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Up The North Till Narvik And Kiruna  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 16074 times:

This story is especially dedicated to my dad, he´s now at a better place

Up the north till Narvik and Kiruna

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Hej, dear readers,

this trip is a little bit out of the ordinary for me.
Not the fly as much as possible on different airliners trip.
More or less dictated by my son who preselected the objectives. But anyway sure, six flights on three airlines, four plane types and no question, a new departure airport, so it seems worth the way to go, isn´t it?.

Here is todays routing:



And the updated departure airports map:


Departure airports auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

Followed by the latest flown routes:


Tripreporter´s Flüge auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

These trip started less than two weeks after my return from Luxemburg:

Load Luxury On Luxair Together With Local Company (by FLIEGER67 Nov 13 2011 in Trip Reports)

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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 16102 times:

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Thursday, 18.08.2011


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Service KLM KL 1874 operated by KLM Cityhopper
Scheduled: 14.25 // 15.50


It seems, I´am infected by these lazy afternoon departures. Also today, boarding for the first flight of the day is printed at 1.55 pm.
Well, the AF/KL OLCI doesn´t like me these days.
After the no OLCI experience due to the codeshare flights around Luxemburg, it doesn´t work again here.
It´s ok for me, but when I fit in the details of my travel companion, booked on the same confirmation, the system produces an error, no way to select seats and check-in online. Oh well, not to my amusement, definitely.
Leg´s 1/2/5/6 are booked together directly via the AF website, the fare for the first leg this way 55.00 Euro´s.
We´re leaving home at noon, accepted a nice offer for the airport shuttle from the family and arrived some 30 minutes later at the airport.
No remarks for AMS from gate 316
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Ok, let´s try to check-in at the desk after a final unsuccesful last attempt at the self service kiosks.
The warm welcomed and not that often logged F70 is on schedule. 17 A/C is offered by the grumpy female agent after my request, ok so far, the two seater behind the wing and in front of the engine.
It doesn´t feels like that she enjoys her stay at the airport this early afternoon like we do.
The suitcase goes it´s way and we´re also.
Waved goodbye to our shuttledriver and no time to wait at security ready for the AF lounge.
It´s a small place, but the first time for my son, so definitely a obligation to go
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Pictured from the lounge, some blue rear engined metal on taxi
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It feels somewhat strange to follow these Deutsche Bahn style plane operated by TuiFly
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Well, this looks like a little bit to long for the Fokker 70, isn´t it?
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Warm welcomed, this is one of the very few F100 examples left in the KL fleet
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PH-OFM at the gate. Interesting to know that this plane had an incident the following day. Engine oil pressure problems and an immediate return to AMS
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Leg no. 23 on type for me. Welcome to a new registration for my log. First in service with Midway Airlines from 06.01.1994, returned to Fokker at 25.06.2002. Flying around Indonesia from 25.07.2002 with Pelita Air Service and with KL Cityhopper since 13.01.2006. There are five examples on type remaining in the fleet.
Cockpit crew is from the UK, the captain with a detailed and relaxed welcome during boarding. He´s once again on the speakers later on during approach for AMS. The FO is pilot flying today.
We see some ATC restrictions, due to heavy traffic for AMS and a short start up delay, but nothing serious.
Push back with another F100 on the same way
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2.40 pm, 15 minutes late, 27 degrees and partly cloudy here. "City" is ok to go from runway 25.
Now this looks like really oldfashioned
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Cabin crew is one middle aged nice female, sounds like from the UK and one, also middle aged male, nothing special here.
The safety card
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How to explore the Holland Herald
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Well, this view is only possible from an rear cabin aisle seat, isn´t it?. 17C, recline is possible here, the load is 90%
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Generous legroom on these oldfashioned plane
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Flightlevel is maximum 34000 feet, no route information.
Some blue above the clouds
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Delicious treats, sure ok for this short hop, together with free drinks
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Touchdown on the 3400 meters "Aalsmeerbaan" 36R, 3.50 pm, ontime, 17 degrees and cloudy here in AMS.
Interesting to notice a 747 parked also on the regional apron
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Quickly disembarked and in the waiting bus, precious lounge time ahead
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Bye now to PH-OFM, sure a nice catch here, looking forward now to compare it with the E90, scheduled for the lext leg
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No extra security on Intra-Schengen connections, up the stairs and ready for the next target now.
Well, let me ask my travel companion about his opinion.
"What do you like the most?".
"Sure the F100 is a good catch here, but I like lounge living, that´s something for me!".
Ok, so we´re not to late to check another one!.


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 16095 times:

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Thursday, 18.08.2011

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Oslo lufthavn, Gardermoen
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Service KLM KL 1149 operated by KLM Cityhopper
Scheduled: 17.05 // 18.50


