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My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:50 pm

The arctic experience: SAS to Svalbard, Longyearbyen


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Hei, dear readers,

welcome to another episode of my touring around Norway.

Ten legs done till now
SAS And Faroe Atlantic Airways: FRA-CPH-SVG (by FLIEGER67 Jun 27 2009 in Trip Reports)
Norwegian´s Logo-Jet And SAS: SVG-OSL-TRD-BOO (by FLIEGER67 Jul 2 2009 in Trip Reports)
Wideroe Lofoten Scenic Flights: Five Legs To TOS (by FLIEGER67 Jul 8 2009 in Trip Reports)

Well, I was a little bit excited, ok I was excited.
Svalbard was a place which I wanted to visit for years now.
With two flights per day only from mainland Europe not easy to fit it in my schedule, but now it seems ok.
Also from a flying point of view was that part interesting.
There is simply no alternate airport on the way northernbound from TOS, the only piece of land in the artic sea is Jan Mayen island,
with an 1500 meter airstrip and a weather station.
That means the plane takes a full load of cerosene and if anything goes wrong on the way or at Svalbard, well known for its
quick weather changes, there is no other chance than returning to TOS.
Well, lets go!.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/thumb/6/68/SAS-Scandinavian-Airlines-Logo.svg/800px-SAS-Scandinavian-Airlines-Logo.svg.png


Tuesday, 02.06.2009
TOS (Tromso-Langnes) Rainy, Temperatur 6 degrees
LYR (Svalbard-Longyearbyen) Light clouds, Temperatur 3 degrees
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes announced
1 hour, 35 minutes actual

Service SK 4414 operated by SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Scheduled: 12.15 // 13.55
Actual: 12.15 // 13.50
Gate: 22 Seat: 5A
Load factor: Around 90%
Fare: 100,95 EUR


The "Flybussen" picked me up directly at the hotels door, it was raining outside, so not bad to hop on the bus so quickly.
Around ten minutes to go for the airport. Check-in was the usual system, self service at the kiosks and bag drop off.
All windows taken in the back of the plane, so seat 5A this time.
No time to wait at security and in TOS´s gate area with good views to the apron and the runway.
Some action here, Wideroe flights to various northern norway destinations and some SK and DY services.

The board:
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SK with winglets:
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White Wideroe machine:
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Another one:
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Once more:
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Wideroe departure:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902005.jpg

SK no winglets:
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More Wideroe:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902008.jpg

Touchdown Norwegian:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902009.jpg

To the gate:
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My plane doing the ride from OSL with a stop in TOS and further on to LYR.
Perfectly fitting to my boarding time I saw some lights up above the snowy peaks and as soon as it was clearly visible it looks like my SK machine on approach from OSL.
Touched down and parked at the gate, pax deboarded and a good load of new pax waited with me at the gate.

A light in the far distance:
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Closer:
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And closer:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902013.jpg

Touchdown:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902014.jpg

Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902015.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902016.jpg

At the gate:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902017.jpg

The plane was LN-RCN, the oldest example of the 13 737-800´s in SK´s fleet, delivered at 03.05.2000 and named "Hedrun Viking".
Leg no. 40 for me on that plane type and a new example for my log.
Boarding started a little late. Four female FA´s on that service.
The cabin fitted with dark blue oldfashioned fabric seats, wide and legroom ok, but slightly dirty.

Cabin:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902020.jpg

The scandinavian captain with a short but nevertheless detailed welcome during boarding.
Departure in the right direction from the 2392 meter runway 19. .

Just departed:
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And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902019.jpg

Buy on board also here on that service.
No comment from the FO, the route straight northern and no flightlevel information.
A short goodbye during approach from the pilot.
Guys, that approach was fantastic, going into that ice covered bay and aproaching the 2323 meters runway 10.

Close to Svalbard:
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First views:
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Snow covered land:
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Approach:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902024.jpg

And again:
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Fantastic views:
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Again:
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Touchdown:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902028.jpg

Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902029.jpg

Ever seen a CRJ full freighter?:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902030.jpg

Apron:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902031.jpg

Terminal:
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Deboarding:
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Parked on the apron and quickly out in the public.

In the terminal:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/N0902/N0902034.jpg

My bag arrived and also at LYR there is a public bus service timed to meet the arrivals and shuttle the pax to the city, or better houses called Longyearbyen.
Accomodation was the Spitsbergen Hotel, real recommendable.

