PLANETSWIMMER

Welcome to the Planetswimmer blog! Stories from swimming indoors and outdoors, from ice swimming to tropical beaches. Not to mention hotel pools!

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Kesämökki swim
Swimming on your own beach... on a hot summer day, having taken a couple of days off... with your youngest with you... bliss!
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July 2020, Arkko summer cottage, Teisko, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach)

Häkläjärvi swim deep layer of mud covered by a thin layer of water
It looks pretty. But on my side of the lake, there's maybe half a meter of water, and ... at least a meter, maybe more of organic mush, mud, soft icky stuff. I'm afraid I'll sink in.
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July 2020, Häkläjärven oma uintipaikka, Häkläjärvi, Nuuksio, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Nature)

Sundet beach and Sundsberg harbour
I was looking for a place to swim in Sundberg, Kirkkonummi. My first attempt was to get to the apparent harbour on the west side, near Morbacka. Could it be a Soviet-occupation era harbour? And maybe a swimming would also be possible? This needed investigation.
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July 2020, Sundetin uimaranta, Sundberg, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Sundbergetin satama, Sundberg, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor); Urban-Exploration (Harbours)

Midsummer swim
I was a bit busy among picking up groceries, work in the yard, and fetching some medicines for the kids that I almost had no time to celebrate midsummer on the eve. But, I did get a chance to put in a very nice swim!
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June 2020, Jupperinranta, Kuninkainen, Espoo, Finland; House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

Skiing Tahko on May 30th
What a wonderful experience, hiking up the 200 meters high ski hill in deserted Tahko, in sunshine. And taking a sunset ski run back to the lake, almost all of it on still preserved snow.
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May 2020, Tahko, Finland; Tahkolahden ranta, Tahko, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow, Lifts); Swimming (Outdoor)

Kopaonik Spa Experience
While in Serbia I stayed at the Dvori apartments, about 10 kilometres from the ski slopes. They had a quite nice spa area, with a jacuzzi and four saunas. Very relaxing!
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December 2019, Dvori Apartments, Kopaonik, Serbia
Sauna (Normal, Steam, Infrared); Swimming (Indoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

Caving in Tampere. In a shopping mall.
I don't go caving often, but when I do, I want to do it indoors in a dry, clean environment that is safe for everyone. I have to say that I did not expect much from the caving adventure park at the Tampere shopping mall, but I was blown away by how good this place was. Much recommended!
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November 2019, Irti Maasta, Tullintori, Tampere, Finland
Caving (Man-Made, Social); Swimming (Indoor, Balls)

Refreshing sea dip at Sentosa
Because the bunker was close to the Sentosa island, we decided to stop in Sentosa for a quick dip into the sea. By now I was running out of time to get to the airport for my flights home, so I just stood in the sea for a bit, rather than change clothes and actually swim.
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November 2019, Siloso beach, Sentosa, Singapore, Singapore
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Sea, Beach)

The Blue Pool in Singapore
I was on a business trip in Singapore, and stayed a few days at the Conrad Centennial hotel, before the prices got higher than in the conference hotel. And first things first, even if I was tired from the trip, I went straight to the pool on the first night.
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November 2019, Conrad Centennial, Singapore, Singapore
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

Hot pool in Santa Cruz
I stayed one night at the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley, on a work trip. They had a pool... and a jacuzzi. Not bad.
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October 2019, Hilton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, California, USA
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

Sauna & Swim in Sofia
Before the Red Cross camp opened for the caving conference, I had to stay one night somewhere, and have a place for some work conference calls. I ended up selecting the Tsarsko Selo Spa hotel. An interesting place, with many saunas and pools :-)
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September 2019, Tsarsko Selo Spa hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria
Swimming (Indoor, Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool); Sauna (Normal, Steam)

Morning swim at the Kekkola Manor
Another swim at the Kekkola Manor (Kekkolan kartano). This time in the morning. Refreshing!
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September 2019, Kekkolan Kartano, Mikkeli, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

Champagne served in a hot outdoor tub
This is how to serve champagne in Palju (a hot outdoor tub heated by wood fire): floating.
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September 2019, Kekkolan Kartano, Mikkeli, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool); Sauna (Normal)

Primošten swim
Such a nice beach... also, a red tourist submarine!
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August 2019, Primošten, Croatia
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Sea, Beach)

Afternoon swim at the abandoned underground submarine base
It is always nice to dip in to sea for a swim. Even if you're visiting an abandoned underground submarine base.
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August 2019, Ex. Yugoslavian military shelter for submarines, Rogačić, Vis, Croatia
Urban-Exploration (Tunnels, Bunkers, Harbours); Swimming (Indoor, Outdoor, Underground, Water, Waterbody-Sea, Waterbody-Other)

Siófoki Nagystrand
Before heading back home, we stopped at the little Siófoki to view lake Balaton. Siófoki has a nice old water tower for the views. And the best party beach is also in Siófoki, the Siófoki Nagystrand!
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August 2019, Siófoki Nagystrand, Siófok, Lake Balaton, Hungary
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach)

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