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Arctic A.net Meet 2009  
User currently offlineDYflyer From Norway, joined May 2006, 676 posts, RR: 15
Posted (4 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3898 times:

In the hope of seeing some aurora borealis HT and i have decided to have a little arctic meeting  cold  up in the city of Tromsø (see initial thread here Is TOS A Good Place To Watch Aurora Borealis? (by HT Jul 25 2009 in Non Aviation) ). In addition to hopefully see the aurora borealis, there will be the chance to see some beautiful Norwegian nature, see a nice city and maybe even drink some expensive Norwegian beer  Wink. The nice guys that we are, we thought we would give the rest of you the chance to join us  angel  The weekend in question is 27. - 29. November.

Attending:
HT
DYflyer

Inbound flight:
HT 27. Nov. SK from BOO at 19.15
DYflyer 27. Nov. DY from OSL at 21.10

Outbound fllights:
HT 30. Nov SK to OSL at 10:15
DYflyer 29. Nov WF to EVE and continuing to BOO at 16:17

Both of us are booked at the Radisson, but this one seems to be fully booked now.


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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3867 times:

Ooh, count me in as a maybe...I love Tromso and the area around there, and have always wanted to see the Northern Lights!! I've stayed at the Radisson, it's a nice hotel!

If timings and funds work out for me, I'll be there!!



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User currently offlineDYflyer From Norway, joined May 2006, 676 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3798 times:



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 1):
If timings and funds work out for me, I'll be there!!

Excellent. Hope it works out

Attending:
HT
DYflyer

Maybe:
BAViscount

Inbound flight:
HT 27. Nov. SK from BOO at 19.15
DYflyer 27. Nov. DY from OSL at 21.10

Outbound fllights:
DYflyer 29. Nov WF to EVE and continuing to BOO at 16:17
HT 30. Nov SK to OSL at 10:15

Both of us are booked at the Radisson, but this one seems to be fully booked now.



Life is like a book. If you don't travel, you only read one page.
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3758 times:



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 1):
Ooh, count me in as a maybe...I love Tromso and the area around there, and have always wanted to see the Northern Lights!! I've stayed at the Radisson, it's a nice hotel!
If timings and funds work out for me, I'll be there!!

Just be warned that it will be dark in Tromsö at that time of the year.
Hopefully great to watch Aurora Borealis, bad for the mood (if one is prone to winter depression and the likes) ...

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 2):
Both of us are booked at the Radisson, but this one seems to be fully booked now.

As Tromsö is a very walkable city, it should pose no real problem if additional participants stay in another hotel downtown.
The Radisson is on Sjögatan fairly close to Tromsö Domkirke and the city quai (for Hurtigruten). Anybody interested should refrain from selecting a hotel near the airport (Scandic, and IIRC there is another one close by).
-HT



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User currently offlineFca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3753 times:

That Sounds Really Nice, I've never had an a'net meet before...I wouldn't know if I could come but maybe one year  Smile what flights is it again, I got confused with the From from and inbound outbound things...  Smile

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3700 times:



Quoting Fca767 (Reply 4):
That Sounds Really Nice, I've never had an a'net meet before...I wouldn't know if I could come but maybe one year what flights is it again, I got confused with the From from and inbound outbound things...

The main topic of this (a bit untypical) meeting is not *flying* or *aircraft spotting*, but to be in Tromsö as a location to look at Aurora Borealis aka. Polar Lights (hopefully the weather is okay for this - at least it will be dark enough ...).

The flights listed are just an information about when the participants arrive / depart TOS.
Of course, one is free to select some unusual routing to TOS in order to make the trip a bit more interesting.
For example: WF operates a number of multi-stop flights for SK along Norway's west coast like TRD - BOO with 2 intermediary stops. Also flights between BOO and TOS on WF make one or more stops. The same goes for flights between TOS and Kirkenes KKN along the north coast. Last year, albeit in Summer, I flew KKN to TOS on a WF Dash8-100 making 5 intermediary stops with sectors as short as 24 mi.
And a few days later (after paying a visit to LYR on Spitsbergen) I returned TOS to BOO with 2 intermediary stops (among these NVK with its 800 meter runway) before continuing (SK mainline) to OSL.

