Finland: Sauna

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!

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The beautiful wood: where every sauna begins.
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Wood benches, the bucket and ladle, and of course, the birch whisks; Jussi made these in the traditional style.
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My bed was right outside the sauna.
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If you’re adventurous, you can cool off by running down to the river and jumping in. Refreshing! So I’m told…
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But after a sauna, most enjoy the fine taste of a Karhu beer. Well, I did.
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Late night twilight; at over latitude 65° N, night is brief in August.


    1. katelaity says:

      It is a wonderful thing!

      1. Yes, you feel so cleansed. A must when in Finland. Have you seen the Finnish documentary “Steam of Life”? Interviews with Finnish men in sauna. Very strong. See here:
        We have sauna in Norway too, but not the culture around it as in Finland.

        1. katelaity says:

          Ooh, no — haven’t seen that. Thank you!

  1. You’re welcome. It’s very strong. I cried my way through several handkerchiefs. 🙂

  2. Marja-Leena says:

    Saunas, yes! I love the wood fired ones and the jump into the lake or river after. The ‘city’ kinds that are electric-fired don’t do it for me, even though we have one. I was going to mention the same film! We’ve seen it twice and cried too… a must see!

  3. Sartenada says:

    Our Sauna in our previous home:

    Finnish Sauna.

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