Finnish sauna culture - definitely not to be missed!
For the Finns the sauna has always had a special significance. The first saunas were smoke saunas and they are still in use today. Heating them using wood takes several hours and the smoke is kept inside the sauna. The world’s biggest smoke sauna can be found at Tupasvilla, just over half an hour’s drive from Jyväskylä. Further information: www.tupaswilla.fi
Nowadays the majority of saunas are heated by electricity and sauna is something enjoyed by the whole family. The steamy heat is normally taken several times with breaks to cool off and relax in an adjoining room. In summer a sauna at a holiday cottage is generally followed by a refreshing swim in the lake, while in winter those brave enough roll in the snow or take a quick dip in an ice hole. Today the vast majority of Finnish homes are equipped with a sauna.
If you would like to take a sauna during your visit, in Jyväskylä this is easily arranged. Saunas can be found in spas and in every hotel. Smoke saunas and sauna facilities for groups, which have to be booked in advance, are often located close to water. And in the city you’ll even find a few floating saunas, the perfect way to enjoy both a relaxing sauna and a glorious summer evening plying Lake Jyväsjärvi.
Sauna, photo: Savutuvan Apaja
Relaxing after sauna, photo: Hanna-Kaisa Hämäläinen