I don’t know where, how or why this new phenomenon began, but it seems like the Floating Sauna just might be the next big trend in spa culture ;-) . Here’s the research that supports my hypothesis:
1) The Kaluga Floating Sauna: This sauna was designed by Finnish architecture firm Rintala Eggertsson for the festival of landscape objects, held in Russia in July 2008. The theme behind the festival was houses built on water. Their floating sauna, they said, could provide shelter for up to six people for several days. The Kaluga did make it down the Ugra river in Russia and later made it into a permanent Museum exhibit, before it reached its final state as a guest house.
2) SS Silla: This impressive floating sauna scored the title of World’s Fastest Floating Sauna at 18 MPH at Match Cup Sweden.
3) Floating Sauna Company: A Canadian based family company that introduced the Chunky Monkey using two surplus fuel tanks from an F-18 fighter for flotation back in 1997. Although Company Owner Don Toporowski’s Floating Saunas have evolved, he still uses the Chunky Monkey. He says, “there is nothing better than taking a hot sauna session and then jumping off the rooftop diving platform into the cool lake water.”