Unlike in most places, public saunas in Finland are not just about heat and humidity, but are more of  a social event where strangers and friends come together to discuss whatever is relevant or not at the time. It isn’t a competition, just stay until you reach your limit, and leave immediately! Since heat rises, lying on the upper benches will give a hotter experience, as will keeping to the corners. The sauna was a  little bit of the same. You sit on a towel while in the sauna. Did you ever wonder, what happens in the Sauna? Gerne beraten wir Sie persönlich: Unsere Kundenberater helfen Ihnen gerne bei Ihren Vorüberlegungen und Fragen! Finns believe that each sauna has its own löyly, and the better the steam, the better the sauna. There were pools and sauna and two different areas. It’s estimated that a third of the world’s – yes, the world’s – saunas are located in Finland, a stat that’s supported by the old Finnish saying “first build the sauna, then the house.” While saunas are so numerous in the Nordic nation that there’s roughly one sauna for every two Finns, not every house in Finland has a sauna, but the majority of them do. Hey Tity, thanks for dropping by and sharing this info. I'm Federico Arrizabalaga Sandoval, born in Chicago, raised in Spain and have lived in Belgium and Australia as well. Friday 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm Lassen Sie sich inspirieren, denn B+S Finnland Saunas sind ein echter Trumpf im Wettbewerb! It may have been this Helsinki public sauna in itself as I had heard that there is another popular sauna. 00500 Helsinki other things I learned while visiting Finland, https://spindriftglobal.com/2012/12/26/at-home-in-a-finnish-sauna/. It’s a necessity for the locals, not part of a luxurious lifestyle as people think in other parts of the world.There’s more than 3 million saunas per 5 million inhabitants in Finland so pretty much a sauna per household Don’t skip it. 8. I am so fascinated by Helsinki and can’t wait to hear more! Few traditions are as rooted to the Finnish way of life as the sauna experience. It’s customary to wear a bathing suit in mixed-sex saunas, however, in same-sex saunas it is not. Come with me to the Finnish Sauna and find out! Finns don’t sweat and run; they have multiple steam sessions punctuated by a cold swim, shower or beers. So, if you’re worried about your löyly skills, sit farther away (or by the door for a quick escape). Where they may differ is in their etiquette, architecture, or levels of humidity or steam. In any case I can understand that if you’re spending a few days in the city swimming a few laps without clothes in a warm environment can be soothing and rewarding, even an experience on its own, but if I have just one or two days to spend in Helsinki I wouldn’t go again. Being British I’m a bit of a prude so I wasn’t looking forward to going to the sauna in Hamburg. But anyway, it’s probably nicer when visited with a friend with whom you can spend time there. Thanks for stopping by! The entrance was covered, trapping the warm air inside so people could bathe in winter. Why Visit Loyly Sauna Helsinki (Hint: it Does Have a Twist), Natural and Tasty: Finnish Food That Will Drive You Crazy. I saw the swimming hall being mentioned everywhere not only because of the sauna and swimming experience, but because of the architecture as well, and was not aware of that reputation (though everyone seemed to mined their own business)…thanks for this other recommendation! It sounds strange, but is really good for your skin – you’ll feel the smoothness afterwards. If it’s too hot for you, sit lower. This is what gives you that rejuvenated post-sauna glow that the Finns find irresistible. Most detached houses in Finland have saunas, as do terrace rows, summerhouses, and winter cabins. She is Scandinavia Standard’s Copenhagen Food Contributor and the writer/photographer behind the culinary travel blog www.towhatplace.com. Throwing water on the kiuaskivet increased the sauna’s humidity by creating steam or löyly. Context is everything. Thanks for dropping by! Will we ever agree on anything? Saunas were usually constructed first, which meant Finnish families lived in the room while the remainder of the house was built. 