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Two women in an outdoor pool at The Well
The Well, Akershus.
Photo: Colin Eick
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Spa facilities are boosting all over of the country, with local concepts and tweaks that are often inspired by Norwegian nature.

Pronounce the word “spa”, and you can get even the most stressed to begin to ease up. And the spa concept is indeed especially suited for Norwegian conditions, even though it is really a modern take on an old tradition of public baths in ancient Greek and Roman times.

For a start, the core of the Norwegian spas is water and more water, an element you’ll see in huge amounts in the Norwegian nature. It’s no surprise that you’ll find a lot of hot and cold no, waiticy pools, various tubs and even indoor waterfalls, another typical Norwegian natural wonder.

Take Farris bad near the city of Larvik, which brings its mineral-rich water up from a natural source 55 metres under the ground. Or check out the floating spa in Tromsø at Vulkana, an old, Norwegian fishing vessel. Just south of Oslo, The Well is considered the largest bathhouse and spa in the Nordic region, with 11 different pools.

Natural wellness the whole year

Several recent Norwegian spa facilities have been purposely built from scratch, often with the harmony of nature’s own elements as inspiration. Many are beautifully located with relaxing views of a forest or a fjord, and at some you can easily move – or preferably swim – from the inside to the immediate outdoors.

To cool down is so Norwegian

A part of a complete treatment may be to eat well, and several of the country’s spas include good restaurants with healthy, local food. Many also offer a wide range of rewarding indoor training and outdoor sports activities for guests who want to get even more out of their stay.

All well, then. But just note that some spa centres are reserved for grown-ups who appreciate peace and quiet. Still, many places welcome children and even have special, fun programs for them.

Most places will take care of you the whole year, and you can usually either book an appointment or just drop in to undress your stress.

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