We will pick you up from central Helsinki and bring you to the beautiful smoke sauna which is surrounded by Finnish forest.
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The savusauna (smoke sauna) is a special type of sauna without a chimney. Finns think it the country’s best-kept secret. Like a spiritual experience, the smoke sauna experience is something that cannot be described by words, but has to be experienced: it’s the enjoyment of its transitory effects which result in longer lasting feeling of well-being called “löyly” in Finnish. Heating process goes for 5-6 hours so that large amount of wood is burned in a particularly large stove and the smoke fills the room. When the sauna is hot enough, the fire is allowed to die and the smoke is ventilated out. The residual heat of the stove is enough for the duration of the sauna. Secret lies in a soft heat and the aroma of wood-smoke. Walls and ceiling always remain with thick black residue. Air exchange is the most important factor in a sauna: the smoke can easily come out and fresh oxygen come in.
Our guide will tell you everything you need to know about Finnish sauna culture and how you can go about resting in yours for the day. Remember that saunas are hot, and you will be sweating, so it is important that you have something to drink by your side.
Once we have heated up we will step outside to cool down and breathe in the fresh air. There is a lake just outside the sauna where we can go for a swim, and if you are brave enough to join us in the winter we will go for the famous arctic dip!
Please bring your own bathing suit and a water bottle with you. Towels will be provided by us.
Start: Helsinki City Center
Includes: professional guide who will teach and tell about sauna, sauna-sandals, a towel, sauna