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Milking The Run - Wideroe Hopping In Finnmark  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7764 times:

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Introduction

Norway, the hydrocarbon rich Scandinavian country with less inhabitants than most of the Alpha class world cities and some of the most stunning scenery this side of New Zealand also happens to have probably the world’s most developed air transport network, at least on a per capita basis. There are a lot of airports serving even the smallest of communities and an impressively dense network of flights between them and the larger cities. Part of this is explained by the amazing geography of this country - its coastline is a rugged patchwork of thousands of deep fjords and high mountains. What can seem like a leisurely drive of an hour or so on the map can often take the better part of the day just because you have to go around a couple of deep fjords and up and down a snow capped mountain - ideal conditions for flying then! The other part explaining it is of course the Norwegian government’s desire to keep the country evenly populated (something in which their Finnish counterparts have failed, mainly for the same reasons why the Norwegians have succeeded) which has resulted in generous subsidies for many, many PSO routes.

Nowhere else are these routes more fun than up in Finnmark, in the absolute northernmost part of the Norwegian (and at the same time European) mainland. Wideroe, who operates most of these domestic PSO routes to the numerous STOL airports using their fleet of Dash-8 turboprops operates some legendary multistop flights here, the crown jewel being of course the 5-stopper between TOS and KKN. These flights are a firm favorite of any aviation people, and thanks to the PSO status the fares aren’t terribly expensive either (how often do you hear that being said about something in Norway?!). Needless to say doing some of these has been on my TOFLY list for a number of years, but due to my rather impulsive nature in booking great deals as soon as I see them I’ve never really managed to incorporate them into my plans.

Luckily this year I decided to finally do it. Things started by booking an Eurobonus award ticket to TOS to get me in position for the Wideroe flights. I went for the simplest of itineraries as an additional stop at ARN didn’t really appeal to me (no itineraries via CPH were available) by booking HEL-OSL-TOS and back, going out in Economy Extra (great value at only 2000 points more per direction) and coming back in Economy (no EE available) for a total of 14000 points plus around 60 EUR in airport fees (Norway is expensive). Yes, this was still during the old Eurobonus rules as nowadays this itinerary would cost over 20K points.

Next step of course was to book the Raison d'être. Theoretically you could get that included in the award but as you can’t do that online and I hate call centers anyway I paid hard cash for it. To my delight I found a nice return flight back from KKN just an hour or so later after arriving with the 5-stopper from TOS which stopped at yet another airport on the way. All-in the two (well eight actually) flights cost a very reasonable 134 EUR or 16.75 EUR per segment. All this could be completed in just eight hours on a Saturday, leaving the evening free for debauchery in Tromsø, the party capital of Northern Norway (not that I ended up doing this but still, it is good to have options. Yes it is.).

The itinerary:

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And here’s WF’s route map for Finnmark with the route highlighted. Sorry for the bad quality, the office scanner (this was scanned from their inflight mag’s map) seems to be a bit cack:

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Saturday 18.8.2012

Another Saturday morning in a hotel, another wake up at 4.30 in the morning, another curse at why the hell do I keep doing this, after all there are less taxing and cheaper addictions out there, another shower, another dressing up and another closing of the hotel room door. The night porter sporting quite an impressive Elvis haircut is outside smoking a fag (a cigarette, not a homosexual) so I wait inside until he comes in and ask for any breakfast to go. To my surprise he hands me a very large and good looking baguette instead of directing me to the “Pantry” (or whatever they call it), the lobby shop that seems to be a permanent fixture in all Scandics these days (and their excuse for not having a minibar or even a fridge in the room, grrrr!).

After thanking him and dropping the classic Guybrush Threepwood line “I’ll be back” I head outside and towards the airport, finding a proper road this time instead of the bush I had to fight through when arriving the previous night (Google Maps seems to think there is a path where there clearly is no path).

“Under the runway, you know”:

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It’s a pleasant 20 minute walk to the airport.

Now this is kinda pointless, I wasn’t really thinking of entering right through the fence, trust me:

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Taking a look at some Wideroe Dashes through the fence - the one with the open door would be operating the day’s first flight to Lakselv:

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Quaint:

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FIDS inside - sorry for the bad reflections:

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I pick up my boarding pass from a self service machine - seq# 1 for both flights, something which I always strive for:

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Then I sit down to eat my breakfast - yes, this baguette is huge:

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Next I head upstairs, through the empty security point into airside and spot something which Lukey laddie would liberate the very instant he spotted it, not for me at this hour though:

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I buy a large cup of coffee from one of the cafes and head to the end of the terminal where my flight is departing from. Luckily no need to go down to the dingy commuter part of the terminal this morning. My ride is already parked there - LN-WID will be my first Dash-8 100 series plane:

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They have these really “comfy seaters” at the end of the terminal - perfect:

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Soon they start performing the usual departure foreplay:

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Boarding is called rather soon, I count a grand total of six persons at the gate area - not a terribly good load for the first leg at least! While passing the gate agent I say “I bet I’m the only one going all the way to Kirkenes!”, she says “Possibly.” (later it turned out I wasn’t).

Down the stairs to the apron and to the plane:

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LN-WID is named “Møre og Romsdal” after one of the Norwegian counties:

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I step onboard my first Dash 8-100 plane.

TOS - HFT
WF960
Dash 8-100 LN-WID
Seat 10A
6.20 - 6.55

Inside there’s a cute young blonde (of course, it’s Norway after all) FA being suspiciously perky for this hour of the day. I mention to her that I’ll be in for the long ride to Kirkenes. She looks me a bit funnily and then asks: “Are you aware that we are making lots of stops before Kirkenes?”
- “Yes, yes, this is exactly the reason I’m here this morning” I say and smile.
- “Oh, are you on an Explore Norway ticket?”
- “No, not this time”.
- “Ok, well have a nice flight with us!”
- “I will, thanks!”

