Finland public saunas


IS STRIPPING down and getting sweaty with strangers your kind of thing? In Finland, despite an astounding two million private saunas, the hottest trend sweeping the sweat-tank loving country is public saunas. They are Helsinki’s coolest spots this summer, drawing Finns and tourists of all ages to unwind on wooden benches in slick waterfront locales where the mercury hits at least 80ºC (176F). A trendy new boutique sauna called Loyly (Finnish for steam) opened its doors on the capital’s shoreline in May and was such an instant hit that an online reservation is a must on sunny days. On a…

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