My Naked Finland Adventures of 2014: Helsinki WNBR, Nakukymppi Unclothed Run & Finnish Unclothed Saunas

This time the main draw as a naturist were three occasions: the World Naked Bike Ride in Helsinki (WNBR, also called Cyclonudista on facebook), unclothed run called Nakukymppi ( in the Lahti region and investigating genuine Finnish saunas, by far the world’s best.
Posing alongside of celebrated runner Paavo Nurmi in Helsinki
Unfortunately it was pouring cold rain for the WNBR. I took part base-free in order to prevent risking hypothermia and we were about a dozen participants.
I took no photographs in order to avoid damaging my camera. Despite the weather it was enjoyable to cycle through Helsinki and become re-acquainted with its downtown area. Onlookers got an excellent hoot from it and the atmosphere was quite happy from beginning to end. At the end we detected a temporary lakeside sauna nearby Finnish parliament.
It was a fire-heated sauna inside a Mongolian Yurt, built by a Glaswegian called Don McCracken who has resided in Helsinki since 1995. For more info on this quite friendly and comical Scot’s occasions, see his website at
The Bare Run : Nakukymppi (10km)
The following day I boarded a bus to the miniature village of Padasjoki (3000 inhabitants, 160km north of Helsinki or 50km from the nearest sizeable town of Lahti, residents 100k) for the main event: the annual unclothed run of 10km called Nakukymppi ( which commenced in 2003.
Its founder is the self employed exporter of specialized tube and runner Aarne Heino who owns a cottage in the region. He casually came up with this thought when he and his running partner were jogging in the heat and commented how much more comfy it would be to run unclothed.
A dozen years later the occasion continues to be growing steadily; in 2003 there were three participants and in 2014 nearly a hundred, having an equivalent or exceptional number of viewers and batch of cameras recording the event.
The weather was perfect: a happy blend of fresh atmosphere and real sun rays breaking through spread clouds. Most of the participants were Finnish but there were also Swedes, Danes and Russians, half of which were serious runners and one other half naturists or naturists.
Thomas Lundy’s nude run alongside a naked woman body painted to represent Sweden
My film of the nude run:
Having reported a reasonable number of normal naturist or naturist topics for example resorts or retreats, now what I look for more than ever before are nude occasions that take nudism or naturism directly to the non-naturist or non-naturist fabric public.
It is because traditional naturism is limited to designated compounds and results in a ghetto-like scenario by which the bigger people do not find the lifestyle. Nakukymppi is perfect in this regard because the event puts unclothed diversion directly into the public limelight and garners generous media interest, even if it truly is mainly limited to within Finland.
Adding to that a really joyful and motivating crowd, it was certainly a most memorable event that I recommend highly. At the end of the evening we enjoyed a wonderful lakeside sauna 7km away at a camping area called Telaranta.
At Telaranta camping area after the naked run
Within my head, if naked diversion is to grow, it’s critical that such events as Nakukymppi or World Naked Bike Ride multiply, bringing the nudity directly to the public. Ultimately, the nude human body must be legalized because there’s no scientific evidence to support the manufactured false belief that the mere sight of a unclothed human body causes emotional damage to the onlooker. To the contrary, indoctrinating a individual with such unhealthy notions causes unneeded mental complexes for a man.
In the infrequent cases of people ‘feeling piqued,’ then they need not look at the bare bodies and the ordinary, healthy silent majority ought not be penalized because of the nudity-negative minority. In the end, nudists or naturists happen to be discriminated against way too long and confined to sealed off zones. Hopefully this century will see the approval and widespread practice of urban and rural non-sexual public nudity.
Finnish Naked Saunas
Being in Finland, it’d not have been whole to depart without first exploring its saunas. Sauna is by now a renowned word known to many if not most, yet the world’s only authentic saunas are to be found in Finland just.
Other expansive areas such as Germanic countries including Benelux, Nordic, Slavic and Baltic states plus the former Soviet Union have strong sauna customs but are pretty recent compared to Finland’s which date back ten thousand years.
When it comes to rest of the world, in my head they could never qualify merely because the sauna was made specifically to be used entirely nude and when this really is not true, it cannot be called a true sauna. The wearing of swimsuits isn’t only unhygienic inside a sauna, but additionally, it cuts off blood flow and is consequently unhealthy, not to mention creating unwanted moisture changing temperature stability and nasty smells.
The general public self-service Sompasauna in Helsinki
I organized a visit to the Suomen sauna seura (Finnish sauna society) created in 1937, which easily has the best saunas I’ve ever experienced.
Arla Naked Sauna in Helsinki, created in 1929