✅ Trip Verified
| I write this review from the ghost town that is Oslo Airport on a Monday afternoon. Granted, today is also New Years Eve. It’s 3pm on New Years Eve to be exact - not a public holiday in Norway, but apparently cause nonetheless for mass closures of all service industries, reduction of transport services to a skeleton timetable, and a seeming mass evacuation of staff. Let’s just take a moment to remember that Oslo Gardermoen Airport is an 'international' airport, there’s an Ethiopian Air plane parked on the tarmac for proof! Our flight from Trondheim was sardine-can full, there are flights heading from Oslo to diverse destinations like Fort Lauderdale, Istanbul, Paris, London, Addis Ababa, Doha yet seemingly, the good people of Norway have decided to take the week’s between Christmas and mid-January off, leaving travellers and tourists stranded, frustrated, hungry, and desperate for some booze to numb the pain of a tedious transit. Not only are the flights in this country exorbitantly expensive and service-free, it appears that weary transit travellers are entitled only to a sad and dried out chicken baguette of questionable freshness, and a lonely kiosk-worth of soft drink and chocolate. We head past closed bar after closed restaurant, hopefully, optimistically, towards TGIFridays (sadly, this is how low we’ve sunk), only to find it smugly closed. The lonely baguette/panini stand waving the flag for customer service does so conditionally - they can’t toast what’s meant to be toasted, they can’t heat what’s meant to be heated - it’s like a haunting gothic roundabout you can never get off that never goes round. I’m sure, when they’re here, the staff are Norwegian-efficient and reserved, the place is certainly clean, our flight arrived on time, this place may well do what it says on the box for much of the year, but right now, only a quarter of the way in to a despairing transit time, it feels like a cruel joke. Do not, I repeat, do not, come here, or in fact to Norway, over the Christmas/New Year period.