Smoke sauna on the lake Saimaa
The traditional finnish smoke sauna is something to experience while in Finland. Our smoke sauna is situated in very peaceful place on the lake Saimaa.
Okkola’s smokesauna, “Okkosavu”
Smoke sauna can be reserved from June till August. There is room for 8 persons at a time in the sauna. The reservation also includes a traditional Kota (fire-hut) where you can make fire and enjoy the atmosphere.
Sauna costs 180 € + 5€ / person. The price includes towels and 2 vastas. Please reserve the sauna mimimum 24 hours beforehand, as the preparations for the smoke sauna take some time. Our restaurant Niinipuu is only 200 meters from sauna, and we cater food to the sauna upon request. Please bring your own drinks.
History of Finnish smoke sauna
The sauna has a history of what is guessed to be at least 10,000 years in Finland, and since then has developed into what so many homes in Finland use today; the modern electric sauna. Long before that though, or even before the popular wood-heated stoves so widely used in rural areas like Saimaa, was the Finnish smoke sauna.
The most obvious difference in the Finnish smoke sauna is the chimney, or rather the lack of it. Most modern wood-heated sauna stoves have a chimney to let out the smoke, but not so with the Finnish smoke sauna; instead the smoke of the fire is trapped inside as it would have been millennia ago, along with the heat of the stove that is no longer lost up the chimney. The smoke is allowed out through the door immediately prior to the sauna-goers entering and the sauna then relies on its stored-up heat.
As you can imagine, this gives the Finnish smoke sauna a completely different atmosphere, and makes it a truly unique experience. The moist heat and steam rise from the stove, mingling with the scents of smoke and tar and birch leaves from the traditional sauna vastas. Made from soaked birch twigs, the sauna vastas are used to gently whip yourself or one another, stimulating circulation and filling the air with its aroma.