The KLM crown lounge is the place to be whenever possible in AMS.
Up the stairs and here it is
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A good number of pax around but nevertheless enough space for a comfy break
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TV screens in the middle of the news center area
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Not that much time left for our next flight from gate B04
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Well presented offers here
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This is the second leg from the booking, the fare again 55.00 Euro´s.
No chance to change seats with a 100% load, thanx to the grumpy lady at the desk earlier in STR.
But 10E/F sounds like ok on the scheduled E90.
E/F on the E90, is this really ok?.
At the gate ontime for another bus ride around the blue tails on the apron.
The bus slowed down and now it´s me to send a number of prayers to the Federal Chancellor, the Dalai Lama, the Greece Minister of Finance and no, also not the leader of the World Health Organization knows the way to help.
Well, spot the registration at the undercarriage
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As far as I was pleased to see the soon to retire F100 at STR, as far I was not amused to disembark the bus after riding along a thousand of planes on the apron till this plane.
Sure ok to fly the F100 again, but not PH-OFM exactly
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Leg no. 24 on type and shudder, the second time here.
Well it´s KL Cityhopper after all
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5.10 pm, close to ontime, 17 degrees only here, wet after rain.
1 hour, 30 minutes for OSL, "City" is on the go from the 3800 meters "Polderbaan" 36L.
Legroom is also ok on this side of the cabin. Me in 10E, the aisle is also taken with a load very close to 100%
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There is a new cabin crew here, two young and nice female FA´s.
Forward cabin ceiling shot
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Outdated panel design
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Cockpit crew is also new, from the Netherlands, so it seems, the captain with nice and detailed infos inflight and once again short prior to descent. No route or flightlevel informations.
The ceiling en detail
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Ok, this is the safety card
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Delicious deli, selected for me. Well, in this case together with free drinks
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To view it in a positive way, another angle to the wing during early approach into OSL
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Down the Oslofjord
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Some clouds only here
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Close to mainland Norway
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Stroopkoekje, ok, if you want me to do that. Served with a second round of free drinks, impressive
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Wood and lakes. That feels like Norway
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It seems we leave the clouds in the Netherlands
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Strange curving for finals
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Touchdown at the 3600 meters runway 19R. 06.55 pm, close to ontime, 20 degrees and partly cloudy.
No, this is not Finland
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Finger disembarking for the last time now today
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In the terminal, picking up our suitcase, which made it also to OSL and out in the public.
I was in contact with the hotel, the Comfort Hotel Runway, where else should we stay with that offer?.
A quick response later it is clear that there is a shuttle bus called S44 directly to a number of hotels closeby.
8.00 Euro´s, kids free, ok so far.
After some ten minutes at the airport stop, the bus arrives and soon thereafter we´re at the first accomodation around this trip.
This picture is taken the next day, check the brown building directly under the winglet
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Pictured from the hotel room, let me say well located four our needs
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The hotel
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The lobby
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Scandic design at it´s best
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A first view in the room
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En detail
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And we had a real good sleep there, surrounded by low engine noise. That´s the best music to sleep with, isn´t it?.
Well, these traveller looks like a bit lazy here on this cool chair the next morning
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There is also a screen with all flights in the lobby, for sure a cool place to stay near OSL.
Another opinion by my son now?.
"Lounge travelling is the best!".


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 16076 times:

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Friday, 19.08.2011


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Oslo lufthavn, Gardermoen
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Service DY 228 operated by Norwegian
Scheduled: 09.00 // 10.40


The same way back to the airport the next morning,
the shuttle runs ontime at 7.45 am, well arranged here in OSL.
These flight is booked directly on the Norwegian website.
The fare 75.00 Euro´s.
No OLCI, I´am for sure not pleased with these situation at Norwegian.
If someone knows the reason, I´am interested.
In the terminal some minutes thereafter, straight to the self service kiosks, secured 31 E/F, the last row, we´re lucky, definitely. Tagged the bag and where to go now?.
There are a huge number of counters signed on the screens for Norwegian and there is an even longer queue of people who, so it looks like want to do the same like us, dropping a suitcase and fly to anywhere else.
Oh no, that looks not good. It´s 08.00 am, boarding is printed for 08.30 am.
Also the line at the standard check-in desks is terrible,
mostly elder travellers there what doesn´t speed up the whole thing.
My son joined the queue and I´am looking for other ideas.
A young, cute female is directing passengers at the entrance.
Quite honestly, you know, I´am for sure the charming I have no idea where to go traveller.
"Sorry, I´am on travel with my son, is there another line where it´s possible to leave our luggage?. We´re checked in by the self service kiosks".
"No, I´am sorry, there is no other line, but we will open more counters soon".
"I should go now". She walked away and a male takes over.
Where is she going?.
Hah, she´s going to open an new desk one row before the original DY desks.
"Jan, come one, that´s the way to go".
20 meters Ryanairesque style powerwalking and we´re first inline to drop our bag by the cute girl. Ready for security. Now it seems we´re really lucky.
Some five minutes more to wait and soon thereafter at the gate 20 today.
No lounge here with DY
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No, not today
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Well, that fit´s
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This is LN-NOO, the scheduled 737-800
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Leg no. 58 on type and yes, it´s a new registration.
First in service with Sterling on the danish register from
10.11.2003 and since 03.03.2009 with Norwegian.
One of 45 examples in the actual fleet
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Dedicated to Gustav Vigeland, the famous Norwegian sculptor
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The plane is parked at the gate, but it´s also possible to walk down the stairs and board through the rear door, sure the way for us now
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Close to the engine
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Under the wing, no question
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The tail en detail
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Hurry, it´s time to go now, as usual I´am late on the apron
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09.00 am, ontime, 16 degrees, cloudy but dry, 1 hour, 35 mintues for EVE, "NorShuttle" is on the go now.
Takeoff from the 3600 meters 01L.
Low legroom to say the least here and a not that really clean cabin
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Cockpit crew is from Norway, the captain with short infos only later during approach, no route or flightlevel information.
The safety card
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Cabin crew is one young male, nothing special and three females, all young, one ok, two really nice.
Service is BOB.
Norwegians magazine
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New stlye thin seaters in the last row for us, me in 31E. The aisle remains open with a load close to 100%
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Some clouds down there
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This weather is sure ok for us
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No, it doesn´t stay this way
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Something white, no I don´t believe it to see snow on the mountains
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Very low clouds
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On short finals
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More water down there
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Not far from touchdown on the 2808 meters runway 35
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10.25 am, 15 minutes ahead to schedule, 12 degrees only and soaking wet to say the least
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Not that I´am running a little bit nervous here.
The one and only bus service to Narvik which fits to our next departure is waiting outside and it needs ages till the first bag arrives.
Well, the whitehaired driver is a cool one.
I´ve payed the ticket, 25 Euro´s, kids free and he told me he will wait till the last bag arrives on the belt.
Wood and lake´s, that´s it
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The beach, ok, not the relaxed southern side example
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Narvik is just around the corner
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It´s not my first time in Narvik.
There is a shopping centre, Storsenter, with also some restaurants, sure the place to stay during our waiting time for the departure to Kiruna.
We´ve done a super expensive pizza at Joey´s, but ok no one forced us to go to Norway, isn´t it?.
One hour prior to departure we´ve decided to walk to the train station, where the ride on the northernmost train tracks, called the "Ofotline" should start.
Should start, yes, I hope so.
These tracks are built to shuttle the iron ore from the worlds largest underground ore mine in Kiruna to the ice free harbour of Narvik.
Have I said shout start?.
Take a peek at the Rutetabeller and especially that notice Buss Kjores, no every prayer doesn´t help, the train is cancelled and they want to bring us by bus to Kiruna. By bus, oh no, I dislike it to go by bus especially on these route.
Scheduled departure is printed for 2.48 pm, scheduled arrival at 5.35 pm, now we will see how long the bus ride take´s.
Let me say, Jan was also not amused to follow this
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The map
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Passenger traffic
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And iron ore haulage
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Old and new engines
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It doesn´t seems like a problem with the tracks at all
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Heavy haulage on approach
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Kiruna, that´s where we want to go
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What a nice snowbird logo
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Katterat, named by a station on the Ofotline, helps as the second engine
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Katterat, iore 111
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How to carry iron ore
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Two heavies, around the heaviest examples on engines around the world
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Katterat en detail
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The fare is incredible, 0.50 Euro´s for Jan, no joke, 50.00 Cent´s only and 10.00 Euro´s for me.
We secured the first row in the bus.
More and more pax arrived and the driver has for sure a tough job today with a good number of travellers complaing about the cancelled train service.
He told us that the train is running all the way from Stockholm to Narvik and is several hours late, so the train company decides to turn around the train in Kiruna and pick us up by bus.
No, this is definitely not a Festbuss for the two of us
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That´s where we coming from
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And these are the tracks close to Riksgränsen, the border between Norway and Sweden under the avalanche protection cover
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Oldfashioned train stations
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Not that much traffic and very low clouds
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A thousand of waterfalls
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Abisko anyone?
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Very low clouds
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That´s the bus at Kiruna station, let me say also soaking wet here
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Good to see the taxi companies adverts here, called one and not that long thereafter we´re at the hotel, the Scandic Ferrum, sure the place to stay here
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Room overview
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In the case of no clouds, that´s the iron ore mine in this direction
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1102/S1102144.jpg
Well, me at the hotels top floor viewing deck without a view today
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1102/S1102142.jpg
Nice and comfy seaters, sure ok to take a break here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1102/S1102194.jpg
Done another super expensive dinner at the hotel´s grill restaurant, but anyway who forced us to go to Sweden?.
Nobody!.

