What you'll find
The Workshop: This is where we can discuss the history and traditions of Estonian saunas, as well as take part in practical activities like making whisks.
The smoke sauna: It takes four hours to heat this sauna, but it's definitely worth it. Smoke saunas are the oldest type of Estonian sauna and still the most revered. Up to ten people can fit inside and it's here that we'll demonstrate Estonian sauna traditions.
The fire pit: We like cooking local meat, fish and vegetables here for you to try.
The barrel sauna: Our wood-fired hot tub is the perfect place to unwind. It takes three hours to heat and up to eight people can fit inside.
The washroom: Even our washing facilities our wood-fired so you won't find a shower here, but will have to clean yourself the traditional way.
We are located in Nõmme, a peaceful 'forest city' on the edge of Tallinn, which is home to traditional Estonian wooden houses dotted between pine, birch, spruce trees and more. Nõmme was once a separate town before joining Tallinn, although we still like to feel detached from the rest of the world here.
Rangi saun is located at a real home here so we always ask guests to be respectful to our neighbours, particularly when it comes to noise.
The city's ski jump tower looms over us a couple of streets away and from there you can look out over Tallinn. If you have more time, browse Nõmme turg (market) for fresh food or take a wander through our nearby forests and bogs. You might find it hard to believe that you are still in our capital city!
You can easily travel here from Tallinn by train, bus or Taxify/Uber.
Just ask us for details.
Here are some of our recent visitors.
Rasmus, Annika and young Albert from Copenhagen
Marcello from Italy and Anni from Nõmme
Kostas from Greece and Vesko from Bulgaria
Trang and Aaron from Vietnam
What to expect
What's the plan?
We start at 1400 and finish at 1900. We'll have already started heating the saunas by the time you arrive, but we'll need your help to keep the fires burning. Before the saunas are ready to use, we'll also discuss the history, traditions and design of Estonian saunas while sampling local food and drink. You'll then get to actually enjoy the saunas you've helped prepare and experience the sauna traditions inside.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting a little bit dirty, such as from making birch whisks or heating the smoke sauna. We will provide you with a towel and a felt sauna hat and then it's up to you if you want to wear your own swimming clothes inside the saunas. Most guests use their own swimming clothes for the barrel sauna and just use a towel if they want to cover up in the smoke sauna.
How hot does it get?
The smoke sauna heats up to around 80 degrees Celcius and the water in the barrel sauna is warmed to about 40 degree Celcius when it's cold, but much less (or not at all) on a hot day when it's the only place to cool off. Going to the sauna is not about pushing yourself to the limit though or seeing who can stay in the longest. We encourage you to leave when it no longer feels comfortable and then return when you're ready. For a good sauna, cooling down sessions are just as important as heating up.
Who else will be there?
We accept groups of up to eight people at a time so you'll get the opportunity to meet other visitors, but let us know if you'd prefer your own group. When requested, we can always arrange single sex sauna days.
What does it cost?
We have only just opened and are still experimenting with what works best, such as the food and drink we serve, so we don't have set prices yet. Get in touch and we can discuss this. Payment can be made either in cash on the day you visit or online in advance using a fast and secure TransferWise link we can send you.
What about food and drink?
Good food and good drink are essential ingredients for a good Estonian sauna. We want to ensure you stay hydrated while using the saunas, as well as try some delicious Estonian home-cooked food. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.
Here's a selection of articles below either written by us or about us!
How to make sauna whisks
Estonians have been beating themselves in the sauna with bundles of branches for longer than records recall. Here's how (and why) they're made from the forests of Estonia.
Saun on sulle kasulik!
Here's another article from ERR, this time in Estonian about why saunas are good for your health and mood. We thought it was funny that they chose to illustrate a picture of us for this.
The history of saunas
Saunas go deeper than you might think, quite literally in the case of the earilest saunas, which were built for survival before becoming intertwined with the lives of the people who used them.
The Sauna Congress at the edge of the Arctic
People travelled from around the world to share sauna knowledge, including Japan, the UK and Australia.