Oslo Gardermoen Spotting Guide

Oslo Gardermoen (IATA: OSL, ICAO: ENGM) is one of three airports in the region (the other two are Torp and Rygge). It is the largest airport in Norway and home of SAS, Norwegian and Wideroe. Also the Royal Norwegian Air Force has stationed its fleet of C-130 Hercules on the northwestern part of the airport. Gardermoen is located 40 kilometer north of the city of Oslo and handels just under 25 million passengers a year.

The airport has two runways (01R/19L and 01L/19R) and one terminal. The increasing traffic recent years has resulted in an expansion of the terminal. A new concourse will open in 2017. The western part of the terminal will handle most domestic fligths. Almost all flights of Wideroe will arrive and depart from there. All international flights will depart from the easteren and newly built northern concourse.

Especially in summer Gardermoen is a great place to be. There are some great easy-to-find spots right next to the runways and the airport is realy spotters-friendly. When opened, the Gardermoen Aviation Museum is well worth a visit (see Spot #4).

Written by Bas Velders, Erik Moen

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Airport Informations Runways 01L/19R 01R/19L
3.600 m (11,811 ft) 2.950 m (9,678 ft)
Spotting Informations Ladder Not needed.
Car A car is advisable at Oslo Airport, especially for spot 1,2,6. Spot 4 and 5 are reachable by hotel shuttle or public transport.
Restrooms Inside the Terminal.
Drinks/Food Inside the Terminal. No facilities near the spotterlocations
Hotels There are some hotels in the southeast and southwest of the airport. Also, there are some bed & breakfast near spot 6 in the northwest.
Season Best period to spot at Gardermoen is between April and September. In winter it is too cold and some roads are passable, because of heavy snow.
Runway Usage  General info Both runways are often used for takeoff and landings at the same time. The runway assignment will often depent on the location of the gate. Most domestic & cargo flights will arrive and depart on the eastern runway, while most international traffic will arrive and depart on the western runway.

Spot #1 – Blikkvegen – Departures/Arrivals 01R/19L
WHERE From the terminal drive on the E16 in the direction of Oslo. On the E16, take the exit towards 174 (Jessheim). Continue until you arrive at the roundabout near the gas station and McDonalds. Go left on the Fv460 and take a right at the second roundabout on ‘Vibergvegen’. After 2 kilometres, go right on ‘Blikkvegen’. Continue for 2,5 kilometres, and then turn left in the corner on the dirt road. When you have reached the fence, you can park your car just north of the road. Climb up the wall to get a clear shot over the fence. Be aware, in winter, the dirt road and parking area can be very muddy/snowy.
WHAT From this spot you can catch all 01R/19L departures and 19L arrivals. 01R arrivals tend to exit early. Go to spot #2 for better shots.
TIME Light conditions in the summer are perfect from sunrise till ~13:00
MISC. There are no facilities here.
FOCAL LENGTH ~80-100mm for 787/A330, ~120-150mm for 717/737/A320.
Spot #2 – Departures/Arrivals 01R/19L
WHERE Take the same route as towards spot #1. Walk or drive towards the south of the runway (around the radar tower) and continue as far as you like. Walk uphill towards the treeline to get a clear shot over the fence.
WHAT This spot is good for all 01R/19L departures and arrivals.
TIME Light conditions in the summer are perfect from sunrise till ~13:00
MISC. There are no facilities here.
FOCAL LENGTH ~80-100mm for 787/A330, ~120-150mm for 717/737/A320.


