A warm sauna after a cold day in Lapland
After spending an adventure day in Lapland by driving a snowmobile, snowshoeing or experience ice fishing, what is better than enjoying a Finnish sauna?
We all know it, a good sauna is a relaxing experience, but it also helps Finnish people to cultivate a healthy lifestyle. Indeed, on top of being great to clear your mind, it has been proven to be excellent for your body. When alternated with the cold of a shower for instance, the heat of the sauna will help your blood circulation and avert hypertension. This combined with the absence of technology will help you relax, improve the quality of your sleep and boost your metabolism and immune system. Yes, you will need to stay hydrated and drink water before and after your experience, but other than that, you will enjoy a warming and enchanting moment.
A Finnish tradition beloved in the whole world
Getting familiar with the sauna will allow you to experience the Finnish way of life. It is will both help you relax and understand Finland and its people. But how does it work and most importantly, how do Finnish people traditionally use it?
The first step is of course to get rid of your technological devices and drink some water. The second step is to take all your clothes off. Indeed, Finnish people tend to prefer to experience the sauna naked, so don’t be surprised if you find out that people don’t wear bathing suits in public saunas. If you are not comfortable with nudity, don’t worry ! In Finland, it is easy to find a private sauna or a sauna reserved to men or women.
After that, it is up to you! You can either have a deep and meaningful conversation with your friends or reflect on your thoughts and relax. Finns will usually take small breaks to have a refreshing shower and breath some cooling air. Another good way to cool down is of course to jump in the snow. It can seem extreme, but the sensation is incomparable and guarantees a unique moment. If you are found of these sensations, Rovaniemi is the perfect place for you! Indeed, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself and jump in the freezing water of the river.
To take your sauna to another level, there is nothing better than a good massage. For this, you can use stones or a more typical device, branches!