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With lunch out of the way, it’s time to ex­pe­ri­ence a par­tic­u­larly Finnish form of re­lax­ation—the sauna. Take a 20-minute cab ride southwest to the for­mer in­dus­trial area of Her­ne­saari, where the new­est and most vis­ually stun­ning ex­am­ple of this in­te­gral part of Finnish life, Löyly, has just opened. This oa­sis of re­lax­ation is a bea­con of ex­cep­tional mod­ern ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign. Within, it of­fers all the plea­sur­able warmth its name im­plies (löyly is the Finnish word for the steam that erupts when you throw wa­ter on hot stones). For those with an aver­sion to heat and steam, the restau­rant and out­door ter­race pro­vide un­en­cum­bered views of the Baltic Sea. Those in search of harder core re­ju­ve­na­tion should try ice swim­ming—a Finnish tra­di­tion that in­volves plung­ing into a hole in an icy lake. This in­vig­o­rat­ing pas­time, how­ever, is only avail­able in win­ter.

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