In Northern lake climates, brilliant early spring warm days
Give rise to fresh lush foliage , opportunities for canoeing, and new growth birch.
Clipping about a dozen 12-16 inch length birch bows and wrapping the base with some string make for an excellent Vihta. Sticking it in the backpack with a couple nICE mugs and beers and heading down the path
Meet a newly arrived neighbor.
I didn’t do it for many years until I realized that the centuries old Finnish tradition had to be there for a reason.
Now I realize why. SUGGESTION: Make a vihta and give it a wack.
Very nICE augmentation to the authentic sauna experience.