What is a Traditional Finnish Sauna And Where to Try it

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The sauna has been deeply rooted in Nordic culture for centuries and is more than just a steamy room. It’s a ritualistic experience deeply ingrained in the relaxation and wellness routine of the culture. Originating from Finland, the sauna tradition has spread worldwide. Here’s everything you need to know. 

What is a Traditional Finnish Sauna?

A traditional Finnish sauna is typically crafted from natural wood, giving it a cozy, rustic atmosphere. Water is poured over hot stones producing steam, which in turn raises the temperature and humidity. In most places, the sauce is free of modern amenities. The focus is on the sauna’s essence.

Where to Experience it?

Several places worldwide offer authentic Finnish sauna experiences. Of course, the best place to go is the homeland of saunas, Finland itself. In Finland, you can find traditional public saunas and lakeside cottages, but almost every hotel will have one for you to enjoy.

Scandinavian countries like Sweden, Norway, and Denmark also usually have saunas in spa settings. 

But if you can’t make it that far north, wellness resorts and spas around the world often incorporate Finnish sauna experiences. So do a quick search to see if there is one in your area.