A Celebration of Saunas. For the Finn’s, having a sauna is as essential as a cottage is to Canadians. We are told that there are more saunas in Finland than cars – over 3 million plus. No other country has attached so much national pride to their bath. Cold weather, abiding folk traditions, and hard living conditions (until recently) have made the sauna dear to the Finnish heart.
Where else would you see this many different styled saunas in the world but Finland?
Sauna Gondola in Ylläs
The Sauna Gondola runs on the 2km-long ski lift that brings skiers from the base station to the top of Ylläs, about 800m above sea level. we would’ve loved to see the puzzled expressions on the faces of Doppelmayr’s engineers (the world’s leading ropeway engineering company) when they were commissioned to build a ski-lift in Ylläs and include a custom-built sauna gondola. That’s right, a sauna cabin on a ski-lift!
We are quite sure the engineers doubted the mental state of their Finnish client upon hearing this requirement. However, the engineers rose to the challenge and built the gondola in accordance with the specifications of the Finns, the one and only sauna gondola in the world!
…And other creative saunas in Finland…
“Only in Finland” is a Finnbay column about stuff to look at or do in Finland that’s interesting or weird (relatively, of course), that doesn’t fit anywhere else. It appears weekly, monthly, or maybe even annually, when we are not busy working on other superfluous column ideas.