Sauna Books and Media
Build or add to your Finnish heritage library with books about the history, culture, design, construction, and enjoyment of the traditional Finnish sauna! We are always looking for books to add to our shelf; your suggestions are welcome!
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The Best Part of a Sauna
Written by Sheryl Peterson
Illustrated by Kelly Dupre
Boldly colorful illustrations and a playful grandchild enjoying time at the lake with grandparents create a book to be enjoyed by all generations.
Finnish Log Construction – The Art
Written by Frank Eld
Frank Eld is an expert on the unique Finnish method of log construction, including saunas. This popular book is out of print, but copies are available on CD from the author.
Everyday Sisu: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life
Written by Katja Pantzar
Katja Pantzar explores the simple practices that make Finnish life so stable, sustainable, and healthy for body and mind, even when life doesn’t go as planned. You’ll discover ways to boost your mental and physical resilience to face life’s challenges head-on. Sauna is involved.
The Finnish Way: Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power of Sisu
Written by Katja Pantzar
An engaging and practical guided tour of the simple and nature-inspired ways that Finns stay happy and healthy–including the powerful concept of sisu, or everyday courage.
The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition
Written by Michael Nordskog
Photography by Aaron W. Hautala
Beginning with the origins of Finnish sauna, The Opposite of Cold is an exquisite commemoration of the history, culture, and practice of Finnish sauna in the north woods. With stunning photographs of unique and historic saunas of the region Michael Nordskog and Aaron W. Hautala unveil the importance and beauty of sauna culture in modern Midwestern life. Introduction by Arnold R. Alanen, Foreword by David Salmela.
The Sauna is Full of Maids
By Cheryl J. Fish
This collection of poems is a reflection on how present-day Finnish life intertwines with folklore and mythology-expressed in the Kalevala, a work of epic poetry compiled from long-lived ballads, songs, and incantations and advancing modern developments.
The Secrets of Finnish Sauna Design
Written by Lassi A. Liikkanen
Are you planning a new sauna, renovating an old one, or just dreaming? Do yourself a favor. Save your sauna project and read this wonderfully illustrated book about the design of authentic Finnish saunas!
The Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest: Sustenance, Wisdom, and Awakening in Finland’s Karelia
Written by Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle
After living for twenty-five years in New York, Naomi Moriyama moved with her husband and co-author William Doyle and their seven-year-old child to the vast forest of Finland’s Karelia, a mysterious region on the Russian border that helped inspire J.R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth fantasies. Over the course of six unforgettable months with her family and her new “sisters,” she found her life transformed, and discovered the power that lay within her all along. The book includes a chapter “The Vapor Bath,” in which Naomi and William share their unforgettable sauna experiences in North Karelia.
Sisu: The Finnish Art of Courage
Written by Joanna Nylund
How about developing your Sisu — an “untranslatable” Finnish term referring to a mixture of courage, resilience, grit, tenacity, and perseverance. It’s a trait that has shaped not just the fate of a nation but continues to be a guiding principle for how Finns live their daily lives.