PEURUNKA, Laukaa, Finland, 3 July 2021

Come and cheer on your favourite team or join in the competition yourself!

The Sauna Heating World Championships was held for the fifth time this summer in the beautiful lake landscape of Peurunka.

The competition takes place in teams, that aim to heat a sauna tent up to a specific temperature as quickly as possible. The quickest teams will compete in the finals later that day. To take part in this competition, all you need is cooperation skills, good team spirit, and a positive mindset.

So get together with your friends, family or colleagues, set up your own Sauna Heating World Championship team and head over to Lake Peurunka in Laukaa, Central Finland to celebrate the main event of the official Sauna Region Week!

The sauna heating competition


The day starts with qualifying rounds, where teams heat their sauna tents as fast as they can to the target temperature. The best teams reach the finals. The winner will be awarded with Savotta’s sauna tent and Harvia sauna stove. 

There are also two special prizes in the competition. One for a team that manage to promote best the Finnish Sauna culture and another for a team that has most humorist costumes.

The competition was translated in English in the summer 2021.

To find more information, check the rules.

Picture: Julia Kivelä


Time: To be announced

Location: Peurunka, Peurungantie 85, 41340 Laukaa
Registration: Coming later for the year 2022
Teams: 3-4 people
Participation fee: EUR 60 per team 

Check the rules HERE

Instructions how to assemble the sauna tent HERE

NB! Places at the championships are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited to a maximum of 40. The participation fee will be charged in advance.

Ask for special deals of accommodation when registering for the competition.

Picture: Pertti Eskola

for visitors

besides the competition


 In the year 2021, we made the SaunaPark bigger and gathered even more special saunas for you to experience.

The SaunaPark gives you an opportunity to relax and enjoy different kinds of Finnish saunas and hot tubs. 

Have an unforgettable sauna experience in Peurunka!

Read more

Other activities

There will be plenty for all the family to see and do, including activities, fun and light-hearted competitions and tasty food and drinks. 

The event will take place at the stunningly beautiful Lake Peurunka.

The event is free. Welcome!

Picture: Julia Kivelä


10.00 am Event open Sauna Heating World Championship starts, SaunaPark open
10.30 am Guided games and playing for children Hosted by Laukaa 4H
11.30 am Guided "Sauna exercise" for children Hosted by Laukaa 4H
11.45 am Zander the elf visits Have you ever met a sauna elf? Well now is your chance, when Zander, Finlands own sauna elf comes to visit! Click for more info
12.00 pm Throw the saunavasta -competition for children Playful competition for children, hosted by Saunamaster Pentti Hakala
12.30 pm Traditional sauna whisking A traditional sauna guide -student Mari whisks in the Forest sauna at 12.30-1.30pm. Click for more information
1.00 pm Throwing steam -competition for adults Who is the best at throwing water on the stove, the right way? Let's find out! Hosted by Saunamaster Pentti Hakala
2.00 pm Sauna vihta -show and Saunaclinic Pentti Hakala, the world champion of making a sauna whisk, teaches how to make the best sauna whisk! At the saunaclinic, Pentti shares his know-how with everyone who is interested, whether it is building or heating a sauna, you will get an answer from Saunamaster Pentti!
2.00 pm Guided "Sauna exercise" for children Hosted by Laukaa 4H
2.15 pm Zander the elf visits Have you ever met a sauna elf? Well now is your chance, when Zander, Finlands own sauna elf comes to visit! Click for more info
2.15 pm Guided games and playing for children Hosted by Laukaa 4H
2.30 pm Traditional sauna whisking A traditional sauna guide -student Mari whisks in the Forest sauna at 2.30-3.30pm. Click for more information
4.00 pm Sweepstakes and prizes The winner of the draw will be announced, and prizes will be awarded for the children's "Throw the saunavasta"-competition and the adults Steam Throwing -competition.
5.00 pm Sauna Heating World Championship winner announcements Announcing the Sauna Heating World Champion 2021 and distributing the prizes
5.30 pm Traditional sauna whisking A traditional sauna guide -student Mari whisks in the Forest sauna at 5.30-6.30pm. Click for more information
8.00 pm SaunaPark closed Thank you for visiting!

* Changes possible, the prize distribution schedule depends on the course of the competition

Sauna Heating World Championship Afterparty at Laukaa harbour!

The atmosphere of the Sauna Heating World Championship will continue in Laukaa harbor when Supreme DJs ( Inglorius Bassterds & Tommy Deem ),
entertains with incredible music and good feeling!

Supreme DJs on the harbor terrace from 9:00pm to 00:00am, free entry!

Laukaa harbour open 9.00am-02.00am. 

Address Satamatie 3, 41340 Laukaa.


With us in the 2021 event

Zander the Elf

Can you find any sauna elves here?

Yes, Santtutonttu is the Sauna elf of Finland. You can also call him Zander.

Don’t be surprised if he wants to welcome you with his vihta or give you a warm hug, sauna makes him so joyful.

Come and give a happy cheer for the competitors – and for the children in their own playful comptition too.

Go visit Zander’s website and learn more about this happy Finnish Sauna mascot.


The perfect birch whisk, in a minute!

LöylyKaveri is all you need in the sauna. 


Interested? Contact
Esa “LöylyKaveri” Pellikainen



Places to stay in Laukaa

Spa Hotel Peurunka

Tel: +358 20 751 6300

Varjola Guest House

Tel: +358 20 792 8080

Picture: Pertti Eskola



The Sauna Heating World Championship is part of the Sauna Region Week, an event that’s designed as an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy Finnish sauna culture and heritage at a number of venues around Central Finland. Find out more:

The inaugural Sauna Heating World Championship competition took place in Peurunka, Finland in 2016. Next tournament is the fifth of its kind and has already attracted competitors from as far afield as Japan, which goes to show that the Finnish sauna is a truly international phenomenon. In fact, the Sauna Heating Championship Japan Cup took place in Tokyo on 12 April 2019.

Picture: Julia Kivelä

Sauna heating world championship 2019

In 2019 The Sauna Heating World Championship took place in Peurunka. A total of 23 teams entered the competition, and there was a tough battle between them during the day. The results are available HERE.

For the first time, the Sauna Fair and SaunaPark were introduced alongside the competition. 
At the Sauna Fair you could get acquainted with sauna products and services. SaunaPark assembled several different saunas and hot tubes on the shore of Lake Peurunka, which the opportunity for a relaxing bath, among other things. 

Sauna Heating World Championship 2019. Video: NetDesign.

Contact us

Venue: Spa Hotel Peurunka

Address: Peurungantie 85, 41340 Laukaa, Finland
Location at Google Map

How to get here by public transport

You can get to Spa Hotel Peurunka by bus from Jyväskylä and Äänekoski.

Please check the bus timetable before you travel: HERE

Nearest airport

Spa Hotel Peurunka is situated approximately 17 km from Jyväskylä Airport.

For more information in English, please contact:

Jenni Koivusilta
+358 40 163 9771

Tiina Ruotsalainen
+358 40 060 3638

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