Where to Find Wood-Burning Saunas and Cold Dips in Minneapolis
For the most traditional Finnish sauna experience, opt for one of Minneapolis’s wood-fired saunas lined in cedar.
612 Sauna Society Co-op, founded by Minneapolis sauna enthusiast John Pederson in 2016, is a member-owned sauna co-op with over 150 members—the first of its kind in the USA. The co-op operates a sauna every winter in Theodore Wirth Park. Tended by trained sauna stokers, the mobile sauna is available for public use with discounted rates for members.
The sauna experts at Stokeyard Outfitters (also founded by John Pederson, along with 612 Sauna Society Co-op’s first president Rodney Buhrsmith) offer three mobile saunas and five cold soak tubs at their “sauna village” on Nicollet and 47th in Southwest Minneapolis. They also offer mobile sauna rentals and guided sauna sessions at Minneapolis’s Hewing Hotel, where the host (or Saunameister) directs rounds of sauna use and cool-downs with essential oils and some of the best views of the city. Guests of the Hewing Hotel don’t have to wait for a scheduled guided session—registered guests over 21 can enjoy the heated rooftop spa pool and dry sauna from 7am to midnight, 365 days a year (yes, even in the snow).
Reserve a private guided sauna session with Cedar & Stone at the Four Seasons Hotel. A 75-minute private sauna experience includes thermic cycling of hots, cold, rest and rehydration, with the option of aromatherapy infusion. Sauna guides are there to curate your experience, share knowledge about the wellness of sauna, and provide support and answers to questions. After your session, continue to unwind by taking advantage of the Four Seasons spa facilities, like the steam rooms, showers and indoor pool.