TOP 10 pop-up sauna sessions

Source: Jürgen Voolaid

TOP 10 pop-up sauna sessions

Estonian modern culture is a curious mix of the ultra new and well…old. Very old. Sauna is one of those esteemed old traditions that still holds a central place in the local everyday life. Saunas can typically be found sizzling away in residential houses, apartments, hotels and on farms, but you don’t need to have a built-in sauna in order to enjoy a good session. DIY and even portable saunas have been popping up all across the country and are definitely worth a peek. Here's our favourite selection of creative saunas in Estonia, most of which are open throughout the year.

The raft sauna of Ermistu Holiday Village

Pärnu maakond, Ermistu küla

The private two-storey raft sauna on Ermistu lake offers sauna experience for up to 10 people. On the ground floor, there is a spacious steam room with a wood-burning heater, a ladder which you can use to go swimming, and an area for sitting. On the first floor, you can barbeque and spend some lovely time together behind a table, or simply enjoy the wonderful lake view. The rental price is 50€ first hour and 25€ every additional hour. The minimum renting time is 2 hours. Please take into account that it takes about an hour to heat up the sauna. For a better experience, heat up the sauna yourself. Firewood and a boat are included in the price.

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Mesi Tare Home Accommodation

Tartu maakond, Varnja alevik

Mesi Tare Home Accommodation offers a unique opportunity to stay the night in a traditional Old-Believer home in Varnja Village of Old Believers by Lake Peipus (Peipsi). Our guests can stay in an authentic house with a courtyard. We call ourselves a home accommodation because this is what we offer our visitors – a homely atmosphere and a chance to experience the way of life of Old Believers as it has been for about a century – peace, quiet, and no indoor plumbing. Boats and bicycles are available for rental, as are Finnish, plastic, tent and smoke saunas; we also have a bathing barrel. A beach awaits swimmers in the summer, and during the winter, fishermen can drive on the lake in large-wheeled cars called "karakatitsa".

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Lammasmäe Holiday Centre, peat sauna

Lääne-Viru maakond, Linnuse küla

Lammasmäe Holiday Centre now has a new sauna, which we believe is the only one in the world – a peat sauna. The sauna is located on the Kunda River and it can be moved around on the territory of the Lammasmäe Holiday Centre. To get to the sauna, you will have to walk along pontoons covered with peat tiles – the pontoons are floating and are therefore not the most stable. You can carry out various procedures in the sauna and sit on turf piles. The shower of the peat sauna is also unique – there is a bucket with holes in it that is hanging from an eave. Water is pumped to the bucket manually. There are boxes on the walls of the sauna where bog plants grow, setting an unforgettable mood.

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Floating hot water vat on River Vigala

Rapla maakond, Kabala küla

The floating hot water vat is a unique attraction in Estonia. The vat (hot tub) is placed on a 36 m2 raft. The vat is made of PVC marble, it is illuminated, and can accommodate up to 6 people at a time. The vat can be heated with an external wood-burning oven. In rainy weather, you can use an umbrella and two sides can be covered by a wall. There is also a screen for changing clothes. It is possible to rent the vat for a small romantic getaway and as an addition to raft houses. The vat is powered by an engine.  

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Adventurous accommodation in a sauna boat on Lake Peipus

Tartu maakond, Varnja alevik

Looking for new experiences? Spend your holiday by Lake Peipus and use the unique opportunity to spend a night on the lake itself. The sauna boat of Mesi Tare Home Accommodation is suitable for both romantic packages and families. The boat can accommodate four people and there is a sauna and a kitchenette with the necessary supplies and dishes. The outdoor toilet and campfire site are located on the shore.

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Tuulekalda sauna hut

Tartu maakond, Lammiku küla

Would you like to relax, go to the sauna, fish, camp on the banks of River Emajõgi, or simply sit back with your friends around a campfire? In other words, would you like to leave the hustle and bustle of the city for a while and spend a lovely day or weekend near the beautiful River Emajõgi? Come to Tuulekalda Sauna Hut! Here, you can swim in the summer and jump in the ice hole in the winter. There are three rooms in the hut: a steam room, a front room, and a bedroom for two. There is an outdoor toilet and a large area for camping with a swing, a barbecue site, a table, and a campfire site.

Sauna Raft Sea Rock

Hiiu maakond, Pärna küla

Starting in the summer of 2012, adventuresome types can try the sauna raft Sea Rock located in the Sõru Harbour. The raft is docked and can be accessed by land beside the historic sailboat “Alar”. If the weather permits and the client is willing, the raft will sail out to the sea. Sharp bursts of sauna steam cooled off with refreshing seawater is available for five people max.

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Firemen’s sauna in a fire truck

Järva maakond, Järva-Jaani alev

Järva County is not an average Estonian small town. Why? Well, because here you will also find the largest fire truck collection at the Järva-Jaani Fire Department Museum. Many of the trucks cannot be used for putting out fires anymore, but they can be used for other purposes: as a sauna or a seminar hall. There are several saunas built in fire trucks in Järva-Jaani. You can also order a fire truck sauna to come to you.

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Hiiumaa Kärusaun

Hiiu maakond, Paluküla

The Hiiumaa Kärusaun is a unique mobile sauna where you can choose to enjoy the benefits of a sauna anywhere on the beautiful Hiiumaa. Bring your friends, hook the sauna to your car, and head to the sea! As a bonus, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea through a glass wall of the sauna and go for a refreshing swim in the sea.

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Captain's house and ship sauna

Harju maakond, Rohuneeme küla

Built into an old wooden ship, this is a perfect place for a party filled with activities, whether it be a birthday, a seminar or a fun night with friends. From the window, you'll have a view of the sea where you can see swans, cormorants, ducks and other seabirds. In the ship sauna you get a view of Aegna Island, Naissaar Island and the beautiful Tallinn Bay. You can order catering, games and a trip to the sea. The sauna platform has room for five; Captain's house seats more.

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Last updated : 28.09.2020

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