Löyly and Kaurila – Two extremes among Helsinki’s rich sauna offerings
The hot new public sauna in Helsinki this summer is Löyly at Hernesaarenranta on the southern tip of the peninsula. Löyly has attracted a lot of media attention around the world, not least for its amazing wooden architecture. As well as being a traditional sauna, it also houses a restaurant and nightclub. Since opening this spring, Löyly has rapidly become the place to be seen with lots of space on its huge terraces from morning to night.
Löyly offers a choice of smoke sauna or regular wood-heated sauna, and there are public saunas that you can visit at any time if there is space available, as well as private saunas that can be booked in advance.
A different kind of sauna experience is offered at the 19th-century Kaurila Sauna at Seurasaari Villa in Meilahti. Here you can enjoy an old-fashioned wood-heated sauna in candlelight, without electricity. After your sauna you can wrap up in a cotton towel and grill your own sausages in the fireplace. Sauna-goers are also servedfreshly baked bread. Kaurila Sauna offers men’s and women’s public sauna hours at the start of the week, for which bookings should be made in advance. Kaurila Sauna can also be booked for small groups.
Helsinki has lots of public saunas to satisfy all tastes. Public saunas are a big part of the Helsinki identity and are definitely worth experiencing. A comprehensive list of public saunas can be found on the Visit Helsinki website.