Some of the seats in the middle of the cabin are loaded with something that looks like cargo under these covers:

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Cabin view:

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I decide to head to the last row, what we would call the “sikaosasto” (direct translation: “pig compartment”) in Finnish:

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There are ten rows in this plane, hence 10A will be my home for the next four and change hours.

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There’s a door on the rear bulkhead wall leading to the luggage hold, sealed shut:

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I see the captain’s girlfriend get onboard as well, she will spend the whole flight in the cockpit jumpseat, lucky gal!

This multi-stop extravaganza will start with two rather long sectors to position up to the absolute north of Norway. Our first sector will be to Hammerfest, the town which claims to be northernmost city in the world. 131 miles and 35 minutes to go.

Push back is bang on time, with take off from 01 towards the north. And no, we definitely don’t need to use the whole 2447 meters of TORA that this runway offers, instead we enter it via a taxiway somewhere halfway down the full length which for a STOL capable plane like our spiffy little Dash is still way more than is required.

Tailing us is this Beech King Air sporting a very distinct air taxi livery (which they apparently stole from HLX - do you remember those Taxi Planes and the slogan “Fliegen zum Taxipreis!”?):

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Take off is very powerful and steep - in other words lots of fun:

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The Sandnessund Bridge, connecting the islands of Tromsøya, where most of the city and the airport are located and Kvaløya where there are some suburbs:
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Norwegian Sea visible in the distance beyond all those islands:

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No further views until our approach to HFT are to be had, thanks to the dense cloud cover, bugger:

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Our lovely FA first distributes some tiny but tasty Wideroe chocolate squares:

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Afterwards a quick BOB run is performed, not that anyone gets anything.

A few pages from my book later we are back on the way down, eventually breaking the clouds for another very scenic approach.

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The small island of Hjelmen:

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The island of Skageholmen with an oil/gas terminal:

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The approach to HFT’s runway 05 is a bit deceiving - you think you are still quite high in the air:

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But since the airport is located on top of a plateau all of the sudden solid ground and hopefully also the runway appear out of thin air:

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The small terminal building:

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The captain’s girlfriend:

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One passenger gets off here, with four new passengers joining in. I chat some with a Norwegian man some rows further up - he says he’s just returning from three weeks spent in Malta and can hardly wait to get home, apparently he likes the climate and harsh conditions up here and didn’t really feel at home in the August Mediterranean heat... To each their own I guess.

To my surprise they actually refuel the plane here - I guess they want to have the tanks full so there’s no need to fuel during the short stops ahead and to have suitable reserves to get back in the case of the weather not agreeing:

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All that’s fit to print, delivered fresh each morning:

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HFT - BVG
WF960
Dash 8-100 LN-WID
Seat 10A
7.15 - 7.50

The next hop is another longer one - there are a couple of airports en-route but this service bypasses those, opting to fly directly to Berlevåg, 123 miles and again 35 minutes away.

Taxiing to the end of runway 05:

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Ribbed for her pleasure:

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Another lift off:

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Idyllic suburbia, Hammerfest style:

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Barren nature - notice the total absence of trees during the next flights:

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Next land this way is Svalbard, far away:

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The bald head of Norway:

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This flight is even more cloudier, even the blue sky stays hidden:

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Another BOB run on this flight (but no choccies!), some people buy coffee. I deepen my rather pleasant relationship with my book. In about twenty five minutes it is time for descent again. The clouds are hanging really low, but eventually we break them over the sea:

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Land ahoy!

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Gears down:

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The breakwaters guarding the entrance into Berlevåg harbour:

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The bustling metropolis, home to around 1000 people:

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Touchdown on runway 06, followed by very heavy breaking:

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The cute terminal building:

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I almost feel sorry for the captain who heads outside into the pouring rain to perform the obligatory walk around check.

No passengers disembark here (they are probably scared by the weather), but we gain two new ones.

BVG - BJF
WF960
Dash 8-100 LN-WID
Seat 10A
8.08 - 8.22

After a stop of fifteen minutes it is time to start the engines again and head out. Now the fun flights start, the next hop to Båtsfjord is 24 miles and 15 minutes as per the cockpit’s announcement (only in Norwegian though).

Take off is on the opposite direction, on 24.

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Even for a short hop like this there’s enough time to get lost in the clouds, bugger.

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But soon enough we are again below the low cloudbase:

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A stream:

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Quite a large lake:

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A wet touchdown on runway 21:

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The weather seems to be even crappier here:

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Interesting terminal, looks more like a garage to me:

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Berlevåg seems to be busy - three passengers get off, including the guy coming all the way from Malta. A whopping nine new passengers join us here. Also plenty of luggage:

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To Oslo via Kirkenes - TOS and KKN are the two main connection points in the Wideroe network in Finnmark:

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The baggage handlers seem to have some issues fitting all the bags into the hold, as a result our stop ends up taking 25 minutes. Eventually all is well and we pack up and head for the next leg.

BJF - VAW
WF960
Dash 8-100 LN-WID
Seat 10A
8.47 - 9.00

No, that is not Warsaw but Vardø (or Vuoreija in Finnish - we are quite close to the cap of Finland now and ties to my homeland are long established here) instead. 36 miles and 15 minutes according to the crew.

Wet here too:

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Båtsfjord town:

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Again no time to get too high but still some low flying clouds, rain and fog limit the visibility a bit.

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And then we go down again:

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Beautiful rugged scenery:

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Gear down and turning in for the kill... no, the approach:

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Random fact: Vardø is the easternmost town in Norway and thus also the Nordic Countries. It actually lies east of such “eastern” cities as St. Petersburg, Kyiv and even Istanbul! The city centre is located on the island Vardöhuus (connected to the mainland via a tunnel) visible here:

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The airport lies on the mainland, however.

Birds below us:

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Gear down, once again - flying over a breakwater of the town’s port which is also on the mainland:

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Entrance to the artificial harbour:

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Almost there:

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Touchdown on 15:

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It is much drier here.

