- Getting to Oslo
- Exploring Oslo - The Attractions
- Exploring Oslo - The Hotels (Radisson Blu Plaza Oslo & Doubletree by Hilton Oslo City Center)
- Oslo to Tromso on SAS
- The Hunt
- Exploring Tromso
- Review of City Living Apartments, Tromso
- Tromso to Oslo on SAS
- Oslo to Doha
- Exploring Doha & Review of Ramada Encore Doha
- Doha to Kuala Lumpur with a visit to the Oryx Lounge
We headed back to the airport using the airport express train. Although relatively expensive if compared to other airport transportation options in Europe, it was really convenient. There was plenty of space for luggage, had power points for laptops and the seats were comfortable. We were at the airport 20 minutes after leaving the main train station in Oslo.
|Oslo Train Station|
|Arriving at Oslo Airport|
As with everything else that we've encountered in Oslo so far, check-in was quick and efficient. There were no lines at the self serve check-in counters and we were able to print our boarding passes and luggage tags before proceeding to drop of our bags. We were through security 15 minutes after we had arrived at Oslo airport.
|SAS self serve check-in counters|
|SAS baggage drop area|
The reason I'm sharing all this info is that the only SAS lounge was in the international area and we decided to head over and try our luck to get into the lounge with Calvin's *Gold Status. The lounge attendant looked at our boarding passes and informed us the lounge was only for international passengers. Not sure if this was a self made rule but we didn't fight it. We then had to exit the secure area, head back down through baggage claims, up to departures and once more through security again. Not a fun walk but at least we tried I guess..
Now's a probably a good time to say that Oslo airport is one of prettiest airport we've been in. There were high ceilings making it really airy and the wood furniture and fittings make it cosy everywhere unlike the concrete mess in airports like Bangkok.
SAS offers complimentary coffee or tea on this flight in addition to the paid snacks, beers, wines and soft drinks.
The weather started to change about 1.5 hours into the flight as we approached Tromso. The flight started to get bumpy with cloudy skies and more snow covered mountains and hills were coming into view.
About fifteen minutes later the captain began the descent and we arrived in Tromso right on time.
We took a cab from the airport to the hotel instead of the bus since it would have cost the same for both of us. The ride over was pretty interesting with stunning views of the surrounding water, mountains and the long tunnels through the mountains. We also caught a glimpse of a couple of folks doing kite surfing - it must have been cold!