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Business / Husband and wife team hopes to bring Scandinavia sauna culture to isles

Glød aims to open a wooden sauna overlooking the sea in Lerwick by 2022

A WOODEN sauna overlooking the sea in Lerwick is being proposed as part of plans to bring a piece of Scandinavian culture to Shetland.

Couple Hannah Mary Goodlad and Callum Scott have teamed up to form Glød Sauna Ltd – with a hope have a sauna operational by 2022.

They have drawn up plans for a wooden sauna at the Waarie Geo in Lerwick.

This is located between the Sletts and the Knab, where the water was historically used for people to learn swimming.

The Glød team are keen to rejuvenate the area and give it a “new purpose”.

They also want to “upcycle the existing concrete steps to provide safe and easy access to the North Sea for those who are brave enough to combine their sauna experience with a wild swim”.

The pair said the sauna is a significant part of culture and life in Scandinavia, with this often combined with wild swimming.

Goodlad and Scott said having experienced outdoor saunas in Norway it “became clear that this type of project, at the right location, would be a brilliant addition to Shetland’s outdoor recreational amenities”.

They said Glød is the Shetland word for the “glimmer from heat or light”.

The husband and wife duo recently teamed up with local engineering and design consultancy firm CASE Shetland to work on plans.

Managing director Ewen Adamson said: “We are delighted to have joined up with team Glød.

“To bring a sauna to a coastal location such as the Waarie Geo is a unique idea. This is exactly the kind of innovative project that will be a real addition to Shetland, for locals and tourists alike.”

The plans will “connect a typical indoor experience to the outdoors and offering something new, fresh, and inviting”, the team said.

They added that the next steps are to push forward with planning permission before hopefully opening in 2022.

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