This colourful northern city (the third-largest in the country), is much frequented over the winter months by those hoping to spot the Northern Lights. But with a plethora of museums, art galleries, colourful wharves, unspoilt forest hiking trails, fjord-based watersports and innovative Nordic cuisine, this is a super place to take a break at any time of the year. Its easily explored on foot or by bicycle – the region promotes a creative and sustainable style of living. Here are our recommendations for where to sleep, spa and eat, in the ‘Viking capital of Norway’.
A hotel formed to host the British aristocracy, Britannia has a fascinating heritage. After a major revamp, it reopened in 2019 – 149 years after its inception. The grand property contains 257 bedrooms, each with handmade beds, double marble bathrooms and mod cons like Nespresso machines. Last year, Britannia’s palatial dining room, Speilsalen, earned its first Michelin star. And it offers an extensive wine list, with a 10,000 bottle strong cellar. The spa is the largest in the area too; guests can make use of the heated indoor pool, mineral pool, Nordic saunas and infrared cabin. This five-star establishment is a member of The Leading Hotels of The World.