If you consider to fly to TOS, flights are offered by SK (incl. WF), DY (now from OSL and RYG; BOO) and (rarely) BT from RIX. Flights within Norway easily and usually without finacial penalty can be booked as oneways.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineIdealstandard From France, joined Apr 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3658 times:

Hi,

Count me plus two others in as a maybe, we will come in on the 720AM BA flight into OSL and then take a shuttle up to TOS., arriving Friday leaving Sunday.

Sounds great!

IS


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3621 times:



Quoting Idealstandard (Reply 6):
Count me plus two others in as a maybe,

Here you go ...

Updated list:

Attending:
HT
DYflyer

Maybe:
BAViscount
Idealstandard + 2

Inbound flight:
HT 27. Nov. SK from BOO at 19.15
DYflyer 27. Nov. DY from OSL at 21.10

Outbound fllights:
DYflyer 29. Nov WF to EVE and continuing to BOO at 16:17
HT 30. Nov SK to OSL at 10:15

Hotel:
Radisson: DYflyer, HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineFca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3614 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 5):
The main topic of this (a bit untypical) meeting is not *flying* or *aircraft spotting*, but to be in Tromsö as a location to look at Aurora Borealis aka. Polar Lights (hopefully the weather is okay for this - at least it will be dark enough ...)

Thanks very much guys for everything  Smile It would be nice to see the Northern Lights one day  Smile


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3599 times:



Quoting Fca767 (Reply 4):
I've never had an a'net meet before...

What about AMS next late-spring (no date, no thread yet) or ZRH next summer (annual meeting). These european meetings do focus on the *aviation* site of A.net meetings unlike the regular ones at LHR and MAN that usually include a hefty portion of consuming alcohol.
Also in pre-discussion is a meeting at PRG next year which generated some instant interest when mentioned durng this year's ZRH meeting.

OTOH, telling from your profile, joining a meeting at MAN might also be a good start - just be aware of what to expect ...
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineIdealstandard From France, joined Apr 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3588 times:

We are now confirmed


Attending:
HT
DYflyer
Idealstandard + 2

Maybe:
BAViscount

Inbound flight:
HT 27. Nov. SK from BOO at 19.15
DYflyer 27. Nov. DY from OSL at 21.10
Idealstandard + 2 27 Nov SK from OSL at 1535

Outbound fllights:
DYflyer 29. Nov WF to EVE and continuing to BOO at 16:17
HT 30. Nov SK to OSL at 10:15
Idealstandard + 2 29 Nov DY to OSL at 1310

Hotel:
Radisson: DYflyer, HT
hotel thon idealstandard + 2


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3559 times:



Quoting Idealstandard (Reply 10):
We are now confirmed

Excellent !

-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24821 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3549 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 9):
These european meetings do focus on the *aviation* site of A.net meetings unlike the regular ones at LHR and MAN that usually include a hefty portion of consuming alcohol.

And what's wrong with the hefty portion of consuming alcohol?  Wink



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineFca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3541 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 9):
What about AMS next late-spring (no date, no thread yet) or ZRH next summer (annual meeting). These european meetings do focus on the *aviation* site of A.net meetings unlike the regular ones at LHR and MAN that usually include a hefty portion of consuming alcohol.
Also in pre-discussion is a meeting at PRG next year which generated some instant interest when mentioned durng this year's ZRH meeting.

OTOH, telling from your profile, joining a meeting at MAN might also be a good start - just be aware of what to expect

Hmm true I could do a manchester one Big grin


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3524 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
And what's wrong with the hefty portion of consuming alcohol?

Nothing particularly wrong, but to do this, I (and that's my personal opinion) do not need to fly to some place.
When I travel I intend to take in the impressions with a concious mind - that's generally spoken, as there are places that only can be endured half (or fully) drunk ... 

Quoting Fca767 (Reply 13):
Hmm true I could do a manchester one

For staters   
Or, as said, in order not to spoil you with this type of A.net Meetings, come to the continent for your first A.net meeting. On all of these, English is the main & common language; if tours are offered (like in ZRH), these are being conducted in English language.
-HT

EDIT:

Quoting Idealstandard (Reply 10):
We are now confirmed

Do not forget that you can buy Duty Free articles (booze, beer, cigarettes, ...) upon Arrival at OSL. These articles are pretty expensive in Norway, so everybody arriving makes a left turn into the Dutyfree Shop rather than heading for baggage conveyer belts.

[Edited 2009-09-22 03:08:07]


Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24821 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3521 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 14):
When I travel I intend to take in the impressions with a concious mind - that's generally spoken, as there are places that only can be endured half (or fully) drunk ... Big grin

I'd agree with you. Some places, such as Manchester, there is nothing to do BUT drink. But places like Tromso or Edinburgh for example, you can do a lot of touristy things.



