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The best authentic Finnish sauna

A thoroughly authentic sauna offering - very different to the tourist experience offered by Allas... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2023
Matthew J
Very Warm, in More Ways Than One

I had a wonderful experience visiting this sauna. As a solo American stopping by, I wasn't sure... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2023
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Reviewed 28 February 2023 via mobile

Well what an experience this was.
Having only ever been in a sauna in a UK gym this was a whole new “wow” moment.
Almost 100 years old.
Many elements probably unchanged in that time including the delightful wooden lockers and the showers that resembled something out of a Harry Potter film at Hogwarts!
Drinks available & you can take your own.
Very friendly locals/regulars will guide you in Finnish sauna etiquette, quite mind blowing to me, but basically as others have said, I’d take note of the following…
The top decks in the huge sauna area are the hottest. Frankly 3 steps up was hot enough for me but also allowed me to stay in there for a few stints of about 10 minutes each. Ask the others in there before you put more water in the furnace. Don’t be afraid to chat, it’s a place to be friends as well as relax and most will speak English as well as Finnish. Go outside to cool off, no Baltic Sea here but the day I went it was around -4c so just as invigorating in nothing more than a towel sat out on the street. I’d take a towel with you but they can be hired at the front desk. Use the little wooden slatted seats provided as well as flip flops in the changing rooms as the solid stone seating and floor gets very hot on your bum and feet.
And the life changer…everyone in the male sauna is naked which is normal In single sex saunas in Finland. I went in with my towel first time and then gained my nerve and left my towel in the shower area as I realised it could get dirty as well as damp in the sauna. Once you realise you’re all equals in the beautiful heat of this traditional sauna, you lose your inhibitions and go with the flow!
I’m not sure it’s my thing to be this “au naturel ” in a public setting but it was extremely liberating and it’s by far the best sauna I’ve ever been in as for starters it was a proper dry and hot heat.
Highly recommended if nothing else to tick it off your bucket list.
Maybe next time I’m in Finland I will go to a sauna where you can cook off in the Baltic!

Date of experience: February 2023
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Reviewed 29 January 2023 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit, authentic and if you are going on a Thursday or Saturday, the full body scrub at €12 is well worth it.

We didn't go with friends as planned as the ladies sauna was closed for a few weeks for repairs so I went alone.

It's a traditional sauna so no clothes in the sauna itself. You wear a towel or robe (bring your own or you can hire there) if going outside.

Good fun chatting to other sauna goers outside on the street, bring your own beers or buy cans there for just €3.50

Date of experience: January 2023
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Reviewed 14 March 2022

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Date of experience: March 2022
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Reviewed 22 November 2021

I visited this traditional community sauna with local friends on a recommendation. It goes back to the 1920s, a time of solid workmanship and organisation. As a sauna, it is not so harsh, more mellow than some. The whole process by which the sauna is heated is fascinating, and too long to write in this review. The long handled water scoop is huge. The interior is so functional. Well worth a visit if you want to learn about classic sauna.
If you wish, you can sit outside between sessions, or just have a beer in the changing room.

Date of experience: November 2021
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Reviewed 26 January 2020 via mobile

Kotiharjun Sauna is absolutely worth of visit. There is separated saunas for women and men. After relaxing sauna you can chill a moment outside the sauna on the street.

Even we visited in Kotiharjun Sauna on Saturday evening there were enougt room and free lockers for us.

Date of experience: January 2020
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