Kotiharjun Sauna

Kotiharjun Sauna, Helsinki: Hours, Address, Kotiharjun Sauna Reviews: 4.5/5

Kotiharjun Sauna
4.5
14:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
14:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
14:00 - 20:00
Thursday
14:00 - 20:00
Friday
14:00 - 20:00
Saturday
14:00 - 20:00
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The only public sauna in Helsinki that is heated with wood.
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  • Sörnäinen • 4 min walk

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Westlawns
Hyeres, France174 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
I visited this traditional community sauna with local friends on a recommendation. It goes back to the 1920s, a time of solid workmanship and organisation. As a sauna, it is not so harsh, more mellow than some. The whole process by which the sauna is heated is fascinating, and too long to write in this review. The long handled water scoop is huge. The interior is so functional. Well worth a visit if you want to learn about classic sauna.
If you wish, you can sit outside between sessions, or just have a beer in the changing room.
Written 22 November 2021
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Juho P
Iisalmi, Finland39 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Kotiharjun Sauna is absolutely worth of visit. There is separated saunas for women and men. After relaxing sauna you can chill a moment outside the sauna on the street.

Even we visited in Kotiharjun Sauna on Saturday evening there were enougt room and free lockers for us.
Written 26 January 2020
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CarolnIan
West Yorkshire82 contributions
Sep 2019
As a fan of Saunas in the UK I wanted to try the most traditional sauna I could find in Helsinki and this one ticked all the boxes. First thing to say is that no sauna in the UK that I know of can prepare you for the cultural difference in taking a sauna in Finland. These differences are immediately apparent as you walk up the street to the entrance to the sauna, where you will see sauna users (male and female) wrapped just in towels, sitting on the walls outside the building cooling off drinking tins of beer. Note this is not accompanied by loutish behaviour! Sauna staff friendly and welcoming, the changing rooms charmingly original. On getting undressed you pass through what again appears to be an original shower room, before entering the sauna itself which is dimly lit, very hot,multi tiered and to a British tourist's eye resembles something closer to a power station boiler room than a sauna - Great !!! Some points of Sauna etiquette - before putting water onto the sauna coals, check with the sauna user sitting at the highest point in the room first. This was belatedly pointed out to me (politely) when I did otherwise. Birch twigs freely available to enhance this traditional experience. Note there are separate changing rooms and saunas for males and females as it is expected that you go into the sauna naked.
Written 11 January 2020
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cobbdouglas
Philippines90 contributions
Dec 2019
I found it expensive (like most things in Finland) but then it's the only wood-heated public sauna in Helsinki, and so I would say it's the authentic Finnish sauna experience. It's also much cheaper than renting a whole private sauna to yourself. Bring your own towels if you want to save 2-3 euros. Though this is an old sauna, the facilities are decent, and the wooden cabinets didn't bother me. Tip: Bring flipflops, since the stone floor can get quite hot.
Written 26 December 2019
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lmsk2014
Helsinki, Finland897 contributions
Aug 2019
Harjutorin sauna or Kotiharjun sauna is real living history. In the good(?) old days public saunas made up for the lack of bathrooms in working class homes - but only a few have survived, or remained this authentic.

A real, proper wood heated stove ensures a great sauna experience. Plenty of space in this sauna, though very popular among locals as well as visitors. Basic, slightly run down - but then again, why change a concept that has served the Helsinki people so well for nearly a 100 years?

PRO TIP

You can go out in your towel to cool down. Out as in out on the street. Perfectly acceptable.

PRO TIP 2

Men's sauna is always a lot busier than womens - so if you're a lady, lucky you. Especially during the week, plenty of space for you.

PRO TIP 3

Unlike in many other saunas, it's okay to bring your own drinks and snacks here.

PRO TIP 4

On Saturdays - or by arrangement, you can indulge yourself and have the washer-lady wash you from top to bottom, like in the old days. Super-relaxing (but not for the shy...).
Written 27 August 2019
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mikkonieminen
Helsinki, Finland140 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
I’m not a huge sauna fan, but this place is definitely worth trying! Staff and regulars are very friendly and the place looks and feels like it is almost in its original condition (the sauna is 90+ years old). The sauna is heated with huge logs and is very hot. You can cool down and have a beer outside after (or between) going to the sauna. You can even bring your own drinks, but don’t drink them inside the sauna as it is not permitted.
Written 18 July 2019
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DC Harris
Brixton, UK18 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
As a British sauna lover I chose this because it’s not only the oldest sauna (91 years old) but also the only one heated by wood. I’d never been to a wood-fired sauna before and beware to 1st timers it’s much more full-on than normal one’s especially when they put fresh water on the steam hits you like a blade! It’s just one auditorium sized sauna and while it might feel quite basic at first once you relax and get used to the heat it’s fantastically soothing & relaxing. You need to have regular breaks though and the best thing to do after a period in the sauna (I just about managed 10 mins at a time) is go outside for a few minutes to air off so towel hire is essential! When I visited it was a max of -1degrees and snowing but this just added to the atmosphere! I lasted just over an hour but a local patron (they were all very friendly) told me he does 5 hour stints although he did say he was ‘hardcore’. There is also a reading area inside the building you can go to after the sauna if you don’t fancy going outside in just a towel.
I felt amazing after, clear skin and very rested. It’s really cheap as well at just 14 Euro’s or 17 with towel. So glad I went. If you like Saunas you’ll love this!
Written 11 March 2019
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BorisBrusselaar
Brussels, Belgium1,246 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
I always wanted to try Finnish sauna and this sauna was a perfect choice to do it. And it is a perfect activity for a cold winter day.
The sauna seems to be kept in its initial concept and it gives a special charm. The place is divided into male and female sections and you are supposed to be naked. Even though it is very well attended it is not crowded somehow. The outdoor cooling down right one the street very nice.
The place attended mostly by locals but it seems that it gets popular among tourists too.
Written 31 December 2018
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Stephen B
Hong Kong, China10 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Kotiharjun is only a few minutes walk from metro and tram stops, and is well worth a trip.

The heat inside is a lot higher than my local gym sauna, but it felt more pleasant (perhaps because it's wood fired rather than electrical). The room is very spacious, and there are 3 lower levels to sit at if you can't stand the heat at the top.

The regulars there seemed very friendly, giving me some tips and talking about the history of the place.

You can cool off in the changing rooms, or put a towel round yourself and sit outside the shop.

The only downside is, now I'm back home, my local gym sauna seems rather dull and sterile.

Written 21 December 2018
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Elina S
Helsinki, Finland370 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
This is a sauna as it shoud be: warm and soft air, smell of wood, space and quietness. Ladies and gents have their own dressing rooms, showers and saunas so people are naked (but tourists sometimes use towels). You can leave your stuff in a lockable cupboard and buy some cold drinks when you go outside to enjoy fresh air so bring a large towel. It's a good idea to take your flip flops as the floor in sauna can be quite hot and a small towel to sit on. Go to sauna and become a better version of yourself!
Written 2 July 2018
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