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Stockholm Arlanda Airport
|Continent: Europe||Country: Sweden|
|Stockholm Arlanda Airport|
|Overview map||Google Maps|
|Tower||118.500, 125.125, 128.725|
|Ground||121.700, 121.925, 121.975|
|Approach||120.500 (Director), 126.650|
|ATIS||119.000 (Arrival), 121.625 (Departure)|
Official Spotting Locations
Next to the threshold of Runway 19L there is a small wooden shelter on a hill provided by the Swedish Airport Authority. This weather protected spot gives you a good view over runway 19L/01R, taxiway W and the de-icing area. There is no glass and you are well above any fences, so you get unobstructed views. However, in terms of photography, this spot is only good for taking pictures of aircraft passing around on the taxiway W or skyshots as the runway 19L/01R is too far to allow quality landing or take off shots.
- Planes.cz sample photo of an aircraft passing from south to north (shot at 80mm).
- Planes.cz sample photo of an aircraft approaching the taxiway W from south to north (shot at 150mm)
- Airliners.net sample photo: medium large - aircraft passing from north to south.
- Planes.cz sample photo of an aircraft approaching RWY 19L (skyshot).
Getting there is easy if you have a bike or a car and there is also plenty of space to park. You can also walk to the spot from the terminal 5 but this is around a 30 min walk. A better option is to take a bus - do not take the three digit buses (i.e.583 etc) as those you have to pay for and the system is complicated and expensive. Instead, take the airport yellow transfer buses (two digit) because these are free and run often (except weekends, check schedule). To get to the shelter, the best option is to take bus number 10 and get off at the SAS-Hangaren stop. From there walk back to the main road and follow the sidewalks to the east (walk under the taxiway W) to the shelter (10 minute walk).
Other Spotting Locations
Very easy to find and not that far from the official pavillion. Both are in sight of each other. If you see the IBIS airport hotel, then you're heading the right way! Shots of both lining up and landing aircraft, onto 19L, can be had.
From the airport cafeteria most activities can be observed. Some photos can also be obtained from here. The cafeteria seems to tolerate spotters as long as they buy something and prices are reasonable. Good place in the winter when it's freezing outside.