M/S SAUNASHIP HELSINKI
FINNISH SAUNA TRADITION AND THE ARCHIPELAGO
What would be a better way to experience this beauty, peace and quiet of the archipelago than taking a panorama tour through the jigsaw puzzle of islands in a relaxing atmosphere of saunaboat and experience an integral part of the Finnish culture.
In our saunaboat we can offer you and your company a tailored service package based on your individual needs, such as Helsinki by the sea tour, whereby we can take you through some of the essential sights along the Helsinki coastline, such as Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, Helsinki Zoo island, Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, the Sibelius Monument, the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral as well as Pihlajasaari and Iso Vasikkasaari islands. Furthermore, nature photograph cruise, fishing cruise, wine tasting cruise, culinary cruise as well as sausage by the fire, among others, can be arranged. All these options can be enforced with traditional Finnish pastime activities like mölkky or pölkky, for example.
M/S SAUNASHIP HELSINKI
During weekdays (Mon-Fri) we operate open 2 hour cruises (with weather allowance). Departure for the cruises takes place from central Helsinki at Ehrenströmintie 3, 00140 HELSINKI. Cash payment upon boarding is 35 € on weekdays and 45 € on weekends/person. Everyone should take along own swimming costumes and towels (compulsory). On-board we can sell you refreshments, coffee, buns and sandwiches.
Reservations for the cruises are required via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +358 44 5955 811.
TRIVIA: HOW TO MAKE A TRADITIONAL FINNISH BATH WHISK
Start by picking up branches from healthy birches if possible, sometimes you can use rowan and willow as well. There should be leaves up to the top of the branches, if you don t like to have a whip. Collect a nice bush of branches, just enough to hold them in your hand and start to heap them up. Clean the stems of the branches out of leaves and small branches and leave the leaves up to 25-30 cm. Start the heaping with the bigger branches by rolling the bunch in your hand. Leave the short branches last to get a round whisk. Bend the whisk with a twig made of a young birch, the thickness of wich is same as a pencil. Put the head of the twig, sharpened with a knife, through the handle and leave the leaf end among the branches. To get a tight binding, wrap the twig twice around the handle and once again over the first rounds. Tighten up the binding and lock it by putting the sharp end under the rounds. If you have time and nerves, you can make two bindings for very handle. To get a strong twig, you can roll it in your hands while screwing and the extra part of the twig is a good loop to hang the whisk in to the sauna wall. To finish the whisk, you can cut the end of the handle round and there you have an original Finnish whisk. Before using a whisk, you can put it down in warm water to get it softer and have some natural perfume in the sauna steam...