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Another Finnmark airport, another terminal building:

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...with a cute picnic bench for the staff to take a break:

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We lose two passengers here, but still come out of the swap as winners as a whopping 12+1 (infant) passengers join us. With the seats reserved for the cargo (no, it hasn’t been offloaded at any of the stops up until now) this means it is almost a full house. My seat was just fine up until now since there was only a teenager on the other end on the window seat but now I get a large man and his even larger wife on the two seats next to me which is kinda uncomfortable. Oh well, just two more short hops to go and we are already at the end of this fun hoptrip - where does the time go?!

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Quite a few of the new passengers are Russians - well Russia is just a few kilometers away on the other side of the bay.

VAW - VDS
WF960
Dash 8-100 LN-WID
Seat 10A
9.29 - 9.44

Next up is the town of Vadsø (Vesisaari in Finnish), 35 miles and 12 minutes as per the announcement away.

Drier it might be, but still some water drops are around:

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Not much wind here so we take off on the opposite direction on 33. Passing the rather unimpressive port right after take off:

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That first ship is actually Russian - maybe the passengers are its crew:

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A 160 degree turn follows, giving us a nice view of VAW airport:

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Overflying more rugged terrain, that house looks just like the place for a hermit like me (as long as they have a fast Internet connection available):

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Yes, people actually live here:

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Heading out over the Barents Sea for a while:

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Looks like the sun is shining on Russia today - beautiful sight:

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And gear down once again:

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No rain at all in VDS - touching down on 26:

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7786 times:

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They are being environmentally friendly here - driving around in an electric cart:

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Two passengers get off here. Afterwards a couple of ground agents enter and proceed to unload the cargo strapped on the seats which seems to mostly consist of newspapers and magazines:

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With newly found space another 10 + 1 (infant again) passengers manage to cram inside, making every seat occupied for the last hop to Kirkenes (Kirkkoniemi in Finnish).

VDS - KKN
WF960
Dash 8-100 LN-WID
Seat 10A
10.12 - 10.21

WF960’s last stretch this morning will be 24 miles and the shortest (timewise) of all of them, just ten minutes, which is good as the removal of the cargo took quite some time and we are somewhat behind schedule by the time everything’s packed up and the engines started.

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Some houses right next to the runway:

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Take off is from 26.

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It’s a short hop just across the bay to the other side where we reach some more rugged scenery, what else:

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Interestingly there are actually trees here, probably because they are sheltered from the worst of the harsh sea winds by the rocks:

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Another little bay needs to be crossed before reaching the airport. A chase-in-progress:

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More trees here, heck I could almost call that a proper forest (and as a Finn that word has a special connotation to me - things the Brits would call a forest are no forest to us!):

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Kirkenes the town in distance, Hurtigruten appears to be in town - Kirkenes is the Northeastern terminus of these coastal ships making the long way from Bergen:

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Gear down, for the final time on WF960:

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And just about to touch down on runway 24 - this flight took around eight minutes in total, by far the shortest one of the bunch:

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Passing the old terminal building:

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And just like that we come to a stop in front of the (new) terminal. This marks the end of more than four hours spent aboard this little Dash, six segments and six new airports likewise for my log. I certainly am happy to be able to stretch my feet a little bit, but after an hour or so I’d have absolutely no problems doing it all again! Which is actually exactly what this plane will be doing in less than one and half hours - doing the very same route in reverse! Me, however will be taking bit more direct and faster route back to Tromsø...

Since I’m wedged on the back row window seat I’m naturally the very last passenger leaving the plane. The captain is standing outside so I have a small chat with him. After learning that I was onboard for the whole long ride he says it is a shame that the weather wasn’t better, apparently on clear days the views can be downright stunning. Upon hearing that I’m a Finn he summons his girlfriend from the cockpit, says that I have to speak Finnish with her as she is a half-Finn (see, I told you about the close relationships between our countries up here) so I do some.

Bye LN-WID, thanks for the enjoyable hops:

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Into the terminal I go:

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Kirkenes Airport

The first sight I see is the gate display for the return flight:

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One can stay airside here which is nice. The terminal looks like a twin brother of the Alta one:

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That’s my flight - not here yet:

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It is lunchtime and I’m definitely feeling it so I do the Norwegian budget thing and buy a reasonably (for Norway) cheap hot dog + drink combo deal from the ubiquitous Narvesen in the terminal and sit down at a table to eat it:

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I notice a familiar face from my flight - I mentioned earlier that in the end I wasn’t the only one doing the full milk run so this guy also started from TOS this morning. I noticed him already onboard, sitting on 2D which has the best legroom in house and wearing Bose (Jonas would put some R and C signs here, I won’t) noise canceling headphones which immediately labeled him as a frequent flyer or at least as one who knows the ropes. He is reading a Norwegian aviation magazine so definitely some kind of plane geek. I think about going over for a chat but my Finnishness and hermitness won over and I retreat to the safe old Internet instead - Avinor offers free wifi for one hour these days which is great.

The place is getting packed as the OSL flight is about to arrive and the return segment seems to be quite nicely loaded. And here comes the 737-500, good to see these classic girls still going strong:

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A bit later I spot another Wideroe Dash landing - well that cannot be none other than my next ride:

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This one is LN-WIF - needless to say it is a new entry to the log.

A girl distributes some Avinor questionnaires, I happily take one and fill it out - it means I can nick the cool Avinor pen and all! I’m sure my answers (“In transit between TOS and TOS”) are a bit off the norm though...  

Boarding for my flight is called just five minutes after the inbound shut down on the apron so off I go. The questionnaire girl is at the other end of the terminal so I ask the gate agent to take the filled questionnaire. She tries to object “I have no idea what this is!” but in the end takes it anyway. For such a small airport they could have better coordination I guess to make everyone aware what is happening...

Oh and the aviation guy is also boarding this flight back to TOS just I already expected.

