Kakslauttanen at night

Once we got back to our igloo, we grabbed our swimsuits and made our way over to the sauna.  The saunas at the resort have towels and are available 24/7.  In addition, since the igloos don’t have actual showers, the sauna building also has all the showers for the entire resort. As I mentioned before, if you are someone who doesn’t like to shower in public, then this is probably not for you.  When you walk into the building, there are three rooms. You enter into the changing area where there are hooks and benches along with towels.  To the left of that room is a small one stall bathroom and then it leads over to the shower room which is laid out in the same way as locker room showers.  From there then you have the last room which is the sauna room.

We changed, grabbed some towels and went into the sauna.  We had been given instructions but left them at the igloo and so we weren’t entirely sure how to manage the sauna.  This isn’t one of those fancy new fangled saunas but rather one with super hot coals, a bucket of water, a ladle and some benches.  To be honest, we just ended up turning on the fire, sitting down, discussing what we needed to do with the bucket and the water and then just assuming that we could enjoy the sauna sans water.

After about 10 minutes, I couldn’t handle it anymore.  If you didn’t know, I cannot handle heat. I would much rather be cold than hot, especially because it’s much harder for me to cool down than it is for me to warm up.  Plus, I do not do well in the heat.  I get dehydrated super quickly and then light headed.  So when we hit 10 minutes, I had to give up and go back to the regular rooms to cool down. We turned off the heat for the coals and redressed and made our way back out to our igloo.

It’s said that most Finnish saunas usually have you soak in the heat and then jump in a cold lake then come back.  We had watched people do very similar things with the hot springs over in Iceland but I was not brave enough to attempt that.

As we settled into our igloo for the night, we prepared ourselves for the Northern Lights.  And by prepared, I mean, we laid down in our beds and crossed our fingers in hopes that we would see something.  The weather hadn’t been too impressive while we were there and there were definitely overcast skies the entire day so we were definitely concerned about our ability to actually see the northern lights during this trip so all we with us was luck.

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