You might not think of Britain as a sauna nation. Yet there’s been a surge in sauna building here over the past few years to meet rising demand — and Estonian design and technology is at the heart of it, like here below at a luxury sauna workshop at the top of a Welsh mountain.
This “Second Coming of Steam” — as the recently created British Sauna Society calls it — is no longer confined to gyms and spas.
Those were the only places that Brits were previously used to encountering saunas, which were usually small, stuffy, and slightly…
When Gareth Southgate was appointed England’s manager, a lot of people criticised him for being “too nice”.
He didn’t think he was the right person to lead the team either. He said he wasn’t ready when the post suddenly became available and was only persuaded to do the job temporarily until someone better could be found.
Most of us in England remember Southgate instead as the 26 year old who, as a player, missed a penalty that resulted in us not reaching the final of the European Championship in 1996.
That was the furthest most English people have ever seen…
Sauna races have become popular across Estonia in recent years. Their idea is simple. Participants are given a map of the local area and a list of saunas on it. They then have to find each one, enjoy the leil (sauna steam) inside, and return to the finish line by the end of the day.
When not exporting Estonian sauna design and technology, Anni and I are big fans of sauna races, as you can see. We’ve attended many as both competitors and hosts, as well as sponsoring them and helping with publicity. …
“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.
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.
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.
First, some background. Crypto was booming. …
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…
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…