A small plane it is:

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LN-WIF is named “Nord-Trøndelag” after another Norwegian county:

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KKN - SOJ
WF693
Dash 8-100 LN-WIF
Seat 7A
11.42 - 12.49

A young male FA on this flight, a bit reserved and not so friendly as the blonde girl on the previous service.

The same large passengers that were sitting next to me on the last two flights are boarding this flight too and managed to do so before me. They are heading to the last row again so I decide not to bother and grab 7A right next to the engine instead.

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Legroom is good here:

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...but the view outside is somewhat limited:

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I count 19+2 passengers on this service with an empty seat next to me.

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The classic Dash motif on the belt buckle, dedicated to Palmjet:

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I get a bit of a surprise when the flight time is announced as lengthy 55 minutes - I thought SOJ would be closer but it is a full 214 miles between KKN and SOJ. At least half of this flight will actually take place in the Finnish airspace.

Taking off from 24:

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The OSL plane is still getting ready:

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As expected more rugged scenery along the way:

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The early morning wake up call takes its toll and I fall asleep soon after take off. The FA wakes me up for landing asking me to put away my headphones - wow that was a quick flight!

The by now familiar sight of a lowered gear:

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Well, what would another approach around here be without more stunning views - but by now I’ve already exhausted most of my “wow” reserves.

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Touching down on 15, the flight took over an hour in the end:

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No passengers disembark here - instead all the empty seats fill up for a full house down to TOS, just 50 miles and 20 minutes away.

Notice Sir Richard Branson sitting in front of me:

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SOJ - TOS
WF693
Dash 8-100 LN-WIF
Seat 7A
13.04 - 13.21

After a quick stop we are away again, taking off on the opposite direction from 33.

Here’s the CBD of Sørkjosen, population around 850:

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Up above the clouds for ten minutes or so for a nice view of some high mountains:

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And then back down again for a very scenic approach to TOS from the north, landing on runway 19:

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The northern tip of Tromsøya coming into view, sadly meaning that this fun journey is about to come to an end:

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Some kind of riding farm:

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And what would be a better end to this journey than finally managing to capture a “smoky tires” shot - trust me I tried at almost every landing on this odyssey!

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Bye:

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And so it ends, back at TOS a bit over seven hours after I left, eight flights, seven new airports, two new planes and a new plane type under my belt. Not too shabby for half a day’s work and I still have the afternoon and evening free for debauchery!

Short walk to the terminal:

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While walking to my hotel from the airport I spot another Air Berlin plane landing - more German tourists are apparently on their way! Couldn’t get any good shots, but here are two - it is not too often TOS sees Airbuses actually:

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Hotel Scandic Tromsø

A couple of words about my hotel. Coming up with a hotel to stay in was kinda complicated. With the hotel prices in Norway and particularly in Tromsø being very expensive I initially thought about sleeping the first night at the airport and only booking a hotel for the second night, which I did. Some time later I found a very nice deal at one particular hotel via booking.com where two nights cost about the same as the single night in the Comfort Hotel Saga I had booked my second night in. A no-brainer really, so I canceled my other booking and booked it.

Well, what do you know - some days later someone sounding Indian from booking.com calls me and says that there’s been a bit of a mixup and that there actually isn’t any space at the cheap rate hotel. He offers to move my booking to some other hotel, but at a higher rate so I tell him to just cancel the whole booking and make it clear that I’m very disappointed at this and will definitely book via some other means than booking.com.

In the end I booked the Scandic Hotel for one simple reason: it is the nearest hotel to the airport and within a walking distance of it. This was important as the milk run on Saturday morning left too early for the airport bus to be running and this being Norway a taxi would cost a very unlagom amount of money. The price for two nights stay (yes, by this stage I had already promised myself that I wouldn’t be sleeping the first night rough so I had to roll with it) was around 215 EUR, but at least it included breakfast (like always in Scandinavia).

View from the outside:

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Well, here’s my room:

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No minibar nor fridge in the room - had to drink my beer lukewarm:

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The whole hotel was quite a blast from the 70’s - worn down and faded. At least my room was very large by Scandinavian standards, almost like in the US, so bonus points for that.

But here comes my biggest gripe - their wifi connection was down during the whole length of my stay. I desperately needed to do some stuff online and had to resort to the free wifis offered by many bars and restaurants in the city instead of doing it in the privacy and comfort of my hotel room.

When I was checking out on Sunday I complained about the wifi and asked for a discount because of it. The young girl made a total arse out of herself by saying that “Sorry, I cannot do it. I don’t work here.”. Well why the hell are you then at the reception desk if you don’t work here, lass?! Turns out she was a temp. Sweet.

So no discount, not even an apology. All I got was a receipt and a feedback card in Norwegian. Extra sweet.

After getting home I did send them some heated emails and in the beginning things were looking good as someone from the hotel (turned out to be the same Elvis-lookalike reception guy who gave me the breakfast sandwich the first morning) offered a voucher towards a free Scandic hotel stay and a 20% refund of my bill. This sounded good, but the voucher never came in the mail and they wanted me to send my full credit card details via email “in order to process the refund”. Yeah right. Needless to say I refused. Screw them. I’m not staying in this hotel ever again. Actually if I can help it I am not staying in any Scandic ever again - I’ve never been really satisfied with any stay I’ve had in that chain!


So my advice regarding this hotel: stay away. The location is good for the airport but apart from that there’s nothing good here. And if things go wrong the customer service varies between borderline criminal and abysmal at best. There are better hotels for the same price on the other side of the hill (i.e. the city centre) and they are right in the middle of the action.

Bonus Section

On Sunday I flew back to HEL the same way as the inbound, via OSL. The weather over most of Norway was excellent so there were some really pretty views to be had. Pictures cannot really do them justice, but here are some anyway, enjoy!

