A few months ago I had a chance to visit a cozy and original site called Herrankukkaro (“Mama’s Pocket”) built upon an old fishing village. It was located in the Turku archipelago in Southwest Finland and used mainly for business meetings and team building.
Herrankukkaro has put effort to their own sauna spa area because they want to cultivate the Finnish cultural sauna heritage. The spa has four different smoke saunas, including the world’s largest smoke sauna for up to 124 people!
The place is probably at its best in the summer time, but I think it had a special, almost magical atmosphere in the winter. During my stay the weather got cold extremely fast and I saw something impressive. I witnessed the sea freeze. Never seen that before!
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Pictures and text: Laura
Have you ever tried mushroom hunting? I love to walk in the forest, and usually I only admire beautiful nature and its silence.
A little while ago I had a chance to participate in a mushroom hunting lesson. We learned what mushrooms are edible and how to identify them.
Cold nights had done damage to many mushrooms, but luckily we found some beauties. Yellow chanterelles were my favorites.
Afterwards we were able to visit a traditional lake sauna. It was a fun and relaxing day!
It’s time again to launch our annual sauna photo competition! We are looking for your sauna memories and we are eager to get all kinds of sauna photos. Last year we received great photos and you can see one of them, a wintery smoke sauna, above.
How to enter
Go to our Facebook page and “like” us. Then, post your photo on our wall before February 28th. Remember, the photo you post, needs to be your own. You can also send your photo to us by email: email@example.com. Please leave your name or nick name with the photo. We will publish photos on our website and on our Facebook page.
Among all those who have shared their photos with us, we will raffle beautiful sauna textiles by Zalando.
We are looking forward to get your amazing pictures!
Laura & Kati
Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year for all sauna friends all over the world!
Laura & Kati
When I was a child my favorite thing in the countryside was to go to the sauna and then jump in the snow and then run back inside as fast as possible.
It used to be a real competition among my family members. The winner was the one who could lie in the snow longer than others. And the bravest of us made snow angels!
There was a lot of screaming and laughter and afterwards it felt amazingly good. My mind and body was totally freshened up.
Nowadays my kids continue our tradition but I don’t want to leave the comfort of the steam room. But there are times when a combination of sauna and soft white snow gets too tempting…
Author and photos: Laura