Spot #3 – Ravinevegen – Arrivals 01L
WHERE To get to this spot, follow the signs ‘Nannestad’ (Exit 2 on the E16). On the second roundabout, you will see the Scandic hotel on your left. Turn left here (3rd exit) and keep left and turn left again on the sandy road. Head towards the bicycle path (‘Ravinevegen’) and find yourself a clean shot between the lampposts. Park your car along the ‘Ravinevegen’ or at the aviation museum (spot #4).
WHAT From this spot you can catch all 01L arrivals. You can walk along ‘Ravinevegen’ for some different angles.
TIME Light conditions in the summer are good from ~15:00 till sunset.
MISC. There are no facilities here.
FOCAL LENGTH ~80-100mm for 787/A330, ~120-150mm for 717/737/A320.
Spot #4 – Gardermoen Aviation Museum – Lineup/Arrivals 01L
WHERE Follow the same route as to Spot #3. Near the Scandic hotel, turn right on ‘Museumsvegen’. You will arrive at the ‘Forsvarets Flysamling Gardermoen’ (Well worth a visit). Walk around the museum towards the fence. You can climb up the little dike to get clear shots over the fence. A small step is recommended.

With public transport, take bus 855 (Maura) from the terminal, get out on ‘Oslo Airport Hotel’. Walk between the hotels, towards the fence.

WHAT This spot is good for all 01L departures and arrivals.
TIME Light conditions in the summer are good from ~15:00 till sunset.
MISC. There are no facilities here.
FOCAL LENGTH ~80-100mm for 787/A330, ~150-180mm for 717/737/A320.
Spot #5 – SAS Museum – West Air Europe Apron/Arrivals 01L/19R
WHERE Same route as for spot #3/4, however head towards Nannestad until you will see signs for ‘SAS-museet’. On the E16, turn left on ‘Hans Gaarders veg’. Follow this road, until you will arrive at the museum. To the left of the building, there is a small platform you can use to oversee the airport, West Air Europe platform and runway 01L/19R.

With public transport, take bus 855 (Maura) from the terminal, get out on ‘SAS-museet’.

WHAT This spot gets you an overview of the West Air Europe apron. All movements can be seen from here. Also you can catch all 01L/19R departures and arrivals.
TIME Light conditions in the summer are perfect from ~15:00 till sunset.
MISC.  There are no facilities here.
FOCAL LENGTH ~130-150mm for apron shots of BAe ATP.

~140mm-160mm for 787/A330, ~170-200mm for 717/737/A320 on the runway.

Spot #6 – Pedershogget – Departures/Arrivals 19R
WHERE From spot #5, drive along the Gardermovegen. Just after the roundabout, turn right into the woods. Be advised, this spot is for summer months only. In winter this road is too snowy and muddy to drive on (or get a 4×4). Follow the road and go left on the end. You can drive around and up the hill for a clear view of the runway.

With public transport, take bus 855 (Maura) from the terminal, get out on ‘Søndre Børke’. The walk to the spot takes about 20 minutes.

WHAT This location is ideal for departures and arrivals on runway 19R.
TIME Light conditions in the summer are perfect from ~15:00 till sunset.
MISC. There are no facilities here.
FOCAL LENGTH ~280-300mm for lineup shots.

~80-100mm for 787/A330, ~150-180mm for 717/737/A320 on the runway.

Spot #7 – Arrivals 01R
WHERE Along the Fv460 is a bicycle path. You can park your car underneath the landing lights and walk on the bicycle path for some different angled shots.
(Last visited: may 2008)
WHAT Also you can catch all 01R arrivals.
TIME Light conditions in the summer are good from ~12:00 till sunset.
MISC.  There are no facilities here.
FOCAL LENGTH ~50mm-80mm for 787/A330, ~80-110mm for 717/737/A320.


Spot #8 – Departures & arrivals 01R
WHERE To reach this spot, drive towards parking P3 on “Henrik Ibsebs veg”. On the end of the road, turn left and drive all the way till the end (keep right). There is an opening between all the bushes. Behind the bushes, there is a hill with benches.
WHAT Also you can catch all 01R arrivals.
TIME Light conditions in the summer are good from ~12:00 till sunset.
MISC.  There are no facilities here.
FOCAL LENGTH Lufthansa A321: 230mm, SAS 737: 220mm, Thomas Cook A330: 45mm.


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