Hot sauna tips in Helsinki

Having a sauna in Helsinki
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Many great new public saunas have opened in Helsinki in recent years, in addition to which there are numerous traditional saunas to choose from. It’s not easy to rank all these saunas, as each one has its own special character. Jaakko Blomberg has listed his top 7 picks, which offer something for everyone and every situation.

Kotiharjun Sauna

What would Kallio be without the sauna-goers cooling off on the street outside Kotiharjun Sauna? Similarly to Sauna Arla, Kotiharjun Sauna exudes an old-time atmosphere and is somewhat reminiscent of a Kaurismäki film. You can even buy an authentic sauna whisk made out of birch branches to hit yourself with. There are tables in the changing room, so you can bring your own snacks and enjoy them on the spot.

Löyly

Löyly is worth visiting just for its breathtaking contemporary wooden architecture, even if you don’t plan to take a sauna. If you do, remember to wear a bathing suit, as there are no separate saunas for men and women – and you might want to take a dip in the sea too. Afterwards you can relax in front of the fireplace or sit on the terrace and enjoy the view to the sea.

Allas

If Löyly takes saunas to a whole new level, then Allas does the same for swimming. While the saunas at Allas are quite straightforward, the chance to swim in pools that are floating in the main harbour in the city centre is an experience every time. The pools are also heated, so they are perfect for kids and adults who may not be so keen on saunas. If you do get too hot in the sauna, you can always jump into the cooler sea water pool. 

Sompasauna

“The most public sauna in Helsinki” is right at the opposite end of the spectrum than Löyly and Allas. Originally built out of left over construction materials in 2011, Sompasauna has existed in several forms over the years. The most recent version is known affectionately as Pullosauna, or “Bottle Sauna”, as it was built with funds raised by collecting bottles. You can take a sauna there whenever someone heats it up – which is just about every day. The experience is somewhat more ascetic than at commercial saunas, but you won’t beat the atmosphere. Fellow sauna-goers will appreciate it if you bring along some water for the rocks and firewood for the stove, if you happen to have some handy.

Lonnan Sauna

Lonnan Sauna combines Finland’s traditional sauna culture with contemporary architecture. The quality of the sauna experience is great, and the views are wonderful, so you really couldn’t ask for more. To get there you will have to take a boat or ferry, however, and it’s only open in summertime – but otherwise it’s perfect.

Swimming Stadium

Every swimming hall in Finland has saunas that are included in the price, which comes as a surprise to many foreign visitors. The Swimming Stadium also has saunas, which is great because the swimming pools are outdoors, so you can warm up on chilly days. The Swimming Stadium is only open in summertime, and when the weather is good you can easily spend an entire day there swimming, taking saunas and sunbathing – all for just 4 euros.

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Many great new public saunas have opened in Helsinki in recent years, in addition to which there are numerous traditional saunas to choose from. It’s not easy to rank all these saunas, as each one has its own special character.