Soria Moria is the first installation in the project "Vannvegens fortellinger"/ "Tales of the Waterway", which is divided into 6 parts where each of the canal municipalities will have their own artwork. It is the Telemark Canal Regional Park, together with the municipalities, who is behind the project.
In Tales of the Waterway, art, architecture and light are used as instruments in a comprehensive concept to highlight the attraction of the landscape and make the places along the canal more visible. "The main idea is that visitors and people living in the area will experience the canal landscape in a new way," says architect David Fjågesund in Feste Landskap / Arkitektur. Fjågesund is part of the Nordic design team behind the project, which also has a landscape architect, lighting designer and artist. http://www.feste.no/telemark-canal-soria-moria
The artistic ideaThe inspiration for the sauna is derived from surrounding landscape and history. The characteristic silhouette of the building is an interpretation of the steep mountainsides surrounding the Bandak lake. The wooden shingle cladding is inspired by local building techniques. Integrated in the cladding are gleaming golden shingles. The gold is a reference to local folklore; to the mythical and outlandish. It also references the obvious contrast which arose between the soft-spoken people of Telemark and lavish upper-class foreign travellers during the establishment of Dalen Hotel at the end of the nineteenth century.
For the publicSoria Moria serves as a focal point for everyone - a place of rest and reflection, for meeting and conversation. For local residents arranging sauna nights, the hotel guest strolling in his bathrobe through the park, the hiker coming down from the mountain or the tired cyclist after cycling the canal.
Where is this beautiful sauna? The sauna is laying beautifully by Lake Bandak in Dalen, Telemark. See map here
Parking at the parking lot in Markensvegen, and then your walk down to the sauna (200 m). Possible parking for disabled persons down by the sauna after arrangement.
What to bring?
- A towel, or two
- Swim wear
- Bath robe if you have
- Flip-flopss/bathing shoes or wool socks in winter
- Bag for wet swimwear
- Drinking water
- A flashlight for those dark winter nights can be handy
How many people does the sauna accommodate?The sauna accomodates up to 15 people per booking (then it is an advantage that you know each other well)
What does it cost?
The sauna can be rented for 2 hours at a time. Total cost per booking (not per person)
1-5 persons NOK 300,-
6-10 persons NOK 600,-
11-15 persons NOK 900,-
How do I book?
Place your booking 12 hours before the time you wish to use it, and also cancel 12 hours prior to your appointment time. All the times and dates updated are updated in our booking calender. When you have completed the booking, you will receicve a conformation e-mail with information. The sauna is open for bookings from 08:00-24:00, with the last accesible time from 22-24.
How do I pay?
When you place your booking in our booking calendar, you pay directly with your card here. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Diners and American Express.
Where do I collect the key to the sauna?
You will receive informtion on this in the confirmation e-mail when you have booked your appointment.
Can you drink alchohol in the sauna?
Yes, in moderation inside the sauna in your time booked, not outside or the outside area.
Is there a toilet and shower in the sauna?
No, not in the sauna, but we have a sanitary facility with toilet and shower with hot water, approx. 200 meters from Soria Moria, by the parking area (see map). You will get the key to the sanitary facility with the sauna key.
How is the sauna heated?
The sauna is heated by a Harvia electric sauna oven with a power of 33kW. We make sure that the sauna is nice and warm when you arrive!
If you post your picture from the sauna on social media using #soriamoria #soriamoriasauna #visitdalen we will be extremely happy, and we can promise you lost of likes!