22 Reasons You Actually Need To Get Inside A Sauna Right Now

Well done, Finland.

1. Saunas are hands down the greatest thing to come out of Finland.

2. There are over 2 million saunas there.

And Finland’s population is just 5.3 million. So pretty much every Finnish household has a sauna.

3. Saunas are toasty warm.

Finns traditionally take a sauna - which is heated to between 80-110°C - in the evening, after washing.

4. And their wood fires smell really lovely.

5. Especially if you put a few drops of essential oils into the water before throwing it onto the kiuas.

Throwing water onto the hot stones above the sauna’s fire creates löyly, a type of steam that increases warmth and humidity.

6. There’s basically nothing more relaxing than lying back in a sauna after a long day’s work.

The heat of a sauna even relaxes muscles and soothes joint aches.

7. Plus, it improves your circulation and encourages your body to release endorphins.

8. But the best part of taking a sauna is popping out for a dip in the lake.

9. Which is icy cold.

10. Of course, once you’ve had a dip, you’ll need to warm up again.

11. Saunas also cleanse your skin.

12. In Eastern Finland, sauna goers often beat their bodies with vihta, which are bunches of silver birch leaves.

This also relaxes muscles and has a soothing effect on itchy mosquito bites.

13. Of course, if you get too hot, it’s probably best to have another dip.

14. And enjoy Finland’s beautiful scenery.

15. Before warming up again.

16. Saunas are even incredible in the winter.

17. And you can still go for a dip if you cut a hole into the ice covering the lake.

18. There’s no better way to follow a sauna than with an ice cold beer.

19. Or, depending on the time of year, a warm cup of coffee.

20. And a yummy sausage.

21. So just sit back and enjoy the sunset.

22. So Scandi-chic.

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Tabatha Leggett is head of buzz at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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