It took fives days to build with nearly 100 blocks of ice.

An advert running in the US …in Estonian!

“It was like being a kid again,” explains Minnesota-based sauna builder Justin Juntunen. “We were building the best snow fort of our lives and the whole process was a complete joy.”

His latest construction — a sauna with walls of ice 8 foot high and 18 inches thick— is no child’s play, however.

“They are killing history,” said one 35 year regular of Kalma saun in Kalamaja.

Kalma saun, one of Estonia’s oldest and grandest public saunas, has submitted plans to turn its historic building into accommodation and develop a new modern spa complex next to it.

An incident three years ago still raises some questions.

Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas resigned in the early hours of this morning as details of a major alleged corruption scandal began to emerge yesterday. The scandal allegedly involves the Secretary General of his Center Party, Mihhail Korb, who resigned yesterday.

When I saw Mihhail Korb’s name in the news again, I was reminded of an incident three years ago that was never resolved. I thought now would be the right time to retell it.

Rewind to 2017.

First, some background. Crypto was booming. …

Some change is good.

When the pandemic began, we had a lot of concerns — including how the disappearance of international tourists to Estonia would affect family businesses running saunas for visitors across our country.

As it turned out, many of them have been busier than ever this year.

International tourists tend to stay in Tallinn’s Old Town and about 75% of them never even leave Tallinn. This is something Visit Estonia, our country’s tourist agency, has been working hard to fix in order to spread the benefits of tourism around the country.

But the pandemic has dramatically shifted this. The pause in international…

Here’s how to choose, order and install a HUUM sauna stove in the UK.


  1. Introduction to HUUM

1.1. Where in Britain you can try before you buy
1.2. Which British sauna builders already integrate HUUM stoves

2. The Story of HUUM

3. How to choose your HUUM wood-fired stove or electric heater

3.1. Calculate the kW output power you will need to heat your sauna (electric & wood-fired)
3.2. Measure your sauna safety distance requirements (electric & wood-fired)
3.3. Investigate your sauna wiring and input power (electric only)
3.4. Choose your stones (electric & wood-fired) and air tunnel (electric Hive online)
3.5. Choose your UKU sauna control system (electric only)

4. How to…

The movement is now a registered charity.

Sauna culture is undergoing a renaissance around the world — but perhaps nowhere more so than in Britain.

The sauna builder’s grandson has just been granted permission to recover the smoke sauna and restore it in the Rocky Mountains.

The more we write about Estonian saunas, the more people write to us about weird and wonderful Estonian saunas for us to cover.

One in particular stood out recently. It’s a Seto smoke sauna. It’s not in great condition, but that’s about to change — and it has an incredible story to tell.

Adam Rang

Saunapreneur at Previously Chief Evangelist at Estonia’s e-Residency programme.

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