Savonlinja celebrates the 100th birthday of Finland with a stunt of its own. On June 7 2017, a specially equipped sauna bus will start off on its journey to drive across country. During the long weekend, the sauna will be hot and steamy from beginning to end. The entire endeavor will take 100 hours.
During the 1000+ kilometer trip – from the South Coast all the to the Norwegian border up in Lapland – the occupancy rate of the sauna will be very high indeed. As the bus makes stops in key Finnish cities along the way, sauna-lovers from all walks of life will board the bus: performers, city representatives, business people, students, journalists… And also regular citizens who won their sauna slot via a Savonlinja competition.
All participants have ID cards that they use when entering and exiting sauna. The idea is to maximize the minutes spent in the sauna during the trip. The custom-made “sauna-on-wheels” can comfortably fit four people at a time.
The host during the entire weekend will be Finnish superstar Ville Haapasalo.
The Long Hot Sauna is guaranteed to add some serious heat into the centennial festivities in a very patriotic way. After all, ‘sauna’ is the only Finnish word that has spread around the world and become a part of our common, global vocabulary.
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Photos by Janne Torikka
Savonlinja Oy started a schedule-based service between Lappeenranta and Lauritsala with a brand-new T-Ford in 1924. Today Savonlinja is a family-owned company employing over 600 transport professionals. Savonlinja operates with over 450 buses, mainly in Eastern and South-Eastern Finland, the Helsinki metropolitan area and the Turku region. Each year the company carries approximately 12 million passengers, and the buses run more than 25 million kilometers.
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