Finnish Smoke sauna and hot tub experience under the twinkling stars. Explore traditional Finnish smoke sauna, take a dip in Lake Saimaa and spend the evening in a hot tub, under clear sky and enjoy.
The sauna has a history of what is guessed to be at least 10,000 years in Finland, and since then has developed into what so many homes in Finland use today; the modern electric sauna. Long before that though, or even before the popular wood-heated stoves so widely used in rural areas like Saimaa, was the Finnish smoke sauna.
The most obvious difference in the Finnish smoke sauna is the chimney, or rather the lack of it. Most modern wood-heated sauna stoves have a chimney to let out the smoke, but not so with the Finnish smoke sauna; instead the smoke of the fire is trapped inside as it would have been millennia ago, along with the heat of the stove that is no longer lost up the chimney. The smoke is allowed out through the door immediately prior to the sauna-goers entering and the sauna then relies on its stored-up heat.
As you can imagine, this gives the Finnish smoke sauna a completely different atmosphere, and makes it a truly unique experience. The moist heat and steam rise from the stove, mingling with the scents of smoke and tar and birch leaves from the traditional sauna whisks. Made from soaked birch twigs, the sauna whisks are used to gently whip yourself or one another, stimulating circulation and filling the air with its aroma.
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Suitable for: Groups, families, couples, individuals
Group size: 1-20 (in each hot tub 6-8 person can bath at the same time)
Availability: All year round
Languages: English, Finnish
Price: 290 € / smoke sauna, 150 € / one hot tub or 250 € / two. Towels 2 € each
Includes: Heated sauna, dressing & washing room, terrace with hot tubs
Extras: Beverages and Finnish sausages to cook on the stove while bathing 10 € / person
Location: Sahanlahti Resort, Puumala, Mikkeli region, Saimaa district
Booking: Sahanlahti Resort, email@example.com, tel. +358 (0)40 779 9896