the street outside. CreditRisto Musta Johannes Romppanen, finnish Sauna Society, the. When it opened in 1928, Yrjonkatu was Finlands only public swimming hall and remained so for several decades. Public saunas have always been a place where your status has no meaning and everyone is welcome to relax and enjoy the beautiful, unique and sacred atmosphere a sauna can offer, she says. Most people comes after work or study and stay two to three hours, Ahonen says. Quite a few rules are upheld to retain the saunas sense of sanctuary: no reservations, no private parties, no groups, no alcoholic drinks and no swimwear Finns dont want swimming-pool chlorine vaporizing in the heat although youre welcome to don a suit when mingling. CreditRisto Musta Johannes Romppanen, kulttuurisauna, established in 2013 by the designer Nene Tsuboi and the architect Tuomas Toivonen to enhance the citys public bath options, this wood-heated sauna takes its stylistic cues from the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, who was also a sauna fan. You can also buy your own vihtu (birch switch) with which to whack yourself its supposed to improve circulation or indulge in a washing experience with massage, reflexology and acupressure. Even in the 19th century, Uunisaari had a famous seaside bathhouse, says its head of operations, Outi Gummerus.