5 surprising Finnish sauna traditions: 1. This means that while the same swimming hall or sauna is open to both genders, they will not be in the sauna at the same time. It’s really true that regardless where you are from that the new or different captures your attention. If heat is not your thing (like it isn't for me) you might want to take the seat closest to the sauna's door. Don’t think I’ll be trying out the one in Helsinki, hehe! A Finnish sauna is not like a Turkish hammam, which involves more of a bath-and-scrub-like ritual. Want to learn more about Nuuksio National park?CHECK THIS OUT:- https://youtu.be/gNRmW5SA7wkVisit the hotels website here... https://www.hotellinuuksio.fi/en Thursday 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm Katajanokanlaituri 2 window.fd('form', { Jaughna is NYC-born and Caribbean-bred, now living in Denmark. It has also three different saunas which is special for a Finn, and some other services, too. If no one talks, then it probably isn’t a very chatty sauna space and it’s best to respect that. Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Opening Hours
: I’ve hung out in a sauna with my good girlfriend but I can’t imagine strangers! Given their shared history, Finnish saunas are similar to those in Estonia, Latvia, and Russia. Don’t know the etiquette of a new sauna? Public saunas by the lake tend to be mixed, but everyone wears swimming suits. Buntes Licht, aromatische Düfte und entspannende Musik haben mit finnischer Sauna nichts zu tun. Sauna. Haha…I understand you. Don’t be loud, discuss controversial topics, or bring anything inside to eat or drink. I also would think this could be great if done on a regular basis, although honestly, not by me. Here are six recommendations on the best public saunas in Helsinki: Hernesaarenranta 4 Each sauna session usually goes for 5 to 20 minutes. Finnen gehen natürlich auch zusammen mi Unsere Finnland-Saunas – der Inbegriff für Premiumqualität. Generally, nudity is less of an issue for Scandinavians. Today, Finns use the sauna weekly to relax and connect with family and friends. 7. As a visitor this may seem a bit odd, but when you remember that the average temperature of the country is around 0ºC things begin to make some sense- Finnish people don’t really have too many opportunities to experience heat and humidity, or wear few clothes. The reserved Southerner in me had a hard time with this the first time I was in Finland and Estonia! The SkySauna is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2020, Opening Hours
: Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Saunas are usually heated to be around 80 Celcius degrees, around 175 Fahrenheit. Echte finnische Saunen sind schwach beleuchtet, es gibt keine Musik und keinen Duft außer dem nach frischer Birke und natürlichem Teer. If shy, use a towel. It’s also nothing like a Japanese onsen, which involves a long soak in a natural hot spring. In this part the people did not socialize at all with others and the silence seems to be a cemetery. It’s believed that hitting yourself with it increases blood circulation and smoothes the skin. I guess it just takes a bit to overcame the embarassment and you’re good to go! There was only me and my friend there and she had no problem letting it all hang out. https://www.maitravelsite.com/naked-in-helsinki-baring-it-all-in-a-public-sauna Before entering a sauna in Finland, it’s important to know a bit about Finnish sauna rules. To cool in between each sauna session, it’s common to jump into some freezing cold water. Am besten jedoch erlebt man Finnland mit allen Sinnen gleichzeitig, und zwar an dem Ort, der wie kein anderer für die finnische Seele steht – in der Sauna. The first shock – surprisingly – was that many Dutch spas are no-swimsuit and mixed-sex spas. I repeated the process two or three times, and after about 30 minutes later I had had enough; I currently live in the tropics and preferred the cold weather outside than the steam in the hall. Public wood heated saunas are quite rare in Helsinki, and it’s probably one of the best and maybe the only one in a swimming hall. Saturday 8:00 am – 10:00 am & 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm But it was further away from the hotel, and I didn’t feel like making my way there. In Finland, sauna’ing is a social affair that should be enjoyed slowly. In the sauna, people begin to relax and share what’s on their minds. As I made my way to the sauna I realized that unlike what I had expected, all swimmers were by themselves and not socializing, swimming back and forth in their lanes- butt naked. After all, the sauna is sacrosanct in Finland, and if you misbehave the sauna elf, or saunatonttu, will burn it down. If you’re very keen, Finns recommend starting training for this in the summer months so that when winter arrives your body is more acclimatised. Shedding clothes in a locker or sauna? However, there are risks involved with jumping into freezing water, especially to those with any cardiovascular problems. Been there, done that. Pretty much all places have separate saunas for women and men, specially in hotels and swimming halls. I presumed I’d got over my fear and would be fine the next time, but for some reason I was even more chicken (even though it was just the two of us again), that I wore my bikini in there, haha! These are uncommon, however, as most saunas are either small private rooms or in the changing rooms of health clubs or gyms. I absolutely loved my trip to the Hammam in Turkey, which is the only experience I have that would compare to this. Essentially, the sauna used to be the site where Finns both started and ended their lives. You can talk in a Finnish sauna. 