The roots of sauna culture go back up to 10 000 years…
Read more about history of saunas
The first saunas were holes in ground which were covered with animal skins. Comparable to nowadays tent saunas. Saunas built from logs go back to the Old Iron Age (1-5th century) and are still in use even today with small adjustments. The sauna was widespread until the Middle Ages until the culture started to fade away as the sauna started to be considered as the cause of the spread of many diseases and it also was associated with bad drinking habits. Sauna´s association with diseases came from the misuse. At that time sauna was also used for letting blood and afterwards it was not cleaned properly. The second reason why European saunas almost disappeared is that Europe was short of wood. There was no negative image about the sauna in Finland and Estonia, rather the opposite. Sauna has been a sacred place for us. Later technology advances and various washing options have permanently killed the sauna in Europe.
Nowdays the sauna makes come-back and starting to find its place again. Big favor in that has german soldiers who come back from war and brought positive experience.
More than a century old (year of construction 1905) and once in a very bad condition, our smoke sauna has now reached its old glory after renovation.
Saunas steam room is large, it can fit up to 10 people. An outdoor shower with river water helps to relieve the saunas heat. The outdoor terrace in front of the smoke sauna offers the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature of the primeval valley of the Ahja River. Who never has been to smoke sauna or who has forgotten its charm or is just interested in saunas can read about smoke sauna traditions. If you want to know even more visit the website savusann.ee.
Since 2015 Estonian smoke sauna is listed in UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Price for smoke sauna rent is 110 euros and can be used until the sauna lasts. How long the sauna lasts depends on the use of the sauna.
Towel rent is 2 euros.
Sauna by the the river is good, sauna on the water is even better!
From year 2017 we offer possibility to rent a raft sauna. Raft sauna is intended for 10 people. The raft has toilet, dressing room, sauna room (fits 5 people) and wide terrace on the second floor. On the second floor there are tables, chairs and a gas grill. Perfect opportunity to combine sauna and dinner in the middle of amazing nature of Taevaskoja. Best opportunity to go swimming no matter what the weather conditions are.
There are 2 ways to use the raft sauna:
Rafting on the Ahja river and using the sauna while driving 80 eur/h
The raft is anchored and using sauna 50 eur/h
Towel rent 2 eur/pc
It is possible to use the gas grill on the second floor of the raft sauna.
Filling the hot tub with river water (perfect to cool down from the smoke sauna) 20 euros
Using the hot tub with heated water 80 euros
Read more about the history
The history of hot tubs allegedly dates back 2500 years, when the Greeks enjoyed a hot bath in the volcano craters. Later people started to imitate volcanic craters and started heating water with hot stones.
Also in the Old Rome, hot bath or hot tub was popular. Even to the extent that the legionnaires who went to foreign countries to conquer could not wait to get home and built themselves hot tubs. That is also how hot tubs spread to Central Europe.
Some, however, think that the origin of hot tubs comes from Japan, where the local people wanted to bathe in hot water, as the monkeys did. In a volcanically active area, as Japan is, nature offers many opportunities to bathe in hot water.
The first spa complex was founded in Japan. It is known to have been opened in the year 705. They offered accommodation, opportunity to bathe in a hot tub and also catering. Even back then the hot tub was not just a place for washing, but rather a place for relaxation. The Japanese were likely to be the first to produce a wooden bath (ofuro), which can be considered as a direct precursor to a modern bath and tub.
Hot tubs were made famous by Italian brothers Jacuzzis, who in 1915 started producing wood propellers. Later, they also made a few wooden planes, but due to customer feedback that was not very positive (after crashing one plane, where the pilot and 2 company employees were killed), their production was stopped. Due to the uneasiness of the Italians, the surviving 6 brothers were unable to sit in their arms and started to work on different things. From the production of agricultural pumps, the brothers eventually got to the point where they started to produce Jacuzzis.
Today, in addition to Jacuzzis, the company is also engaged in bathroom furnishings, swimming pools and so on. In addition to the Jacuzzi family, the company has about 5,000 employees and a turnover of nearly 2 billion dollars.
The sauna house has a kitchen, a couch and a table with chairs for up to 10 people. The sauna house has a wide outdoor terrace.
First hour is 60 euros, every following hour is 15 eurost, towel rental 2 euros per towel