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Late swim at Siikajärvi
Late, again. Past 9pm, and I'm in the back-areas in Nuuksio, at the Siikajärvi lake beach. Still, while I'm swimming the RC airplane enthusiasts manage to show up to give a flying demonstration :-) Cool.
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August 2020, Siikajärven uimaranta, Siikajärvi, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach)

Too crowded!
I wanted to swim somewhere near Berlin. I thought Wukensee would be a nice place, but they were closing... so I drove to Bernsteinsee. They were not closed yet, but they also had way too many people. A little worried about the crowds...
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August 2020, FKK Strand am Bernsteinsee, Marienwerder, Germany
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach)

The pond at the sports complex
Another visit to my mom's place! While I was on my way to the airport (yikes!) I wanted to put in one more swim at the Finnish lakes. Or pond rather, the pond at the Tuusula's sport complex in Hyrylä.
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August 2020, Tuusulan urheilukeskuksen lampi, Hyrylä, Tuusula, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach)

Sahajärvi swim - The secret rapids
Fail. And fail again. My first choice of a lake turned out to be the water intake for Espoo. Maybe not swim there, in case someone doubts how well I wash my swimming pants :-)
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July 2020, Salakoski, Sahajärvi, Nuuksio, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Nature, Waterbody-River)

Lippajärvi swim
Lippajärvi has a nice sandy beach swimming place. But I wanted something more private, and with less people. After some map browsing, I discovered that there's a short walking path behind the memory illness hospital. Maybe there's something there? A forgotten beach?
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July 2020, Lippajärven salainen laituri, Lippajärvi, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach)

Hiidenvesi swim... eek oil barrier snakes
Ralf and I wanted to dip into the lake after a sweaty hike where we searched for possible new caves. Hiidenvesi was on the way... it looked nice, but I had never really stopped there. We went to the water... and found (eek!) oil barrier snakes drying on land. Maybe swim on other side of the peninsula?
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July 2020, Hiidenveden venepaikka, Lohja, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Nature)

Back to L.U.U.K.K.I. - Kaitalampi swim
I had already visited Luukki earlier, And had parking trouble, had to pay fees, etc. But it turns out the Luukki area has another lake as well, Kaitalampi. Kaitalampi is actually even better suited for swimming, and no parking fees!
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July 2020, Kaitalammen oma uintipaikka, Kaitalampi, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Nature)

Vetokannas swim
Late is the key. Almost no one at the Vetokannas ex-sandpit, current beach & hangout place.
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July 2020, Vetokannas, Kaivoksela, Vantaa, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Sandpit, Beach)

Lauttasaari beach at night
Another day, another late start for trying to find somewhere new to swim in. I ended up driving to Lauttasaari, and visit their great beach on the west side. A good swim, there was a few people still on the beach after 9pm, but no crowds.
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July 2020, Lauttasaaren uimaranta, Lauttasaari, Helsinki, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Beach, Water, Waterbody-Sea)

Luukki swim
One of the most well-known recreation areas in the Helsinki region is Espoo's Luukki. Too well known, perhaps, too many people, crowds. But when I visited Luukki on a grey evening, I found absolutely no one else there. A peaceful, calm lake. Oh, and a parking police checking my own car was properly parked :-) It was.
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July 2020, Luukki, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach); Car

Sorvalampi swim
The day was nice, very sunny. I worked hard... and wanted a swim on a remote, uncrowded lake or pond in the evening. Of course, by the time I left home in the evening it was already dark and raining :-)
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July 2020, Sorvalampi rocks, Sorvalampi, Espoo, Finland; Sorvalampi beach, Sorvalampi, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor); Hiking

Mud, and a bit water on top Munkkiniemenranta swim
When my work runs late in the evening (as it often does, due to working with other timezones) that causes a problem for hobbies later in the evening. I'm not super hot on going on a hike in dusk or darkness. Or the mosquitos :-) Fortunately, for my July swimming tours I still have many easily accessible places left.
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July 2020, Munkkiniemen uimaranta, Munkkiniemi, Helsinki, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Sea, Beach, Nature)

Vitträsk swim
Today's swim was at the lake Vitträsk, right across the shore from the famous Hvitträsk villa for the architects Saarinen, Gesellius, and Lindgren. There's a public swimming beach, Luoman uimaranta, but I wanted to stay on my own. There was ample. space and decent way to get to the water on both sides of the official beach.
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July 2020, Vitträskin uintipaikka, Vitträsk-järvi, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Nature, Beach)

Sandpit swim in Paimio
It felt VERY good. To dive in clear water, on a sandpit lake. To wash the sweat of the day's hike away.
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July 2020, Hiekkahelmi, Paimio, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Sandpit, Nature, Beach)

Vuohilampi swim
After the failure in Matalajärvi, I looked for another place. The nearest one that I had not been to was Vuohilampi, also in Espoo and Nuuksio. After a short hike from the road I found a nice little lake, and no houses on my side of the lake. Nice!
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July 2020, Vuohilampi, Nuuksio, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Nature)

Hepolampi swim
Today I went to Hepolampi for a swim. It is a medium sized forest pond, with clear but dark waters, soft bottom, and warm, quiet waters in the middle of nature. And -- guaranteed -- no one else around. There are 2-3 houses, but even they are well hidden and appeared empty.
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July 2020, Hepolampi, Nuuksio, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Nature)

This is the 6th set of articles. The previous sets were set 1, set 2, set 3, set 4, and set 5. The next sets are set 7, set 8, set 9, set 10, set 11, set 12, and set 13.

The Planetswimmer articles appeared originally in the Blogspot Planetskier series, at TGR posts, or at the Relaa website. See also the articles about skiing, urban exploration, climbing, cycling, flying, caves, and saunas.