Finnish Summerhouse Rules

The cottage is a sacred place for Finns and the summertime rituals associated with it touch the very essence of the Finnish soul.

Whether located on a remote isle in the Archipelago Sea or by a lake in the woods, the cottage is where you go to connect with nature, listen to the sounds of silence and let the outside world fall away.

There are over half a million cottages in Finland that range from basic cabins to summer villas. For most Finns, however, the quintessential experience is found in simplicity. The traditional Finnish cottage or kesämökki has few modern amenities and yet all you really need to nourish mind and body. While running water, indoor plumbing and electricity are all optional, the sauna is a vital element in almost every summer dwelling and will ensure your immersion in Finnish culture and Nordic wellness.

At its core, cottage life, known as mökkielämä in Finnish, is equated with slow living and treading softly on the land. If you have the opportunity to visit one, there are a few things you should know. Call them “The Finnish Summerhouse Rules”, if you like.