The hotel:
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My room:
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View downtown:
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A coal mine:
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The church:
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Snowscooter parking:
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Any transport needs?:
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Historic cableway:
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And equipment:
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Spot the polar fox:
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Weather was fantastic, 24 hours shining sun, nearly no clouds, temperature between -5 and +3 degrees.
Svalbard is ice bear country with a big population around, therefore it´s not allowed to leave the town without a rifle or a guide who knows what to do with it.
I walked around and enjoyed the scenery.
Interesting was also that all the hotel guests had to leave their shoes at the hotels entrance.
Why?. With all that coal mines around there goes anything black powdered after a short time.
The day simply cant find no end, so not that much sleep here at Svalbard.

Will I go on SK again?.
Well, if not, I had to wait for a freight ship back to the mainland!.
SK was ok, the fare for that special destination acceptable, staff ok.
And Svalbard with that weather conditions, yeah I will go again!.

Comments welcome,
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:29 pm

Hi Markus!

The long-awaited installment ! Excellent pictures and amazing that you went there! It's the most northernly airport in the world, to my knowledge. Certainly far north than Barrow in Alaska and I think farther north than Thule on Greenland. Must be difficult to sleep with 24 h daylight!! Glad you went there in the summertime as being in 24h dakrness probably wouldn't have been that great.......

Did you see any polar bears ? How long did you stay ?

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:08 pm

Hi!!

Great pictures, and the landscapes are breath-taking. You certainly are doing a FANTASTIC job on your multi-leg journey. Hats off to you  trophy   trophy   wave 
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:47 pm

WOW! A trip report from Svalbard - well played!

Svalbard looks so beautiful. Great trip report with fantastic photos !
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:11 pm

Hello, good to follow some comments.

@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
The long-awaited installment ! Excellent pictures and amazing that you went there! It's the most northernly airport in the world, to my knowledge.

Thank you.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
Must be difficult to sleep with 24 h daylight!! Glad you went there in the summertime as being in 24h dakrness probably wouldn't have been that great.......

That 24h hours sun was fantastic. It seems the people there dont sleep during summertime.
No problem for me at all, time enough to sleep at home!.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
Did you see any polar bears ? How long did you stay ?

No polar bears, but lots of guy´s with rifle´s.
My stay was around 24 hours.

@Chootie:

Quoting Chootie (Reply 2):

Great pictures, and the landscapes are breath-taking. You certainly are doing a FANTASTIC job on your multi-leg journey. Hats off to you

Thank you. I will show some more pix with the return flight report.

@Jack:

Quoting Airthanet (Reply 3):
WOW! A trip report from Svalbard - well played!

Svalbard looks so beautiful. Great trip report with fantastic photos !

Thank you and Svalbard is indeed a special place to go.

Regards,
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:32 pm

WOW.... I was waiting for this from you.... Great pics and good storytelling.... Looking forward to the next installment...
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:29 pm

Hi Markus,

What a great experience you have had up north! The pictures you have taken are absolutely stunning.

It is just astonishing how you have come up with all those exotic destinations. Though they are rather chilly to me.  cold 

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:27 pm

Markus,

I was eagerly awaiting this one and am not disappointed at all! It looks like the weather was awesome. You should go back again, get out of the city, and go look for some polar bears!

Well, at least that's what I want to do now...
 
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:31 pm

Hey, nice to follow some more comments.

@Basefly:

Quoting Basefly (Reply 5):
WOW.... I was waiting for this from you.... Great pics and good storytelling.... Looking forward to the next installment...

Thank you and more pics coming up with the return leg, especially with the departure above the iceberg´s and glaciers.

@Suryo:

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 6):
What a great experience you have had up north! The pictures you have taken are absolutely stunning.

Thank you.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 6):
Though they are rather chilly to me.

Sounds colder than it was. Dry and cold was ok for me.

Greetings,
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:34 pm

Hi, Thule,

Quoting Thule (Reply 7):
I was eagerly awaiting this one and am not disappointed at all! It looks like the weather was awesome. You should go back again, get out of the city, and go look for some polar bears!

Well, at least that's what I want to do now...

Thanx for your reply.
Absolutely my way, check the rifle´s and going together!.

