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!
Love sauna! 😀
It is a wonderful thing!
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: http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/12/10/us-film-steam-idUSTRE6B90Y020101210
We have sauna in Norway too, but not the culture around it as in Finland.
Ooh, no — haven’t seen that. Thank you!
You’re welcome. It’s very strong. I cried my way through several handkerchiefs. 🙂
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!
Our Sauna in our previous home:
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