A Visit to Löyly Helsinski and a dip in the Baltic Sea

Helsinki is known for being one of the coldest cities in Europe during winter. It is for this reason a lot of people don’t visit during this time, however we visited in the depths of winter (January 2019) and fell in love with this beautiful, wintery city! One of the best things to do in Helsinki is experience Finnish sauna culture and we did just that at Löyly Helsinski.

Saunas are a massive part of Finnish culture. Finland has a population of 5 million people and over 3 million saunas, which is amazing! Helsinki has some incredible public saunas so visitors to the city can experience the culture for themselves.

Löyly means the steam that appears when you throw water on hot stones in a sauna. Löyly Helsinki is one of the most popular public sauna experiences in Finland for foreign visitors. Unlike many traditional saunas, you are required to wear swimwear at Löyly, which suited us as we aren’t used to being naked in public spaces, however it may surprise Scandinavian visitors who are used to saunas where you don’t wear swimwear.

Löyly Helsinki offers two sauna rooms, a lounge, terrace, bar, restaurant and outdoor access to the icy sea (for swimming)! It is a very social sauna experience and you need to book online in advance, when we visited it was €19 each for a 2 hour session. The building itself is also stunning from an architectural point of view and we highly recommend going up to the rooftop to enjoy the views and take some photos.

Löyly is located in a former industrial area on the waterfront in Helsinki which is being rejuvinated and redesigned by the city of Helsinki into a residential area complete with new attracttions. It was only a 10 minute uber ride from our hotel to Löyly.

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