WELCOME TO KIVIA

THE SPIRIT OF SAUNA

Have you ever had an authentic sauna experience? If you answered yes, because you spent time sweating in a heated wooden room, you may be surprised to learn that you haven’t.

A genuine sauna experience is so much more than that. Sauna culture is steeped in history, tradition, and ritual. A deeper connection with sauna makes for a richer, holistic experience. Whether you are a sauna enthusiast, novice, or just curious, Kivia.ca is the destination for all your sauna-related needs. The website and companion podcast series are here to inspire, unite and promote sauna culture.

 

It is widely accepted in Finnish culture, there is no greater compliment than to be invited into someone else’s sauna, and it is our great pleasure to invite you to join the spirit of sauna. 

Sauna Talks

THE SPIRIT OF SAUNA PODCAST

We invite you to listen to our podcast series, Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna with hosts Alan Jalasjaa and Elissa Lansdell. Learn about how fellow sauna enthusiasts are expanding the idea of sauna, adding new twists on Finnish traditions, and more! Share a laugh, learn something new, and be part of this growing community. 

Subscribe to our podcast via:

iTunes , Stitcher , Spotify

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GLOSSARY

kiviä

Finnish word for
the stones that hold the heat in the sauna. These heated stones create steam or löyly when splashed with water.

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vihta

Finnish word for a bundle or whisk of twigs used to gently slap the skin during sauna. They are often made out of new birch tree growth.

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sauna

Finnish word for small room
or structure in which people
relax while enjoying dry heat.
The word has been adopted into the English language and is often mispronounced. The correct pronunciation is SOW-NA rather than SAW-NA. All saunas contain
a heat source either covered
by or surrounded by stones,
or kiviä.

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löyly

Finnish word for steam created when water is splashed on the heated stones, or kiviä. Löyly is also believed to be the soul of sauna.

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makkara

The Finnish sauna sausage, cooked using the heat from the sauna.

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SAUNA

The Finnish word for small room or structure in which people relax while enjoying dry heat. The word has been adopted into the English language and is often mispronounced. The correct pronunciation is SOW-NA rather than SAW-NA. All saunas contain a heat source either covered by or surrounded by stones, or kiviä.

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KIVIÄ

The Finnish word for the stones that hold the heat in the sauna. These heated stones create steam or löyly when splashed with water.

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LÖYLY

The Finnish word for steam created when water is splashed on the heated stones, or kiviä. Löyly is also believed to be the soul of sauna.

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VIHTA

The Finnish word for a bundle or whisk of twigs used to gently slap the skin during sauna. They are often made out of new birch tree growth.

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MAKKARA

The Finnish sauna sausage, cooked using the heat of the sauna.

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