02594 965-960 Termin vereinbaren. It’s all about the people and the setting though… maybe you just need a different sauna , A couple of weeks later I was also in a Hammam in Morocco… a different experience but unique as well. Although, I must admit that it being single sex would actually make me more uncomfortable I think. Single-sex saunas have segregated spaces or designated hours for women and men, and in this case, you do wear your birthday suit. It’s rude to stare, and never has this saying been truer than in a sauna… Keep your eyes forward or at eye level, ogling is a big no no. Just go in and observe how others are behaving. Any mixed sauna in Finland follows the same unwritten rules, which do differ from those in other countries. Over the ages, the sauna has served a multitude of functions for the Finnish people. I hear you, as you read I found it kind of boring too. The general rule is to conduct oneself as one would in a church; that is, be on your best behaviour. Plus, a soapy pre-wash removes dirt and oil from your skin making it easier to sweat. Saturday Closed When in a mixed group that is about to go to sauna, it is perfectly fine to ask people and discuss who should go with who. formId: '5f4e085b782ca6002a476993', I guess since I spend a lot of time in the ocean a pool is not that exciting…thanks for dropping by Jason! Dass es in Finnland aber beim Saunieren aber keineswegs derart „streng“ zugeht wie bei uns, hat der Besuch von TRAVELBOOK-Redakteurin Angelika Pickardt in dem nordischen Land gezeigt. Das Sauna-Gefühl. If 80°C (175°F) is a bit too much, choose a seat on a lower bench. Unsurprisingly, the Finnish capital has an impressive selection of different types of saunas, ranging from the traditional to the world’s first Ferris wheel sauna. Though I do understand that after a year in cold weather and fully clothed they enjoy the freedom…, actually i was expecting very interesting post..:-P. Still kinda curious about the sauna culture. ... with the exception that most mixed-sex saunas usually require some clothing such as a bathing suit to be worn. Heck, if you're lucky you might even be able to have it while in the sauna! 00160 Helsinki, Opening Hours
: First things first: Finnish public nude saunas in spas and swimming halls are gender separated. Original. Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Kontakt B+S GmbH Industriestraße 15 48249 Dülmen. After some persuading I removed my towel and didn’t find it too bad. Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall is a mixed gender nude sauna, but there’s a different schedule for each gender. Naked in Helsinki: Baring it All in a Public Sauna. 4. This said, you don’t usually wear a swimsuit, because it has chemicals that react with the warmth of the sauna. In the end, I think I just wrapped a towel around me…. Tuesday – Sunday 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, SkyWheel Helsinki I recently got to enjoy some natural hot springs in Ecuador that your story kind of reminds me of. Public saunas have a specific disposable sauna tissues available; there should be a roll or a pile of them near the sauna. Saunas are so woven into the culture, that one was even erected for Finnish peacekeepers in Eritrea. This refers to the vasta – also called a vihta – a bundle of fresh birch used inside the sauna, particularly in the spring. A ‘vasta’ or ‘vihta’ (the name depends on the region) is a bundle of fresh birch twigs that you gently whip yourself with. But it also does have a bit of a reputation of being popular among the gay population, so the regular (straight, slightly older) clientele might be a bit warier (maybe especially when it comes to foreigners who may or may not understand the Finnish sauna culture). There are two saunas, one slightly hotter than the other, and each had about 5 -8 males sweating and letting time go by, no discussions or friendly conversations as I had been told is the norm. Be