One evening hubby and I went sailing with the idea of taking pictures of the newbie restaurant/sauna in Helsinki, Löyly. I had been there via land but this time I wanted to see how it looked from the sea. We were lucky as the sunset was beautiful that evening.
When setting off, it was still quite light, as it was around 8 pm. As you may know, Finland is the land of the midnight sun and we enoy light summer nights.
These huge cruise ships can sometimes be tricky for sailors. They apporach quickly and the wake they leave behind can catch boaters unawares.
It took us quite a long time to reach our destination as we were playing with the sails. First, we had a look at Hernesaaren ranta – a huge venue with restaurants, bars, even a stage for performances and a sauna you can rent for private functions.
Even though it was late evening at this point, the weather was gorgeous. Quite rare for May in Finland. You can see that everyone was excited to be out.
Hernesaaren ranta can even be visited with your own boat as they have a dock for that purpose. We went there one evening (via land) and saw the boats lined up side to side with people partying on them. If you’re particular about your boat, I would recommend you only attempt to dock before the wild partying starts.
Ooh, here it is in the picture below – Löyly! Löyly has food, drinks, saunas. That huge pipe has nothing to do with the venue mind you.
If you were wondering, löyly means the steam and intensity which radiates from the sauna stove’s rocks after you have thrown water on them. In Finland this throwing of water is an essential part of the sauna experience. I’ve noticed that in hotel saunas around the world throwing water is usually not possible, as no water is provided for this use. For us Finns this means that something substantial is missing.
There’s a beautiful view from the top but it’s also nice to look at from the sea.
After parading in front of Löyly to get these photos, it was time to start our journey back towards Espoo.
As the wind had died, we had to use the motor. And boy was it slow…
I was enviously looking at the motorboats overtaking us.
Oh well, at least I had time to admire the sun setting.
These last photos were taken closer to midnight.
Here’s a video of Löyly for you to enjoy. I will be writing a post on the Hernesaari area soon, so stay tuned!
Have you had a chance to visit Löyly yet? Where have you seen the most spectacular sunsets?