Sauna In Finland In 10 Easy Steps

If you’re planning a trip to Finland, experiencing a sauna is an absolute must! Saunas are deeply ingrained in Finnish culture and are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day of exploring. My first sauna experience was with a Finnish local (and very good friend) who helped me navigate the heat and freezing temps like a local. I want to help you navigate your experience too. I’ll guide you on how to sauna in Finland in 10 easy steps. This way, you too can get the most out of your sauna experience.

Your sauna session will leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and ready for whatever Finland has in store for you. Pack your stuff and let’s get you in a traditional Finnish sauna acting like a local!

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How To Sauna In Finland In 10 Easy Steps 

🧖‍♀️ – Public saunas require swimsuits 👙 so save the nakedness for the showers.

🧖‍♀️– Bring water for hydration and a bev in a can (Consider a Lonkero long drink, which is popular in Finland) for fun.

🧖‍♀️ – Wear water shoes that won’t fall off when going into the freezing lake. (These can be borrowed at most saunas)

🧖‍♀️ – Finnish rule is that you can only ladle water into the wood-burning store 2 times. This action of ladling water is called, “löyly” and is a crucial part of the sauna experience. My advice, is to leave this to the locals to handle.

🧖‍♀️ – Sit in the bottom rows and work your way up. The heat is no joke. 

🧖‍♀️ – Bundle up post sauna. (But don’t be surprised if you get a cold if this is your first visit.)

🧖‍♀️ – Wood paddles are used for sitting in the sauna. Be sure to rinse after use.

🧖‍♀️ – BYOS (Bring your own sausages) and grill your post sauna snack directly onsite . 

🧖‍♀️ – Friday is the day most Finns visit the sauna to start their weekend. #itsafinnishtradition

🧖‍♀️ – Sauna is practised year round. Which means that anytime you visit, you will be able to experience this for yourself.

Where To Sauna In Finland

Wondering where to sauna now that you are ready to sauna in Finland using these 10 easy steps. See top locations of where to practice this unique tradition based on top tourist cities.

Tampere – If you’re looking for a place to unwind and enjoy nature’s beauty as the backdrop to your sauna experience, I suggest visiting Kaupinojan Sauna. This sauna is located in a gorgeous shores of Lake Näsijärvi. Visitors can enjoy the cozy heat from by the wood-burning stove and take a dip in the freezing yet refreshing lake to cool off.

Helsinke – In Helsinke, my friend who has experienced their fair share of saunas suggests Löyly Sauna. Löyly Sauna is a modern seaside sauna in Helsinki that features a stylish glass-walled restaurant and a large deck offering panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Discover what else you can do in Finland

Want to see more in the Finnish city of Tampere. See my Tampere For A Weekend travel guide HERE. Learn where to stay, eat and what to do in this city that offers a lively city, the beauty of Finland and it’s culture.


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