In November 2021, GoBoat opened the first Danish floating sauna in Copenhagen. This new concept combines the Scandinavian sauna tradition with the Danish tradition of winter swimming.
After several years of development and production of the Sauna by GoBoat concept, we are now ready with a pop-up location in the heart of Copenhagen.Anders Ekelund Mørck, CEO of GoBoat
1. Floating sauna
The sauna sits on the canal in the centre of Copenhagen, at Ved Stranden 26, and fits up to 12 people. Its large windows allow visitors to admire the panoramic view of the canal, the Christiansborg palace and the entire city centre.
The facility stands next to a few “dipping spots” for those adventurous enough to plunge into the canal waters. However, there is a milder alternative for those who just want to cool off between sessions, but are not prepared for the full winter swimming experience: a Russian shower, i.e. a bucket of cold water ready to be poured over your head.
The entire sauna can be booked online for 1 or 2 hours. With the booking, beverages can also be purchased, including beer and wine, but are unavailable onsite, nor can they be brought from home. A towel however is allowed from home, or can be bought at the facility, and is mandatory, nudism being prohibited. Changing rooms and lockers are available.
Sauna by Goboat is the perfect activity for groups of friends and families to enjoy a ride in the heat with an eminent view that only a few have seen before.Anders Ekelund Mørck, CEO of GoBoat
There are more than 7.000 people on waiting lists for a winter spa club in Copenhagen and with tourism slowly coming back to the city, the demand is getting even higher. “The established and skilled winter bathing and sauna clubs are doing a great job and have long waiting lists these days. Hence we hope that with our sauna, we can give more Copenhageners and the guests of the city the chance to get a warm ride”, says Anders Ekelund Mørck, the CEO of GoBoat.
The sauna is built by sustainable means and GoBoat say they “cherish the sustainable experience in order to make as few impressions on the nature and the aquatic environment as possible.”
A floating sauna is an obvious way for us to share our love for the maritime, as you almost sit on the water and therewith get a whole new view of the city.Anders Ekelund Mørck, CEO of GoBoat
All the boats developed by the group “have created new standards for sustainable experiences on the water”, while the sauna itself is the first catamaran hull structured boat in the world built entirely with bio-composite materials – 30% flax and 70% basalt, an innovative mix which has a minimal impact on the environment, but a high durability at the same time.
3. Next stop: Berlin
The floating sauna is a pop-up project. And while it has been in Copenhagen for the entire winter, it is time for the rest of the world to enjoy it. The next stop for the facility is Berlin, where it will be staying for the summer. GoBoat confirmed that the sauna will return to Copenhagen for autumn, but do not wish to disclose, just yet, next winter’s location.