Greetings,
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:38 pm

Hi Markus,

Wow, what a fantastic trip! A really special report that you don't read every day here. Your pictures are great; I also liked your photos of the town of Longyearbyen. I'm somehow a fan of remote places.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Guys, that approach was fantastic, going into that ice covered bay and aproaching the 2323 meters runway 10.

Sounds fantastic and makes me want to go there too...

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:44 am

Markus,

What an interesting place to visit !!!
You were quite lucky with these weather conditions...I heard in Wintertime, it's dreadful  Sad
Hotel looks, indeed, quite hospitable; how was the food served there ? lot's of fish, bear and reindeer, I guess...

Did you visit the Russian quarters aswell overthere ?

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:02 am

I'm speechless........................................................

Sorry, I don't know what to comment. This must be a very very special place to be.
Your talent for searching new destinations has taken you all across Europe, but Svalbard is something amazing.
SK is something we can cope with, especially on such a special route. I wouldn't have thought they would operate a 738 on the route. Expected a smaller 736 to be honest.
There must be quite a decent local market on the route with a 90% filled 738.

Thank you very much for this report. I liked it a lot!
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:34 pm

Hi Markus,
Another interesting journey. Very dramatic scenary. Quite remote also.

Great to see what its like and glad you had a good time.

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:56 pm

Hey, more comments, real nice.

@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 10):
Wow, what a fantastic trip! A really special report that you don't read every day here. Your pictures are great; I also liked your photos of the town of Longyearbyen. I'm somehow a fan of remote places.

Thank you. Count me in to the remote places!.

@MH017:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 11):
What an interesting place to visit !!!
You were quite lucky with these weather conditions...I heard in Wintertime, it's dreadful

Thank you and the weather was indeed fantastic, but a no go during the long winter nights.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 11):
Hotel looks, indeed, quite hospitable; how was the food served there ? lot's of fish, bear and reindeer, I guess...

Did you visit the Russian quarters aswell overthere ?

Mainly fish, but also different kinds of meat, like you stated available.
Barensburg is only around the corner, better said on the other side of the runway near the
bay. I will show some pix with the return flight.
Ny-Alesund or Pyramiden was to far to go.

@Joost:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 12):
I'm speechless........................................................

Sorry, I don't know what to comment. This must be a very very special place to be.



Quoting DALCE (Reply 12):
Thank you very much for this report. I liked it a lot!

Thank you.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 12):
Expected a smaller 736 to be honest.
There must be quite a decent local market on the route with a 90% filled 738.

Indeed lots of traffic on that route, two flights per day during the summertime, but its the one and only possible way for all the citizens and also the visitors.
Someone told me that Svalbard nowadays is more a large laboratory with several scientist´s
working all around.

@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Another interesting journey. Very dramatic scenary. Quite remote also.

Great to see what its like and glad you had a good time.

Thank you and that was indeed a very special journey.

Regards,
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:43 am

Hi Markus,

I had a feeling you would not be able to resist taking this most Northerly flight  Wink Svalbard is beyond beautiful, it's just amazing. Nice to see the new terminal building, it was under construction when I visited three years ago, so at the time check in and reclaim etc... was all handled within a fairly small section of hanger.

Lovely pictures - there was very little snow whilst I was there, not that I was too disappointed, as we were camping!


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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:13 pm

Hello!

What a nice report and great pics. Svalbard is indeed very scenary.

I visited Longyearbyen last year, took a bad video of the take off:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP9VRJRNIeU
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:18 pm

Hello Markus, what an interesting report! Svalbard has been on my wish list for a while, would you say there is enough to do around there to spent a week? Did you see any wildlife?

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:08 pm

Hey, nice to follow some more comments.

@Dan:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 15):
Svalbard is beyond beautiful, it's just amazing. Nice to see the new terminal building, it was under construction when I visited three years ago,

Thanx for your reply and good to know that you also enjoyed you´re stay there.
Svalbard is definitely beyond beautiful.

@Markus:

Quoting Scandinavian (Reply 16):
What a nice report and great pics. Svalbard is indeed very scenary.

Thank you.
I like you´re video, really nice.

@Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 17):
Hello Markus, what an interesting report! Svalbard has been on my wish list for a while, would you say there is enough to do around there to spent a week? Did you see any wildlife?

