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August 16, 2013

Finnish Sauna

By C. Margery Kempe

What could be more iconic than the Finnish sauna?

My cousin Helka asked me if I wanted one the first day I arrived at her cottage. After a long day of travel it sure sounded good. Oskari and Antti got the fires going, one for the hot water (to wash afterward) and the other for the sauna itself. I had a sauna each night I was there. It was wonderful!

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The beautiful wood: where every sauna begins.
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Wood benches, the bucket and ladle, and of course, the birch whisks; Jussi made these in the traditional style.
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My bed was right outside the sauna.
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If you’re adventurous, you can cool off by running down to the river and jumping in. Refreshing! So I’m told…
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But after a sauna, most enjoy the fine taste of a Karhu beer. Well, I did.
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Late night twilight; at latitude 65° N, night is brief in August.

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7 comments

  • Post authorElizabeth Shore

    Finnish saunas are heavenly! Many people don’t realize that Finns invented the sauna. But with the bitter cold winters they have, it’s only fitting! I’ve done the diving into a lake thing after the sauna but haven’t yet been adventurous enough to roll around in the snow in the winter!

    Reply to Elizabeth Shore
    • Post authorcmkempe

      Really? Who do they think did invent them? Huh.

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  • Post authorMisty Dietz

    LOVE! My great grandparents had a sauna in their house. Funny how they make me feel like I’m suffocating. Suppose it’s one of those #you’redoingitwrong things? LOL My hubs loves them, though. 🙂

    Reply to Misty Dietz
    • Post authorcmkempe

      They must use too much steam. It’s mostly dry heat with a little splash of steam from time to time.

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      • Post authorMisty Dietz

        Too much steam sounds right. Looks like I have to go to Finland to get the real thing. 🙂

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  • Post authorcmkempe

    Always a good choice 😀

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