Finnish Smoke Sauna
“When Jeff & Kiia picked us up it was like we were hanging out with good friends. They made our first sauna experience comfortable and a ton of fun. Would love to do other excursions with them if I had time.” – Stu
Duration: year-round 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Nov - Mar additional time available 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Level of difficulty: Easy
Group size: 2-8 persons
Included: Transportation, professional guide, sauna entry fee, sauna-sandals and a towel
Availability: All-year around
Gear needed: Water bottle, bathing suit, soaps and shampoo
Price: 65 € per person
Booking calendar below.
Take relaxing to the next level
We are in the land of saunas – there are roughly three million of them in a country with a population of 5.5 million.
Warming up to traditionsDuring this excursion will take you to the smoke sauna, which is held in the highest esteem by most Finns. As it is heated to around 80-100 degrees Celsius, water is thrown on the rocks (which we have a word for here in Finland: Löyly). This sends a wave of heat throughout the sauna, which in turn helps you to relax, relieve stress, release sweat to flush toxins, help muscle stiffness, and clear your skin.
• Experience an authentic Finnish smoke sauna
• Swim in a freshwater lake
• Ultimate relaxing experience
• Do the most Finnish thing possible
Min. 2 persons per booking. Contact us if you would like to do a single booking. If you would like to have this trip as a private tour or booking with less than 6 hours before the start time, please contact us here.
Journey for the day
From Start to Finish: Your Journey for the DayWe will pick you up from central Helsinki and bring you to the beautiful Kuusijärvi smoke sauna which is surrounded by Finnish forest. Our guide will tell you everything you need to know about Finnish sauna culture and how you can go about resting in yours for the day. Remember that saunas are hot, and you will be sweating, so it is important that you have something to drink by your side.
Cooling off in the lakeOnce we have heated up we will step outside to cool down and breathe in the fresh air. There is a lake just outside the sauna where we can go for a swim, and if you are brave enough to join us in the winter we will go for the famous arctic dip! Go ahead take a photo, otherwise no one will believe you!
After our dip we will head back into the sauna to warm up again and then we will repeat the entire experience twice more. With each dip comes more pleasure and we believe three swims is the magic number.
All that being said, there is no right and wrong to enjoying the sauna. Most importantly you ought to be comfortable. You may have heard that the Finns bathe in the heat naked, but since we are at the public mixed smoke sauna it is mandatory to wear bathing suits, so no sweat! (Okay, there still will be sweat.)
Kuusijärvi is a popular destination and there is a limited capacity in the smoke sauna.. So we may have to wait our turn in the cafeteria. The length of this total trip including transportation will be 2-3 hours depending how long you would like to be in the sauna and if there is a cue.
After an hour of sauna and swimming it will be time to take a shower, get clean clothes on, and return to Helsinki.
Please bring your own bathing suit and a water bottle with you. Towels will be provided by us.