Full disclosure: I was given access to the OSL Lounge courtesy of Visit Oslo tourism board. A review of the lounge was not requested or required. All opinions are my own. You can check out our Oslo Pass Review, also a courtesy of Visit Oslo.
Although Oslo Gardermoen Airport is one of the major airline hubs in the Scandinavia, it is surprisingly small. The design of the airport reflects Norway’s friendly attitude towards the environment.
Warm wood design, along with high, floor to ceiling windows gives the OSL International Airport a luxurious feeling to travel through.
There are four Oslo Airport Lounges: three SAS Scandinavian Lounges and OSL Lounge. Here’s our review of the OSL Lounge.
OSL Lounge Location
Although there is clear signage throughout Oslo Airport, it is easy to miss the group of three airport lounges in the International Terminal. All are located right before Gate E8, at the International Terminal.
This Oslo airport lounge is on the mezzanine level of the terminal. To find the Oslo Lounge, look for the big Starbucks sign. The staircase is located next to the coffee shop.
There is an elevator for passengers to use to get to OSL Lounge. Otherwise, you can use the stairs next to the elevator to get to the upper floor.
OSL Lounge Access
Access to this lounge is offered to Premium cabin “Flex” passengers traveling with many major airlines, such as Norwegian, Air France, Qatar, Emirates, Aeroflot, and many others.
This is not a Priority Pass lounge and, as of now, there are no Priority Pass lounges in Oslo Airport.
However, you can always purchase access to this lounge. The day pass for OSL Lounge is 300 NOK (about $35), which is comparable to most other lounges we’ve been to.
Lounge hours are 5:30AM – 8:30PM daily.
OSL Lounge Layout
This Oslo airport lounge is surprisingly quite big.
There are two main sections of the OSL Lounge: OSL Business Lounge Section and the general lounge area.
The Oslo Business Airport Lounge entrance is pretty next to the main desk. It is clearly marked as a restricted area for business and premium passengers.
The seating areas, as well as the food/drink selections, are a step up from the rest of the lounge.
The food and drink bar is in the center of the lounge. In this area, you can find tall dining room-type seating options with bar stools, as well as a few sofas.
The portion of the OSL Lounge for the general public is nicely designed with a partition wall to break down the big room into smaller seating areas.
There are series of couches and sectionals, as well as lounge benches and comfortable couches along the wall.
OSL Lounge Food
When I visited during breakfast time, the only hot food option was oatmeal with fruit and sugar toppings. There was also pretzel sticks, cookies, and potato chips snack.
Several choices of cereals, including 1% milk and soy milk are available. On the cold bar, you can make your own Norwegian-style breakfast, with crunchy bread, or baguette, caviar and smoked salmon.
A selection of fresh items is also available at this lounge.
Looking for gluten free products? They have a few of those as well, which is nice. There are also signs that list different food allergens.
This is useful if you are not sure on how each food could affect you.
Throughout the lounge, each high-top table has a fruit bowl with a selection of fresh oranges and apples.
OSL Lounge Drinks
There’s a standard espresso machine to create your hot beverages. You can get regular coffee, espresso shots, latte, and cappuccino. There’s also plenty of option for tea.
Oslo Airport Lounge offers a self-served bar, where you can get typical Apple/Orange Juices, Still/Sparkling Water, and Pepsi products from the counter.
They offer red and white wine and several beer options on tap!
This means you can drink as much as you want and you don’t have to feel like a bartender is judging you.
I visited the Oslo Lounge in the morning, where Brut Champagne is served for mimosas.
You can find a big bowl of ice with the bottles of champagne as well as Clausthaler alcohol-free beer.
Things to know – Lounge in OSL
Oslo International Airport offers two-hour complimentary Wi-Fi that is fast and reliable.
If this is not good enough for you, there’s an option to connect your electronics to the OSL Lounge Wi-Fi network.
The connection is is as fast an convenient as the regular Oslo Airport Wi-Fi connection.
Workstations at OSL Lounge
There are no computers that you can use inside the OSL Lounge. However there is lots of seating here if you need a place to work.
You can easily use the high dining table to work as well.
There’s a cozy conference room inside the Oslo Airport Lounge.
If you want to use it, you need to reserve it. Simply inform the attendant at the front desk to book the room.
There is a clear description on how to operate the big monitor screen and how to hook it up to your computer.
As is the case everywhere at OSL Airport, there are plenty of electronic outlets inside the OSL Lounge.
Each seating area has at least has one double electronic outlet within reach. Of course, you’re in Europe, so everything is equipped with the European-style rounded prongs.
Shoe Shining machine
It is always nice to find a shoe shiner inside an airport lounges.
After all, you want to look well-polished while traveling!
There’s no shower facility inside the OSL Lounge. That’s disappointing. But not a big issue.
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Halef moved from Indonesia to the US nearly two decades ago to go to college here. He hasn’t looked back. He’s been to over forty countries and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. He’s a Landscape Architect in Atlanta, GA.