perjantai 29. kesäkuuta 2012

"If a sauna, whiskey and tar do not help, the disease is fatal." Finnish proverb

Finnish sauna -design

Kesän kunniaksi päätin tällä kertaa tehdä blogin suomalaisesta saunasta
To the honour of summer, I decided to write this time blog about finnish sauna

History and information about finnish sauna

 Records and other historical evidence indicate that the Finns built the first wooden saunas in the 5th or 8th century.
The lighting in a sauna is dim, and some Finns prefer to sit in the sauna in silence, relaxing. The temperature is usually between 80 °C (176 °F) and 110 °C (230 °F). Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch branches (with leaves on) and swat themselves and their fellow sauna bathers with it. One can even buy vihtas from a shop and store them into the freezer for later (winter) use. Using a vasta improves blood circulation, and its birch odour is considered pleasing.

In Finland swimsuits, towels, or any other garments are rarely worn in the sauna. Families often go to the sauna together, which is not considered eccentric since family saunas are an old tradition. In these private saunas swimsuits or towels are never worn. In public saunas it is more common that men and women go to the sauna separately, although people of both sexes may sometimes bathe together, for example in student clubs. Still, saunas are not associated with sex and sexuality. Quite the contrary, historically saunas have been the most sacred places after the church, and most houses which could afford to build a sauna had one. In older times women also used to give birth in the sauna because it was a warm and sterile environment. Children were occasionally born in saunas still in the beginning of the 20th century. Ancient Finns even believed saunas were inhabited by spirits.
A traditional Finnish sauna ends with a dip in a cool lake or 'avanto' (a hole made in the ice in wintertime) or with rolling in the snow. The idea is to cool off after the sauna (this must be done carefully, to minimize the risk of fainting). Cool-off time can end the sauna experience or it can be followed by another round or two. After showering, it is conventional to have a beverage, most commonly a beer or non-alcoholic drink, or traditionally a shot of Koskenkorva (vodka-like traditional Finnish spirit).
Currently there are more Saunas than personal vehicles in Finland. 

Designing saunas today


Black and white sauna from Saunavision


Walls made of  juniper,  modern saunastove,


Very modern sauna

Also nice and modern sauna via

Traditional barrelsauna,

Barrelsauna inside

Nowadays is very trendy to build an floating sauna. You don´t have to own a plot of land where to  build sauna, just float and take a bath :)

                                Have a nice summer

Tiina :)


2 kommenttia:

  1. Poista kuvatoimistosta luvattomasti varastamasi valokuva. Kuvan käyttö on maksullista, voit myös OSTAA kuvan käyttöösi. Kyseessä kuva saunakiulusta ja vihdasta laiturilla.

  2. Hei anonyymi!

    Tarkoitus ei ollut varastaa, vaan google-kuvahausta vaan latasin tuon kuva ja kuvassa näkyi myös kuvan alkuperä, mutta nyt se on poistettu!
    Mukavaa kesän jatkoa!