Day 18 Nuuksio again, now with a lunch

Lake Kattilajärvi is a clear and remote little lake in Nuuksio National Park area. I was surprised to find a public beach there. Then I noticed there was a small camping center and maybe that’s why the beach was equipped with pier, swimming dock, life belt, etc. Water was really clear and there were hardly any cabins by the lake. I didn’t have time to wander in the woods, but headed soon to Haltia Nature Center to have a lunch. … Read More

Day 15 A view from Lake Lohja

Lake Lohja, my home lake, has an area of 122 km² with 31 km² 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, Pitkäniemi industrial area with an old paper mill. A view … Read More

Day 14 A loon at Lake Hormajärvi

‘ Lake Hormajärvi 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 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 Kytäjä-Usmi outdoor area, a pristine Finnish wilderness with forests, ponds, stream, lakes and cliffs. Location: Usminjärvi (0,11 km²), Hyvinkää More information: Map of Kytäjä-Usmi hiking area in Hyvinkää Photos

Day 10 What can I say?

Perfect. That’s what I can say of today’s swim. Water was 22 °C.  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 Ojajärvi 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 °C! 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 7 Going crazy after one week…

Now it’s hard to pass by any lake without dipping or swimming in it. So I’m totally addicted after one week. Hooked to daily swims. Especially when weather has been really warm the whole week, and it feels like summer, although it’s early May. Water temperatures have risen to 12-16 °C in Southern Finland. Lake Puujärvi has sea like shores and clear water. Wind had blown warm surface water towards this beautiful beach. Few rocks and gulls here and there. I felt like … Read More

Day 6 Choose one of three

I was driving to seaside, but then I got interested in three tiny lakes, which were not far from the road (not very big road :). When I looked closer to the map, it was easy to choose, which where to go. Lake Pålsträsket is situated by a hill and there are no fields around it. There was also a path leading to it, so I decided to give it a go. I had a short walk through a forest and found … Read More

Day 5 Between islands

Today I had to settle for my home lake, Lake Lohja. It was a nice evening swim between two islands and sun going down behind a third island. To get to the small neck of land, I walked a slope path through a forest. There were tiny leaves in trees, but still the landscape looked naked. Yellow reeds sticked out of the water and new green growth waited underwater to pop up. Lucky to spend time by a big lake, … Read More

Day 4 It’s all about the water

Lake Sääksjärvi. So clear, so clean, so warm, yet so empty in May. But wait ’till end of school term. Then the long sandy beach is full of people from near and far. Sääksjärvi is the biggest ground water lake in Finland and motor boating is prohibited. Luckily for swimmers. Location: Sääksjärvi, Nurmijärvi (2,6 km²)