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Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK  
User currently offlineCaio86 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 43 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 18375 times:


On a beautifully clear day in 1628—so the story begins—the Vasa set sail on its maiden voyage. The pride of the Swedish fleet of the time, the Vasa was unmatched in its sheer size and number of cannons; it was launched with much fanfare and high expectations. However, b arely making a thousand meters away from excited onlookers on Stockholm's docks, the Vasa keeled to her port side and took on excessive amounts of water and sunk to the bottom of Stockholm's harbor. Flash forwarding to the present day—if Scandinavian Airlines System is a measure to go by, transportation in Scandinavia has improved by leaps and bounds since the times of the Vasa. Efficiency, value-for-money and Nordic charm and design are stereotypes I would bestow on the modern airline, judging from a roundtrip shuttle flight between Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup.

(Note: the flights were taken pre-strike—I am unsure of how things might have changed or if they changed at all)


Scandinavia Airlines System (SAS) SK1419, May 14th, 2007
Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (CPH), Gate 7
Seat 31D, Class M (Economy), MD-80
Departure (Scheduled/Actual): 10.25/10.31
Arrival (Scheduled/Actual): 11.35

I had planned on seeing people off to the United States on an earlier Continental flight, so I left much earlier than my own journey to Copenhagen required. Nevertheless, I had no qualms about leaving Stockholm earlier than planned; the drive to the airport in the cool and moist Stockholm morning was unforgettable. The pine trees and flat farmlands were bathed in a misty fog blanket.

Upon reaching Arlanda, and entering the check-in area for SAS, there were long queues for everything—self-check-in, check-in, ticketing and security. Confused by the situation and (apologetically) not understanding a word of Swedish beyond “IKEA” and "lingonberry," I immediately preceded to the cheery SAS representative, who kindly went out of her way to direct me to the correct line. Although the lines were long, the check-in staff was pretty efficient and polite; I waited about two minutes on the line. Everything was sorted out after five minutes.

I must mention security, as both my person and my bag were flagged for further screening. In comparison to the United States, where the TSA personnel are absolutely mortified with touching a passenger’s genitalia region, instead opting to tap your nether region with a wand or a baton, I find (although this has only happened to me three times) that European security workers are not at all afraid to go all the way. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I did not have any other encounters with security since then, unless I count the TSA agent who inspected my back on arrival back in Newark. Asking me to step aside for an inspection, joke was on him, because I put dirty underwear at the top, and thus ended his brief (pun intended) search for contraband.

Almost everyone I spoke to prior to my Scandinavian holiday immediately associated the region with its expensive costs, almost in a knee-jerk reflex fashion. Stockholm’s airport is no exception, everything is quite expensive. However, the spotting is free. After I saw off people in the non-Schengen departure zone on their flight to Newark on Continental (CO), I walked around a bit and managed to take some photos as the ground staff began their set-up.

Boarding was quick and efficient—passengers only stood up when their boarding zone was called and lined up in a proper manner. One curious habit of Nordic businessmen I noticed during boarding was the fact that they swiped their EuroBonus cards instead of presenting a ticket (Swedes, Danes, Norwegians in the audience—can anyone explain how this works?).

Onboard the surprisingly spacious MD-80 were two different classes—Economy Extra and Economy. Frankly, the main differences were the fact that Economy Extra passengers received a complimentary meal (albeit small) and their faux-cloth head rest cover was a different color.

After the pleasant greetings and the live (and bilingual Swedish and English) safety demonstration, the “CloudShop” opened up at the same time we rather fittingly went above the clouds. Feeling a bit peckish, I looked for the most Nordic of menu choices—the “Renklämma-meny” or Venison menu, a few strips of venison wrapped in polarbread and a mayonnaise-like condiment (Swedes, Danes, Norwegians in the audience—what exactly is polarbread?), with a choice of drink for SK35 (about five dollars). The sandwich was a bit dry (the personnel at the mayonnaise dispensing unit had not been very generous), but the meat and the bread were very tasty. Fortunately I had some Kalles to spread on.

Once the light snack was collected, we began to descend, and harbor of Copenhagen began to emerge on the horizon. The landing was smooth and the deplaining process was quick and efficient.

While Copenhagen once inspired Hans Christian Andersen and remains rooted in its proud heritage, it is a city that is in the here-and-now. One can see the cutting-edge windpower facilities dotting the harbor, the mega-tankers docking in the port facilities nearby. The airport is modern and wholly functional in comparison to other European airport facilities. Even the details of the city, such as generous bicycle facilities and cutting-edge cuisine at Noma (which I highly, highly recommend), exude certain homage to the past and visions for the future.

Return trip to follow in due course.


A long security line at Arlanda and an advert for the new Stockholm-Beijing route

Swedish design 1

Other non-SK check-in area

Austrian Airlines to Vienna?

