This is a story that I have been planning to write since late May when I visited the Löyly for the first time. Löyly is a new public sauna and a restaurant that was opened to public in the end of May, but in reality it is so much more than just that. There is something special and enchanting about the place; the view to the sea is calming even in stormy weather, the building designed by Avanto architects – Anu Puustinen and Ville Hara – offers different spaces where to find your own favorite spot; the saunas are modern and traditional at the same time. The amount of contrasts and carefully designed details makes the place so charming.
A week ago I had the opportunity to try their saunas for the first time. There are 3 saunas – two traditional wooden heated ones and one smoke sauna. Saunas are mixed, for men and women, so you must wear a swimsuit or towel – which is practical for mixed groups and for foreignness, but for a Finn it feels a bit odd to have your swimsuit on. But after the first dip into the sea, you get used to it. My foreigner friends considered the saunas hot, meanwhile we Finns considered them mild. Still the experience was perfect for all of us: to enjoy warm (hot for some) sauna, swim in the fresh sea water and chat in the terrace while watching the sky turn into pink cotton candy.