A cosy sauna room that provides ideal steam is an essential part of the sauna experience. Sauna use is known to have positive effects on both physical and mental well-being, and it therefore plays an important role in Finland's public health.
At Hyytiälä station, sauna is a particularly important part of the daily routine, and visitors look forward to the evening when they can enjoy the sauna. For many, it is the highlight of their day or even their entire visit to Hyytiälä.
The small lakeside sauna is a compact 28 square metre delightful ensemble with a wooden shed. Two separate sauna buildings allow for simultaneous sauna sessions, for example in the form of a men's and a women's sauna.
Recent improvements have been made to the small sauna, such as the installation of new decking and the availability of hot water in the washrooms. The larger sauna has shower facilities.
The station's lakeside saunas have a history, and their architecture has been carefully preserved, including in renovations.
Saunas are not just places for relaxation, but also for socialising. The sauna is an easy place to exchange ideas and an important meeting point at the station.
The large beach sauna can accommodate about 15-20 people at a time, and the smaller one 4-6. It takes 8-10 hours to heat the stove in the larger sauna.
The dressing room in the large sauna and the terraces of both saunas have contributed to the social life, even more than the steam rooms themselves. For many people, sauna time is a kind of social interaction.
Both saunas have their own docks.
Workers at the station have been actively involved in maintaining the sauna, chopping wood and filling the ladder at the beginning of the summer.
Trees are obtained from the station, from course exercises and more are purchased as needed.
An atmospheric wooden path runs between the two sauna buildings, and in the middle there is a spacious hut for communal evenings.
You should bring your own food for the saunas, but you can order food for Kota to be picked up from the canteen.
The hole in the ice has been kept open in the larger sauna without a pool, but it depends on the activity of the station staff or visitors themselves to keep it open. However, the hole in the ice is easily accessible from the small sauna.