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Part III: Bodø, And A Widerøe Dash 8 To Tromsø  
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2277 posts, RR: 7
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8239 times:

Part III: Bodø, and a Widerøe Dash 8 to Tromsø.

Last time, I left off in Trondheim, after visiting the city; the hotel, P-Hotels Brattora, was decent accommodation at a reasonable price (695 NOK), but more than in OSL due to the number of hotels in Trondheim being much less than that in Oslo. The room was a decent size and the Nordic-style decoration made it look bigger than a cluttered Southern European style would. All in all, a decent hotel, next to the train station, but nothing spectacular. They hang the breakfast on the door handle, so when we exited the room around 7 am, we found it there and it was easy to take it to the train station as is—no fussing about. Well done!

Once we checked-out and made the long walk to the train station (as I said before, the next building over), we found our train to Bodo already there. Since we had bought tickets at separate times (299 NOK 3 months in advance, 399 NOK 2 months in advance), we had seats in different cars.

However, when I entered my assigned wagon, I found my seat occupied by some kids. Well, I thought I might be in the wrong place. In turns out, I was not, but that I was reseated in car 5, seat 20. Coincidentally M was also seated in car 5, so I was more than happy to move. Once I took my seat, I let her know about this development. We left soon thereafter. After the conductor checked that we had tickets (a bit of a problem here too—my ticket wasn't transferred to my new seat so the conductor had to go see the other conductor to check), we moved together since no one was seated next to me anyway. BTW, you can't choose seats when you buy tickets on NSB, at least for the special price ones. This is similar to what happens in Romania when you buy a train ticket on-line, so no problem. I got window seats anyway. However, I must say that train companies in general seem to suffer from a number of problems in organization. This transcends borders, as it were. The procedure was much easier than at Deutsche Bahn, where the ticket control was strict. Here in Norway, it was very fast and no one scrutinized anything.

Well, as you might know, Hell station is pretty close to Trondheim, and even closer to TRD:




Hell shopping center?


Views from between Trondheim and Bodo:




































Near the Arctic circle:









Overall a nice journey, albeit a long one (9h 50'), and not as scenic as the Oslo-Bergen train ride. It's still some nice scenery, just not as “impressive” as the other journey.

That leaves in Bodø, a small town in Northern Norway, beyond the Arctic circle, which means 24-hr daylight (though the Sun would go below the horizon for the first time in a long time that night). There are not that many hotels in Bodø, so the best deal I found was a non-refundable double room at the Radisson Blu Bodø, for 796 NOK. The hotel was not that new, but it was the highest class hotel I stayed at throughout this journey, and the check-in occurred quickly and without issue... The in-floor heating in the bathroom was intense and very pleasurable. No one wanted to exit the bathroom to go eat and visit the town  

We stopped to eat at Paviljongen, which is somewhere not exactly a full-service restaurant, in the sense that you got your own drinks/water, but the meal would be delivered to your table, with payment ahead of time at the bar. The food was good and for 175 NOK, I had a steak with potatoes, salad and a couple of sauces/dressings. Very good meal IMO, at a decent price for what I got. I suppose the meat wasn't as good as the meat at some steakhouses in the USA, but it was perhaps more flavorful all things considered. I'm a big fan of red meat, and this beef passed my trial by eating.

Afterwards we strolled around town until it got dark. Oh, yeah, that's right... It didn't, so we got back reasonably late. Bodø is a nice town, you could hear and see Dashes and Boeings taking off every once in a while, and the flowers were in full bloom so there was a pleasant aroma filling the air.

Here's the hotel:




From the restaurant:




Some islands off the coast:






Bodo's main attraction for non aviation fans:




Houses:




Mountains from the city park:





City hall:



Hotel room after our return (around midnight, then, I think—btw, the hotel was right next to a construction site, and they were hammering away even at midnight):





After a good night's sleep and with the confidence of having the airport just under a kilometer away, we headed to the Aviation Museum via the city park—checking-out and storing our bags in a room near the reception.





