The heart of any lake property for a Finn is the sauna. Usually built first and right on the shore, it enables quick dips and relaxing evenings.
A Sauna bath is more of a ritual than a hurried cleansing. The wood-fired stove brings the sauna room to temperature over 60 minutes and provides the crackle, the soft illumination, and the pleasant scent of a spruce fire.
Bathers spend 20+/- minutes in the heat (80-95 degrees C) then dip in the lake and sit on the deck rehydrating. The conversation flows, stress disappears. The cycle repeats as often as you wish, generally 2-4 times. Afterward summer sausage is grilled at the nearby fire pit, evening light fades and the sleep that follows is truly fabulous!