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Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:06 am

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God dag, dear readers,

if you expect to follow here long haul travel between the busiest cities of the world, this is not the right place to be, at least not today. Ok, you don´t even clicked on the link with this expectations!.
But when you want to see a couple of pictures from a country, where you can travel between sun...

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201042.jpg

...and snow...

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201105.jpg

...by train...

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201106.jpg

...ship...

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201189.jpg

... and of course, by plane...

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...around a day, you might be ok here.

Well, not that someone persuaded me to do it this way, no, I simply love this country.
Ok, back from the pathetic path, might have something to do with the first day around this trip as the country´s national day.

Where to go now?:



Thanx, as usual, to:

http://www.gcmap.com/

Just a couple of days after the inbound from another scandic country:

Yellow Room And Yellow Airline Around The Nordics (by FLIEGER67 Jul 7 2012 in Trip Reports)

I´am here again to fly up the north.

Well, no chance to go without a new departure airport,
no. 215 actually:


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The previous 200 places:


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And the actually flown routes:


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And there is also a companion with me on travel this time.
Well, let´s go!.

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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:09 am

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Oslo lufthavn, Gardermoen
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Service SK 4752 operated by SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Scheduled: 11.30 // 13.25


A lazy late morning departure on the ticket confirmation.
Powered by Exp.de this time.
The fare per leg 85.00 Euro´s, booked as a return, is somewhat steep, but it´s a long weekend here in Germany and lot´s of people are on travel around this time of the year.
I´ve asked for an miles upgrade, but not accepted due to the booking class, also Optiontown shows no upgrade possible for the flight. A good load today?.
Well used motorways, but anyway close to as expected at the usual parking spot for FRA departures, Tourcare, in Neu-Isenburg. Shuttled to the terminal, 1 of course, within the next few minutes.
Seat selection is done in advance, but no boarding papers printed.
That means a detour for the Lufthansa Senator desks.
The elder female agent shows us the seatmap, well done, really good service here.
No need to block the aisle with lots of open seats around the last row.
Quickly done, no time to wait at security and ready for a view to the screen.
OSL looks like ok from gate B01
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201001.jpg
And also the inbound arrived nice 20 minutes early
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201002.jpg
The SEN place is packed with people as usual, but it´s public holiday, ok, you know, so most of the travellers are in a good mood today.
Breakfast anyone?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201003.jpg
Vegetables and eggs
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201004.jpg
Nice staff at the sandwich desk and well, my travel companion
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Looks like not that busy here, MEA and Tarom
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Bus boarding, as lots of FRA connectors dislike.
But not me, with nice weather conditions like today.
This is good to do for example an under the wing shot
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201007.jpg
Or maybe also another one this way
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LN-RRN, is this something new for me?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201010.jpg
Ok, it´s the scheduled 737-700.
Leg. no 36 on type. No new entry here. This bird shuttled me from SVG to OSL a couple of years ago.
Flying around within the SK group since 03.11.1999
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201011.jpg
22 machines on type are in the fleet actually.
The plane was involved in a near miss incident with an AY B752 above Sweden in 2010
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11.30 am, ontime, "Scandinavian" likes to go now back to the north from the 4000 meters runway "Two-Five-Center". 1 hour, 50 minutes in the air ahead, 8 partly cloudy degrees here. Maybe better up the north?.
Cockpit crew is from Scandinavia, the captain with a nice welcome during boarding.
Oldfashioned fabric seats to say the least
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Cabin crew is four FA´s today.
Two female, two male, both times one elder, one younger, all together nice and relaxed, but also nothing special.
Service is free water, coffee, tea.
A view to the cabin
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Legroom is ok here, 24E with the aisle seat open.
The load is 60% in the end, mostly leisure travellers today
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Well, the -600 is much more needed here
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No, not Rome for today
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Where we departed from, just a couple of minutes ago
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Full cabin view with the dark blue well used fabric seats
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The captain is on the mike inflight in a nice style. Cruise level is 30000 feet maximum.
We will see some turbulence above the north sea in a couple of minutes due to strong crosswinds.
The whole thing will not longer last than 10 minutes, but nothing really to worry about. So it was in the end.
Low clouds on finals
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Touchdown at the 3600 meters "One-Nine-Right", 1.30 pm, close to ontime. 10, superb, 2 more than in FRA, degrees and partly cloudy.
Finger disembarking at Oslo
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Bye now to LN-RRN
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There is something different here, spot the Norwegian flag on the plane close by
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Some minutes to wait for the bag and on the way for the city.
Well, my travel companion decides that we need to go on the "Flytoget".
Impressive to say the least
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201029.jpg
The fare is more than 20.00 Euro´s, but what should you do in such situations?
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Not that I´ve even noticed it before. It´s national day in Norway and that means with the people here,
mostly proud of their country, sure a good festival mood around.
Even the female train conductor walks through the railway carriage, singing the national theme, like others told me and decides it´s not the day to check any tickets. Well, tell this one of the Deutsche Bahn officials, no way, absolutely no way in Germany!.
Our accomodation is not that far to walk from Oslo Sentralstasjon and after the usual selfmade and never really necessary detours, we´re ready to check-in
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201038.jpg
We´re ready but not the hotel.
Check-in is open from 3.00 pm and you need to pay an extra 100.00 NOK earlier. Hah, no way, some minutes to wait only till 3.00 pm
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The lobby
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201056.jpg
Room first view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201036.jpg
Not that really spacious
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201034.jpg
The bathroom
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But, you know, Norway and especially Oslo is super expensive. So this is really ok with us and 75.00 Euro´s to stay the night.
Let´s go for a view into town.
A thousand and a couple more people on the streets
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201031.jpg
Tough job today with all the visitors on a public holiday around
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201030.jpg
The new Opera is also something for us
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This is really Oslo S.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201040.jpg
Impressive architecture down by the sea
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201044.jpg
Ostbane, well, we will see
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All the people in traditional clothing
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Lion´s are also here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201051.jpg
The castle in the evening
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The afternoon goes forward and the people on the streets decide to consume everything, what they don´t do usually, at least not in this quantity.
Don´t get me wrong, but I have never seen such a number of drunk people on the streets.
Singing and dancing and drinking.
And not the usual alcohol addicts.
Lot´s of well dressed also elder people who need much more space on the streets while walking than standard.
And lot´s of drunk women, unbelievable.
Helped by other women, bloody knee from falling down. Every taxista in Oslo should pin these day with a big red marker as soon as the first calendar for the new year arrives. And it seems they know it well!.
Time for some good hours of sleep for us now.
It will be an early wakeup call the next morning for a
train/train/ship/bus/train combo, some 14 hours from hotel to hotel and we are really looking forward to it!.

