Norwegian actress Thea Sofie Loch Næss

Thea Sofie Loch Næss on the secrets of Oslo Airport

What you learn about airports when you shoot a Netflix hit in one.

Photo: Agnete Brun, Netflix
March 2023
Norwegian actress Thea Sofie Loch Næss tells us what it was like shooting an entire TV series at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, and shares her top places in Oslo.

The Norwegian actress Thea Sofie Loch Næss was born in the small southern city Kristiansand but moved to the capital Oslo when she was three years old. By the time she turned 17 she had relocated with her family no less than 17 times.Today, when she travels a lot for work, this is something that makes it easy for her to feel at home anywhere..

Thea Sofie Loch Næss did her first lead role in a feature film ten years ago, and it’s not an understatement to say that she is shining more brightly than ever. Recently we saw her in the Scandinavian Netflix hit A Storm for Christmas (directed by Per-Olav Sørensen) and later this spring she will be starring in the Swedish TV series Ondskan (The Evil), based on the novel by the acclaimed Swedish author Jan Guillou. Scandinavian Traveler sat down for a chat with Thea Sofie.

Oslo Gardermoen Airport
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A Storm for Christmas takes place at Oslo Gardermoen Airport.How was it to shoot an entire series at an airport?
It was quite funny to start every day by going through security, never being able to bring a full water bottle or hand creams bigger than 100 ml and then realize: “Oh wait, I’m actually not traveling anywhere.” The production worked out quite well even though we shot during the pandemic – the airport was almost empty.

What did you learn about airports that you didn’t know before?
That there are some secret entries and shortcuts! I felt like a child when they led me through the secret gateways or entries in this airport that I know so well. Like a new, magic world opening up for me.

How do you usually spend time at airports?
Since I travel quite frequently, I try to spend as little time as possible at the airport – without stressing too much, of course. I go through security, have a tiny peek at the Tax Free, then I buy a cup of coffee and some snacks for the trip and just like that, it’s time for departure. I always have a book at hand, if the wait is too long. And music!

Which airport in the world is your favorite?
Gardermoen. For sure. 

What’s the best part of living in Oslo?
I have been living in New York for the past few months, the most amazing city in the world, but it also really made me appreciate Oslo. Oslo is very cute, but small. It’s a city that is still trying to figure out its own identity. But cool things are happening, we have all the amazing saunas along the harbor, beautiful nature and cool restaurants and cafes are opening up one by one. I used to live in the city center, and during the summer I could bike to the beach in  minutes, and during the winter 20 minutes on the subway allows me to go snowboarding! To me, it’s a city that has it all.

Thea Sofie’s top 3 favorite spots in Oslo

Cardamom buns at Farine in Oslo

Delicious buns in a lovely neighborhood


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Normannsgata 44
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“This place has the best cardamom buns in Oslo! They also serve delicious lunch and sometimes dinner. The bakery is located in Kampen, a charming area to go for a walk.”

Nektar wine bar in Oslo

Small and charming

Nektar Vinbar

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Fredensborgveien 42
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“Great wine, amazing small dishes made for sharing and a cozy atmosphere. The restaurant is located in a small red wooden house in Fredensborg. Be sure to walk around in the neighborhood and admire the architecture – it’s like walking around in a fairytale.”

Have sake at Merkur Bar in Oslo

Oslo's best sake

Merkur Bar

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Bjerregaards gate 5A
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“A lovely bar, great vibe and lot’s of interesting wine and sake just three minutes from the beautiful St.Hanshaugen park.”

Text by Agnes Regell