time in 杭州市 or Hangzhou, China! The sauna was in the Courtyard Marriott hotel that I stayed at. A bit dark and basic, but still large, and most importantly, the temperature was high enough and you were allowed to pour water to the heater!
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October 2016, Courtyard Marriott, Hangzhou, China
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Cave with a View
There are usually no great views from caves, at least not of the sunset. Except at Rokokallio.
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December 2015, Rokokallio, Vihti, Finland; Kuusijärvi, Vantaa, Finland
Caving (Rock); Sauna (Smoke); Swimming (Ice)

Sauna im Stubai

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January 2015, Stubaital, Austria; Schlick 2000, Austria; Patschkofel, Austria
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Ice); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Lost World
The sun is still bright, but the environment is getting strange. Fog is engulfing us. Plants are starting to look pre-historic. And I'm hanging from a 100 meter rope, above the Lost World, a cave system in Waitomo, New Zealand. And it is starting to look like my landing spot is in the river at the bottom of the cave.
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August 2014, Waitomo, New Zealand
Caving (Rock); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

On the Beach
Midsummer in Gotland, Sweden. Perfect place for boating, hanging out on the sand beach, swimming, as well as a little bit of climbing. And all this underground!
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June 2014, Lummelunda, Gotland, Sweden
Caving (Rock); Swimming (Underground)

Sheep Skiing
The girl at the sheep farm gate is from Qatar. Most tourists here seemed to be from Middle East, so I ask her why she had come to Austria: "Because it is so cool, and the weather is nice." We are standing in cold rain, but I guess she prefers a change to the weather at home. But come to think of it, I too prefer cold and rainy.
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July 2013, Kaprun, Austria
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Volcan Copahue
So close, yet so far. I wanted so much to ski down from Volcán Copahue (2953 meters), but despite trying very hard it was not going to happen.
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August 2012, Caviahue, Argentina
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain); Urban-exploration (Ruins, Buildings); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Family and Off-Piste Skiing in Are
As far as I can tell, Are is the best family ski resort on the planet.
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March 2011, Are, Sweden
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)