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Norway, Part IV: Tromsø Og Svalbard  
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2301 posts, RR: 7
Posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8403 times:

Norway, Part IV: Tromsø og Svalbard

Last time I left off in our Tromsø hotel, the City Living. We then went walking around central Tromsø for a bit, seeing as there was enough light out to make this pleasant  

Tromsø is a nice enough town to walk around, and there are enough sights to see for a couple of days, although we didn't get to see them all... More on that later.

The first night we had wonderful weather... So we enjoyed it to the fullest... The pictures below exemplify some of the scenery around Tromsø.

As for eating, the first night we ate at Pastafabrikken, or something like that, which offered mostly pasta and pizza at somewhere around 120-150 NOK depending on what you wanted on it. My pasta wasn't exactly what I expected, seemed to be a Norwegian spin somehow on the Italian dish. It wasn't bad, mind you, just different. I still ate it all (or almost). Food seemed to be more expensive in Tromsø than in other places, so it's ok. The place comes somewhat recommended, but perhaps I'd try something else next time (if I could find something else, at least). It did its job since we were reasonably hungry that evening.

Afterwards we headed to what I could call museum square—three museums almost next to each other, although they were all closed, since it was getting late, probably 10 pm or so. But as I said before, Norway's probably the place where museums impress least of all, compared to the surrounding nature, so no big deal. The Polar Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art (I think that's what it is) were in close proximity, basically just across the street from one another. Then we headed towards the theater and found a nice pier that extends towards Tromsdalen (where the Arctic Cathedral is located), nice for a walk and for some pictures. Afterwards, we stopped by a supermarket for some supplies and headed to the hotel for the night. Well, not exactly night, of course, with the 24-hr sunlight there.


The next day we did head to an Art Museum, which was free, but not all that impressive, and Tromsø's City Museum, which was quite tiny but was reasonably interesting. It was also free, nice deal, I suppose. We also planned a visit to the Botanical Garden as well as the Arctic Cathedral and the famous Cable Car in Tromsdalen.

Well, we decided to walk across the bridge, which was refreshing... And a bit scary looking down, haha. So, we reached the Arctic Cathedral and there I had a mild annoyance—tour buses everywhere, aaaaargh! The damn place was full of tourists and what's as bad, it was starting to rain! Ah, well, you can't expect brilliant weather all the time when in Norway. After everyone got out of the cathedral and back into the tour buses it was pleasant enough. Then, we decided to keep pushing onward towards the Cable Car, as it wasn't raining that bad (yet). It was a good idea, and we arrived just in time for the next departure. I didn't have my student ID on me so I had to pay the entire 120 NOK price. Student price is 95 NOK. Anyway, a quick ride later we were at the top of the mountain—and it was quite rainy up there, but we still walked to the rocky outcrop and took a few pictures—and you could even see planes landing at TOS—soon, the clouds overtook everything and visibility was reduced to around 50 meters, I'd say. Not great, but it was impossible to get lost. With 15 minutes to go until the next departure, we each grabbed a cup of tea for a bit of warmth. A hot tea is 25 NOK here, so on par with other places in Norway. Soon, it was time to go—yeah, it was raining quite heavily now—no more Botanisk Hage for us today, it seemed. We went back to the hotel, pretty much soaked by the rain. Crossing the bridge was particularly fun. Anyway, we achieved our goals for the day, and I even had time to read a couple of trip reports after a quick hot shower.

Next morning we were leaving to LYR—after an hour worth of walking around town we collected our bags from the hotel and checked-out. The bus station for the airport was only one block away and at 10:30 we were there and boarded the bus. In a few minutes we were at TOS.











Typical building:


Library:


Cathedral:




Selling some stuff:






Walking across the bridge:


Arctic Cathedral:



















Seats were chosen the day before—01E and 01F since M had never flown in the first row before. We printed our boarding passes and baggage tags at the SAS Self Service Check-in Desk and dropped off our bags.

