Sweden cold bathhouses. Where to go and what to expect

Sweden cold bathhouses. Where to go and what to expect

Bored of pool parties and common beach activities? A cold bathhouse (kallbadhus) in Sweden will be a real kick and an interesting challenge that you can not miss. The cold bath tradition is traced back to the last quarter of the 19th century and remains appealing to different audiences until now. It isn’t merely a chilly water experience but cold bathing has proved itself as an effective remedy that increases your blood circulation and improves your mood by releasing adrenaline and endorphins in your body.

Today, we will help you to immerse yourself in this tradition by exploring the most iconic cold bathhouses across Sweden.

Kallbadhuset Varberg 

Located in an oriental-style building with decorative domes, Kallbadhuset Varberg is one of the most famous cold bathhouses in Sweden. This bathhouse consists of two sections: one for men and one for women. It is a place where you can feel true freedom due to people’s nonchalance towards public nudity. As cold bathing in this house is known as a nudist affair, living this moment with no swimwear will put the final touch to make it a fun and memorable experience.


After cold bathing, you can explore coastal locations for other attractive activities like heading to the cafe or spa resorts such as Varberg Stadshotell & Asia Spa where you can have a peaceful view across the sea.

Ribersborgs Kallbadhus

Built in 1898, Ribersborgs Kallbadhus is known by two nicknames “Kallis” and “Ribban”. This kallbadhus opens year-round and operates with two sections - one for men and one for women. The bathhouse also has five on-site saunas, hot tubs, and a massage room. Visitors love to spend their time here as they can have a cold water dip followed by a relaxing sauna session. 

Ribersborgs Kallbadhus promotes equality and inclusion by welcoming transgender and non-binary people. An interesting event called Queer Kallis is hosted on the first Monday of each month.

Saltsjöbadens Friluftsbad

Inaugurated at the beginning of the 20th century, Saltsjöbadens Friluftsbad remains itself as an iconic cold bathhouse thanks to its rare wooden open-air design. The bathhouse offers two separate areas for both men and women. After a swim session, you can enjoy a relaxing moment by walking around a joint sandy beach or savor tasty dishes at the restaurant.

To enjoy this experience please remember to keep moving to maintain your blood circulation before or after a cold dip and follow the in-house recommendations and rules to keep safe. Visiting a cold bathhouse in Sweden is an amazing experience for you to discover, and after this quick snap to it, we know you are eager to explore it.