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  • Photographer: Anna Hållams

Saunas worth a detour

Leave all your must do’s behind, breathe out and enjoy a hot sauna, refreshing dip and fantastic views of the sea or lakes. Here are 6 saunas in West Sweden worth the detour.

The "Svettekörka" (“Sweat Church”) public sauna, Gothenburg

One of Sweden’s most spectacular saunas is in Frihamnen in Gothenburg. This former harbour, which was part of the busy Port of Gothenburg, has been converted into a whole new area with amongst other things a man-made sandy beach and a stunning sauna which opened in 2015. Soak up the warmth and enjoy the view of the river estuary. The sauna is heated all year round, and is free and accessible for all.

Photographer: Anna Hållams

Ulricehamns Kallbadhus

You can enjoy a refreshing dip and a warming sauna all year round at Ulricehamns Kallbadhus on Lake Åsunden. Tip! Combine your visit with a lovely massage or a tasty meal at the Kallbadhus restaurant.

Naven sauna raft, Kållandsö

In a pretty spot overlooking Lake Vänern you’ll find Naven’s floating sauna. Choose whether you want to hire the whole raft, with wood fired sauna, hot tub and grill hut, or just the sauna and grill hut. Top tip! Hire canoes or kayaks and combine your visit with a lovely paddling tour of the Eken archipelago in Lake Vänern.

Photographer: Linnea Gustavsson

Dyrö sauna, Dyrön

This beautiful sauna lies just ten metres from the sea, on the south coast of the island of Dyrön. It was voted Sweden’s best electric sauna a few years ago, in large part thanks to its sheltered position with stunning views of the surrounding rocks and sea. Tip! Combine your sauna with a lovely walk around the island. The 5 km long boardwalk trail offers great views of the Marstrand Fjord and the island of Åstol, amongst others.

Photographer: Katja Ragnstam

Tubbeviken’s swim and sauna, Skärhamn

With a view of the entrance to Skärhamn harbour on the island of Tjörn this is a fantastic spot to enjoy some relaxing moments. The swimming area is next to the sauna. Top tip! Just a few minutes walk away you’ll find shops, cafes, restaurants and the Nordic Watercolour Museum.

Lysekil Kallbadhus

The bath house and sauna in Lysekil is an oasis right next to the town centre. It’s used daily all year round, by residents and tourists. In the past, the salty seawater in Lysekil was said to be curative, and visitors from cities came to the spa town to partake of the water’s healing powers. The bath house, built in the middle of the 1800s, remains from that time.

Photographer: Jonas Ingman - M2B AB