Relax in saunas on the shores of Lake Saimaa
Water splashes on warm stones which sizzle and let warm steam into the room. It is warm and relaxing to be on the bench of sauna. While cooling off, you can sit on the dock and admire the beautiful nature or take a dip in the pure and fresh lake water.
A summer cottage with a lakeside sauna in a beautiful lakeside setting is a dream destination for most Finns. Described as the happiest people in the world, they seek strength in nature and cottage life is seen as a refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In the Lake Saimaa region, you will find many high-quality rental cottages where you can enjoy your holiday in peace and quiet.
The cottage and the sauna are important places for Finns. The pure nature and water of the Lake Saimaa region invite tourists to experience the Finnish cultural heritage in its most authentic form.
Stay at a cottage by Lake Saimaa all year round
Traditionally, Finns spend their summer holidays camping and enjoying the peace and quiet of nature. Especially at Midsummer, the towns empty out as people and their families or groups of friends head out to celebrate the midsummer festival in the middle of nature. It is a time to eat well, play outdoor games, swim and have a sauna.
In summer, you can also go boating, fishing, berry picking and hiking in nature. Although summer is the most popular time to go cottaging, well-equipped villas can be enjoyed all year round. With the arrival of autumn, you can enjoy the autum foliage, when nature colours the trees and earth with bright colours. There are also many edible mushrooms in nature, which can be used to prepare tasty meals. In winter, the white slopes invite skiers and in mid-winter the ice invites ice fishers and ice skaters. Equipment for the various activities can be hired from local leisure services.
Experience the most authentic Finnish tradition – Sauna
For most people, the most important feature of a cottage is the sauna. For Finns, the sauna is a beloved, almost sacred place. The sauna is a place to enjoy the warmth and escape the pressures of everyday life. According to some estimates, there are around 3.2 million saunas in Finland. If you are looking for an authentic Finnish sauna experience, you can try a typical lakeside sauna, a traditional smoke sauna, a modern electric sauna or a floating sauna.
Finnish sauna culture is a centuries-old tradition. In addition to bathing, the sauna has been used for giving birth, treating the sick and preparing food. There have been myths and traditions associated with saunas. It is still associated with customs that are important to Finns. Many Finns have a sauna on Saturdays and for the Midsummer sauna they make a birch whisk. In 2020, the Finnish sauna tradition was included on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. In addition to the traditions, Finns appreciate the health benefits of the sauna. Sauna relaxes the body, helping with possible muscle aches and pains and has also been shown to lower blood pressure. Sometimes it is nice to cool off with a dip in the refreshing lake water. In winter, the more adventurous ones swim in the ice, which has also been shown to have a number of health benefits. Dipping in the icy water gets the blood circulating.