Random shots:








Control tower and airfield view:








F28 view and cockpit view:




The museum was split into two parts, civil and military, as well as the control tower part—arguably the most interesting since it gives a good view over BOO as well as what seemed to be a live ATC transmission, and the scheduled arrival times of aircraft here. Nice touches, and a good place to hang out for aviation geeks. I believe entry was 80 NOK with student discounts, an OK price all things considered. Since this is the holy grail for someone sharing this interest, it is well worth it, although the F28's missing engines disappointed me. The military part is arguably more interesting but since I'm more of a civil aviation fan (when am I gonna ride in a military jet, anyway?) I still liked the civilian part a bit more.

Afterwards we headed towards the airport via the hotel; even with bags the distance to the airport seemed reasonably short and it took just about 15 minutes to reach BOO. As we got within 200 meters of the airport it started to rain very lightly—on and off—it seems like we got there at the perfect time.

Airport shots:




FIDS:


Baggage claim:




They even had a shower room at BOO—Impressive!

After printing our boarding passes and dropping off our bags we headed towards security—not not before stopping to grab a bite at the restaurant they had. A special offer for an Asian dish (not really described, but it was an Indian curry IIRC) for 130 NOK (small portion) plus 29NOK for a small cup of tea. It's OK for an airport in Norway. The portion wasn't that small either, and it came with rice and bread. Very good, actually!

Dashes waiting on the apron—hey, look, the one towards the back is a -200, LN-WSC!


Security opened only one lane but there weren't many flights leaving BOO around that time so it went quite quickly.

Gate 16 for our flight to Stokmarknes/Skagen and Tromso:


DH4:


Inside BOO: not that scary:


Leaving:




WF846, BOO-SKN-TOS
Dash 8-100, LN-WIR
Seats: 6C/6D
first flights on a Dash and with WF

Seeing as Wideroe doesn't do assigned seating, I made sure to queue up nice and early; once the Dash arrived I took a couple of pictures and lined up at the gate. Looking at the weird placement it seemed not all rows would have a good window view so I wanted to avoid that—well, on board it was clear that indeed every row does at least offer a view outside, so no reason to rush  

Well, it was still a while before we were allowed to board—the pathway to the aircraft is covered but it's stairs only so passengers with reduced mobility had to take the staff elevator down and were led to the aircraft. This took a while but once everyone settled in, we were allowed to board. Don't think I heard English during the boarding process! Well, a flight to Stokmarknes probably doesn't see that many passengers that don't speak Norwegian.

With a 39-seat aircraft, the boarding process can't take that long—and it doesn't! Soon we were ready to go, boarding completed.

Safety demo—same as with SAS, done during Norwegian announcements, with an English summary afterwards.

LN-WIR








Legroom shot:


Dash 8 safety card:



Soon we were on our way, engines started and we headed towards the west for a runway 25 take-off. Of course, being a Dash, we didn't go all the way to the end of the runway, just an intersection take-off today. After probably 500 meters or so, we took-off. Seemed very fast, a 17 second take-off roll if I remember correctly. The flight time to SKN was announced as 25 minutes, and indeed, the time passed very quickly.

Taxiing:


Taking off:


Mountains/plateaus on our way to SKN:




Cabin view, looks lovely:


Details:


We were served a small chocolate by Wideroe, a nice touch, even on a 25-minute segment. Small and sweet indeed.

Meal on-board:














Soon it was time to approach SKN, which was, as you expect, quite scenic in itself. We descended through mountain peaks, went past the airport and then did what seemed like a very sharp 180 degree turn to line up with the 900 meter long runway at Stokmarknes. Landing was exciting, as it was the shortest runway I'd ever landed on.







SKN airport:




Almost there:


Little terminal building and tower:


All but 4 or 5 passengers disembarked at SKN out of the 39 that had been on the flight here (well 40, as I believe someone was in the jumpseat). That means that not many people choose these milk runs, I guess. Anyway, we were supposed to fly to ANX (Andenes), when I had booked this flight, before reaching TOS. However, WF adjusted their schedules and SKN-TOS became non-stop. What a shame  

The passengers from SKN embarked and I believe there are 37 passengers going to TOS today, just the backward-facing seats empty (I may be mis-remembering here, though). Flight time to TOS was not announced, but it was somewhere around 35-40 minutes, a bit longer than from BOO.

SKN terminal--arrivals to the left, departures to the right:


Cabin view in SKN:










Take-off on Skagen's miniature runway (we barely needed half of it!)






















