Are you interested in sauna culture and the history of smoke saunas in Finland?
Probably the biggest collection of smoke saunas in the world can be found from Sauna Village which is located in Juokslahti, Jämsä. The story begins in 1970’s, when people in Muurame (a little town in Central Finland) started to gather Finnish sauna culture in one place. The aim was to collect different kind of smoke saunas in one area, and save these buildings from time and erosion. All these old saunas together would form a Sauna Village. The collection was so important, that in late 1970’s, Finland’s president Urho Kekkonen was being the protector of the Sauna Village.
Most saunas are build in the end of 1800’s or in the beginning of 1900’s. The oldest sauna in Sauna Village, Palojärvi’s sauna, is from 1700’s, and it has been moved from Enontekiö, a town in northern Finland. The way from Enontekiö to Juokslahti has been long, but now the history of this old sauna is protected. The newest sauna in the village, Virpiö’s sauna, has been build in Muurame in 1940’s, and it is also the biggest sauna in the village. In 2015, Finnish Sauna Culture association started to move saunas from Muurame to Jämsä. Saunas in new Sauna Village were warmed up first time in 2017, the year when Finns celebrated 100 years of independence. The plan is, that all the saunas are moved to Jämsä before the end of 2019.
Address: Pataniemi 420, 42100 Jämsä
Open: All year round, check the opening hours and ask for guided tours email@example.com
Saunas: There are public sauna slots around year. Sauna fee is usually 5 €, and you can find days from Facebook (Saunakylä, page is in Finnish), or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org