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November 9, 2018

Solar Egg

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The northern part of Swedish Lapland is a frigid region with no lack of saunas, but none so unique as the hot room housed within a giant, shiny golden egg surrounded by the icy landscape of the Arctic.

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The "Solar Egg" in Kiruna, one of the northernmost towns in Sweden, stands 15 feet tall in the middle of a field of snow, reflecting the white expanse on 69 golden panes of glass.

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The egg's interior is a piping hot sauna where residents of Kiruna can bask in the heat, relax, and talk.

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Visitors enter the surreal structure via a golden staircase which leads to a small circular sauna that seats eight people.

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It's heated by a wood-burning, human heart-shaped stove in the center, which reaches temperatures of 167°F-185°F.

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The Solar Egg was created by Swedish artist duo Bigert & Bergström and was donated to the mining town of Kiruna by the Swedish government after massive sinkholes endangered the city in 2004.

Due to overextraction of iron ore by local mining companies, the city began to sink, forcing Kiruna to move to an entirely new location at a cost of over $1 billion.

In response, the Swedish government repaid Kiruna's residents with the unusual egg sauna, which is free of charge for locals.

November 9, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


Comments

It is so delightful learning new things about my country from you. The relocation of Kiruna I know of – absurdities as such seldom go unnoticed – but the golden egg is completely new to me!

Posted by: Pippi | Nov 10, 2018 7:34:45 PM

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