The sauna is one of the national icons of Finland. It is the same as pizza is for Italy or the kangaroo is for Australia. Sauna is for Finnish people as a passion and a part of their national identity. “Sauna” is a Finnish word, and it is the only Finnish word that has entered the world’s vocabulary.
A sauna is for every occasion. It is used not only for leisure time but also for business. In Finland, it is considered normal to hold business meetings in saunas. A sauna is an excellent place for negotiations and exchanging ideas due to its social nature and relaxing effects.
While a hot sauna may seem like a cruel punishment to inexperienced bathers, it is an enjoyable experience.
A short swim in a lake makes for the perfect sauna experience. In Sotkaniemi cottage, we had a sauna in a separate building next to the lake. We used this sauna every evening, and we believe that this made us more relaxed on that vacation.