Likewise, people often keep their bikinis and swimming trunks on in the sauna if theyve already been swimming in them. Dont ask for birch leaves, swedes dont generally whack themselves with bundles of birch leaves while in the sauna (its common practice in Finland and parts of Russia, and supposedly helps to stimulate the pores). Always bring a towel, some essential things to know before your first Swedish sauna. Please enter your email address carefully - we may send a verification request. If nothing else, itll make the whole nakedness thing feel a little bit more comfortable (but do remember to drink plenty of water too). If youre at an international-style hotel or spa doing. I am looking for a sauna bastu" in or near Gothenburg to visit with a (mixed) group of friends. Swedish massages, there will usually be clear rules (and even signs) saying whether or not you should be nude. Not having clothes sticking to your skin just makes the whole sauna experience a bit more comfortable, and some purists even consider it unhygienic to bring swimwear into the sauna. But for foreign visitors, who might not be used to baring all in front of other people, the whole thing can feel a little awkward. Nobody wants to see your sweaty bum print or worse when youve got up and left. At more typically Swedish places like leisure centres and community swimming pools, nudity is the norm. On a social level, theres also a certain honesty to being completely naked: in the sauna, everyone is exposed, and (in theory, at least) everyone is equal. Here are some handy pointers to help to ease your pre-sauna worries. We check every review before publication. More often than not, the saunas in these places are single-sex affairs, in which case its usual to open the door and find lots of strangers sitting around completely in the buff. You book the sauna online (unfortunately the online booking system is only available in Swedish so far) and you can choose between ladies, gentlemen and mixed. It was created by German architect collective Raumblabor Berlin and in large parts its constructed from recycled material. This is when a group of friends (both male and female) have a few beers beside the lakeside and end up stripping off for a session in a wood-fired sauna, followed by a naked dip in the water. Eventen är ett komplement till den vanliga verksamheten.