Löyly – so much more than just a sauna

Löyly_8This 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.

Löyly_4Löyly_7Löyly_1 Löyly_2 löyly_3Seppo Pukkila, the master of sauna, at work. He has heated a sauna more than 14 000 times.
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8 comments

  1. Oh, this sounds and looks divine! If I have an upcoming 7 hour stopover in Helsinki, is this the kind of place that I’d have time to visit?

    • It is a great place to visit with a 7 hours stopover! It has become highly popular, so I would recommend to do a reservation for the sauna before hand. For the restaurant they don’t take any reservations, but for sauna it is recommended.

      • ok, thanks! I’ll just have to figure out how to get there from the airport.. looks like it’s quite a distance away 😉

      • Well that’s true. The easiest is to take a taxi there, but a lot cheaper is to take a train to the central railway station, walk from there to Kamppi and catch a bus 14 that takes you right in front of Löyly. Use journey planner when using our public transport system.

      • Thanks for the directions, I’ll certainly try to make it there! (and reserve in advance 😉

  2. I love this place too, haven’t had a chance to try out the saunas yet though.

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