Sweden is the heart of Scandinavia! And most often, we get asked about our travel experience to this breathtaking Nordic nation. So, we decided to end our sightseeing chapters, with a departure story from Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Our next destination was Bergen, however, to get there we were flying via Oslo.
We arrived at the Arlanda airport at 12 PM, as, our flight was scheduled to depart at three. At first glance, all we could hopelessly gaze over was the gigantic airport wonder-tower, fit with a geniusly twisted elliptical top. From parking, our sighting was supported by a magnanimous sky view in the backdrop.
Taking Off from Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Soon after, we cleared the preliminary screening and were inside the largest and the most elegant Swedish flying hub. Although, on this day, we were yet another, one of those 25 million passengers who use this airport annually. We were thrilled to be here, because Stockholm Airport has been winning awards, year after year, for its innovative environmental initiatives. The Airport got its name from “Arland,” an old identity of the airport’s location.
The airport itself is a vast facility with segmented offerings and monumental glass passages and ceilings. We used the automated check-in counters to get our boarding pass, before, we hit up the luggage queue. As it turns out, we were flying SAS, and so as expected, our check-in process apparently went prompt and smooth. SAS is world-famous for its excellent servicing and from our experience, they are the best airlines we have flown till date. Nonetheless, we had an hour or two before our flight could take off so, in the meantime, we decided to grab a coffee at Starbucks to figure the rest.
Inside Stockholm Airport
From a conversation with a Starbucks employee, we learned that Stockholm Airport contains, two banks, three currency-exchange outlets, 50 shops, 40 restaurants, and plenty of souvenirs and bookstores. He suggested that before taking off, we must try one of the dishes from the Scandinavian “Andersson Food & Akvavit” restaurant. The restaurant specializes in crafting, exquisite miniature dishes by award-winning Swedish Chef Leif Mannerstrom. For contrasting burst of flavors, hit up the Swedish street food on display by Chef Marcus Samuelsson.
We had our lunch at the hotel earlier that afternoon, so we had to skip the Swedish meals at this time. Shopping, however always reignites our adrenaline. All along, the internet speed of free Wi-Fi was a great help. By the end of our shopping venture, we realized that our phone batteries had drained off completely. Bless, the charging points attached to the chairs, we didn’t have to move an inch to charge our phones.
Flying SAS from Stockholm Airport
SAS offers two VIP lounges at the airport. However, the access to this premium area is only available to the frequent SAS flyers with Gold membership. Those with a Gold membership, wait in the SAS Business Lounge while others in the Scandinavian Lounge. (Both located in Terminal 5) Soon after, we boarded the flight and found ourselves ascending higher into the infinite abode of clouds, pelting away, from spunky remote islands.