Thank you, its definitely worth to visit.
Take a look at the old mining sites like Pyramiden or Ny-Alesund.
Stay overnight at a frozen ship, surrounded by ice.
Some rifle hiking.
Wildlife, yes, the polar fox, lots of birds,but no icebears.

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:04 am

Another great report!!

It has been 5 years since my last trip to LYR and you report just reminds me that is about time I go there again. it such a beautiful and tranquil place to be!

Another must is a visit to the bar at the Radisson Blue (SAS) and sample their enormous collection of Cognac and Whiskey, at least it you go in the winter time when it dark 24 hours a day  Wink

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:01 pm

Hi Markus,

wow, what a record. The northernmost airport in the world. BTW, what's the southernmost? Have you already been there?

LYR looks amazing. Definitely a place to fly to someday. Looking forward to the city pics.

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:22 pm

Hey, ready for some more comments.

@Stein:

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 19):
Another great report!!

Thank you.

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 19):
It has been 5 years since my last trip to LYR and you report just reminds me that is about time I go there again. it such a beautiful and tranquil place to be!

Another must is a visit to the bar at the Radisson Blue (SAS) and sample their enormous collection of Cognac and Whiskey, at least it you go in the winter time when it dark 24 hours a day

Hey, you know, local advice is always very welcomed.
And, I hopefully need not that long to go for northern norway again.

@Stefan:

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 20):
wow, what a record. The northernmost airport in the world. BTW, what's the southernmost? Have you already been there?

LYR looks amazing. Definitely a place to fly to someday.

Thank you.

I dont know the southernmost airport, but it sounds like a good idea to check it out!.

Greetings,
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:01 pm

Wow Markus,

What a series of TR's and whata trip you're having!

I have just read all your TR's from this Northern Expedition to Norway giving me a great "Northern Exposure" to this great land. Funny, I only watched a documentary on the northern areas of Norway yesterday, and after that and reading your TR's I wouldn't mind hopping on a plane right now to discover Norway, a country I have still to visit, has always been high on my list of places to visit and has just moved up to a top priority now!

Your trip reports are great, as they are short and to the point, giving a brief, yet very clear impression of all stages of your trip, from your expectations, to your arrival at and time at airport, the flights, and your short stays in these wonderful places... and the cherry on the cake are your great photos.

Well done and continue to enjoy this great trip!

Regards,
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:15 pm

Hey, Toulouse,

thank you for you´re warm welcomed reply.

Norway is one of, if not my favourite destination here in Europe.
There is always something interesting to catch there.

So, I will do my best with the upcoming further stories.

Best regards,
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:52 pm

Hi Markus,

definitely a great destination to go to. However, 24 hours of daylight is not to my taste.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Ever seen a CRJ full freighter?:

West Air Europe operates two converted (ex-LH CityLine) CRJs as package freighters. Two more frames are operated by Estafeta Carga Aérea of Mexico - but that's it as far as I know.


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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:10 pm

Hi Markus,

Still catching up on reports since I've been away!

Another great one, many thanks, even MrsBA319-131 likes the scenery, maybe she will do a visit?..........

Best Wishes

Mark
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:32 pm

Hey, good to follow some more comments.

@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 24):
definitely a great destination to go to. However, 24 hours of daylight is not to my taste.

Thank you and both, destination and daylight are special things there.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 24):
West Air Europe operates two converted (ex-LH CityLine) CRJs as package freighters. Two more frames are operated by Estafeta Carga Aérea of Mexico - but that's it as far as I know.

One more thanx for the further informations.

@Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 25):
Still catching up on reports since I've been away!

And hopefully read something about it soon.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 25):
Another great one, many thanks, even MrsBA319-131 likes the scenery, maybe she will do a visit?..........

Thank you, sounds like a good idea!.

Greetings,
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:50 pm

Hi Markus,

Not a lot I can write, just WOW!

Stunning landscape, amazing shots from the air and of the town. What a place to visit! I am so glad you had perfect weather and that you finally fulfilled your dream of visiting Svalbard. It certainly seems to have been worth it.

What with all the flights you do, all the unusual routings and exotic locations mainly within Europe, you should make a book out of all this material!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
There is simply no alternate airport on the way northernbound from TOS, the only piece of land in the artic sea is Jan Mayen island,
with an 1500 meter airstrip and a weather station.
That means the plane takes a full load of cerosene and if anything goes wrong on the way or at Svalbard, well known for its
quick weather changes, there is no other chance than returning to TOS.

