XVII International Sauna Congress 2018

Dear Sauna friends
The XVII International Sauna Congress will be held in the north of Sweden,in the twin cities of Haparanda and Tornio on the border between Sweden and Finland June 7th to June 10th, 2018. Part of the the venue will be at Kukkolaforsen Tourism & Conference. The meeting starts with a welcome reception in the evening June 7th. The congress will be organized by the Swedish Sauna Academy and is open for all interested in sauna bathing, it will be a mixture of scientific presentations, workshops, sauna bathing, food, music, excursions and many more activities. There are 3 areas that will be covered at the presentations and workshops; Health science, History and Culture, and Technology and Design.

Göran Honkamaa,  Chairman
Svante Spolander
Hans Hägglund
Roger Häggström
Mats Winsa
Risto Elomaa
Welcome from the Chairman

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Congress participants.
It is a great honor for the Swedish Sauna Academy to arrange the XVII International Sauna Congress in Sweden.We will do our very best to spread a good sauna culture in the spirit of ISA, and to make sure that you enjoy the land of the midnight sun.
The congress will be held at the Torne river, which also is the border between Sweden and Finland, a border originating from more than 200 years ago. The sauna culture in Swedish Tornedalen has a lot in common with the Finnish sauna culture, since both sides of the river earlier belonged to the same country, Sweden. Torne river was an important link between the villages on the east and west side of the river.People on both sides more or less speak the same language and our culture and history are to a large extent the same. This also makes it natural to designate Kukkola the Centre of Swedish sauna culture.
Kukkola as well as the two twin cities, Haparanda and Torneå, are places where you will spend time during the congress. Lectures and workshops will be held in Lappari, Torneå as well as the Come together gathering. The Sauna barbeque and the Farewell dinner will take place in Kukkola. You will be able to try out some of Kukkola´s 15 saunas and take a swim under the midnight sun in the clean and beautiful Torneriver.
The Swedish Sauna Academy was founded in 1988 in a sauna in Jukkasjärvi, a village that is world famous for its´ Ice Hotel. Our mission is to spread a healthy sauna culture. We proudly note that our 30:th anniversary coincides with ISA´s 60:th anniversary, as well as our arrangement of the XVII International Sauna Congress.
We are grateful for the large extent of abstracts we have received prior to the congress and that can be found in the program.
We will focus on three areas during lectures and workshops:
-        Sauna and Health
-        History and Culture
-        Technology, Design and Architecture
We hope that the congress will provide you with new knowledge around sauna culture,to be used and spread.
Be warmly welcome and enjoy the congress.
One sauna a day keeps the doctor away.
Göran Honkamaa
President of  Swedish Sauna Academy


        If you have any questions, just email to info@bastuakademien.se

The Congress fee is 2400 SEK or 250 Euro.
The Congress fee includes admission to all seminars and workshops.
Coffee and lunch on Friday 8th June and Saturday 9th June.
Get together Evening on Thursday 7th June.
Sauna Barbecue Evening on Friday 8th.
Farewell Dinner with Midnight Sun Sauna on Saturday 9th.
Mobile Sauna meeting Friday to Sunday.
Transportation vill be arranged between Kukkolaforsen, Haparanda and Torneå.

Payment information is sent after registration.

For Registration to the Congress.
The registration is now open on the webpage (closes May 15th), use this link: https://goo.gl/forms/K45oFdfHkLo49iFK2
We will limit the number of participants to 250 persons, and therefore the “first come” principle is used.
Payment instructions are sent after registration to the persons concerned.


Accommodation is NOT included.


The excursions and other activities such as river rafting and fishing are also not included and each activity will be charged separately.

Registration for the sauna congress will be open from March 26th – to May 15th. 

                                      Note!  Accommodation has to be booked separately by the participants.

And you can read new Newsletters every month that the Swedish Sauna Academy has begun writing all the way to the great XVII International Sauna Congress 2018 which will take place in Haparanda/Torneå between June 7th to June 10th, 2018.  Read more here.

Now the program is final!