First a beautiful sundown on Saturday evening:

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Then the flight down to OSL:

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Directly over Harstad/Narvik airport (EVE):

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It looks a bit like the Caribbean, but trust me, the waters are a lot chillier:

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And here’s BOO (palmjet must like that code too) from a distance:

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The “Spine of Norway” (yes, I’ve done my fair share of Forgotten Realms):

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A glacier:

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The airport at Mo i Rana, another Wideroe STOL airport (what else?) - I think I need to do these mid-Norway milk runs between TOS and BOO next:

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The town of Mo i Rana:

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Weather was great in the Oslo area too. Of course we were delayed due to the Gardermoen ATC being “understaffed” (load of bullcrap as always - it is an union scam, nothing else), but just a few minutes. A nice view of Oslo since we were landing on the 01s and did the obligatory swing over the city centre:

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Oslo S and the Opera House are clearly visible here:

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A quick lounge stop and then home with another Blue1 717 where I was welcomed home by a most welcome sight:

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Conclusions

Well, what can I say? These Wideroe multistoppers belong to every true plane geek’s log. They are fun and interesting, are flown on a rather rare plane type, feature some stunning scenery if the weather is agreeable and are a very cost effective way to add a good number of exotic airports and flights to your log. Go on, do them! I’m pretty sure I will be going back at some point to try some of other variations taking in those few airports I missed this time.

Some stunning scenery on the return trip from Tromsø too gets a special mention. Norway can be so beautiful when the weather is right!

Happy contrails!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7633 times:

Hi FlyingFinn,

great report with many beautiful pictures. I should seriously look into these flights up there, would also be a good opportunity to catch the DHC-8-100.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
My ride is already parked there - LN-WID will be my first Dash-8 100 series plane:

Congrats!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“Are you aware that we are making lots of stops before Kirkenes?”

You could have asked her what the hell she was talking about, referring to a nonstop service sold by your travel agent...  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Heading out over the Barents Sea for a while:

No Russian submarines anywhere?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Notice Sir Richard Branson sitting in front of me:

...getting ready for the launch of Virgin Norway?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The price for two nights stay (yes, by this stage I had already promised myself that I wouldn’t be sleeping the first night rough so I had to roll with it) was around 215 EUR, but at least it included breakfast (like always in Scandinavia).

Wow, that's a lot for such a below-average experience.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7549 times:

Hi FF,

Excellent as always, though you can't go wrong with photos of Norwegian scenery!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The breakwaters guarding the entrance into Berlevåg harbour:

Looks like a submarine!

Thank you

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7444 times:

Hey Petteri,

What a treat of a route. I love the idea of hoping from one small airport to another, especially in a lovely place like Finnmark. By the way, with a name like that one would have thought that this place is between Finland and Denmark. Kinda like some border towns here in the US whose name is a portmanteau: Texarkana, Michiana, Texhoma, Idavada, Calexico (or Mexicali on the other side of the border). As a kid I used to daydream about traveling to those places. Especially Hammerfest had acquired a cult status in my mind.

Too bad that the weather wasn't on your side. You still managed to see some really cool landscapes nonetheless. Also too bad about your hotel troubles. With so much traveling that you're doing it's inevitable that you will run into issues like that every now and then.

I take pride in my geographical knowledge but I have to admit that many of the places that featured in your report were totally unknown to me (no surprise really as we are talking about villages) so thank you for educating me. That factoid about Vardø is super cool.

Thanks again.

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User currently offlineseven3seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 318 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7249 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Of course we were delayed due to the Gardermoen ATC being “understaffed” (load of bullcrap as always - it is an union scam, nothing else

You should be a little more tactful and know your audience. A lot of us in the industry are union members making it possible for you to take these trips.



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User currently offlinestarrymarkb From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2011, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7111 times:

At this point I'm looking at fares to Norway - I'd love to do a trip like this - absolutely stunning scenery. Though I must say the Hotel experience seems very poor for the price! (Makes note to avoid)

[Edited 2012-09-29 01:09:53]

User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6848 times:

Hi folks, thanks a lot for the comments, very much appreciated!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
great report with many beautiful pictures. I should seriously look into these flights up there, would also be a good opportunity to catch the DHC-8-100.

Yes, Norway is the best place in Europe for that! And since Wideroe operates all the four different subtypes of the Dash it makes it even more interesting.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
You could have asked her what the hell she was talking about, referring to a nonstop service sold by your travel agent...  

Yeah, didn't really want to shock her that much  .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
No Russian submarines anywhere?

Nope, they have a reputation for going down and never coming up.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
...getting ready for the launch of Virgin Norway?

That would be way cool. And considering the recent news from the UK you never know these days...

Quoting signol (Reply 3):
Excellent as always, though you can't go wrong with photos of Norwegian scenery!

+1.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
By the way, with a name like that one would have thought that this place is between Finland and Denmark.

Haha yeah, I've always wondered about the Finn part too.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Kinda like some border towns here in the US whose name is a portmanteau: Texarkana, Michiana, Texhoma, Idavada, Calexico (or Mexicali on the other side of the border).

Hey, thanks for introducing a new word to my vocabulary! I knew of these places but never knew what the official ter, for this kind of chimera of a name is! My favorite is of course Mexicali, if only for the Mexican beer with the same name!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Especially Hammerfest had acquired a cult status in my mind.

I wonder if they have an annual Hammer festival or something like that. Maybe celebrating Mjolnar, the Hammer of Thor  .

Quoting seven3seven (Reply 5):
You should be a little more tactful and know your audience. A lot of us in the industry a
re union members making it possible for you to take these trips.

Well, I could also be way, way more blunt! Look I'm sorry if you feel offended by this, but my political views are far, far to the right and unions just don't fit into this picture very well. Plus I absolutely hate it when they start pulling paralegal stunts like this (i.e. mass calling in sick, ban on overtime etc.) which end up inconveniencing travelers.

Now if you have a problem with my opinions or attitude then you are free to skip any posts I make. There are thousands of clinical reports on this site which only convey the actual flight details and nothing of the writer's self. They are guaranteed not to offend anyone. They are sterile and safe and just like french fries without ketchup - edible but very bland and definitely missing something.

