A spa is a place for health and personal treatments and well-being. Water usually plays an essential part, with hot and cold pools and tubs. There are often different kinds of massages and skin treatments available.
Tips before going to a spa
It is recommendable to start a spa treatment with warm muscles and a hot body, which will increase the effectiveness of many spa treatments. Work up a sweat or spend some time in a steam bath or sauna.
Do not shower right after treatment. Most spa treatments use products which are meant to stay in the skin for several hours.
A selection of recommended spas in Norway:
Quality Spa & Resort Norefjell
The Quality Spa & Resort Norefjell is located in Norefjell, 90 minutes from Oslo.
Opened in 2009, the resort was named Best Spa Resort in Norway in both 2010 and 2011 at the prestigious World Travel Awards. The stylish spa has indoor and outdoor areas with pool and jacuzzi, as well as a large gym. It offers all the usual treatments, from hot stone body massage to facials, as well as a range of spa packages, including a full romantic après-ski package, a mother and daughter package and even a family package, all using Dermalogica products. Children have their own spa too.
Situated 800 metres above sea level and only a few metres from Norefjell Ski Resort, the Quality Spa & Resort Norefjell also boasts great views of Gaustatoppen.
Soltrand Hotel is situated right by the Bjørnefjord only 30 kilometres south of Bergen in Fjord Norway.
Sit back in the pool or Jacuzzi and relax with the views of the fjord. Enjoy the silence and live the good life 24 hours a day at Solstrand.
"Water is essential to every spa, and is definitely the main theme here" says Børrea Schau-Larsen”, fourth generation owner of the hotel.
You are welcome at the spa centre no matter if you are a guest at the hotel or not. There are 13 rooms for treatment, and you can choose among massages, body wraps, facials and treatment for hands and feet. Before or after a special treatment, the centre offers steam bath, saunarium, Finnish sauna, icy pool, outdoor pool and a fitness room.
Farris Bad is located in Larvik in Vestfold, a 90 minute drive south of Oslo.
Farris Bad has the largest and most comprehensive spa department in Scandinavia, and is the only hotel to have established its spa on a natural mineral-rich spring.
Each day, fresh springwater bubbles up from the subterranean grotto 55 metres under the ground, rich in nutrients and full of health-bringing properties. The water takes 20 years to percolate through the natural moraine filters below the beech forest before it reaches Farris Bad.
The spa department focuses on physical exercise, mental training, balanced diets and treatments. It is a place where you can find outer and inner calm. Professional advice and dedicated therapists will ensure you are taken good care of during treatment.
The interior is characterised by the beautiful effect of the sun, water and beach outside reflected on the surface of the Larvikite stone features. Please note that the hotel spa and pool area have a minimum age limit of 16 years.
Dr. Holms Spa
Dr. Holms is located in the mountain town of Geilo, halfway between Bergen and Oslo.
There are several spa package deals to choose from, and Dr. Holms Spa is happy to put together tailor-made programmes. You can choose among back, neck, scalp and shoulder massages, facial treatments and hydrotherapy baths for relaxing, to mention but a few.
Besides the treatments, you will find changing rooms with showers and sauna, a swimming pool, a children’s pool, a unisex Turkish steam bath and a gym.
Quality Spa & Resort Holmsbu
Quality Spa & Resort Holmsbu is located between Holmsbu and Rødtangen, about an hour's drive from Oslo.
Healthy food, indoor and outdoor work out possibilities, stress-reducing activities and the different treatments on offer all together give you nursing, both physical and psychological.
Design your own activity plan at the Holmsbu Spa, choosing among an offer including indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzis, steam baths, massage showers, icy pool, sauna with ocean view, work out area and 12 rooms for different treatments.
Grand Hotel Oslo
Grand Hotel is located in central Oslo. Artesia Spa Grand Hotel offers seven exclusive treatment rooms, including a double treatment room, as well as a stunning swimming pool, steam room, sauna and changing rooms. All treatment rooms have bathtubs for hydrotherapy treatments along with a separate VIP-suite for groups.
The spa offers all spa-related treatments; massage, facials, body treatments as well as nail design, pedicure and manicure.
Grand Hotel has an international team of therapists prepared to help you with both acute and chronic ailments. Artesia also offers skilled, result-orientated and service-minded physiotherapists and osteopaths at its Majorstuen location.
Besides the treatments that are often offered at spas, Grand Hotel in Oslo offers holistic spa treatments. Choose the Rosen Method Bodywork, a type of complementary and alternative medicine. The psycho-somatic approach of this bodywork is intended to help to integrate one's bodily and the emotional/mental experience, helping to identify unconscious patterns of muscular holding, feeling, and behaviour.
Vulkana is a boat converted into a floating spa, which is usually located in Tromsø in Northern Norway.
This spa is actually a transformed fishing vessel. You can sit in a saltwater hot tub while travelling through the wild arctic nature, with the midnight sun or northern lights above you. There is a Zen lounge on board, a restaurant and seven large cabins. There is also a sauna with a huge window, giving you a feeling of sitting on the water as the boat moves along. There are different massages to choose from in the Zen lounge. There is a Hamam (a traditional Turkish bath) on board on Vulkana, where your body is heated by steam and warm marble tiles. The cold bath, filled with either seawater or fresh water, lets you cool off when you feel like it.