Britannia Hotel opened in 1870, to accommodate the Salmon Lords; British aristocracy who travelled 1000s of miles to fish Norway’s epic rivers. Following a 3-year, top-to-toe $160m renovation, Britannia reopened in 2019 to international acclaim. The world’s most northerly Grand Damme hotel, with 255 rooms and 11 suites, 6 restaurants and 1400m2 modern spa, the hotel is once again a destination in itself.
Speilsalen is Christopher Davidsen’s (Bocuse d’Argent 2017) first signature restaurant and is tipped for Michelin recognition in February 2020. The restaurant’s achievements are indicative of the region’s prowess on the culinary scene, with chefs and aficionados travelling from far afield to experience the world’s best seafood, local organic meat and award-winning dairy products. If planning a special trip, be sure to stay in the Tower Suite; a 220m2 penthouse built into the hotel’s domed tower, complete with grand piano and private wine cellar. And if the mention of wine catches your attention, then you will be interested to read that Britannia has developed its own house champagne with House Ayala. This wine, along with thousands of other vintages, is available in Vinbaren, Britannia’s own wine bar; a living wine cellar, where you can try hundreds of wines by the glass, in a room lined by 10,000 bottles.