Spa + Wellness

World's Top Spots to Sweat

by Anja Mutić

Snow Sauna, Arctic Snow Hotel, Finland

A sauna was once seen as a holy place in Finland, where babies were born and illnesses were cured. These days, the Finns stop short of giving birth in their saunas, but they do still take their heating needs seriously—there are two million saunas in the country. One of the coolest of those hot spots is the snow sauna at the Arctic Snow Hotel in Finnish Lapland, a steam room carved inside a large block of snow. To heat the sauna, a sizzling stove is placed inside, turning the icy walls to steam. To mix things up, you can take a dip into the outdoor hot tub and scan the sky for the Northern Lights. Or if you and your fellow sauna set are feeling gutsy, take a quickie snow bath—consider it an icebreaker.

Snow sauna at Arctic Snow Hotel, $47 for one hour (includes the use of regular Finnish sauna).

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