The flight to TOS was scenic—and the weather was a bit better than at SKN, which meant better pictures. I had switched seats with M in SKN, so she had this view and took the pictures. You know me, I like airports of which no one has ever heard so I wanted the approach into SKN over that into TOS.

After we left SKN I went to investigate the lavatorial facilities... Shockingly, there was no place to wash your hands, just some wet towels IIRC. Well, there's not much room in the Dash!

Well, this is close:















Bye-bye:




Arrival in Tromso meant a bunch of picture taking of the apron and a bye-bye shot to LN-WIR, our old friend  

Arrival in Tromso:








We couldn't find the airport bus stop near TOS so we eventually bought tickets for the Airport Shuttle they had there—90NOK return, a bit too expensive for what it is. Then again, bus tickets would've been 56 NOK, so not a huge difference anyway. We were dropped off one block away from our hotel and walked there. The City Living Hotel provided us with a large-ish apartment (well, for a hotel room, anyway), for 790 NOK a night, complete with kitchen, cooking tools, etc. Not bad. The shower was awkwardly placed, so it might be a problem if you're not reasonably thin—you might not fit through the shower doors.

The bus stop is behind the parking lot. Not on the main road that passes by the airport, but on a street... You can't really see it from the airport, but it's there  

Hotel room/apartment:





Thanks for reading everyone, and comments are always appreciated!

Next part will feature pictures from Tromso, Longyearbyen, the SAS flight to LYR and maybe, (but probably not), the return to OSL.


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12 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7988 times:

Hello Alex

Great report, thanks for sharing it with us.
The norway landscaping looks FENOMENAL! Your report is put really high on the list to try out one day.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1791 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7963 times:

Hi Alex

What a great next installment. I'm rather enjoying your odyssey. Those pictures of yours of Norway are absolutely stunning, what beautiful countryside. It all looks so untouched.

Looking forward to the next escapade.

Cheers,
William


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6538 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7714 times:

Hi Alex !

Nice to see the third installment and very scenic again. Great also for you to catch the rare Dash 8-100.

Looking forward to the next part!

The777Man



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 7336 times:

Hey Alex,

Some more awesome photos of Norway. You are spoiling us.  
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Hell shopping center?

Ha! I bet over there in Norway they are not making such a big deal of the town's name and they don't sell souvenirs that say "I've been in Hell", "Greetings from Hell" and the like. There is a town in Michigan (also called Hell) that cashes-in big time by selling such merchandise...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
The military part is arguably more interesting but since I'm more of a civil aviation fan (when am I gonna ride in a military jet, anyway?) I still liked the civilian part a bit more.

I'm exactly the same . Military planes bore me to death. You can't pay me to to go to a military aviation museum.


I'm eagerly waiting for the Svalbard part of your trip. Even though a ton of a.netters have visited the place lately, looking at photos from there never gets old for me...

Thanks,

WBodyroga

PS: BOO looks awfully cute!



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 971 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7294 times:

Nice report again! The flights with WF seemed incredibly scenic indeed.

Is the scenery along the trainride between Trondheim and Bodo similar as the scenery between Bergen and Oslo? If you already did the train ride between Bergen and Oslo, is that ride to Bodo still worth the while? As you said, it's pretty long and less impressive then the Bergen ride.


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2277 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7034 times:

Thanks for your comments, Marc, William, The777Man, WideBodyroga and Robert!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):

Great report, thanks for sharing it with us.
The norway landscaping looks FENOMENAL! Your report is put really high on the list to try out one day.

Yes, it's amazing, and even better live. I would indeed suggest you put it near the top of your list  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
What a great next installment. I'm rather enjoying your odyssey. Those pictures of yours of Norway are absolutely stunning, what beautiful countryside. It all looks so untouched.

Looking forward to the next escapade.

Thanks very much, William. Yeah, it certainly looks pristine!

Hopefully that's going to come soon. I'm gonna start writing up the LYR trip today, if all goes well  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 3):
Nice to see the third installment and very scenic again. Great also for you to catch the rare Dash 8-100.

Looking forward to the next part!

Thanks very much; yeah, the Dash 8-100 is great to catch--managed to see a -200 too, even more rare!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Some more awesome photos of Norway. You are spoiling us.  

