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Toista kommentoijaa lainaten, ehdottomasti stadin paras! Olin käymässä Arlan hyvinvointipäivillä ja... read more

Reviewed February 28, 2020
erikajosefine
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Southern Finland, Finland
5 star experience in traditional sauna

Have visited Sauna Arla many times and will continue to do so 🧡 Wonderful, relaxing sauna... read more

Reviewed February 19, 2020
KatiR469
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Espoo, Finland
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Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

My Finnish friend recommended Sauna Arla in Helsinki's up-and-coming Kallio district as a typical (but not touristy) sauna.

I paid my entry and made my way to the changing room. Sadly they were out of vasta/vihta, the twigs with which to hit oneself in the sauna. You get a key to a locker for your personal items. There are also small towels (about the size of a tea towel!).

I was a bit nervous about stripping off but was reassured by being in a female-only area. Began with a cold shower then into the sauna. It was...wonderful! My aching muscles were soothed, tension and stress melted away. It's smells herby, healthy.

It's normal to take a break and go outside. I wrapped up in a larger towel and headed outside to the 10C weather. Brisk! A mixed group was already outside, drinking beers and chatting.

Don't expect a posh spa atmosphere. It's basic, but clean and friendly. And you have that feeling your body is thanking you for the sauna!

You can expect a fantastic and, if you visit from a country that doesn't normally do saunas, unique experience.

6  Thank aprilinsydney
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arla-sauna, Guest Relations Manager at Sauna Arla - Arlan sauna, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2020

Dear aprilinperth

Thank you for taking time to review your visit to sauna Arla, we are very glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, we do try to offer the best customer service and sauna experience while keeping a traditional Helsinki style.

Thank you so much for recommending us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!


You can follow us on social media @arlansauna.

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Reviewed January 4, 2015

First of all this is not a spa! And in my humble opinion it's not a common Finnish sauna. This is an old Finnish cellar sauna. It's pretty rugged but if you like Aki Kaurismäki feeling, you are in the right place! Pretty similar to Harju's sauna. Expensive. Consider also Yrjönkadun uimahalli.

Date of experience: January 2015
Thank Edelfelt
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arla-sauna, Guest Relations Manager at Sauna Arla - Arlan sauna, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2020

Dear Edelfelt

Thank you for taking time to review your visit to sauna Arla and sharing your experience with the Tripadvisor community, indeed sauna Arla takes pride of being one the very few traditional public saunas operating in Helsinki.

Welcome to Arla again!

You can follow us on social media @arlansauna

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to this Sauna. As others have said, it's a bit older, but is clean and it has character. It was intimidating walking through the gate, but the attendent immediately realized I was a foreigner who didn't speak a word of Finnish, and guided me to the change room and showed me the Sauna area.

Very hot, very enjoyable Sauna. There were some birch switches sitting in pails of water, and dumping the birch "tea" into the Sauna produced an extreme burst of heat but also produced a lovely mild aroma. It would have been nice to have one of the little sauna caps to protect the tips of my ears from being seared off during the steam bursts.

The atmosphere is very pleasant - more hot and dry than steam room, but more humid than a dry sauna. I could spend about 5-10 minutes in the Sauna, then went into the shower area to cool off, and returned to the Sauna five or six times until I couldn't take anymore.

If you were more brave than me, you could wander down to the central courtyard and drink beer wearing only your towel...I wondered what the apartment dwellers in the complex think of the semi-naked people wandering around with their beers. The windows of the change room were also wide open, so the lady cooking dinner in her kitchen across the complex had a view of a bunch of ugly naked guys reading newspapers in the change room.

There were about 15 male guests when I visited, so the room was crowded. Two of us appeared to be foreigners and the rest appeared to be rather rough looking Fins. They turned out to be friendly enough when the other foreigner slipped and fell and everyone came to his assistance, and the ice was broken so to speak.

The sauna is a bit out of the way, but accessible by tram. I took a taxi from downtown because I had limited time, then returned downtown by tram. There's not much else to see in the area, although I did have a good meal in a nearby restaurant.

Date of experience: May 2013
9  Thank golfsteve55
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arla-sauna, Guest Relations Manager at Sauna Arla - Arlan sauna, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2020

Dear golfsteve55

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review on your visit to our traditional sauna!
We are very glad to learn that you had a great time and that all our staff and facilities were of your liking and entire satisfaction.
We hope to have the honor of welcoming you back very soon.

You can follow us at @arlansauna

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Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Builded at the ground floor of normal building my sister and I weren't sure of the place but once in the kind and welcome staff explained how it worked.
Very traditionally, not to be called old, men and women are separate but can be met in the front outside-yard for a chilling, while drinking a beer or...

5  Thank Diego C
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arla-sauna, Guest Relations Manager at Sauna Arla - Arlan sauna, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2020

Dear Diego C

We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your visit to our traditional sauna and that our staff was able to meet your expectations.
Thank you for choosing Arla sauna and we hope to see you again very soon!.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Very traditional Finnish sauna that harks back to simpler times! It has not been renovated like some other saunas in the area and you really get a feel for the real experience here.

Complimentary biscuits and water, space to lounge and drink while putting the world to rights. A very pleasant experience. Good heat and good steams!

Date of experience: May 2013
2  Thank Bigmedsi
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arla-sauna, Guest Relations Manager at Sauna Arla - Arlan sauna, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2020

Thank you for taking time to review your visit to sauna Arla, we are very glad you enjoyed your visit.
Welcome to Arla again!)
You can follow us on social media @arlansauna.

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