Dear ISA members and other sauna people

The end of this year has been and is full of sauna events including also the 80th Anniversary of the Finnish  Sauna

Society which was celebrated in October with many events in  Helsinki , Finland.

The Finnish Sauna Society had been inviting the ISA members to the gala dinner organised in Helsinki 16.11.2017 which is exactly 80 years after the founding of the Society. Luckily quite many members with their spouses were able to come and enjoy both the gala as well as several saunas in Vaskinimi as well as in other places.

Some visitors even visited the Smokesauna Village in Jämsä where sauna Virpiö had been heated for the visitors.

During that visit the Japanese Sauna Association was signing the Godfather agreement about the smoke sauna Korpela.

Board Meeting of ISA 17.11.2017

ISA had also the Board Meeting during the week of the celebrations. The main subjects discussed were related to the coming Congress and its arrangements. The organisers Swedish Bastuakademie gave a presentation about the plans and the plans were accepted . The dates are 07. – 09.06. 2018. The Board Meeting as well as  the General Meeting of ISA is planned for the late afternoon of Thursday  the 7th.

If we have also an event of the IJSS that is happening on the 7th also.

It was noted also that the web page  is now fully operative and is going to be one of the main information channles for the Congress events. If You would like to add something to the pages please contact directly  Roger who is taking care of the pages now.

Sauna events

Travelling sauna in USA

Travelling sauna was finally at the Finnish Embassy at the Independence Day. Before that during the Finfest e.g. President Niinistö and Mrs. Jenni Haukio  were involved. See the enclosed picture.

Travelling sauna was a great success. ISA is happy that it was  involved from the very beginning with this wood burning sauna .  Also the North American Sauna Society was involved the whole year and participated to the different events during the travel of the sauna. NASS was also publishing some instructions how to take a sauna.

See more from the links:   ( letter from Secretary of State )
information about what was happening during those 10000 miles

 Sauna and health

There has been many articles about sauna and health .

Next summer in the Congress Sauna and health is going to be very interesting subject because there are so many new results  which are covered in the different presentations.


Mikkel Aaland´s  SWEAT is available now as e-book.  Please  buy the book when we are waiting for the documents . The first part covering Finland was filmed in August. The group is doing the editing . The next part is going to be filmed in Russia.

Coming events

Christmas saunas in Estonia Kadrina sauna.

Next year is filled with many sauna events. One could say too many.

The key events are naturally the XVII International Sauna Congress and INTERBAD 2018.

XVII International Sauna Congress  07. – 10.06.2017

The information about the Congress is on the web pages and it is also possible to list one´s e-mail address onto the mailing list. We add the last letter and there You have the information how to get this letter regularly.

Year  2018 is also the 60th Anniversary for ISA. The  First Congress was happening in Helsinki 07. – 10.08. 1958.

And Bastuakademie Swedish Sauna Society is having their 30th Anniversary . Both are celebrated during the Congress as an extra .

INTERBAD  23. – 26.10.2018  GERMANY

Interbad is here again and they claim that it is a new one. Enclosed is the first press release. There are contact data so that you can find out more.

If several members are coming to Stuttgart maybe we can arrange something together.

Tag der Sauna , German Sauna Day

This is happening 24th of September in different parts of Germany. Please follow the Sauna Day from the internet

Japan Sauna Day  03. – 04.03.2018

This is happening in the Finland Village  where also the first pit smoke sauna in Japan should be ready for bathing.

ASIA POOL&SPA EXPO in Guanggzhou Cihan 15. – 17.05. 2018

Asia Pool & Spa Expo is scheduled to be held in Guangzhou, China during 15-17 May , 2018 again. Below is the latest press release and I hope you could enjoy it:

BIG Brands Return to Asia Pool & Spa Expo 2018

Many big brands both at home and abroad will return to Asia Pool & Spa Expo 2018, which show their great interest and optimistic view at the regional pools & spas market:

1) Emaux: Stand T1

Emaux was the regular exhibitor of Asia Pool & Spa Expo in the past shows. In 2018, Emaux will return to Asia Pool & Spa Expo again and take the big stand of 216 sq.m. Emaux is a recognized global manufacturer which offers specialized products to swimming pools, spas, aquatic centers, water parks, aquaculture, public aquariums, water features and water treatment projects.

2) Laswim: Stand T2

Laswim exhibits at Asia Pool & Spa Expo every year and books the stand T2 with 216 sq.m as usual.

Laswim is the famous brand of swimming pools & spa equipment with 28 years experience. It is a sole comprehensive venture which integrates pool & spa equipment and engineering design and construction.

3) Chemoform & dinotec: G524-534

Yes, Chemoform and dintec from Germany will come back Asia Pool & Spa Expo 2018 again!

Chemoform ranks among the leading suppliers for swimming pools in Germany and Europe. With a broad product portfolio including pool water care, sauna and spa products, swimming pools and accessories as well as complete pool systems and associated technology, the company group can offer everything you need for your pool and spa. With the establishment of a subsidiary in China, Chemoform is entering Chinese and Asian market.

