Sauna culture is strong in Swedish Lapland. Part of the explanation is our close proximity to the homeland of the sauna, Finland – and also that many Finns and specifically Torne Valley Finns have moved to the city. It is not uncommon for houses in Luleå to be built with a sauna.

Practically every gym and swimming pool complex has a sauna too, so if you would just like to give it a try, a visit to that kind of establishment is one option. However, if you would like to get closer to the genuine sauna experience, we have a couple of more refined options. If you are a visitor, or a local without a sauna of your own for that matter, hiring a sauna for an evening is a great experience – often quite a unique experience.

We have listed a few recommendations available for booking below:


Bengans bastuflotte (sauna raft):

RiverRafters’ sauna raft is much more than just a sauna. All year round, Bengan’s Sauna Raft lies anchored in Stensborgsviken in the Luleå archipelago, about 15 minutes by boat from the South Harbour in central Luleå. Aboard the raft, Bengan and his crew will be taking care of you and your company. Here you can have a wood-fired sauna, take a dip in the sea or just enjoy the environment and eat a great meal.

Sauna raft in the North Harbour:

Aboard the luleå paintball sauna raft, you are guaranteed to have an amazing night. You can cool down with cold beverages on the sun deck, light up the grill and look out over the beautiful Luleå cityscape. The sauna raft accommodates a maximum 15 passengers and has changing rooms, a sound system, a sun deck, a water heater, eating spaces and a coal grill. You can also book a combination of other activities such as paintballing, jetskiing and wakeboarding.

Sauna in the archipelago:

Saunas are also available on the large islands where Lulea Council has cottages to let.

This applies to the islands of Brändöskär, Junkön, Kluntarna and Småskär. The saunas are only bookable on location and are open to all visitors free of charge. Sauna booking is made manually on each island and after you have used the facilities, you must clean up after yourself and restock the firewood store. For more information about the islands and how to book the cottages, please visit this link.