Tromsø airport:

FIDS:


Nordavia flies here:


Overview:


After getting our boarding passes and dropping our bags off, we proceeded upstairs to head through security which, as expected, didn't take more than a couple of minutes. Well, it was still a bit too early and after taking a few pictures of the traffic at TOS we each got a sandwich for somewhere around 70 NOK. They had several options available at the only restaurant open at 11:00 am, not there are too many to begin with  

Well, by the time we finished eating, our 737-800 had arrived from OSL and everyone was disembarking (those going to LYR as well—you need to pass a passport control, or at least ID control for Norwegian citizens). Well, soon afterwards we headed downstairs for a gate 20 boarding procedure—this is located in the old part of the Tromso terminal. Passing passport control was quick and painless and we entered the waiting room, where we were advised to take the polar bear threat seriously and that rabies still existed on Svalbard.


DY 737:




Boarding gates (new side):


Hey, it's LN-WIR, old friend of mine:


Old part of the airport:


Waiting area:


More Wideroe:




Flight SK4414
Boeing 737-800
Reg: LN-RRT
STD/STA: 12:20/13:55
282nd flight

Time to board came soon. After seeing the boarding process started, and allowing some people to go first, we headed to the back of the queue. It didn't take too long and we were walking towards the 738. Soon we were on board and immediately got to our seats, 01E and 01F. Well, a Russian guy was already seated on 01D. We put some stuff upstairs and some stuff in the pocket in front of us. The SAS F/A didn't like that, although I've never had this problem on any other airline—not that that's saying anything seeing how much staff in the USA seems to care about their job. They often don't collect all that they need to collect and every once in a while some water bottle flies through the First Class cabin on Delta during takeoff and landing... Anyway, I digress, the stuff in the pocket in front of us was secure. I also did not enjoy the fact that the F/A gave the reason “the emergency exits are right here”. Well, it's not like I'm in an exit row, there's still a bulkhead. Overzealous staff IMO—actually unlike any Norwegian people that I've interacted with on this trip.

This isBjorn:


SAS 738:


Bright Orange Engine:


Aircraft view:


738 safety card:


Soon enough, boarding was completed and we pushed back for the 1h 20 minute flight to Longyearbyen. Not much to say, really, everything went smoothly. After takeoff there were some nice views to be had out the window. Then, the in-flight service started and we each had some tea. Well, at least there's something. No picture as it's literally just a cup with some tea in it  

Takeoff and after takeoff:






After what I remember was 45-50 minutes or so, We started to see bits of Svalbard through the clouds. We were now on approach to the northernmost commercial airport on Earth. The pictures speak for themselves here 

First pic of Svalbard:












Glacier:










Wow:














OK, well, soon enough... or should I say, too soon, we were on finals to LYR in some nice weather, 10C and sunny. We even saw what I believe to be Barentsburg, although it was far away and I didn't check afterwards. LYR was quite busy this day, a SAS B737 as well as an Air Berlin A330 along our 738 on the apron. Well, that A330 was boarding and because they can't separate the fluxes here in LYR, there was no picture-taking allowed. Talk about annoying... I'm not sure why the Air Berlin aircraft was there but I'm pretty sure I don't appreciate that kind of tourism. The no-picture rule didn't help 

Barentsburg (?):




After Landing:




Air Berlin A330 boarding:






Airport buildings:


View towards town:


This isBjorn:


Welcome. Take care of Svalbard:


We disembarked and reached the baggage belt—it's not like you can get lost in LYR! After waiting for a while our bags showed up and we headed towards the antique bus that was to take us into town. We waited for a while, then the guy came forth to collect payment (60NOK for adults, 40NOK for students). No credit cards accepted; although they were supposed to start on June 15th, that part of their information sheet was crossed out with a marker   After no longer than 20 minutes we reached the Guesthouse Spitsbergen in Nybyen (far away from town, but the weather was superb... for Svalbard).


OK, well Longyearbyen isn't a big city, having just over 2000 inhabitants, but Nybyen is 2.5km away from the city center, and the first kilometer is “in the open”--no houses. This means it can get windy, which in winter might mean an unpleasant walk   Taxis do exist, though, so there's that option. Would I recommend Spitsbergen Guesthouse? Well, it definitely serves a purpose on Svalbard, as it's one of the only 2 budget accommodations on the island... with the other also being in Nybyen. It's not bad, but not great either, and bathrooms are shared unless you get a 4-person room I believe. Double room without bathroom: 915NOK, so yeah, kinda steep. But unless you talk to the people at Svalbard Church and they allow you to spend the night there, you're not gonna have many options on a tight budget!