Some good hours to sleep now and I truly hope, that tomorrows schedule working on time.
It´s another long travel day ahead with a view into mother earth and some hours on the train bound for Umea, but that´s another story, coming up soon.

And what about Mr.S., the usually relaxed guy from the scheduling department?. He´s on summer vacation right now, any idea where he decided to spend his time?.

Comments welcome, no question,
FLIEGER67 or Markus Klaus Felger, the way Facebook know´s me.



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User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 15968 times:

Hello Markus,

thanks for sharing your familiy trip with us. Also very nice pictures of the Scandinavian landscape. Sorry for getting on the F100 twice.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I´am infected by these lazy afternoon departures.

Oh, the horror! Markus is getting soft!  Wow!
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Well, let me ask my travel companion about his opinion.

Great to see you communcating with someone other than Mr. S  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
One hour prior to departure we´ve decided to walk to the train station, where the ride on the northernmost train tracks, called the "Ofotline" should start.

Actually, just last week I looked into flights up there as well, also motivated by the Kiruna railway. It seems I am kind of missing some European winter climate here in Bolivia. A shame the railway journey did not work out as planned.




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Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This story is especially dedicated to my dad, he´s now at a better place

A very nice dedication. I wish you, your son and your family all the best and all the guidance you might need in this time of need.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 15908 times:

Hallo Markus, great report!

Seems like you and your son had a nice trip up to our northern latitudes. Those places are quite exotic for me as well, suppose the distance from ARN to KRN is roughly the same as ARN to Europe.

The KLM Crown Lounge looked very goed as always, must perhaps be one of the best lounges in Europe. Hope to visit it soon, at some point in the future.

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 15798 times:

Hey, nice to see some comments.


@O.:

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

thanks for sharing your familiy trip with us. Also very nice pictures of the Scandinavian landscape.

Thank you.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

Oh, the horror! Markus is getting soft!

Well, from time to time!.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

Great to see you communcating with someone other than Mr. S

Sure the way sometimes.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

Actually, just last week I looked into flights up there as well, also motivated by the Kiruna railway. It seems I am kind of missing some European winter climate here in Bolivia. A shame the railway journey did not work out as planned.

Pretty good to know, that´s for sure an interesting area up there.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

A very nice dedication. I wish you, your son and your family all the best and all the guidance you might need in this time of need.

Thanx a lot, warm welcomed.


@Jonas:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):


Hallo Markus, great report!

Seems like you and your son had a nice trip up to our northern latitudes. Those places are quite exotic for me as well, suppose the distance from ARN to KRN is roughly the same as ARN to Europe.

Thank you and for sure that was a really nice trip to Norway and Sweden.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):

The KLM Crown Lounge looked very goed as always, must perhaps be one of the best lounges in Europe. Hope to visit it soon, at some point in the future.

Definitely the place to go if ever possible around AMS, one of the best lounges in Europe from my point of view.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15760 times:

Hi Markus,

nice report of your way up north.
Sure the F100 is a rare bird, but catching twice the same reg is so rare, that it isn't fun anymore.
Kiruna is a destination not very well covered here, so thanks for giving us an inside.
And also nice for Mr S. that he has finally some time without looking at nearly impossible flight options.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
Johannes


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15488 times:

Hi Markus!

Great to see a tripreport about my current hometown of Kiruna! I liked the pictures from the places between Narvik and Kiruna, been to all of those places many times! Only been all the way to Narvik one time though. Too bad that the train wasn't running, although the road between Riksgränsen and Kiruna has been awarded the title "Most scenic road in Sweden" so atleast you can brag about that!
And besides, the road is right next to the railroad most of the time, so you didn't miss out on too much.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
No OLCI, I´am for sure not pleased with these situation at Norwegian.
If someone knows the reason, I´am interested.

