Sauna

The Finnish Sauna

Feel the Finnish Sauna



 
A special ice sauna made of ice cubes

The real sauna can only be experienced in Finland, its country of origin. There are about three 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).
 
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. See online videos and films about Finnish sauna.
 
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.

Why Finland loves saunas (BBC): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24328773
 
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.
 
Private saunas in restaurants in Helsinki (rentable for small groups): http://www.restaurantshelsinki.fi/saunat_en0.html.
 
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.
  
 
Rentable saunas in Helsinki (and other cities in Finland, see the list on the left): https://sites.google.com/site/tilaussaunat/tilaussauna-helsinki
 
Arla Sauna in Helsinki (address Kaarlenkatu 15) has public saunas (separate saunas for women and men, admission 12 euros): http://www.arlansauna.net/
 
Sauna Hermanni in Helsinki (address Hämeentie 63) has public saunas (separate for women and men, admission 10 euros): http://www.saunahermanni.fi
   
Kulttuurisauna (Culture Sauna) in Helsinki (address Hakaniemenranta 17, Hakaniemi, open usually from Wednesday to Sunday at 4 pm - 8 pm, separate saunas for men and women, admission fee 15 euros): http://www.kulttuurisauna.fi/
  
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.): http://www.sauna.fi/in-english/the-finnish-sauna-society/welcome/
 
Kuusijärvi (electric saunas and smoke saunas in Vantaa, near the city of Helsinki, beautiful surroundings, a sandy beach): http://cafekuusijarvi.fi/yhteystiedot/in-english/
 
International Smoke Sauna Club: http://savusauna.fi/
 
Visit Sauna - Feel the Spirit of Finnish Sauna: http://www.visitsauna.fi/en/

Flamingo Spa Resort with many different saunas (location: Vantaa, near the city of Helsinki) - the water park's trump cards are the Nordic countries' largest and fastest water slides, which launch riders from the summit of the Mayan temple, other impressive water features are the Wild River, surging geysers, a streampool, diving pool and pool for watersports, a very good pool with small slides also for babies and small kids, special: the Spa and Wellness department (only for adults, age limit 20 years) with its ancient Mesopotamian milieu is comprised of six themed saunas (two different steambaths, Finnish sauna, Biosauna, Stone sauna, Spruce Wood sauna; these saunas are mixed for women and men; swimming suits or towels are used in saunas), heated soaking and saltwater pools (mineral water pool) and indulgent treatments, all in a mystical atmosphere with a concept developed by world-famous Paul Haslauer: http://www.flamingospa.fihttp://www.flamingo.fi/en/,  https://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/vantaa/sokos-hotel-flamingo

 
Saunas in Turku: 
-Forum Sauna (public sauna bathing usually on Fridays, separate saunas for women and men): http://www.forumsauna.fi/
-Nummi Sauna (rentable saunas): http://nummensauna.fi/saunaillat.html
 
Saunas in Tampere:
-Rauhaniemi Beach and public saunas: http://www.rauhaniemi.net/index.php?sivu=eng
-Kaupinoja Sauna (Also ice swimming in the winter!): http://www.talviuimarit.fi/english-info/
 
Cosy Finland - cosy home meals in Finnish homes, visits to cottages & saunas: http://www.cosyfinland.com
  
The Ultimate World of Sauna: http://www.saunasite.com
 
Sauna facts in many languages: http://cankar.org/sauna/index.html
  
Ripley's Believe It or Not - Finnish Sauna: http://youtu.be/3wSyKTttep4
 
Finnish Sauna at the Summer House: http://youtu.be/R9YTah6mRhs
 
 
Saunasaari (Sauna Island) in Helsinki: http://www.saunasaari.fi/english/index_eng.html
  
 
Anthony Bourdain visits Finland: http://youtu.be/skHY4_WQXYE
 
Arctic sauna adventures in Levi, Lapland: http://www.immelkartano.com/en/Finnish_Sauna
 
Arctic SnowHotel and a snow sauna, in Sinettä, Rovaniemi: http://www.arcticsnowhotel.fi
 
 
 
 
Ezine Articles (Sauna and Finland): http://ezinearticles.com/?id=256222&Saunas-In-Finland=
 
  
Home sauna room tips: http://www.divapor.com/sauna.php
 
 
Herrankukkaro (special saunas: original smoke sauna, land smoke sauna, village sauna, malt sauna - recommended for groups): http://www.herrankukkaro.fi
 
 
 
 
Lehmonkärki Sauna World (Asikkala, Lake Päijänne): http://www.lehmonkarki.fi/InEnglish/Saunas/tabid/7282/language/fi-FI/Default.aspx
 
Lonely Planet - The Finnish Sauna Experience: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/finland/travel-tips-and-articles/76679
 

Mäntykallio Villa & Sauna Aalto (in Mänttä): http://www.mantykallio.fi/en
 
North American Sauna Society: http://www.saunasociety.org/
 
Peurunka Wellnes Tourist Center (saunas, a spa, accommodation, activities): http://www.peurunka.fi/hotelli.php?hid=190
 
 
Rantasalmi Holiday: http://www.jarvisydan.fi
 
Rauhaniemi Beach and public saunas in Tampere: http://www.rauhaniemi.net/index.php?sivu=eng
 
 
Rock Planetarium in Jyväskylä (the world's only planetarium in the primary rock, also saunas for rent): http://www.kallioplanetaario.fi
 
Ruka Safaris (sauna programmes): http://www.rukasafaris.fi/en/saunas
 
SaunaFlow Blog: http://www.saunaflow.com/
 
Saunas in Puumala, Eastern Finland: http://www.puumala.fi/sauna
 
Sauna sounds by Michael Fletcher: http://www.kolumbus.fi/michael.fletcher/sauna.htm
 
Serena Indoor Aqua Park (the biggest indoor water park in Europe): http://www.serena.fi
 
 
Special saunas (smoke sauna, ice sauna, sauna bus, forest spa etc.) in Ruka (Kuusamo): http://www.rukapalvelu.fi/wellbeing
 
 
 
 
 
Uimola Smoke Sauna (public smoke sauna, traditional Finnish saunas for rent, in Rautjärvi, 30 minutes from the city of Imatra, Eastern Finland): http://www.uimolansavusauna.com
 
Universitas Helsingiensis (sauna facts): http://www.helsinki.fi/lehdet/uh/498b.htm
   
 
Visit Finland (Join the Finns in the sauna): http://www.visitfinland.com/article/join-the-finns-in-the-sauna/
 
Waterfront saunas for rent in Espoo (near the city of Helsinki): http://www.visitespoo.fi/congress/enjoy_espoo/saunas_2
 
Welness & Sauna World (Hallan Saaga, Ukkohalla): http://www.ukkohalla.fi/en/sauna+world/

N.B. All prices mentioned here may change!
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