When renting the Beach Sauna, you can complete your sauna experience by renting also a traditional smoke sauna. It comes pre-heated for an ultimate experience.

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. Newcomers and connoisseurs alike hold the smoke sauna in the highest regard. The moist heat and steam rise from the stove, mingling with the scents of smoke and tar and birch leaves from the traditional sauna whisks. Made from soaked birch twigs, the sauna whisks are used to gently whip yourself or one another, stimulating circulation and filling the air with its aroma.

The esteem for the sauna in Finland is so great that the quality of a sauna’s atmosphere and steam has its own name, “löyly.” Each sauna will typically have its own unique characteristics and feel to it. The löyly of the Finnish smoke sauna is usually further enhanced by lack of lighting which is in keeping with its origins in the ancient past, and automatically brings about a calm, hushed mood to any sauna-goers venturing inside.

Ask also about separate Experience Packages for learning how to heat a sauna, how to heat smoke sauna and how to make a traditional bath whisk!