Not really sure why they don't offer OLCI, but indeed it's bad.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
What a nice snowbird logo

Kiruna is actually Sami for the Swedish word "Ripa", and that's what the bird is called in Swedish.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Scandic Ferrum, sure the place to stay here

Good choice, I believe it's the best hotel in town! Atleast it has the best views in town, when it isn't foggy.

// Martin in Kiruna


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15431 times:

Hey, good to see more comments.


@Johannes:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 7):

nice report of your way up north.
Sure the F100 is a rare bird, but catching twice the same reg is so rare, that it isn't fun anymore.

Thank you and for sure the point with the Fokker.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 7):
Kiruna is a destination not very well covered here, so thanks for giving us an inside.

Sure my intention, you know.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 7):
nd also nice for Mr S. that he has finally some time without looking at nearly impossible flight options.

Hah, that´s his job, definitely!.


@Martin:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
Great to see a tripreport about my current hometown of Kiruna! I liked the pictures from the places between Narvik and Kiruna, been to all of those places many times! Only been all the way to Narvik one time though. Too bad that the train wasn't running, although the road between Riksgränsen and Kiruna has been awarded the title "Most scenic road in Sweden" so atleast you can brag about that!
And besides, the road is right next to the railroad most of the time, so you didn't miss out on too much.

Thank you and good point with the scenic road, it feels better this way.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):

Not really sure why they don't offer OLCI, but indeed it's bad.

Definitely.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):

Kiruna is actually Sami for the Swedish word "Ripa", and that's what the bird is called in Swedish.

Thanx again, very good to know.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
ood choice, I believe it's the best hotel in town! Atleast it has the best views in town, when it isn't foggy.

Sure my point, a real good place to stay.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6549 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15426 times:

Hi Markus !

Thanks for a nice report with very nice pictures !

Too bad you got on the same F100 twice the same day......that's really bad luck!

Nice pictures from the road between Narvik and Kiruna and too bad the train got cancelled......Nice to see the train carrying the ore to Narvik and interesting to see that the mining company have their own trains (LKAB is the name of it)

I have never been to Kiruna but my mom is from a town close to Pitea which is close to Lulea where I used to fly every summer as a child. Perhaps that part of the trip will be covered in your next installment.

Sad to hear about your dad.

Take care and looking forward to the next part!

The777Man



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15410 times:

Hi Markus,

Good to read about your northern adventures, despite getting the same F100 twice (what were the chances of that?). And as for the bus substitute, I would not have been amused either. It must have been such a disappointment for you both after travelling so far.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This story is especially dedicated to my dad, he´s now at a better place

I'm glad you wrote that. I'm sure he would be very touched.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
More or less dictated by my son who preselected the objectives. But anyway sure, six flights on three airlines, four plane types and no question, a new departure airport, so it seems worth the way to go, isn´t it?.

Sounds good to me. He's learning!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It doesn´t feels like that she enjoys her stay at the airport this early afternoon like we do.

Seems she got out of bed on the wrong side that day. Shame you didn't get the seats you wanted.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It´s a small place, but the first time for my son, so definitely a obligation to go

Is that him hiding in the corner?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It feels somewhat strange to follow these Deutsche Bahn style plane operated by TuiFly

What a horrible livery! Made even worse by the yellow engine & winglet.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Generous legroom on these oldfashioned plane

What I love most about the F100.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Delicious treats, sure ok for this short hop, together with free drinks

Ah, but were they delicious? Or just standard airline nibbles?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The bus slowed down and now it´s me to send a number of prayers to the Federal Chancellor, the Dalai Lama, the Greece Minister of Finance and no, also not the leader of the World Health Organization knows the way to help.

I think the Greek minister of finance has bigger problems!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Another opinion by my son now?.
"Lounge travelling is the best!".

He's learning, he's learning!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Quite honestly, you know, I´am for sure the charming I have no idea where to go traveller.
"Sorry, I´am on travel with my son, is there another line where it´s possible to leave our luggage?. We´re checked in by the self service kiosks".

That made me smile! It's bad though, that there are no bag drop desks, although Norwegian aren't the only airline guilty of this.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´ve payed the ticket, 25 Euro´s,

Whoa, 25euros! No doubt what conutry you're in then...but nobody made you  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And what about Mr.S., the usually relaxed guy from the scheduling department?. He´s on summer vacation right now, any idea where he decided to spend his time?.

I bet he went somewhere warm & sunny. Greece?

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15390 times:

Hi, nice to see more comments.

@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):

Thanks for a nice report with very nice pictures !

Too bad you got on the same F100 twice the same day......that's really bad luck!

Thank youa nd sure the case with the F100 here.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Nice pictures from the road between Narvik and Kiruna and too bad the train got cancelled......Nice to see the train carrying the ore to Narvik and interesting to see that the mining company have their own trains (LKAB is the name of it)

More LKAB inside is coming up with the next story.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):

I have never been to Kiruna but my mom is from a town close to Pitea which is close to Lulea where I used to fly every summer as a child. Perhaps that part of the trip will be covered in your next installment.

Sounds really good.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):

Sad to hear about your dad.

Thanx for you´re kind words.


@Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

Good to read about your northern adventures, despite getting the same F100 twice (what were the chances of that?). And as for the bus substitute, I would not have been amused either. It must have been such a disappointment for you both after travelling so far.

Thank you and sure the case with the bus service here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

I'm glad you wrote that. I'm sure he would be very touched.

Thanx for you´re kind words, you know.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

Sounds good to me. He's learning!

Definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

Seems she got out of bed on the wrong side that day. Shame you didn't get the seats you wanted.

That might be the reason.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

Is that him hiding in the corner?

It is.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

What a horrible livery! Made even worse by the yellow engine & winglet.

Also my opinion, not award winning design here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

What I love most about the F100.

Count me in, you know.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

Ah, but were they delicious? Or just standard airline nibbles?

More the standard examples.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

I think the Greek minister of finance has bigger problems!

Good point, so it seems.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

He's learning, he's learning!

