If you’re ever wondered what a true Finnish sauna experience is about, you’re in the right place. Read on to find out the real sauna routine and how ice-swimming with sauna can really benefit your health and give you that sauna buzz all Nordic people love. The best Finnish sauna is a classic example of how the size of the sauna hot room relative to stove size, stove type, whether it is an electric heated stove, wood-fired, or gas all effect your whole sauna enjoyment. In other words, these factors all play a role in how good the sauna feels to you. The thrilling combination of Finnish sauna and ice-swimming is heightened using a large public wood-burning sauna. Honestly, it’s hard to beat the smell of burning spruce on a crisp winter day after taking a dip under the ice.
The Finnish sauna experience is what keeps the locals coming back for sauna and ice-swimming every week. Some come even daily. When you go to a great Finnish sauna with ice-swimming with a friend, talk about the weather, work or hobbies. Most importantly, when together with another person, going into icy water becomes easier. Rather than picking any old sauna in Finland and going into any hole in the ice, plan your vacation around Tampere, Finland. You will want to try this sauna over and over until you get it right. Practice using this great sauna to get the perfect sauna buzz, a wonderful feeling of well-being. Let your natural endorphins in the body do their job.
This incredible sauna room design gives you the cozy warm feeling of a wood stove, unlike an electrical element type of heat. It's a great place to host sauna competitions!
Sitting on the uppermost benches exposes your ears, face and neck to more heat, causing stinging coming from the steam. Locals love that steam, so water is continuously poured onto the hot stones. Steam hits you faster when sitting on the stove side of the sauna.
If you suddenly feel too hot you can always move to a lower level bench. So if you're up high and a wave of heat hits hard, quickly move to a lower level bench. The locals might smirk, but that's their problem. Try moving up or down bench levels. Start sitting at a lower level at first.
Top bench seating near the sauna stove exposes your body to very intense bursts of heat. Your body feels hotter faster, but then, because the steam moves rapidly upward, life becomes bearable again quite quickly! Ouch, hot!! Try to avoid sitting near the far corners near that door.
Heat can really cause you pain. So be careful where you sit, especially if you are at Rauhaniemi as a first-timer, those seats are for folks who really like it hot!Top of a sauna stove
Flames from the sauna stove
Over 80 centimeter diameter sauna stove top and 100 kilos plus sauna stones puts out LOTS of steam when you throw on water.
Spruce is chopped into 60 cm long pieces supplied by the city of Tampere which power the sauna stove. The attendant responsible for feeding wood wears fireproof clothing while working with this hungry stove.
The sauna stove takes a minimum of 3 hours to heat up the main sitting room, so come to the sauna as soon as the doors open. There are fewer sauna guest then, and the sauna is not at its maximum temperature. The temperature here, believe it or not, is regularly above boiling point!
According to a sauna specialist Pekka Tommila of the Finnish Sauna Society Suomen Saunaseura, the optimal temperature for going to sauna is between 70 -90 degrees Celsius (158 -194 Fahrenheit). At these temperature ranges it feels the best.
Keep in mind that you can always adjust to cooler temperatures by sitting on the lower level benches.
Winter schedule is from October to April.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 3 pm - 7:45 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 pm - 9 pm
Saturdays 12 am - 6 pm
Sundays 12 am - 8 pm
Summer schedule is from May to September.
Mondays through Fridays 3 pm - 7:45 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 2 pm - 6 pm
Ready? Because out we go for a dip in the icy water. Follow the green mats into the water. These electrically heated mats prevent your warm feet from bonding to snow and ice.Lake Näsijärvi - there is a large hole in ice for swimming
Lake Näsijärvi - a stairway to hell.
Always go to the lake with others around. This way, if something happens, you always have help nearby.
The steps down to the edge of the lake are steep, but they're kept warm and salted during the winter season.Lake Näsijärvi - blowers circulating the water keep the ice hole thawed.
No worries, you can try again, if that rush did not quite happen. Warm up well in the sauna. Get as hot as you can. If you are cold coming out of the water, stay in the sauna longer, then come out to go ice-swimming. Locals spend minutes swimming around in icy water. Sure, they are used to it, but they warm up well before and after.
Finish your sauna experience by either going directly to take a shower or to extend that feeling of bliss, after the final warm-up, instead of going from the sauna hot room to take a shower, go into the lake for a final last dip. A quick dip will do - just in and out.
Be sure that you are warm enough before taking a shower or you will be shivering for hours afterwards.
Then go and get changed. No need to shower off. That was how I extended my feeling of bliss at the best Finnish sauna with ice-swimming. With my feeling of well-being significantly extended, I left Kaupanoja feeling great. Hours later, the final effects of my last dip in the freezing lake wore off.
I hope you’ve found ways to improve your enjoyment of the best Finnish sauna, or your own local sauna. Take these design ideas for constructing your public sauna and create a traditional Finnish sauna culture where you live.
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