Please note that all times are Swedish time.
if you are in Finland, the time is + 1 hour


Registration and Get together in Lappari, Tornio

Thursday June 7th. 
08.00-15.00  Sauna tour  - (Start at Stadshotellet, Haparanda). Rafting at Kukkolaforsen.
14.00-15.00   Swedish Sauna Academy, board meeting, Stadshotellet, Haparanda
15.00-16.00   Swedish Sauna Academy, member meeting, Stadshotellet, Haparanda
16.00-17.00   ISA, board meeting. Stadshotellet, Haparanda
17.00-18.00   ISA, member meeting. Stadshotellet, Haparanda

18.00-19.00   Registration Lappari, Tornio
19.00-22.00   "Get together" Lappari, Restaurant

After ”Get together a shuttle buss will be available for the guests staying at Stadshotellet and in Kukkolaforsen.

All seminars and workgroups will be held at Park Hotel in Tornio

Friday June 8th.
08.00-09.30     Registration, Park Hotel, Tornio
09.30-09.45     Opening ceremony. Park Hotel, Tornio
                                Welcome speech by Sweden's Göran Honkamaa, Risto Elomaa
                                 and Ida Karkiainen member of Parliament
                                 and Sven-Erik Bucht Minister for rural Affairs.
                                  Presentation of seminars and programs.
       Chair: Göran Honkamaa

09.45-10.00        The Swedish Sauna Academy, Göran Honkamaa
10.00-10.15        ArcticBath Harads, Annkatrin Lundqvist.

10.15-10.30        Coffee

       Seminar 1, Sauna and Health
                Moderators Hans Hägglund, Swe and Jari Laukkanen, Fin
10.30-10.45        Sauna and health - What have we learn the last 60 years? Lasse Viinikka, Fin
10.45-11.00        Sauna bathing and cardiovascular health. Jari Laukkanen, Fin
11.00-11.15        Effect of sauna bath on heart failure. Miikka Källström, Swe
11.15-11.30        The Health Effects of Regular Dry Sauna Bathing.  Joy Hussain, Aus
11.30-11.45        The Heat Prescription: Sauna as a Treatment Modality. (Mark Timmerman, USA
11.45-12.00        Short-term effect of sauna on gene expression. Frederik Otzen Bagger, Den

12.00-13.00         Lunch (Photo and movie). Jūratė Paškevičienė, Lithuania,
                                  Kenneth Mikko, Sweden and Alexander Lembke, Germany.

        Seminar 2,  History and Culture
                 Moderators Hans Hägglund, Swe and Jack Tsonis, Australia.
13.00-13.15        Mikkel Aaland – State of the art (title to be announced)
13.15-13.30        Sauna and Kallbadhus,  Jesce Walz, USA.
13.30-13.45        Shinrin yoku (forest bathing) and sauna. Miki Tokairin, Jap.
13.45-14.00        Communicating with ancestors: a vanishing practice in the smoke sauna in
                                 Võrumaa Estonia. Eda Veeroja, Est.
14.00-14.15        Born in the Sauna - Interview study and movie. Alexander Lembke, Ger.
14.15-14.30        Roles of bath master in modern time Lithuanian bath. Birutė Masiliauskienė, Lth.

14.30-15.00         Coffee

         Seminar 3, Technology, Design and Architecture
                   Moderators Mats Winsa, Swe and Markku Seppänen, Fin
15.00-15.15        Tylö-Helo 100 years. Tomas Hjälmeby, Swe
15.15-15.30        A novel concept to study sauna stoves. Valtteri Nieminen, Fin
15.30-15.45        Contemporary sauna architecture. Lauri Louekari, Fin
15.45-16.00        Second coming of steam: the new sauna movement in the UK. Mika Meskanen, UK.
16.00-16.15        MEÄN SAUNA - Inventory of old smoke saunas in the Swedish Torne river                                                                        valley using laser scanning and photogrammetry. Sara Porzilli, Italy and Olle Hagman, Fin
16.15-16.30        Landscapes of Ritual and Health. Jesce Walz, USA

16.30-17.00        Panel discussion Technology and architecture (Design vs function?)

After Seminar 3  a shuttle buss will be available for the guests staying at Stadshotellet and in Kukkolaforsen.

19.00                  Kukkolaforsen Swedish Sauna Academy celebrating 30 years (Svante)

All seminars and workgroups will be held at Park Hotel in Tornio

Saturday June 9th. Workshops

Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
09.00-09-25 WS 1 WS 2 WS 3
09.30-09.55 WS 4 WS 5 WS 6
10.00-10.30 Coffee
10.30-10.55 WS 7 WS 8 WS 9
11.00-11.25 WS 10 WS 11 WS 12

11.30-12.30    Lunch.

