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How to Sauna (properly!)... by Finnmark Sauna

Posted on November 13 2017

It is a real shame that in the United Kingdom and even in the more cosmopolitan capital, London, many people still don't know how to sauna properly. It is unfortunate, but lack of education and not enough support from some sauna retailers has meant that the sadly laughable 1980's adoption of sauna culture still persists in many areas throughout Great Britain. Many Finn's we work with will openly refuse to enter a 'British' sauna, quoting things like poor ventilation, heaters without sauna stones, not being allowed to throw water over the stones (to create a nice löyly), and improper sauna ritual/etiquette by users; as their principal reasons for avoiding. 

Here at Finnmark Sauna, it is first and foremost, our aim to educate people about Finnish sauna. Not least because it is so much better and immeasurably more enjoyable than the half-hacked attempt at sauna that sadly curses many UK spa's, health clubs and gyms. We not only promote proper Finnish sauna construction and design, but also sauna best practice. As part of this, we have created a simple, "airline safety card"-style 'How to' guide:

How to Sauna Properly by Finnmark Sauna

Obviously we are aware that everyone has their own variants on this 'ritual' and some puritans would argue against things like the softening of vihta on the sauna stones or even on the drinking of water inside the sauna, whereas others heavily advocate both. The 'science' of the sauna ritual is undoubtedly contentious, however, we feel that this comic strip most accurately represents our experiences of the Finnish sauna ritual in the many Finnish saunas we have enjoyed, throughout Finland.
As always, thanks for reading and good löyly's to all!


  • Mika: December 05, 2017

    @Pikku Pekka – tru for cheap ones, but Narvi ones are bomb-proof. They are designed to have water thrown on them.

  • marc: November 14, 2017

    first beer and then several times in the sauna? Bad idea!

  • Pikku Pekka: November 13, 2017

    Better to sprinkle water on stones. Some electric stone heaters can short out if they’re drenched in poured water. Wood fired, not so much.

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