Yes, he is!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

That made me smile! It's bad though, that there are no bag drop desks, although Norwegian aren't the only airline guilty of this.

And with the Loco concept it´s more strange to follow.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

Whoa, 25euros! No doubt what conutry you're in then...but nobody made you

Kids for free on the other hand side.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

I bet he went somewhere warm & sunny. Greece?

Good idea, everywhere, where it´s possible to fit in a comfy chair and do simply nothing!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15328 times:

Hi Markus,

nice report with a some very nice pictures. Too bad the weather wasn't that pleasant, but well, you have to expect that in these Northern latitudes even in summer. Very nice to have a little father-son-trip like this. I can imagine he enjoys traveling and flying as much as you do. And great to take him into the lounges as well, must sure be something special for a boy in his age.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Warm welcomed, this is one of the very few F100 examples left in the KL fleet

Mmh, that would have been quite disappointing for me since I have never been in a F70 and that type is quite rare.


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Sure ok to fly the F100 again, but not PH-OFM exactly

What are the odds to get two equipment changes in one day and then even the same plane twice.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Pictured from the hotel room, let me say well located four our needs

Certainly a great view from a hotel room. May I ask how much the room was (this being Norway and an airport hotel and all)?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
On short finals

Very nice pictures, the clouds make them even more dramatic.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
By bus, oh no, I dislike it to go by bus especially on these route.

Oh dear, another disappointment. To have the chance to ride on such a special train route and then this. I can imagine how you felt. But then, judging from the pictures, even from the bus the views were quite stunning.

Looking forward to read about your return trip  

CaptainRed


User currently offlineegilsml From Norway, joined Feb 2007, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15222 times:

Hello Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
10.25 am, 15 minutes ahead to schedule, 12 degrees only and soaking wet to say the least

Welcome to northern Norway. This year we brooked all records in bad weather. Pouring down every day(So it feels)

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Not that I´am running a little bit nervous here.
The one and only bus service to Narvik which fits to our next departure is waiting outside and it needs ages till the first bag arrives.
Well, the whitehaired driver is a cool one.

This is pretty much the norm in the northern region. More laid back than southern region.
Looking forward to the continuation  

MVH
Egil Lamoey
Alta, Norway


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15174 times:

Hi, good to see more comments.


@M.:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

nice report with a some very nice pictures. Too bad the weather wasn't that pleasant, but well, you have to expect that in these Northern latitudes even in summer. Very nice to have a little father-son-trip like this. I can imagine he enjoys traveling and flying as much as you do. And great to take him into the lounges as well, must sure be something special for a boy in his age.

Thank you and for sure, my son was ok with this trip.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

Mmh, that would have been quite disappointing for me since I have never been in a F70 and that type is quite rare.

Well, the F70 is also less covered here, but the F100 was still ok.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

What are the odds to get two equipment changes in one day and then even the same plane twice.

Definitely my opinion, from a nice comparison between old and new to the same reg twice.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

Certainly a great view from a hotel room. May I ask how much the room was (this being Norway and an airport hotel and all)?

Not that cheap but with around 100,00 Euros B&B ok, same with the Scandic in Kiruna.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

Very nice pictures, the clouds make them even more dramatic.

Thanx again.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

Oh dear, another disappointment. To have the chance to ride on such a special train route and then this. I can imagine how you felt. But then, judging from the pictures, even from the bus the views were quite stunning.

That was sure the case here, I prefer the train but also the views from the bus, really interesting.


@Egil:

Quoting egilsml (Reply 14):

Welcome to northern Norway. This year we brooked all records in bad weather. Pouring down every day(So it feels)

Thank you and so it was not only me to feel some more sun is needed immediatelly.

Quoting egilsml (Reply 14):

This is pretty much the norm in the northern region. More laid back than southern region.
Looking forward to the continuation

Good to know and also my impression, much more relaxed people up the north.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 15137 times:

Hello Flieger67

Nice report to an unusual destination, exactly what I like!
I haven't seen EVE covered here yet - at least I don't remember it.

Pity about the bus substitution, I personally would not have been happy either.

Looking forward to part 2.

Best regards,
LXM83


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1681 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14886 times:
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Hi Markus (and Jan  ),

Very cool to see your yearly father/son ‘timeout’ popping up here. Too bad you were on a bad start: 2x the same aircraft, a cancelled train ride and last but not least: no summer weather (at least not until now). But hey, if you son’s OK with that, who are you to complain about it, right?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This story is especially dedicated to my dad, he´s now at a better place

I’m sorry to hear he has passed away. My deepest condolences to you and the family Markus, I hope he may he rest in peace.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
More or less dictated by my son who preselected the objectives

Mr S Junior on duty today?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It feels somewhat strange to follow these Deutsche Bahn style plane operated by TuiFly

That’s cool: a livery from the competition! I haven’t seen this one before.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Push back with another F100 on the same way

The famous and notorious Contact Air F100?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Not that much time left for our next flight from gate B04

Hey, it’ features walking distances to the gate? Very clever.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Leg no. 24 on type and shudder, the second time here.

  That’s really a put-off…

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I was in contact with the hotel, the Comfort Hotel Runway

What a very nice hotel, not to speak of it’s location!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
20 meters Ryanairesque style powerwalking and we´re first inline to drop our bag by the cute girl. Ready for security. Now it seems we´re really lucky.

You know Markus, sometimes it really pays off to be a little assertive  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´ve payed the ticket, 25 Euro´s

Ouch, that’s very steep!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The fare is incredible, 0.50 Euro´s for Jan, no joke, 50.00 Cent´s only and 10.00 Euro´s for me.

One time prices are very high, another time they are a laugh   

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And what about Mr.S., the usually relaxed guy from the scheduling department?. He´s on summer vacation right now, any idea where he decided to spend his time?

Hmm, I have no clue. You tell me?

Sultanils



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User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1205 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14429 times:

Hola Markus!

Thanks for this inspiring TR up North.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This story is especially dedicated to my dad, he´s now at a better place

Nice dedication, a great way to start your Trip report with a very meaningful thought. I am sure your father will appreciate it.

