Do you know the first sauna in the world was made in northern Europe around 2,000 BC for people to survive through the winter? The first saunas were man-made caves that were draped closed with animal skins and had a fire burning inside them during the day beneath a pile of stones. In the past days, these saunas were the shelters for both human and animals at night time as they huddled them through the harsh cold. These saunas could work as the kitchen, the hospital, washrooms…everything that essential to human daily life in the extreme weather condition.
Sauna exists in many cultures but being well-known in Finnish culture. When mentioning sauna, most people think about Finland. Finland has an impressive number of saunas- 3 million despite the country’s population of 5 million people. Finnish saunas can be found everywhere, from home to company, for free or can be rented to use. Today, we invite you to take a vital insight into Finnish culture, by trying their sauna in a very traditional way.
Enjoy the moment, refresh your whole body with the hot steam from the Sauna next to a frozen lake and tasting the Finnish luxurious snack is the most relaxing thing that you could ever experience in Finland.
To reach the place, we will take you onto a small trip with 15 minutes of driving to the middle of nowhere, in which, you can find a cozy well-facilitated cottage next to a huge lake with a relaxing terrace. There, you can cool off yourself after some extreme moments inside the ‘hot spot’ Sauna cabin, while sipping the hot berry juice and free your mind with the peaceful scenery. Don’t be to take off all your clothes and sit naked inside, it is how local people treat themselves after a long week!
If you are an adventurous person and want to push the experience into another level, you can also try to dip yourself into the refreshing cold water through the ice hole from the lake -this is commonly practiced by the Finns, especially for young people or sometimes even old ones. You will probably feel like being pinched by many tiny needles and there will be some red spots since the blood is pumped to your skin. That’s totally normal but moreover, it also gives you lots of health benefits. Light snack is served with salmon/reindeer sandwiches after the sauna for you 😉