SAS Gold lounge in Oslo (international): very pleasant

The SAS Gold lounge in the international zone of Oslo airport is very pretty and pleasant, and I almost told you that the food and beverage offer was superior to that of other SAS lounges. But only almost…

It’s time to get down to business, and after a short warm-up that took me from Paris to Oslo, I’m now on my way to Vietnam, via Istanbul. Before embarking, I spent some time in the SAS Gold lounge.

You’ll find a summary of the articles about this vacation in Vietnam at the bottom of the page.

Location of the lounge

It’s in the international part of the terminal, so I’d like to offer a few explanations.

Norway is not a member of the EU, and Oslo airport is not organized as a Schengen/non-Schengen airport.

There’s a domestic area with its own lounge, and an international area where this lounge is located. This zone is itself divided into two: international Schengen (without passport control) and international non-Schengen (with passport control).

The lounge is in the Schengen area, on the second floor above the shopping area. Il faudra donc passer l’immigration en sortant du salon si vous partez, comme c’est mon cas, vers une destination hors espace Schengen.

One last detail: like many airports, SAS has a business lounge and a Gold lounge. You enter through the business lounge and cross over to the gold lounge.

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Access to the lounge

The Gold lounge is open to Gold and Diamond members of the Eurobonus frequent flyer program, as well as holders of Star Alliance Gold status with an Alliance member airline.

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One day, the Star Alliance gold sign will be replaced by “Skyteam Elite Plus”, and it already makes me cry.

Lounge layout

As soon as you enter, you’re greeted by a large buffet.

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Then there are different areas with chairs, sofas and tables in different configurations, so that everyone can find something to suit their particular use of the space.

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There are also open workspaces and closed offices and phone booths.

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The lounge does not overlook the exterior, but benefits from the terminal’s large bay windows.

An SAS lounge that looks…like an SAS lounge. Wood, soothing tones, very comfortable and pleasant.

Catering

Here again we have a typical SAS offer.

Salads:

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Vegetables:

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Chips and pretzels…

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Apples and cakes.

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A classic SAS product: a highly appetizing butter…

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And, exceptionally, a hot dish: chicken wings!

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I was going to say that for once there is a hot dish, however modest, in a SAS lounge but just as I was about to help myself they were replaced by pancakes…. Missed again!

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And we’ll finish with another SAS classic: cheese and its typical, practical slicing machine.

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Drinks include bottled beers, fruit juices and wine.

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The usual soft drink fountain.

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And a fine selection of strong spirits.

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Once again, this lounge comes as no surprise when you consider the airline’s lounges: a fairly solid beverage offer, and a food offer that is frugal to say the least. I almost got excited about the chicken wings (to tell you how little I need…) but it was just 5 minutes.

Facilities

The lounge has toilets, desks and rest areas, but no showers.

Atmosphere

Calm despite the crowds.

Bottom line

As always at SAS: a beautiful lounge but too basic a catering offer.

The articles about this vacation in Vietnam

#TypePost
1Travel diaryPreparing for vacations in Vietnam
2FlightParis-Stockholm – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
3LoungeSAS Gold lounge – Stockholm
4FlightStockholm-Oslo – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
5HotelRadisson Blu Airport Hotel – Oslo Gardermoen
6LoungeSAS Gold lounge international zone – Oslo
7FlightOslo-Istanbul – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A321Neo)
8LoungeTurkish Airlines Miles&Smile Lounge international zone – Istanbul
9FlightIstanbul-Saigon – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A350)
10HotelRenaissance Riverside Hotel – Saigon
11RestaurantAnan – Saigon
12RestaurantHoa Tuc – Saigon
13Travel diarySaigon city tour
14LoungeVietnam Airlines Lotus lounge (domestic) – Saigon
15LoungeLe Saigonnais lounge (domestic) – Saigon
16FlightSaigon-Hanoi- Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A350)
17HotelJW Marriott Hotel – Hanoi
18RestaurantGia – Hanoi
19RestaurantTung Dining – Hanoi
20Travel diaryCity tour of Hanoi
21LoungeVietnam Airlines Lotus Lounge (domestic) – Hanoi
22LoungeSong Hong Lounge (domestic) – Hanoi
23FlightHanoi-Phu Quoc – Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A320Neo)
24HotelSheraton Long Beach Resort – Phu Quoc
25Hotel JW Marriott Emerald Bay – Phu Quoc
26LoungeHoa Sim Business lounge – Phu Quoc
27FlightPhu Quoc-Saigon – Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A320)
28LoungeLe Saigonnais lounge (international zone) – Saigon
28FlightSaigon-Istanbul – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A350)
30LoungeIGA Lounge (zone internationale) – Istanbul
31LoungeTurkish Airlines business lounge – Istanbul
31FlightIstanbul-Oslo – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A321Neo)
32HotelRadisson Blu Plaza Hotel – Oslo
33RestaurantKatla – Oslo
34Travel diaryCity tour of Oslo
35FlightOslo-Copenhagen – SAS – SAS Plus (A320)
36FlightCopenhagen-Paris – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
37Travel diaryDebriefing of my vacation in Vietnam
Bertrand Duperrin
Bertrand Duperrinhttp://www.duperrin.com
Compulsive traveler, present in the French #avgeek community since the late 2000s and passionate about (long) travel since his youth, Bertrand Duperrin co-founded Travel Guys with Olivier Delestre in March 2015.
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