I flew from Delhi to Oslo via Paris from where I took a further connecting flight to Tromso with Scandinavian airlines. I had a pleasing first impression of the Oslo Gardermoen airport when I first landed there. The open space and the wooden design was imposing, while the huge billboards promoting Norway's best tourist destinations like Flam, Stavanger and the Lofoten Islands, made me feel like I was in a sort of a dream. It seemed unreal to be so close to some of the most beautiful spots in the world that I had only dreamt about and seen only in pictures!
Here are some of my impressions of the Oslo airport:
1. Sustainable design
The energy efficient curved design of the airport uses natural and recyclable materials such as curved glum beams cladded with oak and recycled steel. The building is said to be the world's greenest terminal. The huge interior space is mostly lit with natural light. The extensive use of wood in designing the airport is a reminder that one is in Scandinavia.
2. Self Check in and printing of boarding passes
At Oslo Gardermoen airport, I was able to print my own boarding pass and even drop my check-in luggage without the help of airport personnel. This was similar to what I experienced at Tromso Langnes airport and I though that this must be the thing to do in Norway.
3. Self Checkout shops and coffee counters
At the self-checkout stores at the Oslo airport, people can process their own purchases. I would think that at many other countries in the world, this would encourage stealing. I even saw self-checkout coffee counters at the airport.
4. SAS Domestic Lounge
The SAS Domestic lounge is basic with comfortable seating but nothing luxurious or over the top. I spent 4 hours there while waiting for my flight to Tromso.
Read my full post on the SAS Domestic Lounge at the Oslo Gardermoen Airport.
On my way back from Tromso, I stopped over in Oslo for two nights. When I arrived at the Oslo Gardermoen airport, I took the high-speed airport express train called the Flytoget to go to the Grand Hotel in the city center where I was staying. It seemed to me the quickest and the most convenient way of getting to Oslo downtown.
Read my full post on Getting to/from Oslo Airport Gardermoen with Flytoget, the Airport Express Train.