prepared to get naked, but you can use a towel if you’re feeling a little shy. You won’t. The only thing that makes this one special is that it’s so old and has a nice architecture and you can swim nude because that’s how it’s always been. It’s Finnish custom that whoever sits near the water bucket, or kiulu, is in charge of throwing water on the hot rocks. Thanks for sharing your experience Nestor! Even large companies have saunas – businesses have been known to conduct networking sessions within the walled sudatory of this Finnish standard – and the Finnish prime minister and president both have their own official saunas. Yup, I have the feeling too it had to do with the place itself…. Finnen gehen nackt in die Sauna – und oft gemeinsam mit der Familie. Opening Hours
: Some Finnish saunas are mixed-sex while others are not. Die Sauna ist eine Lebensart. My search didn’t yield too many options and I opted for the Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall, a public bath house in the center of Helsinki that opened in 1928 and for decades was the only indoor swimming pool in the city. Travel tip: Visit Finland! I married a Finn and she likes the California hot tub and I am Swedish and I like the Finland sauna. It’s normal to be naked if your new sauna neighbors are of the same gender as you. If people want to go to a public sauna then they go to one that really is a public sauna, and “only” a sauna. Not for me! The heat from the sauna and a sudden cooling gives you an extreme rush of hormones like endorphin. While saunas are popular around the world – thanks, in part, to Finnish athletes – there’s nothing quite like the original. The saunas are on the right and left sides at the end of the pool. Because it’s a communal space, check with others before changing the temperature or pouring water onto the rocks. The kiuas was wood burning and used birch to heat the room for long periods of time. If you feel uncomfortable, wear a towel. For an athletic activity? These tips will help you understand what Finnish sauna culture is like. Es heißt, dass wichtige Entscheidungen in Finnland eher in der Sauna als in einem Sitzungsraum getroffen werden. While saunas do exist in other cultures, Finland has put the concept on the map – and into the English language: the word sauna is old Finnish and means “earth” or “snow pit.”. So thanks for trying it out and reporting back so that I know it’s ok to skip it if I’m ever in Helsinki , Yeah, it isn’t that exciting, really. Monday – Wednesday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm For perspective, Finnish families sauna naked together – as in everyone, from grandparents to tots as young as four months old. Anticipating a possible fee for borrowing a towel I grabbed one from my hotel and walked to the hall,  and after some trouble found it hidden in a little alley- I expected to find a big sign which apparently does not exist. It was interesting, but after 20 minutes I was board. It’s better to maintain it or gaze at the view outside than let your eyes wonder. These birch-lined steam houses have been central to the national identity for two thousand years. Here’s everything to know about Finnish sauna culture, including the history and the best sauna’s to visit in Helsinki: In its primitive form, saunas were pits dug into slopes and heated with hot rocks. Many apartment buildings have communal saunas, although more and more Finns are now installing a private one in their flats. If not, will often visit the closest one for a good dose of extreme heat and humidity. I looked online for a public mixed sauna in Helsinki that would offer the quintessential experience during my visit; I’m not much of a fan of saunas but nonetheless wanted to see what the big deal is here anyhow. Huge thanks for Day With A Local Helsinki for the incredible trip ️Can book a tour with them here: https://daywithalocal.com/ The bigger the change in the temperature, the stronger the effect is too. In Finnland gibt es 3 Millionen Saunas und 5 Millionen Einwohner. About Finland About Finland. Es heißt, dass es in Finnland so viele Saunen gibt, dass alle 5,4 Millionen Finnen darin gleichzeitig Platz haben. While I haven’t made it to any nude saunas yet, I think I would enjoy trying it at least once. In Finland, public saunas and pools have different dressing rooms and saunas for men and women, and in the pool areas, you always wear swimming suits. Or why the Finns are so crazy about it? This is probably a better place if you just want to experience a traditional Finnish sauna: https://spindriftglobal.com/2012/12/26/at-home-in-a-finnish-sauna/. 