12.30-12-45    Sweat the Aaland project, Mikkel Aaland, USA.
12.45-13.00     INTERBAD. Joachim Sautier and Kaja Hoppe.
13.00-13.15     Terminology in sauna research. Jack Tsonis, Aus.
13.15-13.45     Closing remarks Göran Honkamaa, Hans Hägglund and Risto Elomaa.

13.45-15.30     IJSS meeting.

14.00-18.00     Rimas whisking in Kukkolaforsen sauna

After closing remarks and the IJSS meeting a shuttle bus will be available for the guests staying at Stadshotellet and in Kukkolaforsen.

19.00-              Fare-well dinner ISA 60 years

After Fare-well dinner a shuttle bus will be available for the guests staying at Stadshotellet and Park Hotel.

Price Ceremony for "Mobil Sauna Meet".

Mobile Sauna and mobile sauna exhibition at Kukkolaforsen all the time.

Sauna for everyone, everywhere (Per Dahlström, Sweden)

Workshop 1-12
WS 1       Design of the Finnish Sauna: Five Mysteries for Future Research, Lassi Likkanen, Fin
WS 2      Building a mobile smoke sauna Michael Besnier Jensen, Den
WS 3      “Sauna as Subversion". Sofia Eriksson, Australia
WS 4      Discussion on standards for a sauna lab (health studies) Hans Hägglund, Swe and Jari Laukkannen                       and Jani Leskinen, Fin.
WS 5      The truth behind the sauna mystique. Ulf Salomonsson, Swe
WS 6      Sauna as part of a radical inclusion and as a place for connect. Saara Louhensalo, Fin

WS 7      Rituals and rules in Russia banya. Anna Artemieva, Rus

WS 8      To be announced
WS 9      Whisking in SPA: to be or not to be? And Whisks in Lithuanian bath: plants, types,                                                       conservation, Birutė Masiliauskienė, Lithuania
WS 10    Sauna Culture in Japan, Katsuki Tanaka, Japan, (Translation Mr. Kim)
WS 11     Finnish RT standard sheets, and renewed smoke sauna sheet, a guide for design and construction of                     traditional smoke saunas in accordance with Finnish tradition. Risto Elomaa, Fin and
                 Markku Seppänen, Fin.
WS 12    Bodies of Water - Approaches to Gender in Sauna and Bath, Jesce Walz, USA


Sunday June 7 and 10, Excursions
Additional options not included in the program
- Free Time
- Excursions to various destinations.

Excursions, pre- and post tours
Thursday June 7, Sunday June 10 and Monday June 11.

Matkakoski, Sweden smoke sauna tour.
Kukkolaforsen river rafting with sauna.
Kukkolaforsen salmon fishing with bagnet.
Kukkolaforsen cultural tour.

Grand excursions
Sunday June 10 

Kokkulaforsens aktiviteter
XVII International Sauna Congress GRAND EXCURSION: OULU, Finland, floating- and smoke sauna tour. Read more here

Excursions will be available upon individual and group registration. Information will be send immediately to all registered participants of the Congress.

Registration to the Congress.

The registration is now open on the webpage (closes May 15th), use this link: https://goo.gl/forms/K45oFdfHkLo49iFK2
We will limit the number of participants to 250 persons, and therefore the “first come” principle is used.
For the registration to the event careful filling of the registration form is required. Please fill in all details even if you are a member of the group.
Payment instructions are sent after registration to the persons concerned.

A little history of the International Sauna Association (ISA)

International Sauna Association is a federation of national and sauna associations and affiliated organizations and individuals. It was founded for the first time in 1958 with headquarters in Germany, but the real business started in the summer of 1977 in Helsinki. It was then decided that the domicile of the association will be Helsinki. From the founding members Austria, Germany, Japan and Finland remained members and is also known as founding members. In addition they are now 13 other members.

Board members 2014 - 2018   
Risto Elomaa               President             Finland  
Peter Jeitler                  Vice-president   Austria 
Rolf-A. Pieper              Member               Germany 
Kenichi Nakano           Member              Japan 
Kim P. Pedersen          Member               Denmark  
Rimas Kavaliauskas    Member              Lithuania 
Carsten Sonnenberg    Member             Germany  
Kari Laukkarinen         Member              Finland
Piotr Koper                      Member             Poland

If you are a member of your local sauna association, eg (Swedish Sauna Academy) then you are automatically a member of the ISA.