Finns love their saunas and there are over 3 million saunas for a population of about 5.5 million. A place for relaxation and bonding with friends and family, Loyly Helsinki is a popular sauna for both tourists and locals alike.
16 Sep 18
When we visited Helsinki last November, we knew we had to pay Loyly Helsinki a visit. So we booked a session once we touched down in Helsinki. There was also the option of an online reservation but a prepayment was needed. Since we only had one day in Helsinki, we decided it was better to make a booking when we were in Helsinki.
How to get to Loyly Helsinki?
Loyly Helsinki is a short bus ride from Helsinki city center.
Bus no.: 14
Duration: About 15 mins
The opening hours
|Mon – Thu:||10:00 – 23:00|
|Fri – Sat:||10:00 – 00:00 (02)|
|Sun:||10:00 – 22:00|
|Kitchen open:||11:00 – 22:00 (Sun -21)|
|Mon-Wed:||16:00 – 22:00|
|Thu:||13:00 – 22:00|
|Fri – Sat:||13:00 – 23:00|
|Sat morning sauna:||08:00 – 10:00|
|Sun:||13:00 – 21:00|
The locker rooms
Upon checking in at the reception, we had to leave our down jackets in a cupboard before entering the locker rooms. The males and females had different locker rooms.
The locker room also serves as a changing room and there is a washroom in it too. Since the guests are admitted based on the session being reserved, it can get a bit crowded in the locker room at the start and end of each session. However, this also controls the number of guests in the sauna per session. The crowd size was well moderated when we visited Loyly Helsinki.
The main hall
After changing into our swimsuits (compulsory), we entered the main hall. The main hall had a shower area for guests to cool off and a fireplace for them to warm up.
Wondering why a sauna needs a fireplace? It’s actually very useful for guests who are adventurous enough to take a dip in the icy Baltic Sea. We dipped twice and highly recommend it for the full Finnish Sauna experience.
There were two saunas – a traditional smoke sauna and a wood-burning sauna. The wood-burning sauna was slightly bigger than the traditional smoke sauna. According to Loyly Helsinki’s website, both saunas can accommodate around 20 pax at any one time.
We didn’t manage to get a photo of the traditional smoke sauna as it was too dark. The burning wood continuously heats up the room. The temperature of the traditional smoke sauna was much higher than the wood-burning sauna. The high temperature required some getting used to. However, when you see someone getting up to throw water onto the rocks, you might wanna brace yourself for the incoming heat. After which, it became really relaxing to sweat it all out.
HAN-dy tip: Don’t forget to rehydrate with the tap water provided, which may seem a bit cloudy but was safe for drinking.
The Shower Place
After sweating buckets of water, there was a common shower place to wash up before leaving the place. Shower gel and shampoo were provided.
HAN-dy tip: If you are a bit shy to shower with everyone, leave a bit later and shower a bit faster.
How much does it cost?
Admission fee: EUR19
Duration: 2 hours, additional hours are charged at EUR10 per hour.
Things included: A towel, seat liner, shampoo, and shower gel.
Others: Swimwear rental for EUR6 per 2 hours.
We had an enjoyable time at Loyly Helsinki and wished we could spend more time there. Loyly Helsinki has great views during sunset but pity we didn’t have time to dine there by the sea. Back home, it would not have been possible to consecutively step on the heated floorings of the sauna and speed walk on the cold hard ground to take a dip in the icy waters. The money was well spent on the amenities provided and the experience we have gotten.
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