The Harbour Bath Free chlorine water on the harbor all year round

The Harbour Bath
| Friday d. 1. Jul. 2016 | Gamle Havnekaj 1, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Anders Skovgaard | Translated by: Pil Lindgreen

Location: Havnebadet
Organizer: Odense Kommune

Jump in, dive deep, float and spread your arms as the summer sun warms your body. The long-awaited outdoor pool at the harbour opens on Friday with underwater speeches, swimwear, and snorkel-toss. And you have to go!

It is a little difficult for me to write this recommendation because the attractions of a pool are really pretty self-explanatory. Water is good, outdoor swimming even better. Odense finally has a public swimming haven and you should make use of it. Two chlorinated pools in the middle of the salty harbour. Nice, much-needed, and free!

Odense isn’t really a water city, so any addition to the swimmer’s repertoire is welcome. For some obscure reason, Odense was placed far from the sea, which is almost incomprehensibly stupid to a Faaborg-boy such as myself.  I mean, why the hell isn’t the city located a little further north or a lot further south??

I remember my first summer in the city; a near-death experience, where beads of sweat danced before my eyes and the sun cooked the tarmac to a pulp. The shallow pools at Friluftsbadet were shock-full of screaming kids and urine from early morning to night, and I was so frustrated not to have a beach nearby. It might sound silly to born-and-bred Odensensians but when you’ve lived 300 m. from the ocean all your life, water becomes an integral part of your patterns, of your identity. In fact, I know a number of people whose main argument against living in Odense is the lack of access to the sea. I still sometimes get overwhelmed by the urge, every fibre of my body craving water, now!

The sea is hard to move, but a public harbour pool accommodating 300 people is a step in the right direction. 300 might not sound like a lot, but this pool is more than just two chlorinated holes in the brine. If you have any questions about it, chances are the city has the answer at their staged Q&A here.

If you can’t be bothered to read the whole thing, here’s what you need to know: the pool holds 300 people and they close the entry once it is full. It is open all year round, excepting a few holidays. It is FREE. There are bathrooms and changing rooms. The summer hours are 6 am to 8 am, and 11 am to 7 pm. And no, you can’t pee in the water!

Photo credit: Lise Myltoft

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Written by Anders Skovgaard

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