When thinking of Finnishness, certain images and experiences immediately come to mind. For many, the quintessential Finnish experience begins with the soothing embrace of a sauna. As a fan myself, I can attest to the charm of a sauna, especially in the depths of Finnish winter as soon as the temperatures drop to minus.
In the wintertime, the sauna emerges as a sanctuary of warmth and relaxation. It’s not just a pastime; it’s a way of life. The cold and darkness that surrounds Finland for several months every year can be challenging. The phenomenon known locally as “kamos depression” can leave people feeling trapped in a perpetual twilight zone. Because of the lack of daylight, the nights seem endless, and the days grow dim. Don’t be scared, sauna and people around you will help you to get through the darkest times.
In addition to the heat of the sauna, the beauty of Finnish nature conquers the soul. Experiencing nature in the countryside is the best opportunity. Amid unspoiled landscapes, you’ll find free-roaming moose and bears, mirror-like lakes, and forests that offer countless greens, each more enchanting than the last.
When a stressful situation hits you in the face, a trip into the Finnish wilderness can do wonders. Whether you go on a lonely hike, camping with friends, or just exploring nature, Finnish nature has the power to refresh and empower you.
In the rush of our modern world, silence is a rarity. Still, it is a cherished thing in Finland. Silence is not considered rude; it is an opportunity for reflection, peace, and mindfulness. The best place to experience this silence is in the Finnish countryside. Surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature – rustling leaves, the gentle babbling of streams, and the call of birds – you can find the peace you didn’t even know you were missing.
So, the next time you think of Finnishness, remember the sauna’s comforting embrace, the majesty of the Finnish wilderness, and the beauty of embracing silence in a busy world.