We started the day in Hernesaari, an up and coming district of south west Helsinki, formerly docklands and now home to a cruise harbour and some high end apartments. We were here to visit Löyly a new, upscale public sauna, bar and restaurant (see feature photo above). It’s designed to give the appearance of a giant rock at the water’s edge and over time the wood will mellow to a shade of grey.
Löyly is a Finnish word describing the steam that is created on hot sauna stones when water is poured onto them so it sounds an appropriate name for this idyllic place. This is only the second public sauna in Helsinki and the first one to be a smoke sauna which seems strange when you realise that of Finland’s five million inhabitants, there are three million saunas, averaging one per household. We didn’t use the sauna here today but from what we could see it looks luxurious with its own waterfront terrace to relax on with a drink afterwards. As you can tell from my photos, Löyly was buzzing when we visited but with a large indoor bar and a smaller one on the terrace, service is fairly quick and there are plenty of seats to accommodate everyone.
The above photo is of the magnificent Helsinki Yacht Club pavilion, which is easily visible from the shore line, sitting proudly across the south harbour on Valkosaari Island. During the summer months a restaurant is open to the public and this is a member of the prestigious Finnish Royal Restaurants federation. The yacht club operates a guest harbour to around 400 visiting yachts each year.
It was then time to return to our apartment after enjoying yet another warm, sunny day in the Finnish capital.
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