Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall 

Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall is the oldest indoor swimming hall in Helsinki, opening in 1928, and located in Kamppi.  Originally the hall was privately owned until 1954 when it was transferred to the Finnish Sports Federation and then in 1967 to the City of Helsinki.

Being naked was one of the hardest things for me to adjust to about living in Finland. To most Finns it isn’t given a second thought, it’s a part of their culture and almost goes hand in hand with going to the sauna.

I had never been brave enough to visit Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall while it was open, the fear of the unknown was too overwhelming. I had adjusted to being naked in the sauna but there was something about naked swimming that felt like a step too far.

Housed inside is one pool, 25 metres in length and 10 metres wide. The hall has gone through a number of renovations, the last in 1997, though its interior has not been changed since it first opened.

Traditionally people swam naked in Yrjönkatu but since 2001 it became optional to wear a swimming suit or not. As you can swim naked days are separated and alternated between men and women.

I was able to arrange a time to visit the swimming hall before they had opened for the day. The water was perfectly clear and blue, reflecting its surroundings on the still surface of the pool.

Hidden away from view are the changing areas, showers, saunas (of course), and even a cafe on the second floor with seating looking over the pool.

More information about Yrjönkatu can be found on the City of Helsinki’s website.

This place was so amazing I couldn’t stop taking photos, it must be one of the best building interiors I have visited during my time in Helsinki.

What do you think? Have you been there?

If you would like to see more from Yrjonkatu Swimming Hall let me know in the comments and I may post a few more. Don’t forget to visit Instagram for more in the meantime!

Helsinki Cathedral at LUX

Helsinki Cathedral at LUX

Helsinki Cathedral during the LUX Festival. My favorite part of this photography is the line of spectators silhouetted against the light display on the cathedral.

What do you like the most?

I hope to post a full blog of my photographs from the LUX Festival later in the week. Would you like to see more images from the light festival?

LUX Festival

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I am now back in Finland after a great trip to England.

It was a cold weekend in Helsinki. The -21 degrees kept many people inside during the LUX Festival, which was good from a photographic point of view. Once the weather warmed up the crowds came out and it was a little more difficult to get shots like this one.

Daily post challenge: Ambience

Best of Bath

Being back in the U.K I had one day to make a trip to a nearby city. As I had been to the neighboring city of Bristol a number of times I thought I would revisit Bath since my last trip they was over ten years ago and I remembered very little of the historical city.

The city of Bath is well know for its Roman Baths and its yellow stone buildings, these can be found almost as soon as you step out of the train station. The city is small and much of it can be enjoyed by walking and that’s what I did. If I had more time I would of liked to walk the six mile walking route that allows views over the city, maybe next time.

My tip for Bath would be once you have seen the Abbey and Roman Baths follow the River Avon until you find The Circus, three rows of terrace houses set out in a circle.

Do you have any suggestions for a trip to Bath?

Best of Bath

Door to the Abbey

Door to the Abbey

Bath, England

Is there still a Thursday door challenge that people are following along with? I remember reading about it a while back but haven’t seen much lately.

Anyway, here is a great door from Bath Abbey.

Even though this is an excellent door situated in the front of the Abbey, visitors enter through a side door to the left, and of course, exit through the gift shop.