A Floating Sauna!

25 Feb

Since I´m norwegian I thought that it´s about time that I blog about something norwegian. I found this floating sauna online at Openbuilding. (The quotes are also from here) The sauna is located in Hardangerfjorden, which is one of the most popular fjords in Norway.

What you can see here is a Finnish sauna room, which can be heated up to 90 C. You can also do it during wintertime, when it´s -20 C outside. A sauna is enjoyed by sitting on the wooden benches throwing cold water at the heated stones.

“Sweat and silence, mental purification and physical maintainance. Anchored in the middle of the fjord, a level of privacy is maintained for bathers. Little winter daylight comes through transparent walls. At night sauna shines as a floating lantern. Access with rowing boat only. Descending swimming straight through the floor of water. Using any kind of soap is prohibited due to ecological reasons. 

This project is possible to construct due to the warm Gulf-stream meeting the west coast of Norway, keeping the sea ice-free the whole year. In Finland sea is mostly ice-covered from December to April, and this sauna should be lifted ashore in wintertime.

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Maggie ❤

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10 Responses to “A Floating Sauna!”

  1. Stephen Kelly Creative February 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    How cool (or would that be hot?). I want to go there … right now!!!

  2. Max Reynolds February 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Love the photos and the concept. Thanks for sharing.

  3. M L Fuller February 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Wow! That’s awesome! And thanks for the ‘like’ too! 🙂

  4. Skipping Stars Productions LLC February 26, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    Reblogged this on Norwegian Heritage Society.

  5. lightswimming February 26, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    love it, though… I would be constantly worried about it sinking 😉

  6. pusspudding February 26, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    This what you find on nearly every lake, with self-respect over here in Scandinavian – think more in Sweden then in Norway. Finland I know very little about, but they have sauna’s everywhere. We will never have them on the ocean, too dangerous. Either private or you can rent them for “parties” They are treated like boat’s and taken ashore over the winter. Instead during the winter they make a hole in the ice – have the sauna ashore and run down to the ice and jump in the hole. It gives you a strong heart

  7. apronheadlilly February 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Crazy! But I could really go for that!

  8. Pigeon Heart February 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Yes please.

  9. Christine February 28, 2012 at 2:42 am #

    That’s incredible! I’m putting it on my very long list of “places I must go before I die”. 😀

  10. Olga Wolstenholme February 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Reblogged this on Mimi Paris.

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