Wellness and wellbeing are part of Finland's culture and one reason we're the happiest country on Earth!
Photo by: Harri Tarvainen | Visit Finland

Your Lapland Guide to Saunas & Wellness

Whether it’s hot ears and the diffusing warmth of the sauna, fresh air and the loose limbs of fellside yoga or more traditional healing you seek, you’ll find wellness in Lapland.

 No matter where you go in Finnish Lapland, you might notice that people are generally relaxed and content. Part of the reason Finns are so at peace in general comes from our cultural foundations in wellness and wellbeing. The most well-known (pun intended) might be the sauna, where we go to let the accumulated stress of the day or week melt away. But sauna is just one of the many wellness options and services you’ll find in northern Finland.

S-A-U-N-A – How you spell happiness in Finnish

It’s no secret that Finns love the sauna–after all, we invented it! You can rent a sauna for yourself or your group, or join a public sauna in almost every corner of Lapland. Even better, many saunas offer a nearby hot-tub to make sure your stress has nowhere to go but out!

Enjoying the sauna in Rovaniemi, Finland
There's nothing like a quiet sauna moment in Rovaniemi.
Photo by: Visit Rovaniemi
Enjoying a winter hot tub in Ranua, Finland
Who's up for the hot tub in Ranua, winter be damned!
Photo by: Visit Ranua | Marko Junttila
Aurora sauna in Inari-Saariselkä, Finland
Have you ever imagined seeing the Northern Lights while enjoying a sauna?
Photo by: Inari-Saariselkä | Sami Laitinen
Riverside sauna in Savukoski-Korvatunturi, Finland
Every Finn knows the perfect sauna sits by the river, like this one in Savukoski-Korvatunturi.
Photo by: Visit Savukoski-Korvatunturi

Spa – your all-in-one wellness center

Saunas are all about taking care of yourself. But sometimes you just want to be pampered and let someone else do all the work. That’s why you’ll love the warm waters of spas across the north.

Spa and wellbeing treatments in Salla, Finland
Photo by: Visit Salla
The middle of nowhere is the perfect place for a spa!

The Silence of Lapland

The stunning beauty and soft silence of Lapland are two of the most natural ways to soothe your spirits. There are no reservations needed for a walk in the woods or a gentle meander by a lapping lake. But some providers in Lapland have tailored experiences to introduce you to the wonderful wilderness of Lapland.

Enjoying the silence in Savukoski-Korvatunturi, Finland
Moments of peace are the norm in Savukoski-Korvatunturi.
Photo by: Visit Savukoski-Korvatunturi
A winter campfire in Rovaniemi, Finland
Rovaniemi's winters are quiet, save for the crackling of the campfire.
Photo by: Visit Rovaniemi

Bent Into Shape – massages & yoga in Lapland

Massages and yoga are kind of like two sides of the same coin. With one, firm fingers knead and press your tension away. And the other helps you do it yourself! Here are some of the massage and yoga services offered in Finnish Lapland.

Hot stone massage in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Hot stone massages and cold winter days are the perfect combo.
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo
Yoga in Inari-Saariselkä, Finland
Trees don't stress about anything—neither should you.
Photo by: Inari-Saariselkä
Massage therapy in Ranua, Finland
Ranua's masseuses are ready for you!
Photo by: Visit Ranua | Marko Junttila
Yoga in Rovaniemi, Finland
Mountain pose on a mountain. Cute. ;)
Photo by: Visit Rovaniemi

Lapland Magic – Other wellness treatments

The magic of Finnish Lapland suffuses all we do and all we are. Beyond saunas and hillside yoga, there are traditional and cultural wellness activities offered.

Enjoying the magic of nature and wellbeing it brings in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo | Salla Karhumaa
Pohjolan Pirtti in Ruka-Kuusamo is the perfect place to find some Lapland magic.