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Janine from Seattle asked

Need ice swimming advice!

I always use a “When in Rome…” approach to travel so I’ve decided to try ice swimming when I’m in Helsinki this winter! My questions are: where should I go to do this and is there anything I need to know before I do it? Many thanks in advance! And yes, I know I'm crazy. 

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John from Helsinki

Actually few Finnish lunatics engage in ice swimming, but as it happens, I'm one of them. Take bus 730 from Station Square (Rautatientori) to Kuusijärvi. This lakeside log cabin complex has saunas, for which you pay - the actual swimming is free.

Women and men are in separate saunas, which is the norm in public facilities of this type. You steam yourself up in the sauna, then put on your swimsuit and head out to the lake. That's all there is to it. Stay in as long as you can bear.

Be sure to take beach shoes with you as the icy path is very painful with bare feet.

Here's a video of me with a few Scandinavian friends at Kuusijärvi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=737Jlh8Tvjc


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Debbie
Hey John, just wanted to let you know that we've helped you geo-tag the places that you mentioned in your answer by typing the @-symbol and then the name of the place so that they'll appear on a map with your answer! By the way, great video -- I would've done worse than Raz! :P
 

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Janine
Ooooh, glad to have a fellow lunatic here. Thanks for including that video too! I was hoping to stay in Helsinki, but don't mind venturing out if that's the place to be!
 

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John
Kuusijärvi is in the Greater Helsinki area, quite near the airport, so you're not really venturing far. It's a nice forested area, so you'll get an impression of the great outdoors.
 

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Brew
Ha. Love the lead in on your answer. Classic!
 
 
 

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Harri from Helsinki

Hi Janine,

Its not crazy at all. In Helsinki there are multiple locations you can go test it. I suggest you look up some of them from http://www.hel.fi/hki/liv/en/Sports+facilities/Winter+swimming+places and contact the people mentioned to set up a test visit.


-Harri


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Janine
Good to to know that I'm not crazy! Thank you for sharing this with me!
 
 
 
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Simone

Hello Janine, 

I was in Helsinki last summer. In Suomenlinna (a little and historical island that is part of Helsinki) there is a quite and little bay... is perfect for a bath. 


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Janine
Thank you for the tip about Suomelinna!
 

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John
There is NO PUBLIC SAUNA on Suomenlinna beaches. No sauna, no ice swimming.
 
 
 

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Rita from Belgium

Hi Janine! A nice question, and very recommendable and unique activity. Ice swimming is an experience you never forget. It makes you feel totally relaxed and vibrant, heals the body and soul.

There are plenty of places where you can go ice swimming and have a sauna afterwards in Helsinki. Some of the clubs have information in English, or a contact person who you can ask further questions.  Here's a list:

Katajanokan Jäänsärkijät (Katajanokka)
Kanavaranta 4
Katajanokan Jäänsärkijät ry

Marjaniemenranta (Marjaniemi)
Marjalahdentien ja Kivalontien risteys
Meriuimarit ry

Ouritsaari (Hietaniemi)
Hietaniemen uimarannan vieressä
Talviuimarienkerho ry

Rajasaari (Taka-Töölö)
Rajasaarenpenger 8
HKK-Talviuimarit

Rastila / Rastböle (Vuosaari)
Rastilan leirintäalue
Rastilan Talviuimarit ry ja Myllypuron Mursut

Ryssänkärki (Lauttasaari)
Veijarivuorenpuisto
Talviuintiseura Humaus ry
Seija Herrala, puh. 041 462 1892, sherrala@luukku.com

Seurasaari / Fölisön
Seurasaaren uimaranta
Helsingin uimarit

Soutustadion (Taka-Töölö/Taivallahti)
Merikannontie
Soutustadionin Talviuinti ry

Tuorinniemen (Herttoniemi)
Tuorinniemenpuisto
Herttoniemen Hylkeet

Uunisaari / Ugnsholmen
Uunisaaren uimaranta
Uunisaaren Talviuintiseura ry

vaskiniemi (Lauttasaari)
Vaskiniementie 10
Suomen Saunaseura ry


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Janine
Thank you so much, Rita!
 
 
 

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