BTW like the PATCO strike of 1981 and its outcome shows there are alternatives...

PS. Since that comment was right at the end it implies you did read through the whole report. If this is everything you have to say about it then you might keep it to yourself. Writing this stuff is hard work. The very least anyone reading it could do is to at least mention whether they liked it or not and perhaps even explain why. If that is too much trouble then well, maybe writing the next report will be too much trouble for me. Thank you.

Quoting starrymarkb (Reply 6):

At this point I'm looking at fares to Norway - I'd love to do a trip like this - absolutely stunning scenery.

Yes, very much recommended. The weather can be a hit or miss, but if it co-operates lots of jaw dropping moments are guaranteed!


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6837 times:

Great report Finn! Doing one of those milk runs is definately on my bucket list too. Perhaps something for next summer. I did expect the scenery to be more mountainous (like between TOS and BOO), instead of this rugged landscape.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The airport at Mo i Rana, another Wideroe STOL airport (what else?) - I think I need to do these mid-Norway milk runs between TOS and BOO next:

Also on my bucket list. There are a number of multi-stop flights between TRD and BOO.


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1716 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6777 times:
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Hi there Petteri,

I’ll start my commenting by using a widely used quote in this great report of yours: WOW! Excellent stuff apart from one minor (?) thing: the weather. While it certainly wasn’t all bad, still I think it'l look even more stunning in bright and sunny conditions. But you can’t help that of course   I started looking to do this as well, the milk run itself is quite affordable (lowest I found was € 67), but the flights up to TOS and back from wherever are sky high. Well, I keep looking or if you have any suggestions...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but due to my rather impulsive nature in booking great deals as soon as I see them

Well, if it’s only your nature and not a disorder, then it’s really fine  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
All-in the two (well eight actually) flights cost a very reasonable 134 EUR or 16.75 EUR per segment. All this could be completed in just eight hours on a Saturday

€ 134 is acceptable but the € 67 I saw is better of course. But you booked in summertime or not so long before?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
%u201CUnder the runway, you know%u201D:

Ha ha, one of your best puns annex paraphrasals yet!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Then I sit down to eat my breakfast

How can something like a baguette that comes out of a plastic box taste fresh? You tell me...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
LN-WID will be my first Dash-8 100 series plane:

Hurrah! I guess for you it must not be an easy task to find plane types you haven’t flown before. And the reg is quite nice as well! Now it’s time to log the -300 and all others as well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I see the captain%u2019s girlfriend get onboard as well, she will spend the whole flight in the cockpit jumpseat

The jumpseat? The captain’s lap you mean!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
followed by very heavy breaking

Good thing the landing gear didn’t break during the braking 

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I almost feel sorry for the captain who heads outside into the pouring rain to perform the obligatory walk around check.

You coul’ve proposed to take over that task from him for a ride on the jumpseat? (Oh no, not possible, his woman was sitting there...)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
...with a cute picnic bench for the staff to take a break:

Not in wintertime I guess!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As expected more rugged scenery along the way:

That looks like a church down there, in the middle of nowhere?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
And so it ends, back at TOS a bit over seven hours after I left, eight flights, seven new airports, two new planes and a new plane type under my belt.

These flights are a true aviation lover’s delight. Let’s see if I can make it happen next year.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A nice view of Oslo

I’ve seen Paris, London, Sydney... from up above but this is actually quite stunning as well. And what do you know? It looks a bit like Sydney!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6705 times:

Great pictures and story, P., well done to say the least.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

“Under the runway, you know”:

Looks like Madeira. But I´am sure this is somewhere more up the north!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

They have these really “comfy seaters” at the end of the terminal - perfect:

Well, I know!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

I decide to head to the last row, what we would call the “sikaosasto” (direct translation: “pig compartment”) in Finnish:

Exactly my place on the same plane!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6701 times:
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Hi there FlingFinn!

Another excellent report with excellent pictures. You kept me entertained throughout the whole report, like always!
Norway is such a beautiful country, and your pictures proove it once again, such a shame about the weather though.
These milk runs are something I have been wanting to do for some time now too but I am just like you, once I see or hear about a good deal I book it immediately and let these milk runs wait. Its about time I try them and this report sure encourages me too book it sooner then later  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Then I sit down to eat my breakfast - yes, this baguette is huge:

Quite a nice baguette, which is probably the only nice thing from the hotel reading the rest hehe

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
where I was welcomed home by a most welcome sight

I saw that during my landing in HEL a couple weeks ago, who's is it?

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 820 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6640 times:

Two words: fantastic & inspirational


I did not know before there were such "milk-runs" in Europe. Now I am really eager to take one of these flights in the near future.


Good photos and lots of information regarding the small towns. Keep going, great TR.


User currently offlinejfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6508 times:

Great report. How was the ticket price, and do you know if these routes are subsidized by the government? Some of the towns in your photo look beautiful but tiny, and I wonder if they can support regular air service without a subsidy.

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6488 times:

Hey Petteri

Interesting sunday-morning read, thanks for sharing!
Great to see you enjoyed the milk runs, a great way to op-up the log.
For the rest, rare aircaft, small airline and stunning scenery all the way. What else could you want if you're flying?

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6408 times:

Hello P!

Great idea to do one of these Finnmark milk runs, I'll do it one day too, I promise!
Some great views throughout the report, shame the weather wasn't the best though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The itinerary:

Looks great! And very exotic for being so 'close'.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the lobby shop that seems to be a permanent fixture in all Scandics these days

Yes, it is.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(Google Maps seems to think there is a path where there clearly is no path)

Well, it couldn't have been worse than the new Apple Maps!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Interesting terminal, looks more like a garage to me:

I guess it houses the firetrucks as well in the same building.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The first sight I see is the gate display for the return flight:

Interesting departure time at 11:54, I thought only US carries scheduled by the minute, while the rest of the world goes by the closest 5-minute.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But here comes my biggest gripe - their wifi connection was down during the whole length of my stay. I desperately needed to do some stuff online and had to resort to the free wifis offered by many bars and restaurants in the city instead of doing it in the privacy and comfort of my hotel room.

