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 a map to see where in the world they took place.

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

All swimming-related articles:

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)

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)