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Heat RisesKolari, Finland

When it comes to Finland, ski slopes and saunas are two things that are synonymous with the territory. But what about a sauna, built into a gondola, floating above a snow-slathered mountain? Throw in some heavy metal music and traditional Karelian pies, and you have yourself the ultimate Finnish experience.

Get your Finn on at Sport Resort Ylläs, where snow bunnies can unwind in the Ylläs 1 Gondola after a day carving up the slopes. The world’s first suspended sauna cruises a two-kilometre line, treating up to four riders at a time with 20 minutes of spectacular views of Lapland’s powder-white landscape.

Skiers looking for extra respite should book a two-hour package and soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi at Café Gondola 718, situated on the mountaintop, which can be enjoyed privately by up to a dozen guests.


Renting the sauna gondola and the sauna at the top costs $US1500 (includes 24% VAT).

The price for renting just the sauna at the top – the highest place you will find a sauna in Finland – starts at $US57 (includes 24% VAT).

The sauna gondola is booked together with the sauna at Café Gondol 718, which is at the top of the fell. Guests receive three tours with the gondola with each tour lasting about 20 minutes.

The gondola can hold four people at a time, and the sauna at Café Gondol 718 can be booked for up to 12 people.

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Tags: finland, gondola sauna, Hot Five European Saunas, Kolari, sauna, Sport Resort Ylläs, suspended sauna cruises

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