Boarded the 12:50pm Arlanda Express train to the airport, reaching at 1:10pm, which gives me some time for my flight at 2:40pm since it was a domestic flight. After getting my skis out from the left luggage lockers, I proceeded to Terminal 4 for the self check-in counters.
Managed to check in a total of 2 luggages with ski and boot bag counted as one item due to my Star Gold status. However I had to this at the manual counter. Anyway there is a queue for the bag drop after using the self-service kiosk to check-in.
From there, I had to deposit my ski bags in a separate counter as was the case for odd sized luggage. Fortunately the special baggage counter was just next to the bag drop area in the small Terminal 4 that serves domestic passengers flying on SAS.
From there it was a quick walk through security. There was a special Fast Track security for Star Alliance Gold members, even though the normal line was not that long either.
SAS operates its own lounge in the domestic Terminal 4, and it can be accessed using the elevators near gate 37, just beside the shop selling clothing. Like my check-in experience, there was no staff on hand by the lounge entrance. Instead, passengers with access just need to scan their boarding pass by the gantry to gain access.
Past the gates, there is a dark foyer with several LCD screens showing the world time and SAS advertisements. On the right side of the foyer is the buffet area.
At the end of the buffet area, there was the restrooms for guests. Restrooms are individual cubicles and thus they are unisex. There is also a private phone room. The addition of phone rooms in European airline lounges makes the lounge ambience quiet and relaxing.
On the left side of the foyer is a large circular communal table in the centre with bar tables on the sides and a bench seating by the wall next to the entry gantry. From this area within the lounge, guests could see the terminal below from the windows. The presence of these windows make the area bright in the day as well.
The bar tables on the sides are fitted with power outlets, making it useful for guests to use this space to work or just to charge your phones.
The small buffet area serves a variety of snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy but there was only disposable paper wares and eco-friendly compostable cutleries.
There was a soup pot serving Indian curry soup with croutons and breadsticks on the side. Snacks like cookies, pretzels and potato chips are served here as well.
Other food served in the buffet includes apples and oranges from the basket along with bread and cheese. The limited variety of food here meant it is not a place travelers can opt to head to for a meal in between flights.
For beverages, there was several types of wines served in the lounge with Falcon beer on tap.
Carlsberg beer is served on the bottle alongside sparkling and flavoured water. Soft drinks are served from the fountain and there was apple and lingonberry juice in addition to Coke, Fanta and Sprite.
For more seating space, guests should head to the next section through the walkway where there are some bench seating with stools.
The next section of the lounge has a large communal dining table. There was magazines placed in the middle. Power outlets were placed strategically in the centre of the table as well, making this table conducive for eating and working.
This was where I ended up after getting some soup and snacks for my visit in the lounge.
Views of the tarmac can be seen behind the long table and this makes the area bright in the day and conducive for working.
Next to the long table, there was another dining area with more circular tables and bench seating by the wall. I am beginning to think these circular tables might just be a trademark of SAS lounges since all the ones I have been to have them.
In the rectangular open space, there was more seating space for guests to relax or do some work. The seating is comprised of armchairs facing each other with small coffee tables set in the middle.
Coat hangers are placed along the central pathway so the winter coats do not take up seating space.
At the end of the hallway, the wall has been painted in black to create a dimmer environment. However this lounge gets natural light from the windows and has good views of the tarmac so it is bright in the day. There was more seats at the end and it seems to be the most popular area when I arrived probably. One great feature of this lounge is the amount of versatile lighting with spotlights on the ceiling, standing floor lamps spread around and reading lights for seats in the end here. Thus I figured this space is for those guests who wants to have a quiet space to read a book or the daily newspaper.
For a domestic airport lounge, the SAS lounge was alright in the sense that it was a nicer place to spend the time in than the terminal. Lounge access is provided for passengers who purchase the SAS Plus fare which is essentially a flexible Economy class ticket with seats up front as the cabin for domestic flights are all in the same seats with no curtain partition. Entry is also provided for Star Alliance Gold and elite Euro Bonus members.