View of the room:


View from the hotel room:


View from Nybyen:


Little hardy plants growing on Svalbard:




Mine:


Looking back towards Nybyen:


After we saw the room, we headed out to try and catch the Svalbard Museum while it was still open. It was around 15:00, and the Museum would close at 17. The 2.5 km should take just under an hour, even accounting for all the picture taking. The museum prides itself in having won an European award a few years back. In fact, it is pretty nice, and worth visiting. It's not that big, but larger than I expected. A good experience overall—you have to take your shoes off though  

Afterwards we bought a few supplies and a couple of Svalbard souvenirs from the supermarket, which is only open for 3 hours on a Sunday—strange hours, but I suppose that's just how it is around here   There's a shop open for a bit longer, though, if you don't catch the supermarket open, though.

Fear the food in Svalbard? Don't. If you're on a budget you could try the Barentz Pub and Spiseri, where I had a decent-sized and flavorful steak, with a red wine based sauce, some salad and a large portion of potatoes au gratin for 177 NOK (30 USD). Excellent value. And it wasn't just a cheap meal, it really was a good meal. This place was located in the lobby of the Radisson Blu.

Afterwards, we walked around, first to the coastline, and then to the Svalbard Church. Walking between these two sites I suffered a bird attack to the head. Some overzealous and overprotective bird attacked me when I came close to its nest on top of a pole (by close I mean no closer than 10 meters, probably). I wasn't the only one attacked—a guy passing by 2 minutes earlier also had the same fate. Well, after 7 hits to the head I escaped, basically unharmed. I didn't do anything to the bird, of course. It's probably protected by law.

Then, after climbing a hill towards the Church, we entered this building... It was quite nicely decorated and there were brownies available, as well as some tea for 15 NOK. Well, 30 NOK later, we each had a cup of tea and enjoyed the silence of this place. There were some nice looking calendars available but no one to sell them. Too bad. M asked me “aren't there any bad people here?” when I told her the Church is open 24 hours with seemingly no one there. Well, I guess there aren't  

Towards town:


A typical Longyearbyen view:






The Church:






Glacier behind Nybyen:


Longyearbyen buildings:


Longyearbyen equivalent of Fifth Avenue?




The weather's so nice you can see other islands:







Svalbard map inside the museum:


Wooden buildings:
















Looking at town from the Church hill:


Towards the church:




Colorful buildings:


Interior pics:


Longyearelva:








Nybyen:


Gamlebyen, then?


Mines:


Stream:










Last pic from Longyearbyen town:


We then headed back towards Nybyen and proceeded past our building, to the place where there wasn't any asphalt anymore on the road. Took a few pictures and headed back in, as it was already basically midnight—and our bus to the airport would leave Nybyen at 3:00. Well, as you can imagine, not much sleep, 2 hours or so, which made for an interesting day. Anyway, I'll continue soon, but first I'm preparing for my next trip, leaving tomorrow.

Part V will contain the flight to Oslo, some more pics of Oslo and the return to Bucharest. Possibly even some pictures from the Bucharest Air Show.

Thanks for reading; comments always appreciated!


Previous TRs:

Part III: Bodø, And A Widerøe Dash 8 To Tromsø (by dc9northwest Jul 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Norway, Part II: Bergen/Trondheim (by dc9northwest Jul 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
Norway, Part I: OTP-FRA-OSL, LH, A320 (by dc9northwest Jul 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12 (by dc9northwest Jun 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
ORD-JFK-FCO-OTP, B6/DL/AZ, June 2012 (by dc9northwest Jun 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Bahamasair's 737-200, UP205, 21MAY12 (by dc9northwest May 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, ORD-CDG, Delta, 763 (by dc9northwest Apr 8 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, FCO-JFK-ORD, Delta, 333/CR7 (by dc9northwest Apr 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, OTP-FCO, Alitalia, A319 (by dc9northwest Mar 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
MCI-OTP: Three Upgrades And A380 Flight Deck Visit (by dc9northwest Feb 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
The Baltic States In 6 Easy Flights (by dc9northwest Dec 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Romanian TR: Bucuresti-Suceava Via Timisoara (by dc9northwest Dec 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Connecting In ATL, Right Before The Snowstorm (by dc9northwest Mar 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
MCI-ATL-AMS-OTP With DL And KL (60+pics And Vids) (by Dc9northwest Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)

