Many Finnish homes, factories, bars and restaurants have their own saunas, as well. The sauna is a dimly lit wood-panelled room where you can relax, sweat and be bare in all senses of the word. And no, it is not about sex or flirtation, but a place of meditative refreshment - a divine delight dating back to the Viking age. There are three different types of saunas in the city that you can choose from: wood-burning, smoke and electric saunas - all varying in heat and intensity.
For a traditional wood-burning sauna experience, walk into the gentle warm darkness of Kotiharjun sauna. But if you are looking for the trendiest place to try both smoke and wood-burning sauna, then Löyly is the place to go. And remember that you should behave in a sauna as you would in a church since it is almost a holy place! Take a quick shower prior to using the sauna and enter it without clothes (yes, you read it right - for most Finns, going to the sauna in the nude is not a "thing", but if you feel uncomfortable, you can wear a towel or swimsuit.) Whether you are nude or not, do not sit directly on the bench, but bring a towel you can sit on! Drink plenty of water and socialise without being noisy. Just relax and do as the locals do!