The history and tradition of sauna

Sauna is, and has always been, a significant part of the everyday life in Finland.
It is a warm and sterile place where you could wash off the dirt from a days work, get ready for special occasions. It was a space to wash laundry, smoke and dry meat or treat the sick people, give birth and wash the dead ones. Therefore Sauna is present in every step of the Finnish people’s circle of life.

While Sauna had such an important role in the physical life in Finland, it also has a strong spiritual side. There are hundreds of tales about the sauna spirits, the elves and gnomes that live in Sauna and the ways people had to keep them happy, so they don’t harm the Sauna or the people using it.

The fact that Finland has about 3 million saunas and 5,5 million people, means that almost every family in Finland owns their own sauna. In the cities, where there were no private saunas, people used to go to public saunas. A very strong culture developed around these public saunas, as there was very little other places to get clean. Finnish people get used to sauna as little babies and are, so to speak, born into the culture.

In the 50’s the bathrooms in apartments became more common and the public sauna culture started to fade. Since beginning of 2010 the public sauna culture has gone through a facelift and has again become a more and more wanted thing. People are now seeking for places to gather, relax and enjoy the beautiful, unique and sacred atmosphere Sauna can offer.

Nowadays saunas are not anymore used for giving birth or treat sick people, but the mental healing, relaxing, talking about difficult and important things in life, has not changed. Public saunas have always been places to meet people, a place where your status has no meaning and everyone is welcome.

The  Kaurilan Sauna building dates from the early 19th century. It was located in Tuusula, a city near Helsinki. This traditional log cabin was moved into a historic Meilahti Villa area in 1995 and has served as a sauna building ever since. The private sauna was opened to the public in 2009.

Kaurilan Sauna's owner, Saara Lehtonen, has always had a strong love for sauna and it's culture. Her dream was running a public sauna as in her opinion everybody should have a possibility to experience the special and authentic atmosphere of the beautiful Kaurilan Sauna.

While the everyday life around us gets busier the importance of having a real break every now and then has become significant. When you are in the sauna, you are far away from the hectic social media, stress and the everyday llife. Saara loves giving the visitors a chance to hear their own thoughts, breathe and first and foremost have a space to pause.

When Saara started her sauna business she made all the linen towels and seat covers herself. Because the Sauna does not have any electric lights she also produced the lace candles.  As visitors started buying the towels and candles she made, she started to expand the assortment into nature cosmetics which can be tested and bought at the sauna.

Nowadays the wide range of different products such as vegan deocreams, saltsoap, shampoos and footbath tablets, are sold all over Finland. All these products are handmade by Saara in her workshop next to the Sauna.

Kaurilan Sauna has public sauna sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
During other times and days the sauna can be hired for private events for groups up to 15 people. The Kaurilan Sauna offers all equipment like towels, sauna seat covers and washing products for a perfect sauna experience.

Kaurilan Sauna represents the traditional log cabin sauna. It is located in the green heart of Meilahti, the sea is only a short distance away, you can smell the salt in the air while having a break from the steam room out on the tree surrounded sauna veranda.

Despite its location in the middle of the nature, it is only a 10 minutes walk away from public transport and in 20minutes you are in the centre of Helsinki. 

With the beautiful ambience and authentic atmosphere Kaurilan sauna sees every guest as equally important and welcomes them to experience the full relaxation of body and soul. The rustic decorations and candle light bring the harmony from the olden days. In the steam room you can enjoy the gentle heat of a wood heated sauna stove. 

Lämpimin terveisin,
Kaurilan Sauna
Saara Lehtonen