20 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27295 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8363 times:

Hey Alex ,

Nice part of your wider trip . I love Tromso and it certainly looks different then when I was there . This is how it looked with snow  

I did a coastal voyage which was amazing .

Love the pics taken from the air . Norway really is such an amazing country in terms of natural beauty . I was actually watching a program on the Fjords yesterday .

Thanks for the nice report.

Philip  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8323 times:

Hi Alex

Great continuation! Fab pics you've got there.

Grts
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1030 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8244 times:

Another great report!
Great views of Slavbard as well. Looking forward to the next part!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6670 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7977 times:

Hi Alex!

Thanks for a great continuation of your trip to Norway!

Tromso looks nice and not too unusual that it rained.

It looks very scenic in Svalbard but doesn't seem to be too much to do there. A day or less seems to be enough. No sight of any polar bears ? You were very lucky with the weather there!

Looking forward to the next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7836 times:

Hi, Alex,

let me say really great pictures and also informative story.
I´ve been to Svalbard, too and it´s always interesting to see more about it.
Also the flight with SK looks like ok.
Well done and Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2301 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7636 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Hey Alex ,

Nice part of your wider trip . I love Tromso and it certainly looks different then when I was there . This is how it looked with snow  

I did a coastal voyage which was amazing .

Love the pics taken from the air . Norway really is such an amazing country in terms of natural beauty . I was actually watching a program on the Fjords yesterday .

Thanks for the nice report.

Philip  

Hey Philip!  

Thanks a lot for your comments.

Yeah, looks different with snow... Although I must say, snow and some daylight? That doesn't seem right! What time of the year were you in Tromso?  

Have to agree with you with respect to Norway. It's really beautiful.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 2):

Great continuation! Fab pics you've got there.

Hi Marc, thanks and hope you enjoyed  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 3):
Another great report!
Great views of Slavbard as well. Looking forward to the next part!

Thanks very much Robert. Gonna see what I can do about the next part, hopefully soon!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):

Hi Alex!

Thanks for a great continuation of your trip to Norway!

Tromso looks nice and not too unusual that it rained.

It looks very scenic in Svalbard but doesn't seem to be too much to do there. A day or less seems to be enough. No sight of any polar bears ? You were very lucky with the weather there!

Looking forward to the next report!

The777Man

Hi The777Man,

Yeah, the Norwegian coast is renowned for its rainy weather. Can't really complain, as it's the only "bad" weather I encountered in Norway for 10 days!

Yeah, a day seems to be enough unless you go on wilderness tours   No polar bears, no... Who knows, maybe they were hiding!

Thanks, hope you enjoyed  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Hi, Alex,

let me say really great pictures and also informative story.
I´ve been to Svalbard, too and it´s always interesting to see more about it.
Also the flight with SK looks like ok.
Well done and Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Hi, Markus!

Thanks a lot for your kind words!

Yes, Svalbard is truly an interesting place. SAS does everything that's needed with minimal fuss. They could offer drinks for free, though.... even US airlines do that for now.

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

Alex


User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7602 times:

Hola Alex!

Great report. I have been following all your Norway reports and this displays the most amazing scenery.

It is such a beautiful country, unfortunately I have only been up to Trondheim many years ago and after seeing your report I want to go back and enjoy this wild scenery.

Svalbard seems to be quite a popular destination for a.netters, I think this is the second report I read here.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to post it here.

Looking forward to reading the next part.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7602 times:

Cool report and pictures.
I have wanted to go to Svalbard for over 15 years now, and I am determined to make it happen within the next 2 years!
That is a pleasnat surprise seeing an Air Berlin A330 on the ground there, didn't know the runway was that big.

