Haar Sauna Ltd: we’re an independent sauna company, crafted by a passionate husband-and-wife duo. Located between the Atlantic Ocean and St Ninian's Beach in Shetland, our outdoor sauna experience invites you to celebrate the evolution of sauna culture in Scotland.
We are Callum and Hannah Mary, and we love to sauna.
One cold, crisp, silver morning in January 2020, we were sat in Oslo’s Badstuforening – a social enterprise sauna in the mouth of the Norwegian fjord. It was two months before the world was turned upside down with covid. We had no idea what was coming our way. No one did.
Lockdowns went from weeks, to months, to years and we kept thinking back to the peace of the Oslo sauna. We were inspired by our Norwegian neighbours across the North Sea, and the thought of bringing authentic sauna culture home to Scotland wouldn’t leave our minds.
We wanted to connect the great Scottish wilderness to the possibility of sauna – so we knew that our sauna had to be mobile. We bought an old “I for Williams” horse box and started to work on it together as our lockdown project. Month by month, we built, sawed, hammered our way into DIY sauna heaven. We loved it. It was a way to reconnect, a way to give us purpose and a way to learn a new skill.
After a few months, Haar Sauna was ready. We had designed and created a beautiful Scandi sauna ready to tour across Scotland. We were also Scotland’s first mobile sauna – something we are really proud of.
Across in Scandinavia, the sauna is a significant part of culture and life. Our North Sea neighbours have long enjoyed the benefits of a sauna session combined with cold water therapy. For Norwegians, the sauna is the place to relax with friends and family, to unwind, to socialise and sometimes, even do business.
Since building it, Haar Sauna has been on an incredible journey. From the golden sands of Aberdeen beach, to the purple headed mountains of the Cairngorms to the calm banks of the River Tay. Each location unique, each location a dream.
Now we are bringing Haar Sauna home to Shetland. We are so excited to share this experience back home here in the Isles.
Sauna at 60 degrees north, it doesn’t get much better than that
Follow our journey: @haar.sauna
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