Sunday, May 15, 2011

Steam and ice thrills at Finnish sauna club

Stepping naked out of the sauna, steaming bodies walk purposefully towards a hole in the ice to plunge into the Baltic Sea. Minutes later they emerge lightheaded, savouring a typically Finnish high.

"It feels very good, and it's legal," says Jussi, as he admires the sunset, sitting naked on a bench after his freezing dip.

At the exclusive Helsinki Suomen Saunaseura (the Finnish Sauna Society), a strict egalitarianism reigns.

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