I would have expected the airport to have atleast 1 air bridge. I know the traffic volumes would be low, but given the harsh weather conditions experienced in winter, that would have been a strong case for it.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7460 times:

Brilliant photos of Svalbard...I'm so jealous! Looks like you were really lucky with the weather - nice and sunny.


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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7359 times:

Hi Alex,

wow, what a great report with some truly stunning pictures. Svalbard definitely is some very special destination with a very spectacular approach. And looks like you were very lucky with the weather there. Also interesting to see an AB A330 there, most likely some sort of charter flight.

I have also just checked out your other reports of your little Norway series, a very nice trip you have put together here. Really liked your pictures of Bergen, reminded me a lot of my trip there a few years ago. Anyway your report really makes me want to get back to this wonderful country and also try out some of the train rides (and of course more domestic flying to all these small nice airports). If only the prices would be a bit more reasonable there   ...

CaptainRed


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7192 times:

Hi Alex,

Excellent picturesque report. Svalbard sure seems to be an interesting and remote place to visit for a few days only. Weather permitting it really has some magic. And praise yourself lucky: you survived a bird attack. Good you didn’t have to wrestle a polar bear, that for sure would’ve ended differently  

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
OK, well, soon enough... or should I say, too soon

Ha ha, too soon definitely!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
as well as an Air Berlin A330

What a surprise to find that one there!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2474 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6904 times:

Very interesting trip report! Reminds me of our a.net meeting there back in 2006. I was one of the four people from a.net who went there. I also went to Barentsburg and Pyramiden. Not much has happened since back then, except that they have upgraded the airport. I don't think it was possible to land an A330 there back in 2006.

User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2301 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6753 times:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 7):

Hola Alex!

Great report. I have been following all your Norway reports and this displays the most amazing scenery.

It is such a beautiful country, unfortunately I have only been up to Trondheim many years ago and after seeing your report I want to go back and enjoy this wild scenery.

Svalbard seems to be quite a popular destination for a.netters, I think this is the second report I read here.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to post it here.

Looking forward to reading the next part.

Salut!

Roger

Hola Roger,

Yes, I have to agree, the Svalbard scenery is out of this world. Not that mainland Norway is ugly, of course (it's really very beautiful), but this truly is something special. I do hope you can make it back to Norway soon.

Yes, indeed, quite a few A.netters have been, FlyingFinn only a few months ago, and he also wrote a report.

Moltes gracies for reading and commenting, Roger! It's much appreciated.

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 8):
Cool report and pictures.
I have wanted to go to Svalbard for over 15 years now, and I am determined to make it happen within the next 2 years!
That is a pleasnat surprise seeing an Air Berlin A330 on the ground there, didn't know the runway was that big.

I would have expected the airport to have atleast 1 air bridge. I know the traffic volumes would be low, but given the harsh weather conditions experienced in winter, that would have been a strong case for it.

Hah, well, I almost put it off until next year myself--but now I'm very glad I didn't. It's very beautiful.

Yeah, I knew the runway was long enough for an A330 (no hot and high conditions here) but I had no idea they actually operate there (even if this is a one-off)! The terminal didn't seem prepared for such numbers--they were boarding already, but lots of people hadn't passed through security yet.

Hmm... I don't think it gets that cold in winter... Looking at weather data, It seems -20C is exceptional. It seems the "average" temperature in the coldest month is -7... which I guess is not enough to justify a jetway. Not sure about the winds though--and that's what kills people. It's not Finland or Russia cold.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):

Brilliant photos of Svalbard...I'm so jealous! Looks like you were really lucky with the weather - nice and sunny.

Hi Gabriel, thanks!

Yup--very lucky. Warmest day of 2012 in Svalbard!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
Hi Alex,

wow, what a great report with some truly stunning pictures. Svalbard definitely is some very special destination with a very spectacular approach. And looks like you were very lucky with the weather there. Also interesting to see an AB A330 there, most likely some sort of charter flight.

I have also just checked out your other reports of your little Norway series, a very nice trip you have put together here. Really liked your pictures of Bergen, reminded me a lot of my trip there a few years ago. Anyway your report really makes me want to get back to this wonderful country and also try out some of the train rides (and of course more domestic flying to all these small nice airports). If only the prices would be a bit more reasonable there   ...

