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Sompasauna – Eccentric sauna experience

Finns and sauna. Sometimes I wish we wouldn’t talk about it on every occasion with foreigners. But if you want to experience a sauna when in Helsinki here’s a unique and lovely chance. This one is by far the most public and local one. So be respectful towards others. The way volunteers have kept it running is truly exceptional. Read more on their website or Facebook. There’s sometimes events as well.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You enjoy the sauna at your own risk. There’s no admission fee, showers, dressing rooms, staff or lifeguard for your safety. No food, drink or supplies are sold on location. You may need to cut your own firewood: a saw and plenty of wood is usually provided. Keep the sauna neat and tidy – don’t throw seawater on the heater, clean up after yourself and take your trash with you.

Located on a shore of a developing harbour area it might at first seem like a fail, but it’s not. But do consider how to get there. I recommend a bike and when there’s still sunlight (plenty of it in Helsinki during the summer). Or check the map for the nearest public transportation and walk a little. Actually there are nice spots and events nearby like Stadin Panimo and Flow festival.

When I tried it the first time the Flow festival was on and a spin off DJ party happened by the sauna. Warm summer night. Nice view of my hoods. Some beer. Mellow vibes and people. Perfect.

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Sompasaaren laituri, Helsinki

Opening Times

24 hours daily




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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)