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We arrived from Los Angeles at around 10AM, while our connecting flight to Oslo was at 1:40PM. We could have booked a flight which left us just an hour connection, but decided to leave a longer layover, just to be sure we’d make it, and also so we could get caught up on work. In retrospect we didn’t get much sleep on the Los Angeles to Stockholm flight, so really regretted that long connection. A ~3.5 hour connection after a redeye feels like an eternity.
Our plane parked at the far end of the terminal, so it was quite a walk to get to immigration, as we walked past a taxiing SAS A330, as well as a Norwegian 787.
Passport control and security were quick, and once back in the main part of the concourse we tried to find the SAS lounge. I found the signage in the terminal to be horrible, personally, and there didn’t seem to be any information desks. There was a sign that said “Lounge” that we followed, but once we made it there, we realized that was just the contract lounge at the airport. As it turns out, the SAS lounge is at the other end of the terminal.
The SAS lounge is one level up from the main concourse, and can be accessed either by spiral staircase or by elevator.
Upon exiting the elevator, the lounge was located to the left. There was a monitor advertising that this is a “new” lounge.
SAS has automated gates at most of their lounges, so you simply scan your boarding pass, and then it lets you in. That’s sort of brilliant, given the number of times I’ve incorrectly been denied lounge access by humans who didn’t understand the rules. Might as well automate that process!
For what it’s worth, this even works if you’re bringing a guest into the lounge. If you’re a Star Gold and are bringing in a non-status guest in economy, you simply scan your boarding pass and enter, and then they scan their boarding pass after you, and it automatically lets them in.
The lounge felt very IKEA-esque, which I suppose you’d expect in northern Europe. Near the entrance by the buffet were some circular communal tables.
Past that were some benches with small tables.
The lounge was partitioned into several zones to add a sense of privacy.
In the far back corner of the lounge was a small business center with a high-top counter, as well as a couple of PCs and a printer.
The lounge is sort of in an “L” shape, so as you walk further into the lounge it curves, which leads into the bigger part of the lounge with more traditional lounge seating.
As the lounge continued there was a ramp leading to yet another seating area, located near the TV. We ended up sitting in this section, given that there was no one else using that area.
I loved the amount of fresh and simple food the lounge had, rather than the packaged garbage you’ll find in US lounges. I wasn’t hungry so didn’t eat much, but the food looked quite good.
There was also a self serve espresso machine, as well as a soda fountain, beer tap, etc.
I ended up having some tomato soup with croutons, which was delicious.
One interesting thing about the lounge is that rather than having separate restrooms for men and women, they instead have about half a dozen individual restrooms, each with a toilet and sink. I quite like that design.
We spent a couple of hours getting caught up on work in the lounge, though the wifi quality was pretty bad.
Then about 40 minutes before our flight to Oslo we headed to our departure gate. Enroute we saw the Thai Airways crew headed to their gate.
We also had a great view of the apron, including the SAS 737 that would be taking us to Oslo.
SAS Lounge Stockholm bottom line
While not the world’s most luxurious lounge, the SAS lounge in Stockholm is exactly what you’d expect in northern Europe — it’s functional, bright, and simple. The food and drink selection was also great for a regional lounge. While I wish we had booked an earlier flight so we didn’t have such a long layover, the SAS lounge wasn’t a bad place to kill some time.