When you’re walking from the Operahuset of Oslo along the fjord and the Langkaia road you will see an improvised cultural center with pyramid shaped houses, the SALT. It is a nomadic art project created in 2014 that was already set-up at Nordland and Bergen, currently it can be found at Oslo. The current allowance guarantees its perfect location until 2027, but you never know whether it is going to be extended. It hosts six stages used for a colorful mix of art and different food trucks; you can order drinks and food via smartphone and they get delivered to the tables next to the water.
SALT also includes different saunas; some that you can reserve for private sessions and others for which you can reserve a timeslot and get to know some locals and travelers. The large pyramid isn’t really hot but you can enjoy amazing views on the Operahuset from within (and enjoy a beer if you like). Free water is provided and you can cool down afterwards by jumping into one of the large barrels of water. There is also a second sauna used for really hot rituals; but you need to sign up in advanced if you want to attend the only ritual during your timeslot.
If you want to enjoy some sauna time book a timeslot upfront on their website. You also need to bring a padlock with you: your clothes are put into a stable sack which is closed and attached to a shelf using a padlock. Sounds strange but works well. You can pay at the bar using a credit card and they are storing your wallet behind the bar if you like. Relaxing at the SALT sauna was a lot different than doing it in others countries, but I enjoyed it very much. In saunas people typically become more open and communicative and it was nice to exchange with so many people while hanging out in the heat.