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Norway’s best spa complexes

Splash, spray and sheer delight. Here are some of the best places for anyone who loves to swim, sauna or enjoy delightful beauty treatments and massages.

Photo: Jonas Meek

Fantastic The Well

This spa complex at Sofiemyr in the Municipality of Oppegård east of Oslo boasts 11 pools, 15 saunas, 25 different treatment rooms, gardens, caves, lounges and a restaurant. Altogether, the three-story spa spans 10,500 square meters. And they’ve not skimped on anything. Everything is luxurious, comfortable and magnificent. Naturally, not only can you enjoy all the facilities, you can also take part in “rituals” in the saunas, such as an Aufguss, in which water enriched with natural essential oils is poured onto the heated stones releasing a burst of vapor with health enhancing properties. Pick and choose from a variety of treatments and massages. If you enjoy swimming, you’ll be pleased to learn that both the outdoor and indoor pools are long enough to ensure you get plenty of exercise. If you feel hungry, you can eat in the spa restaurant or simply drink a beer in the lounge in front of the stove. Art lovers can see selected works from investor Stein Erik Hagen’s large art collection. A day here feels like a whole holiday in its own right. If you like the spa but don’t live in Oslo, they’re now building a hotel next to the spa complex.

The Well

Kongeveien 65, Sofiemyr

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Rates: From Nkr395

Sun and sea at Son Spa

This beautiful little village, about a 40-minute drive from Oslo, with its small, white painted houses, is worth a visit in itself. Here, you’ll find a little piece of idyllic south Norway, with many boats moored here in the summer months. At Son Spa, that opened in 2008, you can recharge your batteries and live la dolce vita. The 2,000 square meter spa complex has a pool, sauna, hot and cold springs, outdoor jacuzzi, all with beautiful views over the fjord. Naturally, there’s a choice of treatments for your whole body. Guests can also join group training sessions in the spa. You can do Tai Chi, strength training and pool exercises. To name a few. The restaurant serves everything from crab claws to reindeer. And yes, you can book an overnight stay.

Son Spa

Hollandveien 30, 1555 Son

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Rates: from NKr3,625 per person with accommodation, breakfast and access to the spa

Farris Bad in Larvik

The Farris Bad spa hotel has won several travel industry awards and from Trip Advisor. No surprise, perhaps? The spa is beautifully situated close to the water in Larvik, west of Oslo. Here you can look forward to bathing rituals and treatments that make you feel body beautiful and full of vitality. Totally delightful. If you fancy doing yoga, they also offer yoga sessions every day.The restaurant serves classic Norwegian fayre: Mussels, langoustine, halibut, duck breast from Holte Gård and wonderful Norwegian cheeses for dessert.

Farris bad

Fritzøe Brygge 2, 3264 Larvik

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Rates: One-day package with spa and lunch from Nkr625, package with room, breakfast and spa from Nkr1,480 per person.

Magnificent and luxurious spa in Trondheim

The old Britannia Hotel in Trondheim first opened in 1870, but after closing for renovation, reopened in April 2019. The hotel does all it can to ensure guests have a very enjoyable stay. The Britannia spa has a pool, saunas, ice bath, relax room, jacuzzi and exercise room. The treatments menu includes everything from a back massage to a pedicure. The spa also offers treatments for men and children.

Britannia

Dronningens gate 5, 7011 Trondheim

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Rates: See website. Rooms from Nkr1,530 per night.

If you love skiing and mountains

If you love skiing, you’ll think Norefjell Ski & Spa is heaven. You can ski here all winter and combine speed and snow with fantastic treatments in the spa. If snow is not your thing, you can head straight to the pool or book a massage. Or simply relax. The large panoramic windows will still give you a feeling of being close to nature. You can even enjoy the cold in the outdoor jacuzzi. If you’re not staying at the hotel, you can buy a pass for the spa.PS: The hotel has been crowned Norway’s Leading Spa resort and Norway’s Best Ski Hotel.

Norefjell Ski & Spa

Bøseter, 3543 Norefjell

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Rates: Nkr2,690 for two people sharing a double room with breakfast, dinner and spa. The hotel also offers several other packages.

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