Flying SAS has long been a dream of mine! As a result, when I originally purchased the tickets, I was ecstatic. I was travelling from Bergen to Oslo, which is a one-hour flight. Throughout my air voyage, I wished for more time to take in the breathtaking ‘Norwegian’ scenic spread. Until, of course, the landing announcement disrupted my visual experience. For frequent travellers, Oslo Gardermoen Airport is a delight.
Oslo Gardermoen Airport is the Norwegian embryo of a flying hub that connects travellers to over 200 destinations. The fact that about 24.7 mn people travel through this airport each year makes it the second busiest in the Nordic area. With 52 aircraft parking stands, it is understandable why it is also Europe’s 19th busiest airport.
Oslo Gardermoen Airport
The $11.4 billion Oslo Gardermoen Airport was opened in 1998 and is operated by AVINOR. But it’s the airport’s 7000-square-foot VIP terminal, which was built just for the royal family is that makes it stand out. Of course, the prime minister and foreign ministers are included. However, commoners are unlikely to be disappointed, as Oslo Gardermoen Airport has a lot to offer. From sculptures to high-speed Gardermoen Railway connectivity, everything has been meticulously planned. I must also concede that the interiors of Oslo Airport are interesting.
I was instinctively seduced by the notion of a floating top supported by wooden reefers when I first saw the ceiling. Aside from it, the Airport’s principal design features are metal and glass. Among all the magnificent art on show, one sculpture seems to be particularly well received by the passengers.
The Alexis, designed by “Per Inge Bjorlo,” features six stainless steel sculptures. Marathon Dancers, which are operated electronically, and are yet another treasure of the art collection, can be found at the baggage claim area. Carin Wessel is responsible for the cloud and online impressions.
Relaxation to Retail Therapy
In addition to the art, there are also six sound refreshment stations and sound showers to help you to relax. I, on the other hand, will almost always be found in the duty-free sector of each airport we visit. Except that the duty-free shop at Oslo Airport is the largest in Europe, luring me even more into a shopping indulgence. This is the place to be, open 24 hours a day! My only regret was the limited Wi-Fi connectivity, which was only available for two hours. As a result, I had no choice but to spend time at restaurants, cafés, and computer terminals for more internet.
You may get to Oslo central station in about 25 minutes by taking a train from Forbye, the station under the airport. Or avail free shuttle bus service, which runs every fifteen minutes from Oslo Airport. Alternatively, you may rent a car from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. They’ve all put up rental counters near the railway station’s arrival area.