Great to see you spend some flights with young Markus on your way up there, it seems he is pretty good at designing itineraries, isn't he?

He picked up a great land, with great scenery and nice planes.

I have flown some Fokkers and they are really great planes, I like the rocket style take-offs they perform; they were quite dated inside, more or less like yours, but I remember legroom being great, at least on the LX--2L ones.

Looking forward to seeing the return soon.

Salut!

Roger

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 19, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14395 times:

Hi Markus,

More travel to the northern latitudes - something which I've learned you like a lot. Just how come you never do it in the wintertime? Come up here when there's lots of snow everywhere to get the authentic Northern experience (plus to be awed in the way airports stay functional in pretty much every weather!).

Very nice pictures from your ride between Narvik and Kiruna, something I've been thinking about doing as well at some point. Just a shame it was in a *bus* instead of the intended train, but like Martin put it - the views are pretty much the same, apparently.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This story is especially dedicated to my dad, he´s now at a better place

May he rest in piece. But you know, every time you are sitting in a plane you are just a bit closer to him, up there!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Here is todays routing:

You had me fooled for a while with that NVK - I thought you had sneaked in some WF segments!

PS. for northern latitudes where it wants to default to that spherical map view which is basically unreadable use the "Rectangular (Plate Carree)" Projection selection in GCM! Works so much better.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
17 A/C is offered by the grumpy female agent after my request, ok so far, the two seater behind the wing and in front of the engine.

Ahh, nothing like starting a trip with someone in a bad mood.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It feels somewhat strange to follow these Deutsche Bahn style plane operated by TuiFly

Hey, that looks very nice! A great idea!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Warm welcomed, this is one of the very few F100 examples left in the KL fleet

Hah, I thought that all the 100s were already gone, coincidentally just yesterday, a few hours before I read your report Eric told me that there indeed are still three of them left at the KLC fleet!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Sure the F100 is a good catch here, but I like lounge living, that´s something for me!".

Hmm, I think you are spoiling your son. Soon he will be doing his own mileage and segment runs, booking them with your credit card of course!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The bus slowed down and now it´s me to send a number of prayers to the Federal Chancellor, the Dalai Lama, the Greece Minister of Finance and no, also not the leader of the World Health Organization knows the way to help.

You forgot Michael O'Leary!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
As far as I was pleased to see the soon to retire F100 at STR, as far I was not amused to disembark the bus after riding along a thousand of planes on the apron till this plane.

That's very bad. But then again if you think of the odds you sure were a winner that day - it is like a mini lottery win!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Ok, this is the safety card

I think we saw that already.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Delicious deli, selected for me. Well, in this case together with free drinks

Hmm, that looks quite good actually. But knowing you you probably didn't touch it?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
8.00 Euro´s, kids free, ok so far.

That's steep for an airport shuttle with a very short distance. But then again, nobody forced you to go to Norway.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The hotel

Ugly.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Scandic design at it´s best

Much, much nicer inside. Very nice actually. Just can't understand what they did with the exterior!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
If someone knows the reason, I´am interested.

I actually asked the CEO, Bjørn Kjos about it back in March - but he didn't really understand the whole point. He just kept explaining that you can use your mobile ticket to board the plane and do a sort of auto check in. Yeah well you might, but that means you are stuck with your preassigned seat, of course. Which is nice for DY as it forces you to pony up some money for a reserved seat, but not nice for the rest of us!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Also the line at the standard check-in desks is terrible,

Ahh, that's the quintessential Gardermoen experience. The Norwegians just are such keen travelers - that place is ALWAYS packed.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
New stlye thin seaters in the last row for us, me in 31E. The aisle remains open with a load close to 100%

No Sky Interior?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
10.25 am, 15 minutes ahead to schedule, 12 degrees only and soaking wet to say the least

Well, that's Norway for you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
We´ve done a super expensive pizza at Joey´s, but ok no one forced us to go to Norway, isn´t it?.

Remember my advice: if you want to eat something at a reasonable cost in Norway, get some hot dogs from the convenience stores. Well, they cost the same as a Big Mac in a normal country like Germany, but that's Norway for you. The selections are quite awesome as well, so you can live a few days on those.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Scheduled departure is printed for 2.48 pm, scheduled arrival at 5.35 pm, now we will see how long the bus ride take´s.

That's a bugger. But well, just go back and try again. Maybe do the ultimate Scandinavian train ride: Hamburg - Copenhagen - Stockholm - Kiruna - Narvik, then fly NVK-BOO with WF and continue with the train Bodo - Trondheim - Oslo - Kristiansand - Stavanger. How about that?  

Looking forward to part two with some dark mine pics.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 14368 times:

Hey Markus ,
What a really nice read and report   Love the KLM Lounge in AMS . Would like to try that sometime. Also nice Dutch design on the deli . Nice to get on the F100 also . Last time I was on one was KLM UK BFS-AMS ! Thats years ago lol...

Thanks for the really nice photos.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 14318 times:

Hi, good to see more comments.


@J.:

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 16):

Nice report to an unusual destination, exactly what I like!
I haven't seen EVE covered here yet - at least I don't remember it.

Thank you, it seems like EVE is new here.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 16):

Pity about the bus substitution, I personally would not have been happy either.

Definitely no pleasure this time.


@Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

Very cool to see your yearly father/son ‘timeout’ popping up here. Too bad you were on a bad start: 2x the same aircraft, a cancelled train ride and last but not least: no summer weather (at least not until now). But hey, if you son’s OK with that, who are you to complain about it, right?

Thank you, he was ok with the whole trip this way.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

I’m sorry to hear he has passed away. My deepest condolences to you and the family Markus, I hope he may he rest in peace.

Nice words, warm welcomed.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

Mr S Junior on duty today?

Sure the case.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

That’s cool: a livery from the competition! I haven’t seen this one before.

Feels like something special, train on the plane.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

The famous and notorious Contact Air F100?

That´s it!.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

Hey, it’ features walking distances to the gate? Very clever.

Also my way, a good idea.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

  That’s really a put-off…

You know my opinion.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

What a very nice hotel, not to speak of it’s location!