CaptainRed

Hi CaptainRed,

Thanks very much for your comments! I was thinking the AB flight was there to pick up cruise passengers, but I don't know even if Svalbard sees a lot of cruises. The approach is amazing.

A good plan makes a good trip, I always say. Sometimes you do the planning, sometimes it almost does itself. Norway's part of the latter--it almost makes no difference what you choose, it's still gonna be good!

Of course, the prices are sometimes stupendous... I just think in NOK, it makes it less painful, because I don't really know what it means. Of course I can convert, but it's still not a "oh my god, this drink costs how much?" moment. As I said in a previous TR, it's basically airport price elsewhere in the world. More or less.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Hi Alex,

Excellent picturesque report. Svalbard sure seems to be an interesting and remote place to visit for a few days only. Weather permitting it really has some magic. And praise yourself lucky: you survived a bird attack. Good you didn’t have to wrestle a polar bear, that for sure would’ve ended differently  

Hi Nils  

Thank you very much! Yes, unless you like hiking across glaciers, there's not much to see in Longyearbyen, but you can enjoy the atmosphere. It's really calm. You can see a guy with a rifle coming out of the supermarket. Unless you live in Texas, does that happen? No.  

Haha, well, luckily it wasn't a raven. I hear they go for the eyes. Had my glasses on though--and that's why I told M to put her sunglasses on (but the bird didn't attack her).

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Ha ha, too soon definitely!

Yes, yes it was!

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 12):

Very interesting trip report! Reminds me of our a.net meeting there back in 2006. I was one of the four people from a.net who went there. I also went to Barentsburg and Pyramiden. Not much has happened since back then, except that they have upgraded the airport. I don't think it was possible to land an A330 there back in 2006.

Hi AirPacific747,

Thanks a lot!

Well, I suppose change doesn't come often in a town of only 2,000 people. Even my grandpa's village has more inhabitants than that, haha.

Well, I can't claim to know the history of the airport, but I do remember reading something runway works, so I guess you're right--would've been hard to land an A330 on a shorter runway, it's barely adequate as is, for a 330.

-Alex


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6552 times:

Hey Alex,

It took me a little longer to comment on this segment as I had to savor it first 

Let me repeat how cool I think it is that you made it up there. You are literary in the middle of nowhere, more than 1000km north of the Arctic Circle and outnumbered by polar bears. Awesome. Loved the photos.The landscapes are simply breathtaking. You got lucky with the weather again: you got a fairly clear day allowing you to see beyond the water and also pleasant enough to allow you to walk around. Remind me to bring you with me when I go to Svalbard.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
But unless you talk to the people at Svalbard Church and they allow you to spend the night there, you're not gonna have many options on a tight budget!


You can't pay me to stay in a church. I'll take a budget (yet overpriced) hotel room any day. Even if it has bedbugs. Are there bedbugs in Svalbard, I wonder?


Thanks again for this series of TRs. Looking forward to the last (?) one coming up next. And please do include some photos of Bucharest and/or of the airshow  

WBodyroga



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User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 213 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6470 times:

Hey!

Thanks for sharing, was a good TR and also nice Pictures!

I really like almost all TR's that are going to Svalbard, I like Longyearbyen and I really want to visit it in some time because it has something magic?!?

The town has something of a "Ghosty old Mine town" but also "living in nowhere" but I've read that there are much people moving up there, so Longyearbyen is growing!  

- Ideekay


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6394 times:

Hi Alex!

Nice report again, good to see you had a great time in Tromsö and Svalbard. Both are very high on the list of places in Norway that I want to visit.
The approach to LYR looks very scenic (as of all of Svalbard, I guess!) and great pictures throughout the report.

Martin


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Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 6280 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):

Hey Alex,

It took me a little longer to comment on this segment as I had to savor it first 

Let me repeat how cool I think it is that you made it up there. You are literary in the middle of nowhere, more than 1000km north of the Arctic Circle and outnumbered by polar bears. Awesome. Loved the photos.The landscapes are simply breathtaking. You got lucky with the weather again: you got a fairly clear day allowing you to see beyond the water and also pleasant enough to allow you to walk around. Remind me to bring you with me when I go to Svalbard.

