Source: Mart Vares
There is no way you can return home without having tried the great ol’ Estonian sauna. This 800-year-old custom is as refreshing and invigorating as ever and best enjoyed in a good company, surrounded by nature.
While UNESCO-listed smoke sauna experience is the most Estonian you can go, we also ‘heat up’ a pretty descent Finnish sauna. There’s nothing better after a long day in the nature than to cover yourself in honey and experience the perhaps a new term in your vocabulary called ‘whisking’, also known as ‘a gentle beating’.
In contrary to the perhaps alarming description, ‘whisking’ is a healthy exfoliation with birch twigs and an integral part of the authentic Estonian sauna tradition. The many sauna benefits include stress relief and weight loss. Estonians simply love the sauna, and you are bound to find one sizzling in almost every summer cottage, spa and country lodge.
By following the example of locals, visitors can learn how to stay warm and cosy during a winter visit.
Saunas in Estonia come in all shapes and sizes including in a barrel, on a boat and on board a fire truck.
Ideas for adventurous travellers who want to venture past the main sights and explore mysterious, lesser known places.