Full Definition of sauna. 1 : a Finnish steam bath in which the steam is provided by water thrown on hot stones; also : a bathhouse or room used for such a bath. 2 : a dry heat bath; also : a room or cabinet used for such a bath.
For many Finns, the sauna is revered, sometimes even seen as a holy or sacred space. They are found in most homes and often there are several: summer sauna, winter sauna, cottage sauna, sauna by the lake.
The Säynäjäkangas family have many saunas and enjoy them at least several times a week – both for health reasons and for meditation practice.
We were honoured to be invited to join in their sauna and hot tub routine as night fell and the temperature dropped to minus 15.
Brothers, Arttu and Janne, were ‘ice warriors’ and created a hole in the ice to jump into in-between saunas.
watch the action!