In Helsinki, saunas aren’t merely about warming up; they’re a cherished cultural tradition. Locals often treat these steamy sanctuaries as communal living rooms, places where relaxation and camaraderie intertwine. Conversations flow effortlessly, from casual banter to impassioned debates, all while surrounded by soothing steam. What sets Helsinki’s sauna culture apart? Well, it’s not uncommon to find folks pairing their sauna sessions with delightful foods and refreshing drinks, all within the same premises. This harmonious blend of relaxation, conversation and gastronomy truly embodies the city’s spirit.
For visitors keen on soaking up authentic Helsinki culture, skipping the saunas is not an option. But don’t just dip a toe in; dive deep. Wander beyond the usual tourist paths, robe up and step into one of these warm havens. Engage with the locals, learn their tales and perhaps share some of your own over a hearty Finnish snack. It’s not just about feeling Helsinki’s literal warmth, but also basking in the metaphorical warmth of its vibrant community. Making the sauna experience a top priority ensures a genuine glimpse into the city’s soul.
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The hot steam that rises from the sauna stove is referred to as löyly in Finnish. It is also the name of the hottest restaurant and public sauna in Helsinki, which can be found in the Hernesaari neighbourhood at the southernmost point of the city. The sauna was created by Avanto Architects and interior designer Joanna Laajisto. It features a restaurant, a year-round terrace, and two other wood-heated saunas in addition to the traditional Finnish smoke sauna. All year long, one can take a refreshing swim in the sea right from the sauna, which has direct access to the outdoor seating area. Although there are separate showers and changing rooms for men and women, since the saunas and other public areas are mixed, patrons are kindly requested to wear swimming costumes at all times.
Photography courtesy of Löylö
Lonna Sauna, located just a short boat ride from Helsinki’s bustling centre, provides an ideal opportunity to escape city life and relax in a natural landscape. OOPEAA architecture studio designed this unique sauna. It pays homage to Finnish sauna culture while also offering a modern and elegant interpretation of traditional wooden structures. The structure has an eye-catching zinc roof that gleams in the sunlight. Handcrafted wooden logs with an untreated finish lend a familiar look and feel to the design. Inside, wood-burning stoves pay homage to tradition, while sculptural elements give the space a modern feel and firmly place it in a modern context.
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