Sauna, ice pools & saunatour

Finnish sauna is an essential part of holiday joys!

For Finns, the sauna has always been the place to bathe, and is an integral part of Finnish homes. There are all kinds of saunas, and the smoke sauna is the most traditional. Almost all holiday homes have electric saunas, and sauna crazy Finns have built saunas everywhere, even in a bus! No wonder the sauna culture from Finland has been inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Sauna should be heated suitably, not too hot. Water is thrown on the hot stones to get nice humid warmth ("löyly" in Finnish). Löyly can be boosted by using a "vasta" made of birch tree twigs, for a gentle whipping. After warm löyly you can cool down sitting on the porch, or take a refreshing dip in icy water. Swimming in icy water is good for blood circulation. We warmly recommend it and welcome you to enjoy the Finnish sauna culture!

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Outdoor winter swimming

Swimming in a hole carved in the ice could be called somewhat crazy, but a lot of Finns rely on this habit as a source of health during the winter. Many of them think swimming in a lake during the summer feels too warm! Some people combine sauna and winter swimming, whereas others think the heat difference is too big and the heat "destroys" the good influences and exhilarating feeling after having been in the cold water. Most people wear a hat, gloves and some kinds of shoes or socks to prevent the extremities from getting too cold. 
Some people may experience health risks especially when moving quickly from sauna to the cold water: patients with various diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma or skin disease. These people should pay attention to the way they bathe or avoid winter swimming and very hot saunas.

Talvijärvi - Rukatonttu
Salonkijärvi - Rukan Salonki
Rukajärvi - Ruka Safaris/Iisakki Village
Petäjälampi - Kuusamon Tropiikki Spa/Rukan Latu 
Heikinjärvi - Isokenkäisten Klubi
Elijärvi - Oivanki Outdoor Education Centre



In Kuusamo you have the opportunity to bathe in saunas in the most extraordinary places. Wellbeing in Wilderness Sauna Tour weekly programme offers a variety of five unique saunas. You get to experience the gentle steam of the smoke sauna and an exotic ice sauna at these locations: Isokenkäisten KlubiPohjolan PirttiRukan SalonkiPyhäpiilo and Ruka Safaris' Iisakki Village.

Saunatour saunas are also certified; Authentic Finnish Sauna Experience Certification is awarded to the best sauna experiences in Finland based on cleanliness, engagement of multiple sense, authenticity and relaxation. 

Ice Sauna at Rukan Salonki, Kuusamo, Finland

More saunas in Kuusamo: 

Scandic Rukahovi Sauna & Spa
Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki Spa  
Ruka Peak Sauna World & Spa
Saunas of the wilderness camps of Rukapalvelu
Floating sauna at Rukajärven Lomamajat


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