Löyly Sauna

A fact to consider: Finland is home to 5.5 million people and 3.3 million saunas.

Jasper Pääkkönen set out to change that with Löyly, a public sauna in central Helsinki. In 2016, the actor (best known for his role on the Vikings television series) and his business partner opened the seaside space as part of a revitalization effort in one of the city’s industrial neighborhoods. Pääkkönen insists that there’s no right way to enjoy a sauna, but he offers a few tips.

Cold water

Saunas are traditionally positioned lakeside for good reason. Alternating between the sauna’s dry heat and cool water works wonders on the body. “Science tells us that there are a lot of health benefits to the sauna,” says Pääkkönen. “If you add the cold water element, those benefits only increase.” A dusting of winter snow never stood in the way of a health-conscious Finn....

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