Shame, I have stayed at quite a few Scandics in Sweden and I have never had any issues with their WiFi. Also a shame to hear how it was handled and that you haven't been pleased with Scandic overall. Ever stayed at one in Sweden?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Of course we were delayed due to the Gardermoen ATC being “understaffed” (load of bullcrap as always - it is an union scam, nothing else

I got the same 'excuse' when I flew through OSL in late August.

Martin


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6271 times:

Hi FlyingFInn!

Very nice report with amazing pictures! Very scenic and must be very nice with each leg being so short. Too bad with the weather but not much you can do about it and that type of weather is very common up there.

Cost for hotel in TOS is not too bad at 213 EUR for two nights (I would almost have expected that for one night) but too bad the wifi didn't work.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6231 times:

Hi FF

Great stuff! I managed to read your report on my way home from Montreal. I really enjoyed seeing your experience of the milk run in Norway. Some amazing landscapes up there for sure. Sorry the weather wasn't the best - but that part of the world is pretty unpredictable, and I can imagine that some of the approaches into those airports can be bouncy to say the least.

Seeing Batsfjord again certainly brought back memories from last year - I had a great time with Wideroe.

Thanks for the tip on the hotel - ugh! Interesting to see that Wideroe's onboard service offerings - the chocolates - remain unchanged.

Looks like some of the sectors on your flights were also very busy. I had a similar experience last year although most sectors were no more than 60% full.

Great to spend a few hours on the Dash 8 - I also can highly recommend the Wideroe milk run.

Milk runs thankfully seem to exist all over the place - including Canada. Stay tuned!

Thanks again

Palmjet



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6070 times:

Hey P.,

great report again, stunning pictures, but that of course can be expected in Norway. Shame about the weather though, but somehow the low clouds and the mist add to the atmosphere and make it even look more spectacular.

That Wideroe milk run seems to be quite exciting, these small airports and towns are really lovely. Would like to do it as well sometime.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The town of Mo i Rana:

Is it just me or is this a really strange name for a town? Somehow when hearing that name I think of a small tropical island in Polynesia or so with white beaches, palm trees, sunshine. But no, actually it is an industrial town in the middle of nowhere, err, Norway   .

CaptainRed


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2293 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5991 times:

Hey P,

Wonderful report north of Tromso. You know that I really like this sort of places, don't you?

As for the hotel... I'm a bit surprised there was no internet at the hotel. That doesn't sound like the Norway I know... It's really regrettable. And booking.com really screwed up there... when the place I'd booked wasn't available they arranged alternative accommodation at the original price. It's *very* poor form to do anything else. I'd be really pissed off myself.

Yeah, back to the flights... Wideroe is pretty good and the airports enroute are great. Everything's really scenic up there  

Hopefully you won't abandon writing TRs completely, P. That'd be really sad. But of course it's up to you. They take a lot of time indeed...


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5989 times:

Hi guys, good to see so many comments. Thank you for taking your time to write them, every single one is greatly appreciated!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 8):
I did expect the scenery to be more mountainous (like between TOS and BOO), instead of this rugged landscape.

No real high mountains this far north.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 8):
Also on my bucket list. There are a number of multi-stop flights between TRD and BOO.

Oh yes, this is actually what I meant of course! Although TOS to BOO via Lofoten sounds good to me as well  .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
While it certainly wasn’t all bad, still I think it'l look even more stunning in bright and sunny conditions.

Now that's an excuse to go back again, isn't it?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
€ 134 is acceptable but the € 67 I saw is better of course. But you booked in summertime or not so long before?

This was booked over 4 months in advance. I guess it is the summer season and well... airfares are just like that. Yes, I've seen those cheap fares from time to time but not this time, unfortunately.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
%u201CUnder the runway, you know%u201D:
Ha ha, one of your best puns annex paraphrasals yet!

Funny, it came to my mind right away when walking underneath that runway for the fist time going to the hotel from the airport and every time (4 in total) I did it during that weekend I thought of it.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
How can something like a baguette that comes out of a plastic box taste fresh? You tell me...

Well, maybe not fresh but it still was substantial and good.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Hurrah! I guess for you it must not be an easy task to find plane types you haven’t flown before. And the reg is quite nice as well! Now it’s time to log the -300 and all others as well.

What? I've logged a number of flights with the -300 model, even with WF's example. Don't you remember my failed quest to log the -200 on TOS-ALF just a month previously? So far the -200 is the only one missing from my log.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Good thing the landing gear didn’t break during the braking 

Har-har. Freudian slip.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
That looks like a church down there, in the middle of nowhere?

I think it is either some sort of monument/memorial thingy or maybe even a mine shaft, there's quite a bit of mining activity up there. Although most of the mines seem to be of the open pit type.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
I’ve seen Paris, London, Sydney... from up above but this is actually quite stunning as well. And what do you know? It looks a bit like Sydney!

Does it? Or did mentioning the Opera House just get you into the mood? BTW it indeed is a stunning building, you should go and take a look!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
Looks like Madeira. But I´am sure this is somewhere more up the north!.

Hah, yes it does and yes it is!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
These milk runs are something I have been wanting to do for some time now too but I am just like you, once I see or hear about a good deal I book it immediately and let these milk runs wait. Its about time I try them and this report sure encourages me too book it sooner then later  

Yes, I strongly recommend "just doing it". Although I'm not sure if they are that fun during the wintertime, so maybe you have to hold on until the next summer. Actually if you want to do lots of short hops in Norway Wideroe's Explore Norway ticket is worth a look - it can be quite a cost effective way for hopping around the country.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
I saw that during my landing in HEL a couple weeks ago, who's is it?

It is owned and operated by these guys: http://www.dc-ry.fi/

Basically a voluntary association of aviation geeks and DC-3 fans. One of these days I'm going to join them and catch a ride on this one!

