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Five must-experience saunas in Lapland
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people inside sauna building watching the northern lights from a window

These are the five saunas not to miss in Lapland

Whether traditional smoke or ice and snow, these saunas offer unforgettable Finnish experiences. Feeling adventurous? Take a dip in a near-frozen lake or crystal-clear stream – maybe even under the Northern Lights.

a sauna kit full of ice and sauna scoop in the snow on a lake ice
Credits: Harri Tarvainen

Ice Sauna, Apukka Resort, Rovaniemi

Apukka Resort’s saunas are a physical manifestation of Finnish sauna mentality: no matter where you are, there should always be a sauna nearby. (And if there isn’t, a Finn will probably build one from whatever’s at hand!) In addition to wood-heated and electric saunas, the resort has an ice-built sauna that resembles a little timber house. Don’t miss the sauna carriage on skis – a unique creation that can be left on the doorstep of guests’ glass huts or suites. Book a sauna experience from December through the end of March.

people inside an ice-built sauna
Credits: Apukka Resort

Kiilopää, Saariselkä

Surrounded by the mesmerizing Lappish landscape, Kiilopää Sauna World lies next to a crystal-clear stream, which is perfect for a cooling dip after the heat of this authentic smoke sauna. During the summer season, the place bathes in the midnight sun, and winter might provide a glimpse of the Northern Lights. It’s no wonder this newly-renovated smoke sauna, also known as Kuurakaltio, attracts visitors from all over the world.

a sauna building and a ice hole for swimming

Arctic Sauna World, Muonio

Arctic Sauna World is located between the fells on the shore of Lake Jerisjärvi, next to the Pallas-Ylläs National Park. It consists of four saunas, each representing one of the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire. Want to test out a smoke sauna? Or enjoy panoramic lake views while bathing? How about braving a quick dip in a frozen lake? At Arctic Sauna World, you don’t have to choose just one.

a sauna building under the Northern Lights

Snow Sauna, Arctic SnowHotel, Rovaniemi

sauna made entirely of snow and ice
Credits: Arctic Snow Hotel / Visit Rovaniemi

Prepare to be awed: This sauna is made entirely of snow and ice, offering a unique bathing experience that contrasts thick, hot steam with icy snow walls. If this combination doesn’t appeal, the Arctic Snow Hotel also has more traditional log-built sauna buildings, complete with hot tubs. All sauna bookings include a chance to try cold water dipping. Snow sauna is available from mid December until end of March.

a young couple in a hot tub surrounded by snow

Seven Star Smoke Sauna, Isokenkäisten Klubi, Rovaniemi

Seven Star Smoke Sauna allows guests to revel in the cosy darkness and gentle warmth of a smoke sauna while surrounded by the sweet scent of charred birch logs. The sauna master takes care of heating the sauna and preparing traditional, fragrant birch whisks. Bathing finishes with a peat moss treatment and a dip in the lake – from the pier in summer, and through a hole in the ice in winter.

Check out these fantastic sauna experiences in Lakeland, on the Coast and Archipelago, and in Helsinki Region.

a woman puts on a tar cream
Credits: Harri Tarvainen
Traditional log made building in Finnish Lapland