On my recent trip to Norway, I flew Scandinavian airlines from Oslo to Tromso. A few days before my flight, I received an offer in my email to upgrade my ticket to SAS Plus for 400 SEK. With this offer I had access to SAS Fast Track (priority check-in at security) and SAS Lounge as well as more comfort and service onboard. Since I was flying directly from New Delhi to Tromso via Paris and Oslo, and had 4 hours at Oslo airport before my flight to Tromso, I decided to go with the offer and upgrade my ticket.
Here are some of my first impressions of using the SAS domestic lounge.
1. The SAS domestic lounge is located near Gate 15 in the Domestic Transit Hall. It is a long walk after you come out of security.
2. The entrance is not manned and you need to swipe your boarding pass to open the door to the lounge. Also, there is no walk up entry.
3. The lounge is basic with comfortable seating but nothing luxurious or over the top. The bathrooms are located outside the lounge. Since I was traveling solo and was carrying my laptop and another cabin bag with me, I found it inconvenient to go outside the lounge with my bags to use the bathroom. I finally decided to leave my bags in the lounge while I used the bathroom. Thinking back, this was not a very intelligent thing to do and I wouldn't dare leave my bags unattended at any other airport in the world! However, I felt very safe in Norway and later in my trip, I figured out that Norwegians should probably be the most honest people in the world! PS: There were no showers in the bathroom.
4. I reached the lounge around 1 p.m. in the afternoon and stayed for almost 4 hours. It was not so crowded when I first arrived there, but towards the evening there were so many people, that I had to literally find my way through the crowd to exit the lounge!
5. There was soup and fresh salad for lunch with tea, coffee and different kinds of juices. I also enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate. I believe they serve oatmeal porridge for breakfast.
6. The lounge offers free wi-fi and charging stations at every seat. There are also nice work-stations for people who want to work on laptops. I preferred to lay back on a comfortable sofa while working on my laptop.
7. When I landed in Oslo, it was about -5 degrees outside. The temperature in the lounge is well maintained, but since it is not closed from all sides, it does get a little chilly. After a while sitting in my tee shirt, I had to get out my jacket.
Also read my post on Was an SAS Plus upgrade for 400 SEK from Oslo to Tromso worth it?