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We actually visited the SAS Lounge Oslo Airport twice during our trip — once briefly before our flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, and then for a bit longer after our flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo, and before our flight from Oslo to Copenhagen.
So I’ll cover our second visit, where we had a longer amount of time in the lounge. Our flight from Longyearbyen arrived at 5:25AM, while our connection to Copenhagen was at 7:10AM. While Longyearbyen is technically part of Norway, making this a domestic flight, you still have to go through passport control when taking this flight. I suspect that’s because Svalbard is such a massive and open island, and there’s even a Russian settlement, so it’s treated as a separate territory.
Immigration was pretty quick, and from there we had to clear security once again, which was also efficient.
Once through security we turned right and walked through the duty free shops, after which the SAS lounge was on the left. Of the lounges we visited in Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen, I thought the one in Oslo was easiest to find.
The lounge is one level up from the main concourse, and can be accessed either by stairs or elevator.
Upon exiting the elevator I turned right towards the SAS lounge signage.
Much like in Stockholm, this lounge has an automated entry gate, so you just scan your boarding pass and are admitted to the lounge that way. The business class lounge was nice, though a bit on the crowded side.
While I didn’t realize this in Stockholm, there are also SAS Gold Lounges for Star Alliance Gold members, which are actually a bit nicer. So we accessed that, once again using the automated gates.
The Gold Lounge was beautiful, within the realm of it being decorated like an IKEA showroom.
At the entrance was a selection of magazines and newspapers.
Then near the buffet area were several sets of communal tables.
There was a circular table, as well as a rectangular one.
Then there was a bench with some circular coffee tables.
The rest of the lounge consisted of nicely partitioned off areas, where several sets of seating areas almost felt like (crowded) living rooms.
The back of the lounge had another communal table, in addition to several rows of seats, which didn’t seem to be used much (they weren’t as cozy as the other seating areas).
The breakfast spread was back near the entrance.
The spread was very good, and consisted of all kinds of bread (including fresh rolls), cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, cold cuts, eggs, etc.
My favorite thing was what I’d consider to be a “make your own yogurt parfait” station, where I had yogurt, oatmeal, and blackberries. That’s the perfect breakfast, as far as I’m concerned.
There was also an espresso machine, which was reasonably good (I know I’m in the minority, but I still prefer just having filtered coffee unless the espresso drink is made by a barista or in a really high quality machine).
There were also several types of juice, as well as milk.
Then there was a fridge with beer and wine, though given that it was 6AM…
The bathrooms for the Gold Lounge were located back near the entrance gates for the lounge. While the sinks were in a communal area, the actual stalls were very private.
SAS Gold Lounge Oslo bottom line
Of the lounges I visited in Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen, this one was my favorite. It was nicely furnished (in an IKEA sort of way), had a great breakfast selection, and was conveniently located both in relation to security and our departure gate.
Ford’s reaction to this lounge was “why can’t Admirals Clubs be like this.” I’d agree!