The Telegraph: Peace, solitude and sauna in the world’s happiest country

“In the hottest months, the population of the country’s southern lake land swells with Finns visiting summer cottages. But the area, whose crowning glory is the 1,700-square-mile Lake Saimaa, the fourth-largest in Europe, is compelling year-round.

Sauna really is a national obsession, and here you can get the authentic experience – relaxing in a typical smoke sauna and then sprinting off to jump in the lake, regardless of just how invigorating its temperature might be.”

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