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. 
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, Moderator Lena Callne

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

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

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

Friday June 8th.
08.30-09.30     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        Arctic Bath Harads, AnnKathrin Lundqvist.

10.15-10.30        Coffee

       Seminar 1, Sauna and Health, (10 min presentation + 5 min discussion)
                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.

        Seminar 2,  History and Culture, (10 min presentation + 5 min discussion)
                 Moderators Hans Hägglund, Swe and Jack Tsonis, Australia.
13.00-13.15        Mikkel Aaland – State of the art
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. (15 min presentation)
                   Moderators Risto Elomaa, Fin 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 Markku Seppänen, 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?)

17.00   sv. time  -  Seminar closed 

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)

Sauna Barbeque evening

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

Saturday June 9th. Workshops

Room 1 Host:Hans H Room 2 Host:Ulf S Room 3 Host:Lena C
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     Conclusion of the Congress,  Göran Honkamaa, Hans Hägglund and Risto Elomaa.

13.45-15.30     IJSS meeting.

14.00-18.00     Rimas whisking and Russian Banya with Egor at Kukkolaforsen.

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.

Delegates of the Mobile Sauna Meet will be awarded a diploma.

Midnight sun sauna , all saunas open until morning.

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      Trends and innovations of sweat rituals with aufguss. Lasse Eriksen, Nor
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


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


Sauna for everyone, everyehere (Per Dahlström, Sweden)

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

Grand excursions
Sunday June 10 

Torne River Valley Smoke sauna Tour.
Archipelago tour to Haparanda Sandskär with sauna.
Oulu, Finland, floating- and smoke sauna tour.

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

Matkakoski smoke sauna tour.
Matkakoski, Finland, smoke sauna tour.
Kukkolaforsen river rafting with sauna.

Kukkolaforsen salmon fishing with bagnet.
Kukkolaforsen cultural tour with barbecue lunch.

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

Grand excursions
Sunday June 10 
Kokkulaforsens aktiviteter
XVII International Sauna Congress GRAND EXCURSION: OULU, Finland, floating- and smoke sauna tour. Read more here