Sounded like blessed relief but the resulting blast of scalding steam almost finished me off amid dry Finnish chuckles. The next morning, we set off through a snowstorm to Kiasma, Helsinki's museum of modern art. Join more than 10, people in one of the biggest online communities about Finland Become a Fan. From picturesque Provence to the glitzy Cote d'Azur, France was made for exploring — these are the best ways to see it all. A year after his death, inthe house opened as Finland's first art gallery, with paintings by every important 19th-century Finnish artist — a good number of them women.
As in Scandinavia, saunas are revered here for their relaxing effects, circulatory benefits and power to make you sweat a pint in 10 minutes.
The naked truth about saunas
The problem of leery old loners using mixed saunas to gawp, however, genuinely seems absent. But the sauna is also a place of contemplation, and long companionable silences are common. Another person I asked for this post told me that, indeed, Finns see the sauna as being an almost sacred place. Their puce bodies gleamed with sweat. Finns traditionally head to the sauna after work. These were just starters.