Mother Nature’s Spa Garden

To design something so perfect for it’s place is a true work of art. Sami Rintala and a group of students from Västlands Kunstakademie built this sauna for the town of Rosendal Village, Hardangerfjord, Norway.

They describe it :

A Finnish sauna room: around 90 C heat is
enjoyed, especially in wintertime (-20 C outside)
by sitting on wooden benches and throwing
water on hot stones on the stove. Sweat and
silence, mental purification and physical
maintainance. A swim in cold water in between.

Anchored in the middle of the fjord,
a level of privacy is maintained for bathers.
Little winter daylight comes through transparent
walls. At night sauna shines as a floating lantern.
Access with rowing boat only.
Descending swimming straight through the floor of water.
Using any kind of soap is prohibited due to ecological reasons.

This is the ultimate spa landscape, mostly mother nature created. Exceptionally warm waters are made possible by the Gulf Stream stretching to the fjords of Norway, they don’t freeze in the winter – which is remarkable considering the arctic location.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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