Why is Arctic sauna a must-do?

Finns really know how to enjoy the best things in cold environments, but sauna is the most important place for a Finn. Did you know that there are actually more saunas in Finland than there are cars? Saunas are associated with cleanliness, time off and relaxing. Several studies show that there are various health benefits connected with sauna and ice swimming. Now you have a chance to experience first hand how it feels when blood is rushing through the veins. You will enjoy it for sure!

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Arctic Sauna activity includes:

  • Transportation with a car or minivan

  • Traditional Smoke Sauna and Ice swimming, total duration 2h

  • Towels

  • Guide who can answer all your questions regarding the sauna traditions

  • Price per person is 60€

  • Pickup service is provided within 10km of Saariselkä resort

  • Sauna is heated on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 15:00

  • Departure from Arctic Timetravels office: Saariseläntie 14

Please notice:

Online booking must be made at least 24h before the departure to allow us to make the necessary arrangements. You are always welcomed to visit our office at Saariseläntie 14 (Gielas, Santa´s Hotel Tunturi) to find out the availability of your desired activity for the same or the next day.

Online booking minimum is 2 persons. Please contact us via email if your group is less than 2 persons or more than 10 at

What is so special about 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 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. (More information: Smoke Sauna)

No one should leave Finland without experiencing the dry heat of a traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna!
— Nicky Haldin, CEO

Ice swimming gives you a energy boost

Ice swimming is currently enjoying something of a renaissance in Finland, even among the young. It has traditionally been something that older people enjoyed, but recent generations have made swimming in icy water rather more fashionable. It’s no longer all about toughening you up, a ritual or being macho, but simply an incomparable energy boost. As soon as you’re back on dry land your circulation kicks in and your body starts to warm up. (More information: VisitFinland)


Who is the activity for?

In Finland, all people of all ages go to sauna. This is definitely a whole family activity. However, we do recommend you to consult your doctor or healthcare provider if you have health issues, that might prevent you to go to a sauna. 


how do i need to be prepared? 

Bring a bathing suit and if you like, something to drink at the sauna. Towels are provided.


Booking and price

Sauna is heated on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting from 16:00 for the cost of only 60€ 


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