Sure the perfect place to stay around the airport.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

You know Markus, sometimes it really pays off to be a little assertive

Good point here.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

Ouch, that’s very steep!

It´s Norway and there is no competition.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

One time prices are very high, another time they are a laugh

Sweden is much better this way.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

Hmm, I have no clue. You tell me?

Everywhere, where you fit in a comfy chair on the sunny balcony and do simply nothing!.


@Roger:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 18):

Thanks for this inspiring TR up North.

Thank you.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 18):

Nice dedication, a great way to start your Trip report with a very meaningful thought. I am sure your father will appreciate it.

Nice words, warm welcomed, I know he follow us from up in the sky.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 18):

Great to see you spend some flights with young Markus on your way up there, it seems he is pretty good at designing itineraries, isn't he?

He picked up a great land, with great scenery and nice planes.

I will show him you´re comment, it was his idea to go this way.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 18):

I have flown some Fokkers and they are really great planes, I like the rocket style take-offs they perform; they were quite dated inside, more or less like yours, but I remember legroom being great, at least on the LX--2L ones.

Count me in, exactly my opinion with the ´100´s.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 18):

Ich war sehr böse mit Spanischen Wahlen Ergebnis gestern

Die Zeitungen in Deutschland sind voll davon heute.


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

More travel to the northern latitudes - something which I've learned you like a lot. Just how come you never do it in the wintertime? Come up here when there's lots of snow everywhere to get the authentic Northern experience (plus to be awed in the way airports stay functional in pretty much every weather!).

Thank you and sure I should do something like this sometimes.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Very nice pictures from your ride between Narvik and Kiruna, something I've been thinking about doing as well at some point. Just a shame it was in a *bus* instead of the intended train, but like Martin put it - the views are pretty much the same, apparently.

So it feels a little bit better this way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

May he rest in piece. But you know, every time you are sitting in a plane you are just a bit closer to him, up there!

Nice words, warm welcomed, thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

You had me fooled for a while with that NVK - I thought you had sneaked in some WF segments!

PS. for northern latitudes where it wants to default to that spherical map view which is basically unreadable use the "Rectangular (Plate Carree)" Projection selection in GCM! Works so much better.

Not this time with WF and I´ve done some experiments with the GCM, so this was the result.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Ahh, nothing like starting a trip with someone in a bad mood.

And especially with these background.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Hey, that looks very nice! A great idea!

Train on the plane, sure something special.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Hah, I thought that all the 100s were already gone, coincidentally just yesterday, a few hours before I read your report Eric told me that there indeed are still three of them left at the KLC fleet!

Count me in, also my opinion till I saw this plane at the gate.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Hmm, I think you are spoiling your son. Soon he will be doing his own mileage and segment runs, booking them with your credit card of course!

I better don´t show him this comment!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

You forgot Michael O'Leary!

Next time, next time!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

That's very bad. But then again if you think of the odds you sure were a winner that day - it is like a mini lottery win!

Good point here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

I think we saw that already.

I´ve want to do it in sarcastic way!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Hmm, that looks quite good actually. But knowing you you probably didn't touch it?

Not on the plane, but later on.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

That's steep for an airport shuttle with a very short distance. But then again, nobody forced you to go to Norway.

No competition and don´t talk about a taxi ride.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Ugly.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Much, much nicer inside. Very nice actually. Just can't understand what they did with the exterior!

It feels much better inside, freshly designed.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

I actually asked the CEO, Bjørn Kjos about it back in March - but he didn't really understand the whole point. He just kept explaining that you can use your mobile ticket to board the plane and do a sort of auto check in. Yeah well you might, but that means you are stuck with your preassigned seat, of course. Which is nice for DY as it forces you to pony up some money for a reserved seat, but not nice for the rest of us!

Definitely another point of view with these thing, but sure not mine.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Ahh, that's the quintessential Gardermoen experience. The Norwegians just are such keen travelers - that place is ALWAYS packed.

So it looks like, a thousand of people around.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

No Sky Interior?

Not here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Well, that's Norway for you.

So it feels like.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Remember my advice: if you want to eat something at a reasonable cost in Norway, get some hot dogs from the convenience stores. Well, they cost the same as a Big Mac in a normal country like Germany, but that's Norway for you. The selections are quite awesome as well, so you can live a few days on those.

Jan was in need for a pizza, no chance for something else.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

That's a bugger. But well, just go back and try again. Maybe do the ultimate Scandinavian train ride: Hamburg - Copenhagen - Stockholm - Kiruna - Narvik, then fly NVK-BOO with WF and continue with the train Bodo - Trondheim - Oslo - Kristiansand - Stavanger. How about that?

Now that´s interesting, something for me, definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Looking forward to part two with some dark mine pics.

Something like this?:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1102/S1102189.jpg


@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):

What a really nice read and report

Thank you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
Love the KLM Lounge in AMS . Would like to try that sometime

Sure the place to go, give it a try.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
Nice to get on the F100 also . Last time I was on one was KLM UK BFS-AMS ! Thats years ago lol...

Hey, really interesting.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14007 times:

Dear Markus,

First of all my condolences of the loss of your father. May he rest in peace and always be in great remembrance of everyone who loves him. I wish you, your son and family a lot of courage and wisdom.

I can only applaud your dedication to your father. This report does express family value. Apart from the dedication, your son was in charge of the itinerary, the family took care of the airport shuttle and first lounge visit with your son. I really like his remarks:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
"Sure the F100 is a good catch here, but I like lounge living, that´s something for me!".
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
"Lounge travelling is the best!".

It is sooo you!  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Flying around Indonesia from 25.07.2002 with Pelita Air Service
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
No, not today

I hope that you will fly Finnair A330 to Singapore and onward to Indonesia with your family one day.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Well, this view is only possible from an rear cabin aisle seat, isn´t it?.

Shorts, shorts everywhere. I am about missing that season.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Delicious treats

Wrapped in a nice packing.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
The bus slowed down and now it´s me to send a number of prayers to the Federal Chancellor, the Dalai Lama, the Greece Minister of Finance and no, also not the leader of the World Health Organization knows the way to help.

