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.

Save the date for this most interesting event and note the deadline for submission of abstract January 31, 2018.

                       NOTE! This program is still only a proposal. NOTE!                      

Thursday June 7. Guest accommodation

17.00-18.00 General meeting of ISA members
18.00 - 21.00 "Get together“ evening.

After the evening shuttle buss will be available for the guests staying in Kukkolaforsen.

Friday June 8. Main presentation day
9.00 -09.45 Guest registration. Lobby.
10.00-10.30 Opening ceremony. Main hall.
                     Welcome speech by Sweden's rural and Sauna Minister, Sven-Eric Bucht.
10.30-13.00 Presentation "Health science".
13.00-14.00 Lunch.
14.00-15.30 Presentation "History and Culture".
15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00-17.30 Presentation "Technology, Design and Architecture".
19.00 -         Sauna Night in Kukkolaforsen with grilled whitefish (SIK), sauna and
Additional events
10.00-17.00 Sauna exhibition. Lobby and outside.

Saturday June 9. Workshops
08.30-09.30 First workshop.
09.30-09.45  Coffee.
09.45-10.45  Second workshop.
10.45-11.00   Coffee
11.00-12.00  Third workshop.
12.15-13.15    Lunch.
13.30-18.00  Different excursions.
18.00-20.00 Free SAUNA time.
20.00-            Official closing ceremony. Dinner. 

Practical discussions and presentation on excursions.

9.00-12.00 Sauna exhibition.

Sunday June 10, Excursions
- Free Time
- Excursions to various destinations.

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

NOTE! Registration vill be later. NOTE Registration to the Congress.
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. You will get an invoice by e-mail and will be able to pay it on PAYPAL.

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 1957 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

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