THE WORLD'S MOST PUBLIC SAUNA (Welcome To Finland #8)
Published on 09/07/2016
UPDATE: Sauna will remain on its current location at least during summer 2018.
Sompasauna is a must-see in Helsinki for both tourists and locals. One dream of the core organizer group is that this model could be duplicated all over Finland and the world.
WTF #9 FINNISH PEOPLE TRYING POSITIVITY:
WTF #8 WORLD'S MOST PUBLIC SAUNA:
WTF #7 SWAMP WRESTLING:
WTF #6 FINNISH TOURIST:
WTF #5 WASTELAND FESTIVAL:
WTF#4 MIDNIGHT SUN FILM FESTIVAL @ SODANKYLÄ:
WTF#3 FINNISH WINTER COTTAGE:
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Here’s a text summary of the video:
There’s over 2 million saunas in Finland. From sterile saunas of gyms to lonely shacks on the countryside. Most saunas are private but there’s also a persistent tradition of public saunas.
Lately there has been spawning new public saunas, and one of them was even mistakenly called “Helsinki’s first true public sauna” by New York Times. But let me show you a sauna that would really earn that title and even more.
Helsinki proudly presents, the most public sauna in the world – Sompasauna. Why is it worth the title? Because it is free of charge and always open. It is run by voluntary donations and voluntary work.
The smaller sauna is open also during winter. You just have to bring your own water and wood. For ice swimmers sauna is even more important during winter. Sompasauna is the only free option in town.
Mostly the place is for going to sauna but sometimes there’s more special events like after-parties or karaoke nights but on the video there’s a glimpse to the annual Sompasauna summer ball.
However, the sauna will close it’s diy doors soon – at least in this location. Within a few years the whole cape will be apartment buildings.
Sompasauna is looking for a new location, and surely the story of the world’s most public sauna will continue in one form or another.