Hi there WBodyroga!

No worries, hope it left a good taste in your mouth about Svalbard  

It was very cool. It's indeed one of the most remote places geographically yet easily accessible if you have the funds... Polar bears and birds, more than humans, what more can you say! Yes, very otherworldly indeed.

Haha, yes, indeed I had some very good luck on this trip... Then again, can't say I was very lucky with one flight on my last trip, so I may not be as lucky anymore! Haha. But I definitely wouldn't mind another trip to Svalbard!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
You can't pay me to stay in a church. I'll take a budget (yet overpriced) hotel room any day. Even if it has bedbugs. Are there bedbugs in Svalbard, I wonder?


Thanks again for this series of TRs. Looking forward to the last (?) one coming up next. And please do include some photos of Bucharest and/or of the airshow  

Haha, don't think there are bed bugs. That's not the main concern where I stayed--it's the noisy American college students.

Yes, hopefully the last will be up soon. But I'm going to the countryside tomorrow, where there's no wi-fi I think (or maybe there is, not sure what internet my neighbors there have!), so it might be a week. I'll write the textual version there though, if not sooner.

Photos of the airshow, check... Photos of Bucharest... don't have that many. I'll see what I can do.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 15):
Hey!

Thanks for sharing, was a good TR and also nice Pictures!

I really like almost all TR's that are going to Svalbard, I like Longyearbyen and I really want to visit it in some time because it has something magic?!?

The town has something of a "Ghosty old Mine town" but also "living in nowhere" but I've read that there are much people moving up there, so Longyearbyen is growing!  

- Ideekay

Hi Ideekay!

Thanks for your comments. About Svalbard having something magic... indeed it does! Can't put my finger on it but there's a special atmosphere. LYR probably is growing, but then again, it's still gonna remain small for the forseeable future!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
Hi Alex!

Nice report again, good to see you had a great time in Tromsö and Svalbard. Both are very high on the list of places in Norway that I want to visit.
The approach to LYR looks very scenic (as of all of Svalbard, I guess!) and great pictures throughout the report.

Martin

Hey Martin!

Thanks! I enjoyed Tromso and Svalbard a lot, that's true. They're fine places to visit!

Thanks a lot for your comments!


User currently onlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5882 times:

Hi Alex

Great report - I really enjoyed this part of your recent travels. It was nice to see some pics of Tromso as well.

Fabulous pics of your arrival into Svalbard. Amazing weather too. As you said, it seems like this part of the world is now firmly on the a.netter map - it's becoming more and more popular!

As always, great to see the WF Dash 8s.

Thanks again - Cheers Palmjet



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 5871 times:

Hi Alex,

another nice report with many lovely pictures. The scenery is absolutely outstanding.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):

Bright Orange Engine:

That's red, I'd say.


PH



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2301 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 5815 times:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 18):
Hi Alex

Great report - I really enjoyed this part of your recent travels. It was nice to see some pics of Tromso as well.

Fabulous pics of your arrival into Svalbard. Amazing weather too. As you said, it seems like this part of the world is now firmly on the a.netter map - it's becoming more and more popular!

As always, great to see the WF Dash 8s.

Thanks again - Cheers Palmjet

Hi Palmjet, thanks for your comments!

Svalbard is really a special place and it deserves its place on our A.netter map... It's a place that's truly out of this world!

Well, indeed, I'm sure you're quite familiar with the Wideroe Dash 8s; nice little aircraft they are  

Thanks!

Alex

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Hi Alex,

another nice report with many lovely pictures. The scenery is absolutely outstanding.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):

Bright Orange Engine:

That's red, I'd say.

Hi PH,

Thanks for your comments!

Regarding the color... I'm not sure what it's supposed to be, but it still looks like orange to me, no matter how I look at it...

Alex


PS: here's a link to part V for who's interested:
Norway, Part V: LYR-OTP, SK/OS, 73G/100 (by dc9northwest Aug 18 2012 in Trip Reports)

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