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Public Sauna in Helsinki

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Public Sauna in Helsinki

I will be visiting Helsinki on the Royal Princess ship and would like to try a public sauna. I have done some research and realize the beautiful public indoor swimming pool is closed for the summer. As I am arriving on a Monday and leaving the same day does anyone have any suggestions for a public sauna? I saw that Sauna Hermanni is open on Mondays. Is this a safe and convenient public sauna to visit? Thanks in advance for any information.

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1. Re: Public Sauna in Helsinki

Every hotel, spa, swimming facility, summer cottage and about half of all the homes have sauna in Finland, so they are not hard to find. The main difference would be the heating system - those heated with wood are considered more authentic, although most are these days heated with electricity. Kotiharjun Sauna (which apparently is closed on Mondays) is famous because of that. There might be others, but I think Flamingo Spa has those wood saunas too.

If that is not important to you, you could also visit Swimming Stadium, a public swimming facility. It's mainly locals there but (of course) has saunas. http://www.hel.fi/hki/liv/en/sports+facilities/outdoor+swimming+pools/the+swimming+stadium

One of the differences between those two would be that Flamingo Spa speciality saunas are for both sexes = swimming suits allowed, Stadium saunas are in the showering area, sexes separated and the older loyal customers can be very vocal if you miss the sign "no swimming suits". Authencity factor is high, we really do it all nekkid among total strangers.

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2. Re: Public Sauna in Helsinki

Monday is tricky. Most public saunas are open Wed-Sun. Your best bet scedule & location wise would be the Swimming stadium. Flamingo is far, one hour one way, a trip there would take most of your day.

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Sauna Hermanni is safe and convenient. I guess there's not much visitors on Monday so you might be the only customer at the time. Take a tram number 6 to Arabia from the central railway station and get off at a stop called "Hauhon puisto". The sauna is on the right.

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4. Re: Public Sauna in Helsinki

Thank you.

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Maybe the original poster visited already , but some more links for potential late readers: Arlan sauna Wednesday to Sunday http://www.arlansauna.net

But another option are the indoor swimming pools ! All of them have 1-3 saunas.

Mäkelänrinne the largest (20 min from city centre by bus or tram), Kallio and Töölö near other attractions.

http://www.urheiluhallit.fi/eng

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6. Re: Public Sauna in Helsinki

Hi

What is the price of public sauna like Sauna Hermanni?

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7. Re: Public Sauna in Helsinki

There's an interesting 'citizen's sauna' in Sompasaari. Free for everyone; https://www.facebook.com/sompasauna?fref=ts Just about at 60.175779, 24.975035 with great views to Helsinki center and Korkeasaari Zoo.

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8. Re: Public Sauna in Helsinki

Hi Polarbearfin

The website of the Sompasaari sauna said that it is open all day long during summer. Will it be pack with a lot of Finnish during the early of August?

Is there basic changing room? Will it be a quiet and clean zone if there is no housekeeper at the sauna?

Thanks.

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9. Re: Public Sauna in Helsinki

Sompasauna is not a commercial service. It is more like a guerilla/pop up sauna. The webiste states that is has no indoor facilities exept the steam cabin, this means no dressing room, no toilet, no showers and no other services. The sauna is run by volunteers/ self service. Water can be hauled from a cafe nearby.

http://www.sompasauna.fi/?page_id=263

Edited: 18 June 2014, 15:46
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10. Re: Public Sauna in Helsinki

The price of sauna Hermanni is 10€, rent of towel if you don't bring your own 2€. Cash only.