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Traditional Russian banya (sauna)

Banya (sauna) has been an integral element of Russia’s rural life for a long time. Not a single holiday or celebration, whether it was the birth of a child, a wedding or a funeral, could have passed without a bathing ritual. Banya also bore a symbolic meaning where purifying the body went hand-in-hand with purifying the soul.


Indeed, for a new social role, or a new phase of life, a person must be clean of past actions and thoughts in order to open up to new ones.


Pinega district is famous for having preserved information about folk life and culture. Therefore, for a true northern experience try out a traditional northern sauna (banya).


The bath is all-inclusive: it’s a place to wash yourself, bask in steam, improve your health, and chit-chat.




  • sauna renews and cleanses the skin;

·         flushes toxins;

·         positively affects hair growth;

·         helps in removing excess water;

  • strengthens immunity;
  • relaxes muscle and soothes pain;
  • relieves stress;
  • treats insomnia;
  • helps to fight flu;
  • treats diseases of respiratory system.

However, despite all the benefits, one should not forget contraindications to sauna bathing:

  • high temperature;
  • presence of cysts;
  • hemorrhoids;
  • intervertebral hernia;
  • There are a number of restrictions for pregnant and lactating women.


Golubino Forest Hotel offers two four-seater and one six-seater banya.


Our banya consists of a dressing room, a washroom and a steam room.


Not only do we preserve traditions, but we also live according to them. For this reason, we have the Pinega River instead of a swimming pool! In summer, after steaming well, you run barefoot through the green grass right into the river. And, in winter, you jump right into a snow drift. A feeling beyond words!


And in-between baths, you can enjoy a delicious tea from hand-picked northern herbs. Fans of flavored steam can choose from essential oils assortment.



  • 4-seater – 1 500 RUB per 2 hours
  • 6-seater – 2 500 RUB per 2 hours
  • extra person – 250 RUB per 2 hours
  • bath broom – 200 RUB / PCS.

Hats and towels are provided free of charge.


Everyone is welcome!