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
I had a great holiday break in the countryside. I did absolutely nothing, at least nothing useful. I spent time with my family, made long walks, read books, ate well (too well) and heated our sauna almost every night. And after these lazy winter days, I am ready to get back to my normal busy life.
I welcome the year 2013 with joy and enthusiasm. Let it begin, I’m rested and prepared!
Author and photos, Laura
Our friend Anne lives in beautiful Geneva and we are happy to welcome her as our new sauna correspondent in Switzerland!
Anne’s sauna greetings from Geneva
There is a sauna and massage place in the middle of Geneva, on the South end of Lake Geneva. The location couldn’t be any better, and the views are amazing.
There seem to be a lot of people using these facilities on a weekly basis; On the way to the pier you can see people walking with their towels towards the saunas. What is even more amazing is the fact that people swim in the really cold water, some have their swimming suits on, some are naked. It’s like Finland!
There is a restaurant next to it, so after sauna a French onion soup or quiche lorraine with a glass of wine tastes really good. No sausages are available. I’m very happy to see this kind of sauna culture here in the middle of Europe!
Bains des Paquis
Author and photos: Anne
This fall has been incredibly rainy in Finland. Seriously, it has rained almost every day! On a day like this it’s comforting to browse old summer pictures and think back about sunny and warm days.
There is one summer memory which especially makes me smile. In August I had a change to visit Saunasaari (Sauna Island) in Helsinki with my old colleagues.
This small island has different kind of saunas and an amazing view to the coast of Helsinki. You can actually see the Helsinki Cathedral from the beach.
We spent one whole day there and relaxed in different kind of saunas: traditional Finnish saunas, smoke saunas and wood-heated hot tubs.
This sauna lover’s paradise has already existed for over 10 years and it’s a dream come true for its founder, sauna-master Rainer Hanhilahti. He wanted to create an inspiring environment to calm down and to experience nature and traditional sauna culture.
Today Saunasaari is a unique and popular excursion place for companies and groups: Saunasaari
It takes 15 min by boat to get to Saunasaari
Saunasaari is a peaceful and green island
Traditional Finnish sauna in Saunasaari
Sauna-master Rainer Hanhilahti
Amazing view of Helsinki coast
Everything is ready for sauna lovers
Author and photo: Laura