Day 17 Wonderful Uutela Outdoor Area

  I took five foreign guests with me to Uutela beach. Our joint interest is to promote and increase participation in watersports in the EU. #GetWet is the motto of our project, so it was natural for me to enter the chilly Baltic. ūüôā I got Eduard to put on my much-too-small wetsuit and follow me to the water with SUP paddle board. The others stayed on shore, maybe thinking we were really cold. But we weren’t at all and … Read More

Day 16 Nuuksio steals swimmer’s heart

    What could be better than to rinse off a hectic working day at one of Nuuksio National Park’s tiny ponds? I drove to Hauklampi Pond and sinked myself into its brownish water. This lake upland area was again so silent and secret, that it was hard to believe that busy Helsinki City is only 30 mins away. Location: Hauklampi Pond, Nuuksio National Park, Espoo More of¬†Nuuksio National Park

Day 15 A view from Lake Lohja

Lake Lohja, my home lake, has an area of¬†122 km¬≤ with 31¬†km¬≤ of islands. It has rich and versatile nature, but also it offers different views to cultural landscape. I went Karstu public beach, which is on the north-west side of the lake. While swimming I spotted Church of¬†St. Lawrence, which is built in the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, tower of Tytyri limestone mine and Mine Museum, Pitk√§niemi industrial area with an old paper mill. A view … Read More

Day 14 A loon at Lake Hormajärvi

‘ Lake Hormaj√§rvi is really nice clear water lake in Lohja. Because it’s tranquil, loons populate on the lake willingly. I was lucky to swim with one loon on a rainy morning. It came quite close, only 5 meters from me and I felt I had a swimming companion. Probably it was nesting and watched over me that I don’t head towards the nest. Opposite the public beach there’s an islet nearby, which is fun to swim around like a … Read More

Day 13 Rissla falls

There are plenty of waterfalls in Lapland Highlands, but in Southern Finland they are rare. I was lucky to find Rissla Falls near to my home Lake Lohja, situated north of the historical Fiskars Village in Raasepori. There at first I had a nice swim in Lake Myllyj√§rvi, where from Rissla√•n River flows down. Then I had a dip in a small upstream pool. Finally I balanced myself to¬†Rissla cascade and enjoyed a chilly shower under it. Nice paths go … Read More

Day 12 Kaitalampi douze points

Kaitalampi is very popular among open water swimmers. It’s 0,2 km narrow and 1,3 km long pond. Quite peaceful, very beautiful and only 25 km from Helsinki. I planned to swim longer, and water being 14 ¬įC, I borrowed my friend’s wetsuit and felt anguish wearing it‚Ķ.A Canada goose followed us, when we headed to the other end of the pond. She was just curious, not at all aggressive. Lucky us. There are buoys for swimmers and so Kaitalampi is … Read More

Day 11 Evening swim at Lake Usminjärvi

This small, 15 m deep lake is very popular during day time, but late in the evening all sunbathers are gone and it’s¬†is great for a lonely evening swim.¬†Lake is part of a Kyt√§j√§-Usmi outdoor area, a¬†pristine Finnish wilderness with forests, ponds, stream, lakes and cliffs. Location: Usminj√§rvi (0,11¬†km¬≤), Hyvink√§√§ More information: Map of Kyt√§j√§-Usmi hiking area in Hyvink√§√§ Photos

Day 10 What can I say?

Perfect. That’s what I can say of today’s swim. Water was 22 ¬įC. ¬†Most of the time I was alone. I swam back and forth the shoreline and played with my camera. I felt privileged to have such great conditions. Public beach in¬†Lake Ojaj√§rvi is pretty typical Finnish lakeside beach: it’s remote and clean, surrounded by forests and has a good (actually brand new!) changing room and a life belt hanging somewhere. One island, closest to the beach, looked like … Read More

Day 9 Open water swimming season opened together

Today was the official opening of open water swimming season. Every spring Helsinki-Uusimaa region has a week-long campaign to promote open water swimming and to inspire people to enjoy lovely waters we have in the area. It was the warmest and sunniest campaign start this far. Water temperature in Lake Lohja was astounding 20 ¬įC! All week of sunshine has done its job. First-time-this-spring swimmers took their wet suits off, when they realised water temperature. I had a short swim … Read More

Day 8 No bears, just swans

After training life saving inside a swimming hall all day, boy, what a relief it was to walk in Nuuksio National Park, to¬†get some fresh air and to rinse chlorine off my skin in beautiful lake upland. Nuuksio is “Wild Woods and Lakes on Helsinki’s Doorstep”. So true. The Park is easy to reach by public transportation and there are over 80 little lakes and ponds in the area. And few brown bears and wolves‚Ķ¬†Today I didn’t reach the most … Read More