We Tried It! The Nordic Bathing Ritualby Sherri Eisenberg | October 25, 2016
On a line known for Scandinavian influences ranging from smørrebrød sandwiches for lunch to Danish modern furniture throughout and hand-knit Norwegian sweaters in the gift shop, it’s saying a lot to declare the spa the most Scandinavian part of the Viking Ocean's ships. But that it is: Dressing rooms contain proper cedar-lined saunas and cold plunge pools, the most popular treatments are Swedish deep-tissue massages, and products for sale include hats crafted by the spa manager’s 92-year-old Norwegian granny and lotions made from Swedish ingredients.
Here, one of the least expensive ways to immerse yourself in Northern European culture is to sign up for the Nordic Bathing Ritual. This hour-long activity mirrors the “sauna nights” so popular in Scandinavian countries. Held on some sea days at 7 pm, this activity is open to all guests and it takes advantage of the quiet that can be found in the usually bustling spa during dinnertime.
Sherri Eisenberg is a New York City-based writer and editor. She is the former editorial director of ShermansCruise.