  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Delicious deli, selected for me

It looks delicious. What did KL have on offer?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Finger disembarking for the last time now today

What a nice air bridge design.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Pictured from the hotel room, let me say well located four our needs

It reminds me of our hotel room at Ibis CDG.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Well, these traveller looks like a bit lazy here on this cool chair the next morning

If he would say the chair was comfortable, I believe him.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Hah, she´s going to open an new desk one row before the original DY desks.
"Jan, come one, that´s the way to go".
20 meters Ryanairesque style powerwalking and we´re first inline to drop our bag by the cute girl.

Well done!   


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
he told me he will wait till the last bag arrives on the belt.

What a charming guy.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
No, this is definitely not a Festbuss for the two of us

I can imagine that.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Well, me at the hotels top floor viewing deck without a view today

Yours truly. Nevertheless, I am sure both of you had great time together.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
And what about Mr.S., the usually relaxed guy from the scheduling department?. He´s on summer vacation right now, any idea where he decided to spend his time?.

Indonesia?  


Once again, what a beautiful dedication. So touching from the beginning until the end. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Warmest regards,
Suryo



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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 454 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 13950 times:
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Markus,

whats there to say? I just love this trip report! Thanks for the beautiful Scandinavian pics  
You're so lucky having two F100s on one day (KLM Fokkers that is)...
And it's nice to see the sister of LN-BRI which I've flown on a few weeks ago.

Thanks and as always, looking forward to the next TR  

Niek.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13848 times:

Hey, nice to see more comments.


@Suryo:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):
First of all my condolences of the loss of your father. May he rest in peace and always be in great remembrance of everyone who loves him. I wish you, your son and family a lot of courage and wisdom.

Nice and appropriate words, warm welcomed, thank you.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

I can only applaud your dedication to your father. This report does express family value. Apart from the dedication, your son was in charge of the itinerary, the family took care of the airport shuttle and first lounge visit with your son. I really like his remarks:
Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

It is sooo you!

Thanx again and I hope my son will follow me on the airliner tracks.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

I hope that you will fly Finnair A330 to Singapore and onward to Indonesia with your family one day.

Good point, will do so.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

Shorts, shorts everywhere. I am about missing that season.

Count me in.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

Wrapped in a nice packing.

Sure ok this way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

It looks delicious. What did KL have on offer?

It was a cheese sandwich, exactly my choice here.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

What a nice air bridge design.

Well done at OSL.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

It reminds me of our hotel room at Ibis CDG.

Ibis, that might be true.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

If he would say the chair was comfortable, I believe him.

So it was.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

Well done!

Also my opinion, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

What a charming guy.

Like a good number of people up there.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

I can imagine that.

Sure the case here.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

Yours truly. Nevertheless, I am sure both of you had great time together.

Definitely.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):

Indonesia?

If it´s possible to fit in a comfy chair on the balcony and do nothing, that´s for sure the place for him!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):
Once again, what a beautiful dedication. So touching from the beginning until the end. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Warmest regards,
Suryo

Once more thanx retour, really nice words.


@Niek:

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 23):

whats there to say? I just love this trip report! Thanks for the beautiful Scandinavian pics  

Thank you.

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 23):
You're so lucky having two F100s on one day (KLM Fokkers that is)...
And it's nice to see the sister of LN-BRI which I've flown on a few weeks ago.

Definitely and good to know about the SK plane.

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 23):

Thanks and as always, looking forward to the next TR

Already on the production line.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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25 stipica : Hi Markus and Jan ! I see that the apple does not fall far from the tree ... hehehehe ... Jan is a cleverly decided to go to expensive Scandinavia at
26 FLIEGER67 : Zdravo, stipica, Thank you and for sure he know´s the way to go. Really nice words, warm welcomed, thank you again. Greetings, Markus(FLIEGER67)
27 PlaneHunter : Hi Markus, interesting first part of your latest series. The landscape looks nice up there. It's always bad to get the same plane twice. My condolence
28 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hej Markus! Thanks for yet another interesting story and good to see your son also following in your footsteps! I am really sorry to hear this. May he
29 FLIEGER67 : Hey, nice to see more comments. @PH: Thank you and sure my opinion with the F100 twice, you know. Warm welcomed, thank you again. @R.: Thank you and s
30 Post contains images signol : Hi Markus, I'm sorry for your loss Still, it looks like the flying part at least was pleasant, shame the same aircraft operated both sectors but it's
31 FLIEGER67 : Hi, R., Nice words, warm welcomed, thank you. Definitely I will see it positive with the low number of F100´s still in the fleet. Hah, good point, th
32 MSS658 : Hi Markus nice trip report, thanks for sharing! Sorry about getting the same F100 twice, but good you got it before they are history! I liked the pics
33 FLIEGER67 : Hi, Marc, Thank you and good to know that you like the pictures. Greetings, Markus(FLIEGER67)
34 Post contains images Parton87 : Hej Markus! Thanks for the nice story! I have waited for this since you told me about this trip when we meet in CPH. It looks like you had a nice trip
35 Post contains images BAViscount : Hi Markus, Well that brought back some memories! Funny to think that it was with input and advice from you that I planned and booked my own trip to Ki
36 FLIEGER67 : Hey, nice to see more comments. @Robert: Thank you. Norway is indeed a worth to go place, definitely. Nice words, warm welcomed, you know. Exactly. Ba
37 aflyingkiwi : Hi Markus, Sorry about the relatively late reply, sounds like you & your son had a great day in the skies. I'm quite impressed by KLM's service, m
38 FLIEGER67 : Hello, aflyingkiwi, Thank you and sure ok this way also that late. Sure KL was ok here. Definitely, take a good couple of Kronors with you. Nice words
39 mxp : Hi Markus first of all my warm condolances for your father to u and ur family. In fact i think when u fly u are always a bit near him(this is what i t
40 FLIEGER67 : Ciao, Alberto, Nice words, really warm welcomed. Thank you, count me in for the train interest also and sure Norway is a place to go definitely. Greet
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