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3498 times:



Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
And what's wrong with the hefty portion of consuming alcohol?

I cant remember the last time I saw you consume a hefty portion of alcohol, you normally pass out ofter a light portion of alcohol!



That'll teach you
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3496 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 14):
Do not forget that you can buy Duty Free articles (booze, beer, cigarettes, ...) upon Arrival at OSL. These articles are pretty expensive in Norway, so everybody arriving makes a left turn into the Dutyfree Shop rather than heading for baggage conveyer belts.

Ok thanks for that, we'll make sure we go stock up on vodka and beer then! I guess we'll have to carefully put it all in our suitcase though before checking in for the SK flight to TOS otherwise it'll be confiscated at security right?

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 15):
I'd agree with you. Some places, such as Manchester, there is nothing to do BUT drink

Well nothing we like to go do or see. Museums and art galleries? Nah!

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 15):
But places like Tromso or Edinburgh for example, you can do a lot of touristy things.

But still we'll be drinking I guarantee it. I mean come on, the place is in the Arctic Circle and it'll be mostly dark all day! Perfect!



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3486 times:



Quoting Myt332 (Reply 17):

I did wonder who the +2 was - you lot seem to have a cosy relationship going on. Ive heard of a plus one, but a plus two? Well, it is the naughties I guess.

As for me, i'll give this one a miss, I refuse to travel to places colder than where I live! (ie. the arctic & antarctic)



That'll teach you
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3476 times:



Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 18):
I did wonder who the +2 was - you lot seem to have a cosy relationship going on

Yup, I'm one of the plus 2 apparently! I hadn't even seen this thread until my post above.

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 18):
As for me, i'll give this one a miss, I refuse to travel to places colder than where I live! (ie. the arctic & antarctic)

Typical Scotsman wussing out. It's ok, the English will represent the UK just fine.  Wink



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10742 posts, RR: 38
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3460 times:

How cold does it get in Tromso at that time of the year?
Does it go down to minus 20 or lower (talking about centigrades)?

Are the hotels expansive?



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24821 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3456 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 20):
Are the hotels expansive?

Quite possibly. They're not cheap either  duck 



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10742 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

There is an alternative to the hotels. Tromso has a HI affiliated Youth Hostel.

http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostels-Troms%C3%B8-042107.en.htm

Bed price from: 225.00 NOK

It looks like a rather small size hostel so I bet the space fills up quickly.



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3440 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 20):
Does it go down to minus 20 or lower (talking about centigrades)?

For the period in question:

Average high: -2 to +2 °C
Average low: -5 to +1 °C
With prevailing winds from the west the whole coast of Norway have moderate climate in winter due to the energy provided by the Gulf stream.
Hurtigruten is able to sail along the coast and into the fjords (for ports located there) year-round.
Things change when heading further inland into Finnmarken.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 20):
Are the hotels expansive?

The Thon Polar is quoted with 78 € per night.
Roughly the same is the Scandic, but this one is located outside city center fairly close to the airport.
-HT

EDIT:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 22):
There is an alternative to the hotels. Tromso has a HI affiliated Youth Hostel.

http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostels-Troms%C3%B8-042107.en.htm

Bed price from: 225.00 NOK

It looks like a rather small size hostel so I bet the space fills up quickly.

From the website: The hostel is open from the 17. June to the 14. August.

[Edited 2009-09-22 13:16:39]


Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineDYflyer From Norway, joined May 2006, 676 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 3394 times:



Quoting Myt332 (Reply 17):
I guess we'll have to carefully put it all in our suitcase though before checking in for the SK flight to TOS otherwise it'll be confiscated at security right?

You will be asked if you are continuing your journey onwards from OSL in the tax-free. If you answer yes, the goods will be sealed in a plastic bag and are OK to take through security.



