15 January 2008

A sauna for every occasion

Mobile sauna
We all know the Finns take their saunas seriously. Indeed the sauna is an intregal part of Finnish culture. But I don't think I realised just how obsessed with them the Finns are, until I saw a small press release from the Finnish tourist board today.

Saunas are commonplace in Finnish homes, and of course, hotels and spas. In fact there are an estimated 2 million saunas in Finland - a country with only 5 million people. But the Finns will take a sauna anywhere, and this release listed a few other locations...

The sauna truck. A sauna on an articulated lorry (see photo above) which people can hire for parties or special occasions. Apparently often seen at events like outdoor concerts.

The sauna ship. Hired by the hour and takes up to 8 passengers.

The forest sauna experience. This is a 3-in-1 sauna experience in the Seita Forest Spa; a herbal one, a smoke sauna and a traditional sauna. They also have a sauna in a bus!

The sauna island. Well, lots of islands actually. Finland has 180,000 of them and many of them have private saunas for rent.

and...

the cable car sauna! A sauna, currrently under construction, inside a gondola at the resort of Yllas in Finnish Lapland. Seriously!



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