This is not a medieval whip but rather a softer version of it, in Finland it is called either vasta or vihta. This bundle of birch branches is used in the sauna to get the blood circulation going and it will eventually have some sort of effect on your skin. Some like it others not.
| Lake Mahnalanselkä, Mahnala, Hämeenkyrö, Finland. February 10, 2011. -19 C / -2 F. | Mahnala won the Village of the Year award in 2010. It is a small rural community set in the middle of the wonderful Finnish countryside scenery with rolling fields, forest and large, open lakes as the Lake Mahnalanselkä.