Traveling Sauna and the Ambassador of Finland Kirsti Kauppi at Nordic Innovation House

By Thuong Tan, Director Tekes Silicon Valley


Finland celebrates 100 years of independence in 2017 with centennial events throughout the United States. On March 27th, Ambassador of Finland, Kirsti Kauppi welcomed the crowd to experience Sisu Traveling Sauna and celebrate Finland’s centennial year at the Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto.

There were almost 100 people who gathered at Nordic Innovation House to hear about Finland’s 100 year journey and where it is going next - speech given by Ambassador Kauppi. Finnish delicacies such as Karelian pies, salmon pie and cream puffs were served to boost up the Finnish vibes.
Sisu was parked in front of the Nordic Innovation House, accompanied by local Finnish startup community’s own Silicon Valley Sauna Bus. Team Finland Silicon Valley managed to host yet another event without a visit by City of Palo Alto’s police or fire departments - despite the smoke coming from the saunas and all the people in the street wrapped only in towels. It might have helped a bit that one of us invited the fire marshal to attend the event while in line for coffee at Coupa Café.
The Traveling Sauna is a centennial mascot that travels across the entire continent, from West Coast through Mid-West to East Coast, over 12,000 miles in one year. Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi inaugurated the sauna in January in Minneapolis. The project is executed by Ice Cold Marketing representatives Jouko Sipilä and Risto Sivula. The sauna is built and donated by the Finnish-American company TyloHelo, one of the world’s leading sauna manufacturers.
The sauna includes a shower, changing room, front porch, as well as a wood-burning sauna stove and it fits up to 5 people. Companies can reserve the sauna for private events, and the general public has an opportunity to bathe in the sauna during many centennial events throughout the country. Besides in Palo Alto, Sisu was also in Albany, Sonoma and San Francisco while in the SF Bay Area.
You can follow the sauna’s journey on social media by using @TravelingSauna.
For more information about the sauna and its route, as well as pictures of the sauna, please visit: and
Press inquiries: Chief Sauna Ambassadors Jouko Sipilä and Risto Sivula,, tel. +1 (203) 918-9920 or +1 (651) 278-1398