July 20, 2001
In fact, I was there with a foreign friend, in the sauna, some early and not very warm morning after an envigorating swim. We sat there, and an older lady came in and sat close to the "kiuas" (the heating element with stones). She started slapping on water, scoop after scoop, and it got quite hot! After every scoop she looked at us, smiled and asked in heavily accented english "Not too much?"
Similarly, after about a third morning swim in the same week, the older gentlemen in the pool started nodding a good morning to us. We smiled - we had been accepted to the regulars club... :)
The pool is open for public from about end of May to end of August. It is located in the picturesque wood house area of Kumpula. To reach the area, catch the 55 or 55A buses going east from downtown or for example 70, 75, or 77
and get off on the last stop before the Lahti motorway begins (ask the driver for Kumpula). Cross the motorway and walk up the "village street", Allastie is after the shop on the left before the forest, you will walk there in less than 5 min.
The pools are outside. On a good day the whole area is packed with people in the pool and on the lawn. There are dozens of kids queuing for the diving boards and platforms in an orderly manner, and the water is full of them, too. The entrance will let you enjoy the whole day in the area: sit on the lawn, go buy an ice cream, dip into the water, repeat. This is ideal family fun.
If you like envigorating swims, you should come in the morning between, say, 6:30 and 9, and join the faithful regulars for your swim. On a chilly August morning the water is wonderfully warm to jump into, and the morning sun lights up the mist rising from the water's surface...
Now you'll be jealous: I live right next to this place... :)
From journal Summer in Helsinki