There is no American equivalent of the Finnish sauna. Nothing in the States is as beloved, as much a part of the national identity, as the sauna is to Finns, not even football or guns, so it’s not too surprising to come across luxury saunas, dirtbag saunas, and now, finally, the floating, motorized, traveling sauna.
Built by a group of friends in the spirit of midsummer bacchanal, the Saunalautta floats atop recycled plastic pipes and navigates via a small outboard. In its various incarnations, it has hosted a trampoline on the roof (for more hang time when jumping into frosty Finnish rivers), as well as a third story observation tower.
Rumor has it Saunalautta is for rent. Drop by the contact page on Facebook if you’re interested.
Photos by Jyri Heikkinen
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