Although I’m fairly new to sauna experiences, this sounded like the perfect relaxation reward after having spent 8 days hiking the Arctic Circle Trail, and I was super-keen to give it a go.
Aqqalooraq (a very interesting young man who works on reception at the hotel) greeted me with a white fluffy towel, bathrobe, a pail of water and two pitchers of iced drinking water, and led me out the back of the hotel to where the sauna is located.
Can you spot it in the image above?
It is actually fully self-contained within the shipping container – an idea I absolutely love!
The interior is completely lined with wood and absolutely beautiful. There is an ante-room for relaxing, hydrating and taking a mini-break from the heat
and the hot room itself, which fits 5 people. I hadn’t booked a private session so theoretically anyone could have come and joined me, but on this occasion I had the entire sauna to myself.
Unlike many other saunas, there is no plunge pool to quickly cool off in. And this being Summer, there was no snow to go roll around in outside. So I just took my breaks out on the back deck of the hotel. Trust me – it doesn’t take long for the chill of a late-August evening in Greenland to cool you down!
As anticipated, the Arctic Sauna at the Hotel Sisimiut was a wonderful way to relax after an extended trek. Next time I’m in Sisimiut, I’m also looking forward to a hot-tub experience as well (see top image) – now currently being installed.
Time: 50 mins
Cost: 150DKK (~USD$23)
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- reading my Greenland-specific blog at Guide to Greenland
- checking out the information and wide range of trips available at Guide to Greenland
- exploring the Government tourism site at Visit Greenland