Nallikarista löytyy useita saunatiloja löylyistä nauttimiseen

Discover the rich tradition of Finnish sauna culture

The tradition of the Finnish sauna dates back over 2,000 years. Saunas have been place for relaxing, making important decisions and gathering together to the place considered a neutral ground where everyone is equal. Even today, sauna bathing is a part of Finnish tradition and culture, and an important aspect of everyday life.

Introduction to Finnish sauna culture

Finland, the land of a thousand lakes, is equally renowned for its saunas. The Finnish sauna is not just a place to cleanse the body, but a deeply rooted cultural tradition that promotes relaxation, social interaction, and well-being. With over three million saunas in a country of about 5.5 million people, saunas are an integral part of Finnish life. Whether nestled by a seaside cottage in Nallikari or in a modern city apartment, saunas hold a special place in the hearts of Finns.

The Finnish sauna experience

A traditional Finnish sauna typically involves heating a small room to a temperature between 70°C and 100°C (158°F to 212°F) using a wood-burning stove or an electric heater. The key component of a sauna is the kiuas, or stove, which is covered with stones that are heated until they are hot. Water is then thrown on these stones to produce löyly, a burst of steam and heat that envelops the room.

Saunas can be enjoyed alone or in the company of family and friends. There are private and public saunas all around the country. They provide a serene environment to disconnect from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with oneself and others.

Essential tips for Finnish sauna etiquette

Experiencing a Finnish sauna for the first time can be both exhilarating and a bit daunting. Here are some essential tips to help you navigate the unique customs and etiquette:

  1. Shower first: Almost every sauna space there is always water available. Always take a thorough shower or dip in the near water before entering the sauna. This not only cleanses your body but also helps keep the sauna environment hygienic.
  2. Respect nudity: In Finland, it is customary to sauna in the nude. While this might feel unfamiliar to some, it is a natural and accepted part of the experience. In public saunas, there are often separate times and spaces for men and women and usually one can also use a towel if needed. Insecure situations it is always possible to ask help for the locals.
  3. Quiet contemplation: Saunas are places of peace and relaxation. Engage in quiet conversation or simply enjoy the silence. Loud talking and disruptive behavior are generally frowned upon.
  4. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water before and after your sauna session. The heat is consuming a lot of body hydration balance. It’s also common to enjoy a cool beverage, after a sauna.
  5. Sauna cycle: The typical sauna session involves a cycle of heating up in the sauna and then cooling down outside or in a cold shower. Repeat this process as many times as you feel comfortable and enjoy the positive impacts of your body.

Experience the Finnish sauna culture in Nallikari, Oulu

Located in the vibrant city of Oulu, Nallikari is a prime destination to immerse yourself in authentic Finnish sauna culture. Whether you prefer a private sauna experience or a communal one, Nallikari Holiday Village offers a variety of options to suit your preferences.

Private saunas in Poiju Villas and Kuura & Aava hotel apartments

For those seeking a more intimate and personalized sauna experience, the Poiju Villas and Kuura & Aava Apartments in Nallikari Aalto provides private own saunas. These accommodations are designed comfort in mind, ensuring that you can relax and enjoy the sauna in complete privacy. The private saunas are an excellent choice for couples, families, or small groups who wish to savor the sauna experience at their own pace.

Public saunas in service buildings

Nallikari also features public saunas located in the service buildings, which are accessible to all guests of the Holiday Village, including those staying in the camping area and Holiday Cottages. During the summer months, these saunas are heated daily from 6 PM to 9 PM, allowing guests to unwind after a day of activities. In the winter, the public saunas are available three times a week, providing a warm retreat from the cold. The public saunas offer a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow travelers and share the unique Finnish sauna tradition.

Bookable private sauna Meriholsti

For an exclusive and versatile sauna experience, consider reserving the Meriholsti sauna. This facility is available for private bookings and is divided into two sections: Ulappa and Majakka. Both sections are equipped with their own saunas, making Meriholsti an ideal option for larger groups or events with max 25 people. Whether you’re hosting a celebration or simply seeking a secluded sauna session, Meriholsti provides a stunning setting and top-notch amenities.

Whether you choose a private or public sauna, Nallikari Holiday Village promises a memorable and rejuvenating experience. Embrace the heat, enjoy the steam, and feel the soothing benefits of the Finnish sauna in this picturesque coastal setting.


The Finnish sauna is more than just a place to bathe; it’s a profound cultural experience that offers a glimpse into the heart of Finnish life. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a curious newcomer, embracing the traditions and etiquette of the Finnish sauna can be a deeply rewarding experience. So next time you visit Finland, make sure to take part in this timeless ritual and discover the true essence of Finnish relaxation and community.