What could be more iconic than the Finnish sauna? Helka asked me if I wanted one the first day I arrived. After a long day of travel it sure sounded good. Oskari and Antti got the fires going, one for the hot water (to wash afterward) and the other for the sauna itself. I had a sauna each night I was at Helka’s talo. Luxury!
The beautiful wood: where every sauna begins.
Wood benches, the bucket and ladle, and of course, the birch whisks; Jussi made these in the traditional style.
My bed was right outside the sauna.
If you’re adventurous, you can cool off by running down to the river and jumping in. Refreshing! So I’m told…
But after a sauna, most enjoy the fine taste of a Karhu beer. Well, I did.
Late night twilight; at over latitude 65° N, night is brief in August.