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5 Strange Saunas


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Sauna on Wheels
Hit a traffic jam or run over a nail? Don't worry about it! You just bought yourself some sauna time.
Hit a traffic jam or run over a nail? Don't worry about it! You just bought yourself some sauna time.
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It's nearly impossible to exaggerate the importance of saunas in Finland, where a good sweat bath is a traditional part of daily life. Scout troops drag portable saunas with them on camping trips, and even the prison wardens in Finland don't dare deny convicted felons a good sweat. In a land where the number of saunas may rival that of automobiles, it should come as no surprise that they've come up with a way to combine the two.

Behold, a custom sauna bus -- and it's far from one of a kind. Various takes on the wheeled, mobile saunas exist around the world. Savvy mechanics have modified everything from trailers to fire trucks into their own steamy sanctuaries on wheels. The Canadian Web site SaunaSessions.com even hosts a section titled "Mobile Saunas" chronicling the various saunas that may or may not be street legal.

What sense does this crazy idea make? Well, look no further than Russia, where love for the traditional banya prompted some crafty Ruskies to convert an army truck into their own all-terrain sauna. After all, you're going to want a cold dip after a proper sauna session, so why not drive it straight to a chilly, mountain lake surrounded by forest instead of the city pool?


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