Go to Sauna and meet the locals

1/5/2020 12:22 AM

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There is nothing more Finnish than sauna

Many Finns think you can not grasp Finland or its culture without bathing in a sauna. By the Lake Saimaa it is possible to enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Finnish sauna. In addition to a traditional sauna you can pamper yourself for example in an exciting smoke sauna. Enjoy also the refreshing Lake Saimaa by swimming in summer as well as in winter!

Almost all holiday homes have their own sauna and some also have their own hot tub outside, where you can relax between bouts of steam. Per capita, Finland has the highest number of saunas in the world.

Where to find a sauna in Lappeenranta and Imatra region and go winter swimming?

1. Myllysaari lakeside sauna in Lappeenranta by Lake Saimaa

Myllysaari Lakeside sauna is operated by the city of Lappeenranta. It is open in winter and in summer.

Women´s sauna 2019 - 2020:
23.12., 20.1., 3.2., 17.2., 2.3., 16.3., 30.3., 27.4., 11.5., 25.5.

Men´s sauna 2019 - 2020:
30.12., 13.1., 27.1., 10.2., 24.2., 9.3., 23.3., 6.4., 20.4., 4.5., 18.5.

Men: Tue and Thu 14.30 - 20.00
Women: Wed and Fri 14.30 - 20.00

Tickets can be bought on the spot, payment with cash or debit cards (price 6,80 €/person).

Location:
Myllysaari island in Lappeenranta

2. Hossukan Helmi in Imatra by Lake Saimaa

Hossukan Helmi welcomes all people to enjoy sauna and meet the locals! The sauna will be heated up on Thursdays till the end of April 2020.

Sauna for women from between 17.00-19.00 and men from 19.00-21.00. You can also try ice swimming throughout the winter!

The sauna fee is 10 € / person including the use of the indoor sauna, outdoor sauna and outdoor jacuzzi. You can buy a ticket on the spot with cash or a card.

Location:
Hosseinlahdentie 139, Imatra

3. Sauna on Varpasaari island in Imatra

The sauna is operated and owned by a local association and it is also open for visitors.

Opening hours during winter time:
Mon - Fri 16.00 - 20.30
Sat closed
Sun 13.00 - 17.00

The ticket price is 5 €/person including sauna, swimming and shower.

Location:
Near Imatra city centre by river Vuoksi, Varpasaarenpolku 10, Imatra

You can also find other possibilities to go to sauna in the Lappeenranta and Imatra region!
There are plenty of saunas in the cottages in the region and you can also pamper yourself in one of the spas in the area.

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Sauna tips for the beginners

1. Sauna is a place for physical and mental cleansing, and many suggest one should behave in a sauna as they would in church. That is not to say you shouldn´t relax – just kick back and take it easy.

2. Getting invited to a sauna is an honour. It is said that in Finland, more important decisions get made in saunas than in meetings.

3. Yes, Finns go to sauna in the nude even with strangers. In groups, women and men go to sauna separately, but families go together. Don´t worry, Finns will understand if you want to wear a swimsuit or a towel.

4. There are no rules for how often you should throw more water on the stove. Whenever you feel like another wave of steam, go for it.

5. The Finnish sauna tradition is not complete without the sauna whisk made of birch twigs, with which you can give your skin a refreshing work-over during a sauna.

6. Another big favourite is the scents sold in various shops, for putting into the sauna water basin. These will fill your sauna with aromas such as tar and birch.

7. You will be sweating heavily in a sauna, so be sure to drink plenty. Water is probably best for you, but beer and cider is what Finns enjoy the most.

8. The most important thing is to relax, socialise, have a couple of drinks and enjoy the blissful post-sauna feeling of having cleaned both your body and your mind.

If you need help in finding the saunas please contact our tourist information offices, they will be happy to help you with anything you need for your holiday!

Lappeenranta
lappeenranta@gosaimaa.com
The tourist information office is located in the Iso-Kristiina shopping centre

Imatra
imatra@gosaimaa com

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