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Snow sauna

The new snow sauna in the Viiking Spa Hotel is a unique experience in the Baltics and the Nordics.

Snow sauna rules

The snow sauna is more than just a place to open the door and look!

  • Up to 4 people can stay in the snow sauna at the same time!
  • Stay in the snow sauna for 3-5 minutes!
  • Come to the snow sauna after staying in a warm sauna, don’t come directly from the pool!
  • Children up to the age of 14 (included) can use the snow sauna with an adult.
  • Please wear slippers when using the snow sauna.

Thank you for your understanding!

The beneficial effects of the  snow sauna

  • Relaxation
  • Pain relief
  • Revitalization
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Fat burning
  • Improvement in sleep Well-being
  • Detoxification
  • Stress reduction 

More specific effects of using the snow sauna

Blood Vessel Training

The blood vessels dilate in the sauna, and the rapid cooling afterwards causes the vessels to contract. Repeated hot and cold stimuli, especially in sequence, lead to an increase in the return flow rate of the blood to the veins and to an improved valve function and therefore to a better overall performance of the venous system. The training of the blood vessels can be pictured as being like real muscle toning exercise because the blood vessels actually consist of elastic connective tissue and smooth muscle cells. This effect is very advantageous for people with circulatory disorders of inorganic origin, and women with low blood pressure stand to benefit in particular from regular use of this training method.

Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system is progressively stimulated by the cooling process in the snow room. After leaving the snow room, the heart rate actually falls below the level it was at before entering the sauna in most cases. The pulse rate increases from 70 to 90 during the sauna, for example, and falls to 65 beats per minute after leaving the snow room. These conditions actually create a kind of physiological stress situation for the heart similar to that occurring during physical exercise. The use of the snow room is roughly equivalent to the physical exertion experienced by a person weighing 75 kg walking at 8 km/h on a flat surface for about 20 minutes. For this reason alone, it is obvious that the snow room is only suitable for people without any underlying heart conditions. A doctor should always be consulted in case of heart problems.

Muscles and metabolism

The metabolism is stimulated by the alternation of heat and cold, and this supports the fat burning and detoxification processes. The changing states of hot and cold also stimulate the muscles. The muscles work harder because they have to produce heat. This is an additional stimulus for the metabolism.


The snow room routine can provide relief for chronic muscle and joint pain. Snow is applied to the painful area and massaged in (unless the skin is broken). After a break the application is repeated twice. The cold temporarily reduces the sensation of pain, often spelling an end to aching joints. As a result, the body releases endorphins and serotonin. There is an improvement in mobility after just a few minutes. Regular use of the method (every two weeks) is recommended for long-term results.

Skin and oxygen supply

An improved blood flow results in a better supply of oxygen to the tissue. This is associated with a general increase in performance of our cells, the smallest building blocks in the body. The improvement in the metabolism promotes detoxification and the strengthening of the tissue while at the same time increasing elasticity. The skin becomes firmer and smoother. Regular use is recommended for long-term benefits.

Immune System

In addition to the general strengthening, there is also an improvement in the body’s defenses. This is due to the improved circulation and the increased oxygen supply. Harmful free radicals can be better neutralized and the first line of defense with macrophages (= scavenger cells; derived from the Greek makròs (large) and phagein (eat)) is spurred on to improved migration through the tissue. Every common cold is annoying, whether it is a blocked nose, coughing or aching limbs. That is why a healthy immune system is so important. A cold treatment like the snow room is among the most powerful factors in stimulating the immune system alongside sufficient sleep, a balanced diet and a healthy gut

Mental Strength

Alertness and responsiveness are other interesting parameters which normally decrease in relatively hot saunas, but cooling using dry cold or dry snow brings about a reduction in reaction times and therefore also leads to increased attentiveness and concentration. The dry cold has a balancing effect on our autonomic nervous system in particular, improving concentration and retentiveness. The stimulating effect is experienced immediately after treatment. Heat tends to lead to inertia, fatigue and exhaustion whereas even short periods of exposure to cold stimulate activity and have a calming influence on states of increased agitation. The use of cold is to be very
highly recommended to combat stress.


Regenerating after Exercise

The snow room is especially beneficial for athletes because it can enhance their motivation and performance but it is most notable for improving regenerative ability. The body will recover more quickly after exercise. This is due to the vascular training and the detoxifying effect on the muscles. The use of snow can also relieve inflammation, pain and swelling. In this case, snow is applied to the affected areas, starting with three short and vigorous applications to the muscle for approximately 5-10 minutes in the snow room (only on healthy skin) followed by a rubbing down with a towel.


Treatment Guide

Duration12 - 15 minutes
Temperature70 - 90°C
ActivitySit or lie down while warming up, please use a towel
Possilbe effects* Warming
* Cardiovascular training
* Muscle relaxation
Snow sauna
Duration3 - 5 minutes
Temperature-5°C / -10°C
ActivitySit or stand to cool down. Deep breathing refreshes the lungs. A gentle snow massage helps to cool down even more efficiently, start with arms and legs, before cooling the whole body. Sore parts may be cooled to relieve the pain. Slippers are recommended, please use a towel when sitting down.
Possible effects* Blood vessel training
* Improvement in the body’s defences
* Alleviation of pain
* Release of endorphins
Duration 15 - 20 minutes
ActivityRelax and recover, before you repeat the treatment
Possible effects* Better circulation
* Stress relief
* Balance

Like with any other sauna application only recommended for healthy people. Not suitable in case of cardiovascular problems. Please consult your doctor if you are unsure.

Wearing flip flops is recommended, please use a towel when sitting down.

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