This was a trip I took with my family to Stockholm on Continental, then drove from Stockholm to Malmo, a train to Copenhagen, and then on Norwegian.no I flew to Oslo, and then back to the US on Continental last December 2008/January 2009. I left on Christmas on the red-eye. I know it's a little late, but it was a good experience on CO's J product.
Forgive me for the picture quality. Winter photos aren’t the best for my camera. Only towards the end of my trip did I figure my camera out. And my next trips did I finally learn to focus. (Alas, this camera is probably in a pawnshop in Newark with 900 photos and video of IAH-NRT-GUM-CNS-GUM-HNL-IAH voyage after I left it on an EWR-bound plane about two months ago...)
After a red-eye out of San Diego, we arrived in Newark the day after Christmas. Since we had a long layover, we did what any sane person does. Go to New York City for the after-Christmas sales. Now I’ve taken the train and taxis from midtown to Newark and reverse, but this time we opted for the bus. We found a way to store our luggage at a EWR hotel, that we would return to later, but it was off to New York City.
I pretty much bought one thing and that was a coat, as all I had was a ski hoodie and I figured it wasn’t enough for Scandinavian winters. After a day of walking, going into stores, walking, going into stores, and walking, eating, walking, we boarded for the voyage back to airport. After we collected our baggage at the hotel, we headed to Terminal C and made our way through security.
Continental Airlines CO 68
Caught this on the way to Newark Airport returning from the city.
Waited for boarding, I took a few ramp shots.
After settling into 2B.
Tonight there were five people in Business/First. Three of them (including myself) was my family and the other two were individuals. It meant for very personalized service. I’ve flown on CO Business/First and they always have great crews (apart from a BRU flight) and this was no exception. They were very courteous and really set the mood for a great trip.
Lobster Bisque, Crabcake with sauce, Spanakopita
Sometime over Norway I opened the shade and saw a glimpse of dawn.
Pre-arrival breakfast. I've noticed it is usually a cold meats/fruit plate on Continental's European flights.
Arlanda, as we slow down. It seemed eerily quiet.
Despite being the first to de-board, I thought I left my iPhone earbuds in the seat and told the gate agent and they walked down and tried to locate them, but in the interim I had found them. By the time we all walked to the Immigration counter there was no line.
TG 747 in old colors. Seems so out of place with the snow and pine trees.
So we drove into to Stockholm. But we managed to miss the exit for central Stockholm so we were some ways south of Stockholm arguing with a Google maps printout that the Avis agent gave us in Swedish and I had a city map trying to direct from the backseat, and finally we made it to Hilton Slussen on Södermalm Island over looking the Riddarfjärden. Later we saw the city. The old city (Gamla stan), Riksdagshuset, across the bridge and into Sergels Torg. We went shopping at Ahlens City before going for dinner as the next day would be the drive to Malmo.
Alas, we never recieved a wake-up call. We woke up not too late (around 6) and headed down to breakfast. Then it was a drive through Sweden. We passed the SAAB Aeronautics factory at somepoint and it had a static SAAB 340 on display. We finally did make it Malmo quite later than we thought and went to turn the car in at Avis. We inquired if we took a ferry to Copenhagen or a train. The agent said ferries haven't run in years and we walked across to the train station for the short hop across to Copenhagen.
After reaching the central station and exiting, I realized it was cold. I mean really cold, because of the damp weather. We walked to the Copenhagen Marriott on the Harbor. After a quick warm-up, we headed to Tivoli. It was there that I discovered Glug. It's like hot Kool-Aid, with raisins and almonds and booze! I had about four (ok, so like five) cups. I'd always heard Tivoli was the inspiration for Disneyland, but it was a little different than I thought. We tried finding a restaurant in the area and we walked around the city, but ended up back at the hotel.
Copenhagen is a little pricey. Even little things were more expensive than Stockholm. We had planned to spend extra time in Copenhagen, but we changed our mind and went to Oslo earlier. While everybody else in my family flew SAS, I chose Norwegian. It was cheapest, plus I figured it'd be an interesting carrier to fly.
Norwegian Air Shuttle DY925
Kastrup Airport station
We got up and walked to the train station and went to Kastrup. We arrived at Terminal 3, and I broke up with my family at SAS Check-In and I went to check in at Terminal 2 with Norwegian. Compared to Terminal 3, it was more open, very modern (well it's older) and less crowded. I liked the design. I checked in and walked upstairs
After security, I went through the shops. I found out Norway (while part of Schengen) isn't part of the EU, so I could buy Duty Free. Even after I was done there, and buying more souvenirs, I still had some time before my plane arrived. I didn't even have a gate to go at that time to but I walked around and noticed it was getting foggy outside. I kind of worried I'd be stuck here.
Air Greenland 757
Cabin. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen overhead bins like that…
Take-off was normal and flight was underway. Soon two tall blonde flight attendants appeared and started the buy on board. At first they thought I was underage, but after I gave my driver’s license they saw otherwise.
On-board drink. I learned that Carlsberg is good, but not on an empty stomach or for breakfast.
Oslo. I looked outside the window and saw a light snow. Great...
But once inside the terminal it changed. Oslo is a nice airport.
I flew with Thor Heyerdal, the Kon-Tiki explorer.
I had to get some cash for the ride to the city and just spending money. But in front of me were two Iranian gentlemen. And I swear they were changing all of Iran's foreign currency reserves. Almost an hour. It was ridiculous, they had dollars, they had pounds, they had euros, they had kronor, they had rials, they had it all, and they needed three agents. You do that at a bank, not an airport kiosk. I was getting pretty ticked as well as the line of fifteen people behind me. This Spanish couple behind me was talking about how suspicious it was. Finally I got my money and I got out of there. Everybody thought my plane hadn't left Copenhagen when they finally found me walking around.
Oslo is a great city. I'd like to see it in the other seasons. We saw the Vikingskipshuset, Kon-Tiki Museet, Vigeland Statue Park, Frogner Park, The Royal Palace, Stortinget, Karl Johans Gate, and more. I'd heard Oslo is the world's most expensive city, but I didn't think so after Copenhagen.
The night before we left, I ended up not going out and falling asleep way too early. I ended up waking up at 3 AM, so I had to go sit in the bathroom where I watched my iPod and read. It was the one place I could have lights on without leaving the room. Finally at 5:30 I went down to breakfast. Again, great breakfast, a lot of salmon and herring, which I tried and enjoyed. I figured I couldn't leave Norway without doing so. I went back upstairs got packed and we left for Gardermoen. It was fairly busy compared to the day before. I hope to go back to Norway, I thought it was a nice place and the people were friendly.
It is a nice airport, and all of the employees were very helpful and nice. We got through security and headed to the gate. We waited until the call for boarding and we made our way down.
Continental Airlines CO 39
SAS Norge 737
Click Here for a YouTube Video of Take-Off
Too much sunshine.
Cabin was pretty much full (two empty seats)
Again a nice EWR-based crew. Attentive and personal. Now on to the food...
Lobster bisque, Chicken satay, and wonton.
Main course, Chicken and pasta, a usual.
The steak looked a lot more appetizing
Fruit and cheese.
I forwent the sundaes and tried these custard/Jello pudding-things. Meh.
Cabin in sleep mode
Rather bland chicken on bread with cheese on top.
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Here are links to my other Trip Reports
US/LH: PHX-PHL-FRA-NUE in First/Business
LH/US: NUE-FRA-DFW-PHX in Business/First
Here is a link to
My Take-Off and Landing Videos Channel on YouTube