Sauna culture is an integral part of the lives of the majority of the Finnish population. Traditionally the sauna has been considered a sacred space – 'a church of nature'. It is a place not only to wash one’s body, but also cleanse the mind and embrace a sense of inner peace. There are a variety of forms and approaches in sauna culture, with none taking precedence over another. Traditions are transmitted through families and can be practiced in private homes or public places.
Directed and produced by Annamaria Peltokangas / Camera and editing by Jussi Hellsten / Sound by Ari-Pekka Leinonen