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, yes even during the winter, here’s a unique and lovely chance. This one is by far the most public one. So be respectful towards others. The way volunteers have kept it running is truly exceptional. Read more on their website or Facebook, because there’s sometimes events as well.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You enjoy the sauna and ice swimming at your own risk. It’s a good idea not to do it alone. There’s no admission fee, showers, dressing rooms or staff for your safety. No food, drink or supplies are sold on location. You may need to cut your own firewood: a saw and wood is usually provided. Keep the sauna tidy, don’t throw seawater on the heater 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 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.
My first time was during the Flow festival with a spin off DJ party happening by the sauna. Warm summer night. Nice view of my hoods. Some beer. Mellow vibes and people. Perfect.