No visit to a Finnish summer cottage is complete without a visit to the sauna. Finland has approximately five million inhabitants and around three million saunas. It’s a way of life here, to relax, spend time with friends and warm up in mid-winter. The majority of homes have their own sauna and, if not, there is usually a shared sauna in apartment blocks where families have their own private use periods.
We then returned to our holiday apartment near Helsinki which overlooks a sheltered bay so we hadn’t left the countryside behind in Savonlinna, but merely exchanged it for another lovely view of Finnish nature!
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