Löyly Sauna in Helsinki
It was a lazy, foggy Sunday in Helsinki. The harbour was a mysterious cloud of uncertainty, making it impossible to tell which was was North, or even where the pier ended and the water began.
Sauna, it was concluded, was the perfect way to send our afternoon. Jenni booked us two hours at the public sauna Löyly, and little did I know what I was in for. Built completely out of any normal budget, architects Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen went all out, embracing the Finnish sauna culture and Nordic design completely. The entre building was stunning, absolutely stunning. The exterior glides right into the guest experience, and before I knew it, we were sitting in a spacious sauna, forgetting the cold of the outside instantaneously. There was a traditional sauna as well, with a darker, smokier feels to it. We basked in the beautiful fireplace area before taking a dip in the sea and starting the process all over again.
The evolving Hernesaari district in which it is located, is a classic industrial area, which is currently getting a facelift. Needless to say, this project is certainly a current highlight of the area.
I just cannot get over Löyly Sauna in Helsinki. It is the perfect Sunday afternoon experience in growing Helsinki.