MyTravel with fog-enveloped background

Air China Cargo and a Lufthansa plane

Nordic Leisure

SAS planes

Waiting area

Information on flight

Lufthansa and Continental

Swedish design 2

Swedish design 3

Swedish design 4

Not Swedish design (I'm guessing) but incredibly useful and helpful

Korean design

Pensative captain

SK MD-80

Back of the plane

Legroom and seat pocket. Contents of seat pocket: a copy of "Scanorama," a Swedish Cloudshop menu, dutyfree (very very limited choices), a couple of sick bags and a safety card

Adverts on tray-tables

Cloudshop advert

Cloudshop menu


Swedish countryside 1

Swedish countryside 2

Galley area prior to landing

Copenhagen and environs (note the wind turbines)

I hope you found this interesting...more Scandinavian adventures to come. Comments/questions/concerns greatly appreciated.

After sex and drugs comes rock and roll
21 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 18343 times:

Great tripreport! Especially the 'Swedish design' pics followed by 'Korean design' Big grin Looking forward to the next Scandinavian adventures

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (8 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 18179 times:

Again, a very well composed trip report. I am starting to become a fan of your trip reports. Just a question, where are the 'Sexy Swedes and Dashing Danes on SK' as mentioned in the title?  tongue 

User currently offlineNavymmw From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 12 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 17744 times:

nice trip report.

And I also have the same question as 9MMAR. Where are the sexy Swedes? lol.

User currently offlineMAS777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 17520 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 2):
where are the 'Sexy Swedes and Dashing Danes on SK' as mentioned in the title?

beauty would be in the eye of the beholder...  Wink

User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1716 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 17444 times:

Com'on Azizul, look what he says here:

Quoting Caio86 (Thread starter):
more Scandinavian adventures to come

Give him a break  Smile

Anyhow, Caio86, great TR: looking for more Sexy Swedes and Dashing Danes to come soon....

don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 17438 times:

Nice TR, but I also have same question as the others, wheres the sexy Swedes!! ehehheh  Smile

User currently offlineCabso1 From Canada, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 17285 times:

I opened this TR just for Sexy Swedes!

of Sexy Swedes

Nice TR by the way.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30076 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 17263 times:

Nice TR . There is a photo of a sexy SK (Dane) here :: N272WA&OA260, CPH-DUB On SK In Y. Part 2/2 (by N272WA May 27 2007 in Trip Reports)

 Big grin

User currently offlinePhilzh From Switzerland, joined May 2007, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 17062 times:

Quoting Cabso1 (Reply 7):
I opened this TR just for Sexy Swedes!

Well, I didn't.  liar 

Nice TR.

User currently offlineZimme From Denmark, joined Jun 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 16302 times:

Quoting Caio86 (Thread starter):
One curious habit of Nordic businessmen I noticed during boarding was the fact that they swiped their EuroBonus cards instead of presenting a ticket (Swedes, Danes, Norwegians in the audience—can anyone explain how this works?).

When traveling on an e-ticket and leaving Scandinavia for another Scandinavian country (or Finland) there is no requirement for a boarding pass on SAS. The card holding the e-ticket (EuroBonus, Visa, etc.) can simply be swiped at the security check as well as at the gate. At the gate, a small piece of paper is produced by the gate reader containing the same information as the seat-slip of the boarding card.

So if traveling without checked baggage, you check in on the Internet or by your mobile phone, go straight to security, swipe your card, go to the gate, swipe your card again and off you go..

User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17775 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 16186 times:

Nice TR,

Looking forward for more Scandinavians adventures.

Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 4138 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 15146 times:

Quoting Zimme (Reply 10):
So if traveling without checked baggage, you check in on the Internet or by your mobile phone, go straight to security, swipe your card, go to the gate, swipe your card again and off you go..

At OSL you don't have to swipe it at security as they usually don't check boarding passes

User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 15067 times:

What has happend to the once so proud SAS? I remember that even the late SR took them as an exsample for perfect
inflight service. And nowadays they charge for food on intra european flights. Thumbs down!!
Anyway, anyhow i am looking forward to your return report.

cheers: DALelite

They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineN272WA From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 14765 times:

Thanks for the TR. I love SAS, crew have always been an absolute pleasure on my flights.
N272WA  Smile

User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 14719 times:

Nice report!

Can someone pls translate "Renklämma-meny!" ?

Thanks in advance.

User currently offlineZimme From Denmark, joined Jun 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14238 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 15):
Can someone pls translate "Renklämma-meny!" ?

That would be something along the lines of "deer-wrap menu".

User currently offlineCaio86 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 13447 times:

You lot are pretty tough. I thought I could get past you with pictures of Scandinavian business people. Oh well...to each his/her own.

Anyways, dear boys and girls, here are pictures of some sexy Swedish models at one of my favorite stores in Stockholm--Acne Jeans.