Thanks, S!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Ha! I bet over there in Norway they are not making such a big deal of the town's name and they don't sell souvenirs that say "I've been in Hell", "Greetings from Hell" and the like. There is a town in Michigan (also called Hell) that cashes-in big time by selling such merchandise...

I certainly didn't see any such souvenirs... Then again, I only passed through the train station  

But, Hell does freeze over, though I think the Michigan one does so more often  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
I'm exactly the same . Military planes bore me to death. You can't pay me to to go to a military aviation museum.

Yeah, since it's not something I'd get to experience, it's just not as interesting.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
I'm eagerly waiting for the Svalbard part of your trip. Even though a ton of a.netters have visited the place lately, looking at photos from there never gets old for me...

Hah, haven't seen better scenery yet, so totally alien! As they say, soon  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
PS: BOO looks awfully cute!

Yeah, comfortable seats, in an airport? What a novelty.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 5):

Nice report again! The flights with WF seemed incredibly scenic indeed.

Is the scenery along the trainride between Trondheim and Bodo similar as the scenery between Bergen and Oslo? If you already did the train ride between Bergen and Oslo, is that ride to Bodo still worth the while? As you said, it's pretty long and less impressive then the Bergen ride.

Thanks! Yeah, WF flights are great--the shorter the better.

Hmm... If I were to do it again, and if money was no object, I'd probably fly in to Mosjoen or Mo i Rana and take the train from there, just to go past the Arctic circle in the train... But of course that's more expensive, so it depends on your budget as well  


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26899 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6974 times:

Hi Alex  

Lovely series of reports. I love Norway . Im really looking forward to your photos of Tromso I loved it there on my trip .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6877 times:

Hi Alex!

Nice report again and nice to read the continuation of your Norway series.
Good to see you had a nice experience with WF, I recently tried them myself for the first time in the Dash 8-300.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Leaving:

Nice to see a DY 733, they don't have any of those at ARN anymore.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Seeing as Wideroe doesn't do assigned seating

Interesting, it was assigned seating on my flight. It was OSL-GOT though so they might have different procedures on International flights.

Martin


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6764 times:
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Hello Alex,

Nice 3rd part of this Norway series of yours. The scenery keeps on amazing me! The ride on that classic Dash looks pretty cool... and landing/taking off from a 900m long runway as well. Although I wouldn’t prefer a backward facing seat on any aircraft!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
and they were hammering away even at midnight

What do you expect when you have daylight during nighttime  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2277 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6653 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Hi Alex  

Lovely series of reports. I love Norway . Im really looking forward to your photos of Tromso I loved it there on my trip .
 

Hi Philip!  

Thanks! It's taking a bit longer than I thought, haha, but it will be up, I promise  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
Nice report again and nice to read the continuation of your Norway series.
Good to see you had a nice experience with WF, I recently tried them myself for the first time in the Dash 8-300.

Hi Martin, thanks a lot! Good to know about the Dash 8-300, still don't have one for my log.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
Nice to see a DY 733, they don't have any of those at ARN anymore.

Yeah, I suppose they need to send them to some smaller cities, with their numerous 738s nowadays.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
Interesting, it was assigned seating on my flight. It was OSL-GOT though so they might have different procedures on International flights.

Hmm, really? Well, I guess that is due to international flights having different procedures... good to know. Hadn't heard of this before  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Hello Alex,

Nice 3rd part of this Norway series of yours. The scenery keeps on amazing me! The ride on that classic Dash looks pretty cool... and landing/taking off from a 900m long runway as well. Although I wouldn’t prefer a backward facing seat on any aircraft!

Hi Nils,

Yes, well, it is Norway, they have a lot of coastline, a lot of mountains and a lot of very small airports so the Dashes do very well there. I'd take a back-facing seat once for the novelty, but probably only once 
Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
What do you expect when you have daylight during nighttime

Haha, well, people still need to sleep, even when there's sunlight at midnight 


Thanks very much for your comments, guys  


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 6246 times:

Hi Alex,

another good report with stunning pictures!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2277 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6134 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):

Hi Alex,

another good report with stunning pictures!


PH

Hi PH,

Thanks for your comments and appreciation!

-Alex

For posterity's sake I'll add a link to part IV, below:
Norway, Part IV: Tromsø Og Svalbard (by dc9northwest Aug 4 2012 in Trip Reports)


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