The sauna culture of Saaremaa, comparable to a sacred place, respects the traditions of ancestors and the spirits of nature, fairies, and souls. Going to the sauna is an event in itself, which over the millennia has strengthened the resilience and vitality of the islanders. For the people of Saaremaa, the sauna is like a gateway that connects the wisdom of the past with the dreams of the future, while at the same time cleansing both soul and body..
Be it for birch whisking or warming up your body.
The steam session is started gradually. A wise man doesn't rush! From a lower temperature to a stronger one. The heat should not be overly biting, but rather comfortably moist like the sea. Before taking the whisk, three splashes of water should be given to the stove.
In addition to birch, a sauna whisk can be made from other fine trees, plants, and juniper bushes. Each plant has its own effect, which is beneficial to health.
Be it a bucketful of cold water, a plunge into a snowdrift, or a quick run back and forth to a bay or body of water, which is always found behind the sauna door in Saaremaa.
You can immediately tell by the taste of the fish if it's truly a Saaremaa thing.
You feel as if you are in a mystical morning mist of Saaremaa, where bursts of steam touch the body and cleanse the senses. Such a sauna would have been frequented by medieval knights guarding the castle, neatly going four or five times in a row.
A 75-degree sauna made of juniper wood offers a sauna experience filled with the scents of Saaremaa's wild juniper fields, being both refreshing and calming, reminiscent of salty sea air, Saaremaa's sunny summer days, and coastal landscapes.
High temperatures and sharp steam are like the challenging life of the Vikings, where each visit to the sauna is like sailing on stormy seas to foreign lands – intense, empowering, and requiring bravery.
up to 80-100°C
As a visitor to authentic Saaremaa saunas, you can gain extra sauna wisdom in various workshops.
In the past, the best branches for a proper sauna whisk were considered to be from common birch, sometimes from bog birch, and in Saaremaa, also from juniper. Nowadays, people go to the sauna with whisks made from juniper, oak, linden, willow, aspen, and many other shrubs. Each has its own power and strength. In the workshop, you will learn the tricks of making whisks and gain folk wisdom about which plant helps and provides relief for what.
Special sauna products enhance the sauna pleasures, and you can learn to make them yourself in the workshop. Suitable for both adult and young sauna enthusiasts.