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For people of Võru, the ‘right’ kind of sauna is the traditional smoke sauna. The people here believe that the heat of and sweating in a smoke sauna serves to heal and strengthen both body and mind. Sauna-going comes with a rich and unique set of customs here, which includes heating the sauna and making the whisks - a. bunch of young tree twigs which are used to give a special massage in sauna - as well as the sauna-building skills themselves in addition to simply visiting the sauna. The people of Võru also know how to use the sauna for healing purposes and for smoking meat. In November 2014, the sauna-going customs of the Võru people were included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

A smoke sauna does not have a chimney as the smoke is released either through the window, a door left slightly ajar, or through a special hole in the wall. The heating-process begins around noon. By the evening, the last batch of firewood has been burnt and the smoke has been released from the sauna. After another hour of waiting, people can start enjoying the sauna steam. If the sauna has been heated properly, there is no carbon monoxide or smoke and the air is light. The steam does not burn and the heat warms the body slowly. As the skin starts sweating quite profusely in the moist sauna steam, it is good to occasionally leave the sauna and let the body cool down. Braver sauna-goers even jump into the water or snow. An authentic sauna experience must also include whisking with a birch whisk.

The annual Haanimaa Suidsusanna Nätäl (Haanjamaa Smoke Sauna Week) takes place every August: www.savvusann.ee.

MOOSKA FARM
www.mooska.eu
Haanja küla, Haanja vald
+372 503 2341

JÕEVEERE FARM
Lindora küla, Vastseliina vald
+372 528 0952

PIUSA ÜRGORG HOLIDAY CENTRE
www.puhkemaja.ee
Väiko-Härmä küla, Meremäe vald
+372 528 9134

SEPA FARM
www.sepp.ee/rouge
Tilgu küla, Rõuge vald
+372 516 5626

SETOMAA TOURIST FARM
Kalatsova küla, Meremäe vald
+372 508 7399

TAMME HOLIDAY HOUSE
www.tampuhkemajad.ee
Vadsa küla, Rõuge vald
+372 506 4465

ÖÖBIKUORU VILLA
www.oruvilla.ee
Tiidu küla, Rõuge vald
+372 509 9666

WITCH’S COUNTRY IN THE UHTJÄRVE PRIMEVAL VALLEY
www.noiariik.ee
Uhtjärve küla, Urvaste vald
+372 5333 2253

PADASOOMÄE FARM
www.pokumaa.ee
Between the parishes of Urvaste and Kanepi
+372 5342 5054

VÕHANDU HOLIDAY CENTRE
www.vohandukamping.ee
Kääpa küla, Lasva vald
+372 5330 5452

HÄMSAARE HOLIDAY FARM
www.hamsa.ee
Meegomäe küla, Võru vald
+372 5566 9472

SAUNAMAA
www.saunamaa.ee
Nogu küla, Rõuge vald
+372 507 0244

SEEDRI HOLIDAY FARM
www.seedripuhketalu.ee
Horsa küla, Rõuge vald
+372 522 6396