Quoting CARST (Reply 12):
I did not know before there were such "milk-runs" in Europe. Now I am really eager to take one of these flights in the near future.

Oh yes, there are a few still around. And yes, a very recommendable experience!

Quoting CARST (Reply 12):
Good photos and lots of information regarding the small towns. Keep going, great TR.

Thanks.

Quoting jfidler (Reply 13):
How was the ticket price, and do you know if these routes are subsidized by the government?

Yes, they are PSO = Public Service Obligation routes, i.e. subsidized by the government, both the local and state. And I mentioned it in the first chapter - I paid around 130 EUR for the roundtrip with eight flights (just two flight numbers) between TOS and KKN but it can be had for less money too. Getting to TOS can be expensive too, that's why I used miles for it.

Quoting jfidler (Reply 13):
Some of the towns in your photo look beautiful but tiny, and I wonder if they can support regular air service without a subsidy.

I don't think they would. Luckily the Norwegian government is rich and generous with their subsidies.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Great idea to do one of these Finnmark milk runs, I'll do it one day too, I promise!

I'll hold you to that promise!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Looks great! And very exotic for being so 'close'.

Yes, sometimes you don't have to further than the ocean to fish. In all this globetrotting and flying around the world you sometimes forget the things we have just around the corner.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Also a shame to hear how it was handled and that you haven't been pleased with Scandic overall. Ever stayed at one in Sweden?

Yes, in two or three different ones in Stockholm. The same story as with all my Scandic experiences - very bare bones, old fashioned, worn down and quite rough around the edges. And expensive too, luckily those stays were for business so I didn't have to pick up the tab!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 17):
Sorry the weather wasn't the best - but that part of the world is pretty unpredictable, and I can imagine that some of the approaches into those airports can be bouncy to say the least.

Hmm, I seem to recall far better weather on your flights?

Quoting palmjet (Reply 17):
Seeing Batsfjord again certainly brought back memories from last year - I had a great time with Wideroe.

Hah yeah, that town looked cute as a clam!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 17):
Milk runs thankfully seem to exist all over the place - including Canada. Stay tuned!

I can hardly wait! And Australia too!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 18):
great report again, stunning pictures, but that of course can be expected in Norway. Shame about the weather though, but somehow the low clouds and the mist add to the atmosphere and make it even look more spectacular.

Yeah, it does feel appropriate.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 18):
Is it just me or is this a really strange name for a town? Somehow when hearing that name I think of a small tropical island in Polynesia or so with white beaches, palm trees, sunshine. But no, actually it is an industrial town in the middle of nowhere, err, Norway

Actually it is no different than "Frankfurt an der Oder". The name of the town is actually "Mo" (wonder if they have many cows there) but since there are other places with the same name in Norway they add the name of the county "Rana" to it. The "i" is simply the Norwegian preposition "in", thus "Mo i Rana" means "Mo in Rana".


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5825 times:

Nice report P, and gorgeous photos!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I chat some with a Norwegian man some rows further up - he says he’s just returning from three weeks spent in Malta and can hardly wait to get home, apparently he likes the climate and harsh conditions up here and didn’t really feel at home in the August Mediterranean heat... To each their own I guess.

well, after a period of time out in Asia, it can be very nice to come home to the damp, cold British weather. Pulling on a jumper can be quite nice!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
No passengers disembark here (they are probably scared by the weather), but we gain two new ones.

If there are no pax booked, do they just miss out the stop?



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5790 times:

Another brilliant report from FlyingFinn, I have been to Norway twice in the last 2 years, but never stayed there as the prices have been scaring me.

Thanks for your suggestion on getting a flight on Wideroe.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26992 posts, RR: 57
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5652 times:

Hey P  

Lovely report and great routing . Sometimes these kind of flights can be better than what I would term ''major'' metal and flights.

Id love to do something like that around the Greek Islands sometime .

Anyway looking forward to the next ones of which I know there are many  

Regards

Philip


User currently offlineg2scandinavia From Norway, joined Jun 2010, 535 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5405 times:

Thanks for a great report!

For those of you who are tempted to experience Wideroe in the one of the worlds most breathtaking and scenic locations.

Widerøe is a large airline with 36 Dash 100/200/300/400 aircraft's. Their route network is impressing and complex covering all corners of Norway.


Interactive routemap : http://www.wideroe.no/

The routes from Tromsø to Finnmark is for most foreigners very exotic as described in this fantastic report.
I do however recommend their services around Lofoten with flights in and out of BOO. The nature, contrast and the scenery are breathtaking and hard to describe unless you have seen it your self!

Lofoten


The southern part of the country are also worth trying with widerøe with steep approaches through long and narrow fjord.

But the best of all and the very reason for why I'm posting this is that few aviation enthusiasts are aware of their annual summer offer. Se this page for rules and introduction video from Widerøe about their Explore Norway offer.
http://www.wideroe.no/en/tickets/explore-norway-ticket

You can fly unlimited and as many flights you want around Norway for two weeks with Widerøe for only 690 US dollar!
That's just a ridiculous low prise when you look at their route map. You can even break the their route map into zones for even lower fares. It also allows you to start and finish your trip in OSL/BGO/SVG/TRD or other cities with frequent international connections to the world and the European mainland.

Norway is know for being costly, but you will find information in every town for budget suggestions who could lower your spendings. Norwegian tourist organisation are very aware of the high price level and budget suggestions are a high priority. It's a pity actually that so few seem to know about this when they are planning a trip. I'm tempted to suggest that it will in most cases also offer you more adventures and fun than the regular high end food and hotel experiences (especially in Northern Norway).

Feel Free to send me a PM if you want more information about travel suggestions or other inquiries about your planned trip to Norway 


25 Post contains images infodesk : Hi P, Fantastic, simply fantastic! This is one my all-time favourite reports from your hand, along with Svalbard & the Isle of Man. An aviation dr
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