FAQ: The Finnish Sauna

 What is a sauna? What to do in a sauna? How to find a good sauna?

The real sauna can only be experienced in Finland, its country of origin. There are more than two million saunas (and only five million inhabitants) in Finland. "Sauna" is the only Finnish word which has spread into most foreign languages including English and German.


A Finnish sauna is totally different from the various sweat rooms found all over the world. A real sauna is a very hot (about 70-100 degrees Celsius, 160-210 degrees Fahrenheit) room in which you throw water on hot stones. Then you sit on the benches without any clothes and enjoy the purifying feeling. Males and females don't have a sauna together in Finland (except a wife and a husband).

See online videos and films about the Finnish sauna, please!


For Finns the summer cottage with its sauna is the best place in the whole world. However, almost every family has an own sauna in a town, too. Nowadays even many people living in multistorey houses have own saunas. Houses have at least one sauna for the use of their inhabitants.


Most hotels have a sauna, sometimes also for use of non-hotel guests. We especially recommend spa hotels. Most of them have large indoor swimming pool departments, massaging showers, waterslides, saunas, steam rooms, outdoor pools and special pools for children. Usually all these activities are included in the room price which isn't higher than in other hotels. Other activities and health spa treatments are optional.


The Serena Indoor Aqua Park (20 kilometers from the centre of  Helsinki) has very good saunas, too. We highly recommend them to you. See http://www.serena.fi . Accommodation in Hotel Korpilampi http://www.korpilampi.com only 400 meters from Serena (very beautiful swimming pool department and nice saunas).


There are saunas for rent in Saunasaari (Sauna Island) http://www.saunasaari.fi/english/index_eng.html almost in the hearth of Helsinki. Rentable saunas are for 4-40 persons. There are also sauna trips for single persons.


Sauna Bar in Helsinki (address Eerikinkatu 27) has two saunas. The sauna must be booked in advance: http://www.saunabar.fi .


Public saunas in Helsinki: http://www.hel2.fi/tourism/EN/Palvelut.asp?kieli=en&ASPID=7&ASPKATEGORIA=4&a=0&page=1


Café Tin Tin Tango in Helsinki (address Töölöntorinkatu 7) has a self-service laundry and saunas which may be booked for 1-10 persons (at least one day before your sauna bathing, 22 euros / 1 hour / 1-2 persons, 32 euros / 1 hour / 3-10 persons). Read more: http://www.tintintango.info/sauna.htm .


Helsinki's Bath House: http://finland-travel.suite101.com/article.cfm/helsinkis_bath_house


The Finnish Sauna Society (Vaskiniemi in Lauttasaari, Helsinki) has two wood-heated saunas, two special smoke saunas and also an electric city sauna. Saunas are open for Helsinki Card holders. Prebooking is obligatory.


Finnish Sauna Society: http://www.sauna.fi


Visit Finland: http://www.visitfinland.com/w5/index.nsf/(pages)/Secrets_of_the_Sauna?OpenDocument&np=A


Cosy Finland - cosy home meals in Finnish homes, visits to cottages & saunas: http://www.cosyfinland.com


Rent the funny sauna boat named "Fin-Duck": http://www.fin-duckrent.fi/?page=home&la=en


BizarreOne Sauna Experience: http://www.bizarreone.fi/PDF_Englanti_100dpi/B1_sauna_w.pdf and http://www.bizarreone.fi/en-products-foreign.shtml


The Ultimate World of Sauna: http://www.saunasite.com


Sauna words and pictures: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/1895/saunat.html


Sauna facts in many languages: http://cankar.org/sauna/index.html


Sandy McCutcheon's Sauna Club: http://www.geocities.com/Paris/LeftBank/7708/sauna2.html


Sauna and its country of origin: http://www.sauna.org


Sauna links by TTE: http://www.tte.ch/finland/act/#84


Wikipedia Sauna: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauna


Saunasaari (Sauna Island) in Helsinki: http://www.saunasaari.fi/index_e.html


Sauna Bathing World Championships: http://www.saunaheinola.com and http://k-systems.fi/www/saunaheinola.com/wb/pages/en/sivut1/home.php


All Scandinavia: http://www.allscandinavia.com/finnishsauna.htm


Arctic sauna adventures in Levi, Lapland: http://www.immelkartano.com/english/sauna.htm


Enjoying a Finnish sauna: http://www.holidaycityflash.com/finland/finland_sauna.html


Ezine Articles (Sauna and Finland): http://www.ezinearticles.com/?Sauna-And-Finland---A-Brief-History-And-Introduction&id=505234


Freeman Virtual Sauna: http://www.finns.org/freeman/sauna.htm


Home sauna room tips: http://www.divapor.com/sauna.php


Home sauna tips: http://www.homesaunatips.com


Hotel Lapin Pohtimo in Rovaniemi (very good saunas, a swimming pool and a lounge with a fireplace and a terrace, a traditional smoke sauna on the banks of a crystal-clear lake): http://www.laplandhotels.com 


Hotel Palace in Helsinki (extremely good saunas): http://www.palacehotel.fi


Herrankukkaro (special saunas: original smoke sauna, land smoke sauna, village sauna, malt sauna - recommended for groups): http://www.herrankukkaro.fi


Nature & Adventure Incentive (Finnish sauna culture in Kuusamo, Lapland, also a special ice sauna): http://www.ohjelmapalvelu.com


Peurunka Wellnes Tourist Center (saunas, a spa, accommodation, activities): http://www.peurunkacenter.fi


Pure inside out: http://www.pureinsideout.com/bathing-health-sauna-finnish.html


Rantasalmi Holiday: http://www.jarvisydan.fi


Rentable Viking Sauna in Humppila: http://www.viikinkisauna.fi/?id=A638252D-75F34786813B-89741AC9CFDC


Rock Planetarium in Jyväskylä (the world's only planetarium in a primary rock, also saunas for rent): http://www.kallioplanetaario.fi/en/services


Ruka Safaris (sauna programmes): http://www.rukasafaris.fi/eng/index.php


Sauna Party: http://www.saunaparty.net


Sauna sounds by Michael Fletcher: http://www.kolumbus.fi/michael.fletcher/sauna.htm


Sauna village and sauna museum in Muurame: http://www.muurame.fi/saunakyla/


Serena Indoor Aqua Park (the biggest indoor water park in Europe): http://www.serena.fi


Spa holidays with sauna bathing: http://groups.msn.com/FinlandTravelClub/spaholidays.msnw


Sweat bathing: http://www.cyberbohemia.com/Pages/sweat.htm


Tampere Sauna Society: http://www.sci.fi/~aris/saunas/english.html


The original Finnish sauna: http://www.ruthvilmi.net/hut/Project/Culture/Sauna/sauna.html


The Washington Post (Finland Diary: sauna): http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/finlanddiary/2005/06/the_finnish_sau.html


The Worldwide Traveler: http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/travel/europe/scandinavia/finland-sauna.htm


Universitas Helsingiensis: http://www.helsinki.fi/lehdet/uh/498b.htm


Uralic family home page: http://uralica.com/sauna.htm


Virtual Finland (The sauna as a national symbol): http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/sauna.html


Virtual Finland (Bare facts of the sauna): http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/saunajuttu.html


Washington Times: http://www.internationalspecialreports.com/archives/99/finland/26.html


Waterfront saunas for rent in Espoo (near the city of Helsinki): http://www.espootravel.com/xsl_taso2.asp?path=5687;5910;8547;10007


Welness & Sauna World: http://www.hallansaaga.fi/index_uk.htm

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