Not a route for me then  Wink

Thank you so much for this fascinating series

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:37 pm

Hey, Hannah,

always good to read your reply.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 27):
What a place to visit! I am so glad you had perfect weather and that you finally fulfilled your dream of visiting Svalbard. It certainly seems to have been worth it.

Absolutely.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 27):
What with all the flights you do, all the unusual routings and exotic locations mainly within Europe, you should make a book out of all this material!

Sounds like a good idea.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 27):
Not a route for me then

Maybe!.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 27):
Thank you so much for this fascinating series

Thank your for reading and best regards,
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:18 pm



Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 17):
Hello Markus, what an interesting report! Svalbard has been on my wish list for a while, would you say there is enough to do around there to spent a week?

Spending a whole week in Longyearbyen can become challenging, unless you intend to go onto organized tours quite often. Be reminded, that individuals are not allowed to stroll outside the city limits without carrying a rifle due to abundant polar bears.

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 19):
Another must is a visit to the bar at the Radisson Blue (SAS) and sample their enormous collection of Cognac and Whiskey,

That's the hotel I stayed in last year. Good location to the village center and a good restaurant.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 20):
BTW, what's the southernmost?

USH at 54.843278 S ?
Anything in Antarctica should not qualify.
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:19 am

Great work. Almost miss the snow here in Minnesota. Looks just like Minn. in the winter...well there are no mountains in Minn., but still
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:25 pm

Hello, Holger and Caleb,

Quoting HT (Reply 29):


That's the hotel I stayed in last year. Good location to the village center and a good restaurant.



Quoting HT (Reply 29):
USH at 54.843278 S ?

Thanx for the further informations.

Quoting CalebWilliams (Reply 30):
Great work.

Thank you.

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:18 am

Very interesting TR!

I was in Longyearbyen two weeks later for 3 nights. I think it takes about a day to stroll around the village. The rest of the time I did spend in bars and restaurants and reading books  Smile

I did use Eurobonus frequent flier miles for my journey. It did cost 12 000 points from HEL to LYR and back, so it costs the same as any other intra Scandinavian flight  bigthumbsup 
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:00 am



Quoting AYA333 (Reply 32):
Longyearbyen ... I think it takes about a day to stroll around the village.

This is only, if you walk very slowly ... Big grin

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 32):
I did use Eurobonus frequent flier miles for my journey. It did cost 12 000 points from HEL to LYR and back, so it costs the same as any other intra Scandinavian flight   

This is a good idea, as I only later found out that flying intra-norwegian routes will not get you any miles accrued ...
So, unless the fare is pretty low, it might be worth considering spending miles.
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:52 pm

Good report although I think you will find that by deboarding you actually mean disembarking.
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:34 pm

Hey, some more comments.

@AYA333:

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 32):
Very interesting TR!

Thank you.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 32):
I was in Longyearbyen two weeks later for 3 nights. I think it takes about a day to stroll around the village. The rest of the time I did spend in bars and restaurants and reading books

Good to follow that some more travellers try to do the Svalbard way!.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 32):
I did use Eurobonus frequent flier miles for my journey. It did cost 12 000 points from HEL to LYR and back, so it costs the same as any other intra Scandinavian flight

Yes, I know. Another friendly A.netter from your country told it me also.

@HT:

Quoting HT (Reply 33):
This is a good idea, as I only later found out that flying intra-norwegian routes will not get you any miles accrued ...
So, unless the fare is pretty low, it might be worth considering spending miles.

Definitely a good idea if there are enough miles on Eurobonus, not on mine till now.

@Marshall:

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 34):
Good report although I think you will find that by deboarding you actually mean disembarking.

Thank you and so it seems.

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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:07 am



Quoting HT (Reply 33):

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 32):
Longyearbyen ... I think it takes about a day to stroll around the village.

This is only, if you walk very slowly ... Big grin

Or visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum also  Wink

http://www.spitsbergenairshipmuseum.com/
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RE: My Arctic Experience: SAS To Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:24 pm

Hey, AYA333,

back from a couple of flights down in Spain

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 36):
Or visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum also

http://www.spitsbergenairshipmuseum.com/

and thanx for the great link.

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