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.

Iglupark igloo saunas

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

Iglupark (Igloo Park) combines three important aspects of life – work, leisure, and health – and offers the opportunity to take time for these things by visiting the igloo office, house, and sauna.You do not need much to feel good – a good sauna, refreshing sea air, and a nice swim. In addition, there is a private terrace above the sea where you can spend some lovely time with friends. The igloo saunas are located in the best area of the city, where you can spend time with friends or close ones. The place offers the most beautiful views of the sea. Food and drinks are provided by Vintis Tint and Tanker.

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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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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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Saunatrip – trailer sauna rental and transport all over Estonia

Pärnu maakond, Urge küla

Experience a sauna like never before in a mobile juniper sauna of Saunatrip, which you can enjoy anywhere – near a river or a lake, at the beach, or in your home yard.  We will transport the sauna to a location chosen by you (transportation fee is 60 cents per km) or you can pick it up yourself. There is enough room for four people in the sauna and the juniper chips on the walls of the cosy sauna fill the room with the delightful smell of juniper. As the night becomes darker, the sauna becomes more cosy thanks to two different lighting systems – the ones in the ceiling and the LED-lights under the sauna platform. The atmosphere is made even more comfortable with a sound system installed under the sauna platform. If you wish, you can also buy sauna whisks and firewood.  

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Ice cellar sauna at Sagadi Manor

Lääne-Viru maakond, Sagadi küla

Between the limestone and quarrystone walls of the former ice cellar of Sagadi Manor, there is a newly renovated Finnish sauna. We have built rest-rooms with a special atmosphere under the arched ceiling of the ice cellar. The two separated arched halls accommodate up to 40 people, the round room with a fireplace up to 12, and up to 10 people can fit on the sauna platform.  Visitors can order delicious snacks for a longer sauna evening. Ice cellar sauna 30 €/hour. Ice cellar 40 €/hour. Ice cellar with sauna 60 €/hour.

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Sauna session in a traditional Old Võromaa smoke sauna at Mooska

Võru maakond, Haanja küla

The Smoke sauna traditions of Old Võromaa have found their honoured spot on the list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of the world. At Mooska Farm, you can try a piece of this ancient Estonian heritage for yourself. A traditional sauna session lasts at least three (3) hours and the smoke sauna of Mooska Farm can comfortably accommodate eight people. The rich aroma of burning wood is complemented by a whispered note of meat smoked in the sauna, birch boughs, and sauna honey. Since it's located next to a pond, during the winter, you can quickly dip yourself in the nearby icy waters. The sauna's cost includes two boughs, hand-made soaps, sauna honey and herbal tea. For an additional fee, you can also receive a juniper bough, towels, a sauna hat, a bathrobe and some homemade beer.

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Accommodation in a sauna boat on Lake Peipus

Tartu maakond, Varnja alevik

Looking for new experiences? Spend your holiday in the Old Believers' village of Varnja 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. The sauna boat is a suitable place to stay from May to September.

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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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Ship sauna Black Pearl in Purtse

Ida-Viru maakond, Liimala küla

Sauna experience from a sauna built in a former fishing trawler and located on the field of Purtse yacht harbour enable its visitors to feel like captains who have run aground on a stormy sea due to its funny shape. The sauna, located in the Purtse yacht harbour, is built on an old MSTB-type fishing trawler. The sauna consists of a steam sauna and a barrel sauna, and these are suitable for up to 12 people. The steam room overlooks the Purtse yacht harbour, the sea, and River Purtse.  

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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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Raft sauna at Tiku Holiday Homes

Põlva maakond, Kiidjärve küla

Beginning from the summer of 2017, we offer the opportunity to rent a raft sauna at Tiku Holiday Homes. The raft sauna is meant for about 10 people. It is possible to use the sauna in two ways: 1) using the sauna while riding it on River Ahja 2) using the sauna while the raft is anchored. For an extra fee, you can use a gas grill and rent towels.  

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Last updated : 26.01.2022

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