Trondheim’s crown jewel is the Brittania Hotel, located near the center of town. This is where dignitaries and celebrities stay when they visit, just steps from the Royal Palace.
Walking through the space, it’s a grande dame of a hotel, and it’s filled with art. I’d love to do a walking tour just of the murals, delicate papercuts, and sculptures that dominate the hotel and their conference space.
While I didn’t have the opportunity to spend a night, I did visit the suites and tour the main areas of the hotel, from their restaurants to the conference rooms with their giant murals. The suites are nautical in theme, the narrow staircases reminiscent of Captain’s cabins. What I was most excited about, though, was the chance to visit their spa.
If you have a few hours, it’s definitely worth visiting the co-ed spa and saunas. At 300 NOK ($49 USD) for a day pass, you get access to their swimming pool, steam room, Norwegian dry sauna, a wellness pool, and even a Dead Sea Mineral pool. While it’s not a large space, it’s convenient, with plenty of pitchers of water and spaces to relax. You could easily spend a half day or more here and later grab lunch at their cafe.
For me, I was to experience a massage, and warmed up in the sauna beforehand. I admit I had been nervous about my wet blue hair possibly staining their creamy tile, but I talked to the staff and I had an extra towel to protect the room from my head.
After a few minutes of rest the masseuse found me half asleep in the space, then brought me to the massage room. This was a true deep tissue massage, more focused on fixing issues than temporary relaxation. She reminded me to breathe more carefully, and to actually relax for once. Best of all, the next morning my body was in considerably better shape than it had been my whole trip, and most of my jet lag was gone.
Image credits: Brittania Hotel
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