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, 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 the 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.