A weekend in…

A sauna with a view

Af­ter a long day of walk­ing the streets and parks of Oslo, feet, mus­cles and eyes might be sore and tired and in need of a break. What bet­ter way to end the day than by re­lax­ing in a hot and sooth­ing sauna? Like ev­ery­thing else in Nor­way, how­ever, a sauna

- Recreation · Travel · Norway · Arctic · Oslo · Salt · Svolv?r

SAUNA WITH A VIEW, DJS AND BAR

SALT started out as a no­madic art project, trav­el­ling Nor­way with its spec­tac­u­lar pyra­mid con­struc­tions de­signed by Sami Rin­tala and Kyrre Kalseth as well as artist Joar Nango. Next to the build­ings, The Arc­tic Pyra­mid is a 70-me­tre-long wooden struc­ture in­spired by tra­di­tional fish-racks, which is used for art and in­stal­la­tions. Hav­ing started out in Svolvaer in the north of Nor­way in 2010, SALT has trav­elled through Sand­hornøy south of Bodø, Ber­gen, and in 2017 the com­plete project opened in Oslo, where its tem­po­rary stay has been ex­tended to 2023.

Lo­cated at Langkaia with a view of the Oslo fjord and the Opera House, SALT has four saunas to choose be­tween, in­clud­ing Árdna, which is one of the world’s big­gest saunas, sit­ting 100 peo­ple. The struc­ture has panoramic win­dows fac­ing the fjord, mak­ing for stun­ning views whether mid-sum­mer with bright sum­mer nights or warm, comfy and shel­tered from bliz­zards in the win­ter. Árdna keeps a tem­per­a­ture of 60-80°C (140– 176 Fahren­heit) and has its own bar and DJ on the week­ends. The smaller saunas – Skro­get, Him­mel­sauna and Naustet – are also avail­able for pri­vate book­ings. Naustet’s main space is a café sell­ing tra­di­tional waf­fles with brown cheese and baked goods. For big­ger meals, SALT’s out­door space has food trucks in the sum­mer sea­son, serv­ing the big out­door seat­ing area.

Out­side, you’ll also find two cold wa­ter pools, one with fresh­wa­ter and one with sea­wa­ter, as well as show­ers. Some peo­ple also choose to cool off in the fjord af­ter a ses­sion in the sauna, and lad­ders let you climb back up to the docks again.

In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing saunas, art and food, SALT is an en­ter­tain­ment venue, with big na­tional and in­ter­na­tional names play­ing con­certs, and quizzes, pan­els and talks are also a reg­u­lar part of SALT’s pro­gramme. www.salted.no

DIVE STRAIGHT FROM

THE SAUNA INTO THE FJORD

If you don’t just want to look at the fjord while in a sauna, how about a sauna on rather than by the fjord? At Sørenga, you’ll find Oslo Fjord Sauna, a sauna club with a fleet of float­ing saunas. The orig­i­nal sauna, Måken (‘the seag­ull’), was built out of drift­wood found by the Oslo fjord by sauna ide­al­ists, and has since been joined by Skar­ven (‘the cor­morant’), and Anda (‘the duck’). The lat­ter is the lat­est ad­di­tion, a round struc­ture built as an am­phithe­atre with a large win­dow over­look­ing the fjord and ar­chi­pel­ago.

There’s also a hot tub hold­ing up to seven peo­ple. This re­quires a sep­a­rate book­ing but is ad­vised as an add-on to an ex­ist­ing book­ing with a sauna. The saunas op­er­ate with drop-in hours or can be booked pri­vately in ad­vance. Lo­cated right out­side the Opera House, and equipped with lad­ders for easy climb­ing, the saunas are per­fect for quick dips in the fjord to cool off.

www.oslofjord­sauna.com

COM­BINE A FJORD CRUISE WITH A RE­LAX­ING SAUNA

KOK also of­fers float­ing saunas, but in ad­di­tion to float­ing near the har­bour by the Opera House in Bjørvika, it of­fers fjord and sauna cruises. With three saunas named af­ter the light-phenomena Mo­rild, Vega and Aurora, KOK al­lows you to en­joy a trip around the in­ner Oslo ar­chi­pel­ago in the com­fort of a sauna, with the added op­por­tu­nity of a cool­ing dip in the fjord. The boats run on so­lar power, leav­ing no en­gine noise to dis­turb your peace as you en­joy the view from the sauna.

There are two- and three-hour cruises. The shorter Sauna Cruise al­lows sin­gle seat book­ings, whereas the longer ver­sion, jord­cruise, is for group book­ings only. The three-hour Fjord­cruise is planned along with the cap­tain and gives you greater free­dom to visit a sea­side restau­rant along the way, should you want to. www.kokoslo.no

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