This summer I was lucky to return to the US. I spent two wonderful vacation weeks there: I visited my old home town in CT, saw friends and also enjoyed the heat of Manhattan. I had a great time and I hope I’m able to go back soon.
I love travelling, but there is just one small thing I don’t fancy and that is jet lag. Fortunately I’m not so sensitive to time difference as one of my friends. She needs sleeping pills every time she travels over the seas. I try to give my jet lag a soft death.
I have noticed that a sauna is the most effective tool to get sleep and jump back in the right time zone. Also this time it worked. I took a long bath in our home sauna before I went to bed. The heat of sauna made my body relaxed and some how it tricked my mind to the sleeping mode. Another great reason to have a home sauna!
Author and photo: Laura
Last summer I had my first smoke sauna experience and I will never forget it. My friend invited me to her summer place with a beautiful dark smoke sauna. She had heated the sauna for several hours, almost the whole day, to get it ready for us. We arrived just in time to see how big logs you use for heating and how to get the smoke out of the sauna. Because that’s what you do before going in.
Inside the smoke sauna it is very dark and cozy, because you don’t have any big windows, only a very small window to get some light in. You can sense the existence of our ancestors and their life style: pure, simple and rough.
What I learnt is, never volunteer to be the first one to go to a smoke sauna. It is so hot. Even though the ladies went second, I was not able to sit on the sauna bench without a several times folded towel under my butt, and I had to dip in to the river every now and then to cool my skin.
But, after a while the heat became so smooth and gentle, and we spent several hours enjoying this very special way of sauna bathing.
Have a wonderful midsummer.
Laura & Kati
photo: Teija Soini, www.fotosoini.com
Finally the weather is getting warmer! In Finland it means a few things.
First, people are coming out of their houses. You can see neighbors you haven’t seen during the whole winter. Suddenly all people are outside gardening, running, walking and the weirdest of all, talking with each other.
Secondly, it’s not dark anymore. Days are getting longer every day and there is so much more time to do things. Visiting a friend at 9 pm is something you never do in the winter time, but now you can easily stop by.
One day last week I was on Facebook, and noticed that many of my friends has also stayed out long and enjoyed the warm weather. Those stunning sun set pictures brought the summer to my mind. I thought of warm and peaceful summer nights when the sun doesn’t go down, the mind and the body are relaxed after swimming and sauna and there is no hurry anywhere. Just watch these beautiful pictures and you can feel the same.
Photos: Kim, Maippi, Marjukka, Meri, Pia & Suvi
This has been a long and cold Spring. It’s almost May and there are still no leaves on trees and the weather drops below 32F during the nights. Every day I dream about my old home town in the US and its colorful and blooming spring time.
Few days ago we had a cold, but a sunny day. I went to Helsinki and ended up visiting small design and craft shops situated between the Senat Square and Market Square. I found a cute sauna textile shop with towels and sauna pillows in bright and cheerful colors. There is no green or yellow outside, but let them come inside!
Photos and author: Laura
Last week I visited Saariselkä, one of the oldest and most known travel destinations in Finnish Lapland. I used to visit there every year when I was a kid, and that’s why it always has a special place in my heart.
The place has changed a lot since my childhood. It has become a big resort with all kinds of family activities. Despite all new attractions, Saariselkä has managed to keep its own restful atmosphere. It still has the best cross-country skiing conditions in Lapland.
I spent five days skiing, walking and enjoying surrounding nature and silence. After spending the whole day outdoors, I relaxed in a sauna we had in our cabin.
For the sauna lover Saariselkä is a great place to visit. Almost every cabin has its own sauna and there are public saunas and spas as well. The bravest ones can visit the famous smoke sauna situated in the Kiilopää Fell Centre. After a sauna and ice-swimming you definitely are able to leave your rush and worries in the wilderness!
Information about Saariselkä: saariselka.fi, gosaariselka.com
Photos: Laura, Mauri, Antti-Jussi and Kiilopää Fell Centre