4) Harvia: T29

With the recovery of China’s sauna market, Havria ,world’s leading sauna heater manufacturer and a forerunner in the sauna business, confirmed participation in Asia Pool & Spa Expo 2018.

Many Chinese excellent sauna manufacturers like Keya who is also a member of ISA and  Fenle will show their latest products and innovations as well.

Thanks for the strong support of our regular exhibitors and new supporters, 80% of exhibition space have been sold as of November 28. If you are interested in exhibiting or visiting, please contact

Mr. Jacob Kong by Email:

Best Regards
Jacob Kong
Guangdong Grandeur International Exhibition Group Co.,ltd 
(Organizing Committee of Asia Pool & Spa Expo)


Helsinki Sauna Day

Helsinki Sauna Day is coming back March 10th 2018.

Southbank Centre’s Finnish Rooftop Sauna arrives, overlooking London’s iconic River Thames (Friday 10 November – Saturday 30 December)

(Artist impression of Southbank Centre’s Finnish Rooftop Sauna. Image courtesy Miki Sordi, Aalto University)

Celebrating a key part of Finnish culture, Southbank Centre brings a unique sauna experience to the heart of London for a limited time only (10 Nov – 30 Dec) as part of Southbank Centre’s Nordic Mattersand Wintertime. The only Finnish word to make it into everyday English is ‘sauna’ – at more than a thousand years old, and in a country where there are more saunas than cars, it is a huge part of Finnish culture. A new wave of public saunas is the hottest trend sweeping Finland, drawing Finns and tourists of all ages to unwind, meet with friends and family, and relax. Set within the picturesque roof garden of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, visitors to Southbank Centre’s rooftop sauna will be able to experience the true benefits of the Nordic way of life, overlooking London’s iconic river Thames.

Combining beautiful Nordic design with a bespoke artistic commission, the sauna is a collaboration with MA students from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design:Pedro Pablo Garcia Alcazar, Markus Holste, Monica Romagnoli and Miki Sordi and Finnish sculptor Jaakko Pernu. Specially designed with translucent walls, the complex filters light through, brightening up dark winter nights.

Changing rooms and showering facilities are located on each side before entering the sauna. Inside the sauna, visitors can warm up and wind down with temperatures reaching 90 degrees celsius, then cool down in the open air, or with cold water buckets, whilst enjoying exclusive views over the Thames. The sauna sessions will be for sixteen people at a time, lasting seventy minutes, including a time to change. A sauna expert will be on hand to give you a little history to the sauna experience and demonstrateLöyly (meaning the steam that comes when you throw water on hot stones in a sauna).

For those who wish to have a post sauna drink, the Rooftop Bar, a cosy hideout with blankets and warming drinks and Nordic inspired snacks will be open.

Talks, debates and performances will also take place inside the sauna in the special Sauna Sundays sessions. The 15 minute sessions will run weekly from 26 November and include a performance by poetYomi Sode (26 Nov), the chance to try the sauna tradition of whisking with birch leaves (3 Dec),  a talk about dance and choreography with Jean Abreau (10 Dec) and a look into the marvellous quirky characters of Nordic Folklore (17 Dec).

Women only sessions will be available every Monday & Tuesday: 2.30pm – 3.40pm and every Wednesday: 5.30pm – 6.40pm.

An up-close experience into Finnish culture, the Rooftop Sauna is an oasis for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle this Winter.

Press Contacts:
Sasha Haughan,Press officer,, 020 7921 0992

Naomi Burgoyne, Senior Press Manager,, 0207 921 0824


Finnish Rooftop Sauna
Part of Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters and Wintertime
Friday 10 November – Saturday 30 December 2017
Prices £15-25. Ages 16+

Women only sessions: every Monday & Tuesday: 2.30pm – 3.40pm and every Wednesday: 5.30pm – 6.40pm.

Because of the big interest the sauna is open 6 weeks longer than planned meaning until Mid Feabruary.

The Finnish Sauna Society as well as the British Sauna Society  BBS have been very much involved with this event. Both are memebrs of ISA.

BBS was e.g. organising a special whisking event on one sunday where Mari Keski-Kursu from Finland was giving a short lesson about whisking.

The Finnish sauna Society was showing some of it´s history in a special event . See some of the enclosed pictures.

More events listed in the next Saunaletter, but please follow also the web page.

Interesting saunas        SOMPASAUNA in Helsinki
Badegarten Pötter in Germany


As many of You has been finding there are a lot of SAUNA videos in the Internet. A collection of saunavideos  including e.g. the smoke sauna video from Vörumaa is collected here by our friends in USA.

We plan to collcet some of the good ones as well as some longer films about sauna so that we can have a film show in the Congress.

Maybe even the first documents of the SWEAT are there.

Finally we at International Sauna Association would like to wish You a nice Christmas Sauna where ever  you happen to be. For us Finns SAUNA on the Christmas Eve is a MUST.

Risto Elomaa
International Sauna Association

     Swedish Sauna Academy



171128 Swedish Sauna Academy – News Letter No 6-2017 Nov 2017 (1)

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