Finally the weekend has arrived and it is time to heat that sauna of yours! There is no better way to relax your body and mind than to throw some “leil” (means steam in Estonian, “Löyly” in Finnish) in a hot sauna either alone, with family or friends. As sauna culture has been a big part of growing up for us, we wanted to share our passion with you.
Photo: Löyly Helsinki
Let’s start from the beginning
Historically in Estonia and Finland, saunas held a central role in the life of an individual. Every family had a sauna which was heated once a week, usually on a Saturday night. The very first ones did not have any chimneys, meaning that during the heating process the smoke was kept inside. Nowadays there are various types of saunas in use and smoke saunas (“savvusann” in Estonian, “savusauna” in Finnish) are quite rare to find. There are still some enthusiasts and regions where the tradition has been kept alive.
Photo: Tõnu Runnel
There are many great blogs and sites where to gain knowledge about the tradition, culture and benefits of saunas. Here are few we like:
We have gathered some unique saunas for you to discover - from hut like iglusaunas and gondolas to public places where you can enjoy the benefits of heat. Happy discovering!
Saunagondel in Switzerland
Löyly Helsinki - modern seaside sauna
WA_Sauna in the middle of a a lake by goCstudio, Seattle, USA
Iglucraft handcrafted sauna from natural materials, Estonia
* Text sources: a combination of wikipedia, mentioned blogs & our own experience. ;)