 Fine. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Here are six more tips on what to do, and not do, in a Finnish sauna: Always take a warm shower before; it helps to keep the space (and yourself) squeaky clean. A more contemporary Finnish sauna was a wood house with a stove, called a kiuas, and a pile of stones, or kiuaskivet. And while in traditional sauna culture it’s important to respect that people come to saunas to relax, private saunas can be a popular spot for drinking and chatting with friends, especially on a Friday night. The place was the Caracalla terms and the organization was ten points. Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 11:00 am You’ll also want to take a cold shower after, to help “close” the pores and increase blood flow. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. It was not as interesting as I had thought it would be, or as entertaining as my improvised sauna session a few days before in Inari, where I did have some fun (and beers) with a few locals excited about speaking with a traveler who was North of the Arctic Circle at that time of the year. Thus if you were hoping to find something like in the picture above, keep dreaming. It was an interesting experience nevertheless! So much, in fact, that most hotels have them (even if they are North of the Arctic Circle, where I also experienced one) and even families tend to have one in their homes, when they can. The general rule is: steam, cool, repeat! If you want to understand the Finns, first go to a Finnish sauna. Sehen Sie sich die Fotos an und gewinnen Sie einen Eindruck von der Präsenz der Sauna im modernen Leben Finnlands. Once I found it I stepped into an old, dark wooden room- it did not even feel right. The 90 year old swimming hall. 5. https://www.scandinaviastandard.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-finnish-saunas Hey And then kids mean more disagreements anyhow…haha. Telefon: +49 (0) 2594 965-960 Telefax: +49 (0) 2594 965-90 E-Mail: vertrieb@finnland-sauna.de Anfahrt In der gesamten Geschichte gibt es kein Finnland ohne Sauna. For example, it was once called the “poor man’s” pharmacy, prompting the Finnish proverb “If liquor, tar, and sauna won’t help, an illness is fatal.”. Sauna traditions in Estonia are almost identical to Finland as saunas have traditionally held a central role in the life of an individual. One of the Finnish traditions is to build sauna even before the house itself. Sunday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Opening Hours (public sauna)
: Well it’s not really a “sauna”, it’s a swimming hall, and every swimming hall in Finland has a sauna. If it’s a public mixed sauna, you must always use a swimsuit or towel. In the case where saunas are mixed, bathers are required to wear swimming suits or towels, so don’t worry about being naked. Lassen Sie sich von der Qualität unserer echten authentischen Finnland Saunas überzeugen und erfahren Sie, worauf es bei einer qualitativ hochwertigen Premium Sauna von B+S Finnland Sauna ankommt. People go there to swim, not to have a sauna, and they won’t chat, either, if they don’t have anything to say. I went to a very nice place in Baden Baden, Germany. In Finland, anybody can throw water on the stove; the person sitting closest to the water bucket is responsible. From what I know saunas and bath houses in Germany are not as popular as in Finland though, right? 00150 Helsinki Finnland gilt als das Heimatland der Sauna. If you want to learn more about what to expect in a Finnish sauna continue reading, otherwise you may want to read about other things I learned while visiting Finland. Alvar Aalto, Finnlands berühmtester Architekt und Designer, sagte einmal: „Form muss einen Inhalt haben, und dieser Inhalt muss mit der Natur verbunden sein.“ Helsinkis neugebaute Saunen am Meer können als Manifestierung dieser Geisteshaltung angesehen werden. An honest review! Mixed-gender saunas do require bathing suits, unless they're private parties, where presumably everyone involved is happy to steam nude together. Die Sauna ist für Finnen ein heiliger Ort. I got over the shock relatively quickly, because, well, I needed a new sauna. Afterwards you feel light and happy. After about ten minutes I went to the pool and swam a few laps, and made my way back to the sauna. Finnland. Sunday 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Harjutorinkatu 1 Perhaps a sauna experience in a nice hotel is something entirely different? Jeder Finne und jede Finnin genießt die Sauna auf seine/ihre Art, aber stets werden Geist und Körper gereinigt. It usually isn't as hot close to the door. Darüber hinaus scheuen Sie sich nicht uns anzusprechen, um Fragen zu Ihrem möglichen Projekt zu klären. One was for couples and families and you have to wear bath clothes and other area for adults and mandatory nude. But I then saw a booth, and proceeded with the standard routine: pay 4 € (saved one because I had my own towel), walked to locker number 88, got rid of my clothes, placed the key-bracelet on my ankle and decided to go to the sauna first. Swimming laps naked doesn’t sound like my idea of a good time! They’ve been used to heal the sick, for curing meat, and even as the site for childbirth. Maybe that’s the secret to being the happiest people in the world! It's very common to have a drink after a sauna session. containerEl: '#fd-form-5f4e085b782ca6002a476993' Yes, Kids. New Amsterdam Travel Video- Sauna Deco is a sparkling diamond hidden away in the heart of the city. Sunday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Opening Hours: There is, however, one exception, which you can learn more about here. This can be a beer, soda, juice...whatever! This is a common question. While I used to travel solo extensively I now enjoy adventure and family travel and show you how to do it too. An interesting read! Hey Tyty, I guess you are right, though they do market it as a sauna as well…and they do have them. }). Staying in a sauna too long can be dangerous. Deshalb beruft man sich hierzulande bei den Regeln für den richtigen Gebrauch der Schwitzstube häufig auf vermeintlich finnische Traditionen. It’s not forbidden, although Finns are pretty quiet in the sauna despite saunas being described as a "social event". 

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