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Sauna Bathing Under the Northern Lights: How to Plan Your Scottish Adventure with PortaSauna

Imagine unwinding in the warm embrace of a sauna, the air around you filled with the soothing crackle of heated stones, as nature’s most spectacular light show dances across the sky above. This dream can become a reality with PortaSauna, offering a unique adventure that combines the traditional Finnish sauna experience with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Northern Lights in Scotland.

Scotland, with its remote landscapes and dark skies, provides the perfect backdrop for this extraordinary encounter. The key to embarking on this adventure is timing, location, and a bit of Scottish wanderlust.

Timing Your Adventure, Sauna Experience

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are most visible in Scotland between October and March. During these months, the nights are the longest, and the skies are the darkest, offering the best conditions to witness the celestial ballet. Plan your sauna adventure around the peak viewing times, usually from late evening to the early hours of the morning, when the aurora is most active.

Choosing Your Location

Scotland’s northern reaches, away from the light pollution of urban areas, are ideal for Northern Lights viewing. The Highlands, particularly around the Caithness coast, the Orkney Islands, and the Outer Hebrides, offer unspoiled horizons for the lights to illuminate. 

  • 1. Caithness and Sutherland – These areas are renowned for their rugged coastlines and open landscapes, providing a dramatic setting for your sauna experience under the aurora.
  • 2. The Orkney Islands – With their northerly latitude, the Orkneys offer a high chance of aurora sightings, combined with the mystique of ancient stone circles and Viking heritage.
  • 3. The Isle of Skye – Although a bit further south, Skye’s clear skies and breathtaking landscapes make it a worthy location for those seeking both natural beauty and a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Setting Up Your PortaSauna, Sauna Experience

PortaSauna makes it possible to enjoy the heat of a sauna in these remote locations. When selecting your spot, look for a flat area that offers a clear view of the northern horizon. Ensure you’re near a water source if you fancy a cold plunge after your sauna session, echoing the traditional Finnish way of cooling down. Safety is paramount, so ensure your sauna is set up away from any hazards, and you’re well-prepared with supplies.

Maximising Your Experience

  • To make the most of your sauna under the Northern Lights, consider these tips:
  • – Stay Warm: Bring plenty of towels and warm clothing for before and after your sauna session.
  • – Camera Ready: Have your camera set up on a tripod outside the sauna, ready to capture the aurora’s magic.
  • – Be Patient: The aurora can be elusive, so enjoy the sauna while you wait for the lights to appear.

Embarking on Your Adventure

This unique experience requires a bit of planning but promises an unforgettable adventure. Not only do you get to bask in the health benefits of sauna bathing, but you also get to witness one of nature’s most awe-inspiring phenomena in a truly unique way.

So, why wait? Pack your PortaSauna, head to Scotland, and prepare for an adventure that combines relaxation, beauty, and the thrill of the hunt for the Northern Lights. It’s an experience that epitomises the spirit of adventure and the pursuit of the extraordinary, promising memories that will last a lifetime.

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Jordan Boon | PortaSauna Founder

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