Here are some photos from my Copenhagen trip, for those who asked (and for those who didn't...I suppose)

Viking heritage on full display

The Amalienborg Palace guards (the winter palace for Her Majesty)

CHEESE DANISH...IN DENMARK! (although it's called "weinerbrod" here)

I highly, highly recommend going on one of many canal tours to get your bearing and to see most of the beautiful sites in this compact and highly maritime city.

Le Palais de Porn...The Museum Erotica.

Strøget--a pretty pedestrian street which, despite being mazelike, is really hard to get lost in.

The Queen's boat

The controversial Maersk Opera House

The Little Mermaid looking forlorn, probably because she's got red paint on her

The closest I got to wildlife in Denmark...a reindeer from Greenland in the National Museum (which is FREE)

Tivoli amusement park, which is well worth a visit

And to finish it off, a cute swan couple swimming in the picturesque Nyhavn area

...the return trip to come very soon, I promise.

After sex and drugs comes rock and roll
User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12323 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 13111 times:

Quoting Caio86 (Thread starter):
the “Renklämma-meny” or Venison menu

Quoting Zimme (Reply 16):
Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 15):
Can someone pls translate "Renklämma-meny!" ?

That would be something along the lines of "deer-wrap menu".

Actually "ren" is reindeer, not venison  Smile (although it could be argued that venison is a broad enough term to cover it)

Quoting Caio86 (Reply 17):
The closest I got to wildlife in Denmark...a reindeer from Greenland in the National Museum (which is FREE)

This would be what your renklämma looked before SAS got its hands on it  Silly

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, an
User currently offlineCaio86 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12352 times:

Scandinavia Airlines System (SAS) SK408, May 16th, 2007
Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (CPH) to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN)
Class M (Economy), A321
Departure (Scheduled/Actual): 14.20/14.24
Arrival (Scheduled/Actual): 15.30/15.29

Although a cliché of Copenhagen, the city exudes a sense of fairytale qualities. Yet, while the city and its citizens respect the past and traditions, it is evident to the casual visitor that the city looks to the future. Culinary delights at Noma combine Danish ingredients with foreign techniques to create Michelin moments of sensory pleasure. Wind turbines, harvesting the clean energy of tomorrow, sit in aquatic areas where Vikings once launched their ships to plunder and pillage distant lands and peoples and where their Danish descendants traveled for other purposes. The controversial Maersk opera house faces the Amalienborg Palace.

Despite the seemingly juxtaposed traditional and modern existing side-by-side, Copenhagen manages to strike a pleasantly harmonious balance between the two. No place is better evidence of that concept than the airport. Although not in Copenhagen per se, I found the airport to be an absolute delight to use—it was very much the Scandinavian stereotype, big and beautiful, yet understated in intelligence and subtly efficient.

The terminal before security was airy and spacious, with ample overhead natural lighting. The SAS check-in desk was highly efficient and strategically placed near the building main entrance. There was also a couple of SAS ground staff to direct the clueless (read, me) to the correct line. The line was long because of the different SAS and Icelandair flights departing at the same time, but it moved rather quickly. I was somewhat glad that there was a bit of a wait, as it allowed me some time to savor the natural tones and materials used.
After check-in, I took the time to get something to eat, as SAS does not give a complimentary snack. Settling on a salad in the pre-security area, although good, it was nowhere near $10.00. The only kind of leaves that should be that much are the gold kind. Satiated, I moved onto the efficient security area and thus entered the shopping complex area between the security and the departure lounges.
In the duty-free area there was a stand with complimentary Pear Absolut vodka. Seeing no attendants, and being the cheap bastard that I am, I managed to help myself to a couple...seeing me off to a pleasant journey. There were products of every kind, and they accept many different types of currency. There are also little shopping carts and strollers for the airport customers' convenience. It truely was a magical (albeit alcohol-induced) fairytale of sorts.
Boarding the SAS plane was efficient; many Scandinavians used the SAS EuroBonus card to swipe in. Leaving and arriving on-time, the journey was pretty uneventful and short, except for the view of the Stockholm archipelago on the way back.

Check-in area in Kastrup


Other planes/carriers

SK A321 that I took

Loading the baggage on a rainy day

Icelandair from a different angle.

Backs of heads

Old style drop-down screens

View from the front


Back of seat...

...Back of seat part deux...I said the flight was uneventful...I wonder why everything in SAS is pretty much conducted in an English language medium except the actual announcements (eg. Scanorama, all the signage, duty-free mag)

Cimber Air

On the runway

Stockholm archipelago

Stockholm archipelago II

Landing prep.

Questions, comments, concerns?

After sex and drugs comes rock and roll
User currently offlineNavymmw From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 12319 times:

nice trip report, one question though, where are the sexy sweeds?

User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1850 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 12281 times:

AMAZING Trip Report!!

I'm flying on SAS to Greece in less than 2 weeks and can't wait! Thanks for posting the pics. I'm looking forward to my trip even more now  Smile

Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
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