The norwegian national airport at Gardermoen is located just 30 miles north of Oslo, the capital of Norway. The airport was built in 1998 and offers its visitors an easy transit through the separate departure and arrival floors of the terminal.
Oslo Airport is the primary airport in Norway and serves as hub for over 20 domestic destinations, the high demand for national transport accompanied by the flights from mainly SAS and Norwegian, makes Gardermoen / Oslo Airport the second largest operator in Scandinavia.
The airport took over operation from Oslo Airport Fornebu in 1998, but the decision to close the old airport at Fornebu and construct a new airport at Gardermoen were made back in 1988. In order to satisfy the demand for quick transit to and from Gardermoen Airport, the government decided to construct a high-speed railway directly from the heart of Oslo and to the airport.
The airport serves more than 20 million passengers each year and has won several awards for its customer services and punctuality. The terminal itself is built in two floors, one for arrivals and one for departures. This prevents any conflicting streams of passengers, something that often is the cause for delays.
The Airport has two north-south bound runways, and hubs for up to 71 aircrafts. However the airport is scheduled for expansion in the coming years due to an increase in passengers.
Before the construction of the new terminal and airport began, the government had to purchase and demolish more than 100 homes. However, the Gardermoen Airforce base did provide some advantages and one of the runways in use today is actually part of the old airforcebase at the new Airport.
The geographical location of Gardermoen Airport do pose some challenges to the operators, since this part of Norway often experiences heavy fogs and super cooled rain showers. Although thorough tests were done on many different locations within and around Oslo, the weather conditions remained the same, and it would have little effect to locate the airport elsewhere.
Today the airport at Gardermoen or Oslo Airport still stands as one of the most modern and user friendly air hubs in Scandinavia. In close proximity of the airport you will find several hotels, car rental companies as well as long and short term car parking. Inside the terminal, it is possible to do tax free shopping, and a selection of restaurants is also readily available.
The airport offers direct connection to the central station of Oslo via high speed trains, and around the clock bus connections. A new 6 laned freeway were also construction, and it runs directly from the frontsteps of the airport, and straight into Oslo city. This makes it easy for people with rental cars to find their way to Oslo, dispite the fact that the airport is located some 20 miles outside the city center.
A short film with pictures of the Airport