Kotiharjun Sauna
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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Matthew J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
A thoroughly authentic sauna offering - very different to the tourist experience offered by Allas Sea Pool or Löyly Helsinki and in my opinion, much better for it. This is a fabulous place and if you’re considering it, you should go!
Written 5 December 2023
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freutmich
Kansas City754 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I had a wonderful experience visiting this sauna. As a solo American stopping by, I wasn't sure what to expect. But everyone was so kind. The guy at the front desk patiently explained how things worked, and I was so pleased when the other patrons were willing to speak English with me. We had conversations about life in Finland and the cultural significance of saunas, and they asked me questions about American politics. Everyone was so warm and welcoming. The sauna itself was super hot but incredibly relaxing. I can't recommend this sauna enough. It was a highlight of my time in Finland.
Written 5 July 2023
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MissyTMaggee
Hounslow, UK157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
I cannot recommend this place more. Very friendly and helpful to the tourist who has no idea how things work. The place is quirky and full of character. Make sure you come on a day when there is a lady waiting to scrub u down. Cannot recommend it enough
Written 23 March 2023
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AngloItalian78
Aylesbury, UK551 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Well what an experience this was.
Having only ever been in a sauna in a UK gym this was a whole new “wow” moment.
Almost 100 years old.
Many elements probably unchanged in that time including the delightful wooden lockers and the showers that resembled something out of a Harry Potter film at Hogwarts!
Drinks available & you can take your own.
Very friendly locals/regulars will guide you in Finnish sauna etiquette, quite mind blowing to me, but basically as others have said, I’d take note of the following…
The top decks in the huge sauna area are the hottest. Frankly 3 steps up was hot enough for me but also allowed me to stay in there for a few stints of about 10 minutes each. Ask the others in there before you put more water in the furnace. Don’t be afraid to chat, it’s a place to be friends as well as relax and most will speak English as well as Finnish. Go outside to cool off, no Baltic Sea here but the day I went it was around -4c so just as invigorating in nothing more than a towel sat out on the street. I’d take a towel with you but they can be hired at the front desk. Use the little wooden slatted seats provided as well as flip flops in the changing rooms as the solid stone seating and floor gets very hot on your bum and feet.
And the life changer…everyone in the male sauna is naked which is normal In single sex saunas in Finland. I went in with my towel first time and then gained my nerve and left my towel in the shower area as I realised it could get dirty as well as damp in the sauna. Once you realise you’re all equals in the beautiful heat of this traditional sauna, you lose your inhibitions and go with the flow!
I’m not sure it’s my thing to be this “au naturel ” in a public setting but it was extremely liberating and it’s by far the best sauna I’ve ever been in as for starters it was a proper dry and hot heat.
Highly recommended if nothing else to tick it off your bucket list.
Maybe next time I’m in Finland I will go to a sauna where you can cook off in the Baltic!
Written 28 February 2023
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ISheep
Dublin, Ireland78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Definitely worth a visit, authentic and if you are going on a Thursday or Saturday, the full body scrub at €12 is well worth it.

We didn't go with friends as planned as the ladies sauna was closed for a few weeks for repairs so I went alone.

It's a traditional sauna so no clothes in the sauna itself. You wear a towel or robe (bring your own or you can hire there) if going outside.

Good fun chatting to other sauna goers outside on the street, bring your own beers or buy cans there for just €3.50

Written 29 January 2023
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Ameen Qays
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
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Written 13 March 2022
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Westlawns
Gif-sur-Yvette, France273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Finland36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Yorkshire78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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