Finnish sauna, cultural heritage and national identity, swim in the Baltic sea and “avanto” in the winter. Löyly, Helsinki
There are three different saunas that are all heated with wood: a continuously heated sauna, a once heated sauna and a traditional smoke sauna – a true rarity in an urban sauna. This is how you can experience all sorts of Finnish Löyly during a single visit
Also, You can swim in the Baltic sea and in the winter there is an “avanto”, the hole in the ice for winter swimming – a popular hobby in Finland
Sauna bathing is an essential part of Finnish culture and national identity. There are only 5,4 million Finns but 3,3 million saunas.
The striking waterfront facility uses wind and solar power, as well as sustainably sourced timber; its draw is similarly au natural.
Nevertheless, campaigners are delighted that saunas are the first Finnish tradition to be added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List. 'Each sauna has its own personality'. Finnish sauna enthusiasts began working on getting UNESCO recognition four years ago.
On a summer day, there’s nothing better than soaking up the sun on the large outdoor terrace while enjoying a refreshing drink and the stunning views of the Baltic sea.
Sauna is a traditional ritual that hasn’t lost its steamy edge – quite the opposite. Thanks to a new generation of saunas, especially public ones, the tradition still thrives with contemporary saunas artfully merging rustic with urban culture.