a "savusauna" -- a smoke sauna. Smoke saunas have experienced great revival in recent years since they are considered superior by the connoisseurs. They are not, however, likely to replace all or even most of the regular saunas because more skill, effort and time (usually most of the day) are needed for the heating process.

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In Finland saunas are a way of life. In a country of roughly 5 million people you will find million saunas.

Finnish Pulla. Cardamom sweet bread. Finnish traditional coffee bread. Beautiful, delicious, best with a cup of light roast kahvi!

Beautiful, delicious, best with a cup of light roast kahvi!Remembering My Aunt Ida, and having Pulla every time I went to visit her.

Martta Wendelin,

Martta Wendelin was a Finnish artist whose work was widely used to illustrate fairy tales and books, postcards, school books, magazine and book covers.

kesäyö-midsummer night

This makes living in Finland great - the nightless nights. Hopefully we have this great weather during midsummer festivities.

Finnish traditional swing.

Traditional Estonian swing at Pädaste Manor. When the top bar is missing, the serious fun is to do a full circle.

These White Roses are called 'Midsummer Roses' as they are in bloom around our Midsummer in the middle of June.

These white roses in Finland are called 'Midsummer Roses' as they are in bloom around midsummer.

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