Life is like a book. If you don't travel, you only read one page.
25 Idealstandard : Have now booked BA leg and going to book SK/DY soonish. Hotel is booked (Thon Polar) Attending: HT DYflyer Idealstandard + 1 myt332 Maybe: BAViscount
26 HT : make sure to compare fares quoted, as I found significant differences for some flights between SK's own website and the other independent I use frequ
27 F1eddie : I am very seriously considering this. I have confirmed i can get the time off work. The only thing is how expensive it will be. €300 for the flights
28 HT : On two issues I can help a bit in reducing costs: Hotel Thon Polar quotes about 80 € (675 NOK on hrs.de) per night incl. breakfast = 160 € for 2 n
29 Signol : Looks like you can knock EUR60 off that by booking DUB-OSL and OSL-TOS separately. The outward leg via RIX - check Kayak for prices Once again anothe
30 F1eddie : So where is this cheap rate on the web which you have not provided a web address to. I have to stay for three nights to get the cheapest flights with
31 Post contains links HT : Like mentioned in my post: www.hrs.de Yes. You purchase Dutyfree goods while you wait for your checked luggage to be delivered anyhow. -HT
32 Post contains links HT : For a 3-night stay (F-M) , HRS.de quotes 88 € / 745 NOK per night at the Thon Polar ... EDIT: There is also a website about Budget accomodation in
33 HT : Should we get a car to be able to drive to some place out of town to get a better view of Aurora Borealis ?
34 Idealstandard : There are some very reasonably priced tours available.
35 HT : Any new takers ? Attending: HT DYflyer Idealstandard + 1 myt332 Maybe: BAViscount F1eddie Inbound flight: HT 27. Nov. SK from BOO at 19:15 DYflyer 27.
36 Idealstandard : I would imagine cost is an issue for a lot of people, I'm paying for two but so far its cost me £500 just in flights (albeit redemption LHR-OSL retu
37 DYflyer : Well, the miracle has happened. Not only has the Norwegian bureaucrats worked within the time-limits we were given when we applied, but my fiancee got
38 HT : Hi Rune, Sorry to hear, but with respect to the remainder of your post more than understandable. Looking forward to see you (and your fiancé ?) some
39 DYflyer : I will see what i will be able to attend next year... there is a wedding to attend to next year among other things . But i do not rule out that i wil
40 HT : hear hear ! I will start planning for 2010's A.net meetings in Europe early next year - and PRG is on my shortlist. -HT P.S. I will be traveling to A
41 Zruda : talking about prg, why dont we just make some kind of a meetup here next year? its been quite a time since we've met at pilsner urquell .]
42 HT : With only 5 more nights to go before we meet in Tromsoe, I think it is pretty safe to remove those Maybe's from the list ... Attending: HT Idealstanda
43 PlymSpotter : Congratulations Rune Hey I've got an idea, after the meet we could hire a car in Prague and drive to the Ukraine! Any takers... no... why ever not? D
44 HT : Weather forecast for the coming weekend in Tromsö: Temps around freezing with minimal variation between day time and night time (what *day* BTW ?). V
45 DYflyer : Thank you!
46 Zruda : Im NOT driving in any car through the ukrainian border But with PRG, Im serious. Dont have that big house to accomodate everybody, but visitors with
47 HT : I am setting off to the airport shortly for the first of those 6 sectors that will take me to TOS ... See you tonite, Holger
48 Nighthawk : what happened to this years BBQ? Also does this BBQ involve demolishing trees and cooking sausages on a stick?
49 Post contains links and images Zruda : we hadmany bbqs, but no foregin visitors yeah sometimes we just destroy trees and use the sausage and stick technology but occasionally we even use a
50 Nighthawk : Why not??? Thats not good enough! Did you have special sausage?
51 Zruda : sure thing the horse's one :D:D
52 Nighthawk : Good lord! Isnt that kind of thing illegal in the Czech Republic?
53 Post contains images Zruda : no no, nothing Im aware of by the way, thanks to HT and Rune to be offline thus allowing me to hijack this thread
54 Nighthawk : Animal porn on a.net? Anyway, how are you these days, not heard from you for ages. House all finished I take it?
55 DXing : Well to be fair to all you have to include breaking the local convienence stores cola cabinet! Now don't you feel inadequate!
56 Zruda : finished is a strong word, but its definitely inhabitable im stuck between cleaning the stables and carrying various materials. but very happy and co
57 Nighthawk : good to hear. You always said its what you wanted to do, so good to see you've done it. Now you need a new dream to pursue
58 Zruda : I dont need it, just come and see for yourself. As every visitor says, there is so much work to do. nah, anyway, now I can start dreaming about findi
59 Nighthawk : thats a hell of a dream, good luck with that
60 Post contains links HT : Aftermath thread posted: Arctic A.net Meeting TOS 11-2009 (by HT Dec 2 2009 in Non Aviation) -HT
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