Ah, here we are, Oslo S., 07.30 am and this looks like the first train bound for Myrdal
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I´am really surprised to see also a couple of suits on the train. Now that´s really a heavy form of fear of flying when you decide to go for biz by train than by plane here on this route.
Red for us today
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The older brother
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On the tracks cruising along the Norwegian countryside
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Not that there are also some lakes to follow
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201071.jpg
And it feels also good with snow on the peaks
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Hard work for the engine up for the Hardangervidda
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Looks like cold out there
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201085.jpg
Now that´s what I call snow
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Ustaoset, 990m above sea level
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More snow to come
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Well, that´s the Hardangervidda, the largest mountain plateau in Europe
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Finse, the highest train station in northern Europe
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And down again
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For Myrdal
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Where, after a couple of snowy minutes, the next train, the famous Flamsbana is on finals
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201114.jpg
The snow slide is well needed here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201115.jpg
This is one of the steepest tracks around the whole world, along a valley with the tracks down to the sea level
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That´s where we should go on the other side of the valley
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A short stop en route with a couple of waterfall´s
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And yes, it was cold and wet but really worth it
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Directly above the tunnel
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Impressive to follow the tracks
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Do you want to live here?
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It seems we´re not alone in Flam
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These big cruiser feels somewhat surrealistic here
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Cunards Queen Mary 2
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Anyone ready for an adventure?
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A long way to go from Hamilton till Flam
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The big ship and the small harbour
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Impressive to say the least
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Down the fjord guided by the seagulls
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Bye now for Flam
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Hey, the birds know how to attract the public
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Flam in the distance
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Cruising down the Aurlandsfjord
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The water looks like cold
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The captain with good assistance today
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Not that easy to reach you´re home up there
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Around the corner
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To enter the Naeroyfjord
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How I like this view
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Our ship in Gudvangen
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Further by bus now up and down the Stalheimskleiva
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201196.jpg
One of the steepest roads in Europe
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Water and road down there
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Till Voss, where one of these super classic engines wait´s to shuttle us for the final destination today
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Along more lakes for Bergen
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201204.jpg
We know that Norway is an expensive country, we know that Oslo is an expensive city.
But we don´t really know that Bergen top´s it all.
Tough biz to secure here an accomodation with an acceptable rating on TA.
Rooms on offer, sure, but old, dirty and lousy places for much to much money at all.
Finally we decided for the newly opened Clarion Bergen Airport. Top on the TA ratings for Bergen, with one, maybe very expensive, risiko point. We are calling Bergen railway station scheduled at 8.34 pm and there are two bus departures only available this evening for the airport later on.
A short delay, what might be possible with that long travel day and several connections and the only other way for the airport will be digging a hole in my wallet, by taxi, not what I´am really looking for.
Thanx god, it works and we catched the first bus.
The fare for the two of us is 10.00 Euro´s oneway.

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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:12 am

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The hotel the next morning
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201210.jpg
Unbelievable with a spotters heart
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201211.jpg
The room
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201209.jpg
And the bathroom
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201208.jpg
What about an afternoon view out of the window?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201212.jpg
Unbelievable that you follow the planes directly from you´re bed
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201213.jpg
Good night planes
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201214.jpg
And good morning planes
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Ready for breakfast
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201219.jpg
One of the best ever during my latest travels
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201218.jpg
Everything what you need or not for 130.00 Euro´s
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201216.jpg
Conference
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201222.jpg
Bergen has also an extra heli terminal with lot´s of services for mainly oil rigs in the north sea
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201223.jpg
Let´s go for a city visit now.
But stop, take the advantage of an airport hotel and pick up you´re boarding pass first. No need for OLCI here.
Done in a minute.
Hoping on the next bus and emerging at the harbour front with views like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201229.jpg
Or like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201224.jpg
The seafood market
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201225.jpg
What do you like for dinner?
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Or what about this?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201231.jpg
Weather was perfectly nice for Bergen standards
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201232.jpg
A view from above anyone?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201233.jpg
The Floibanen for us now, 5.00 Euro´s to leave my credit card account twice
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Higher
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Just a little bit more
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201240.jpg
Now, that´s a place with a view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201242.jpg
Cruisers also here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201243.jpg
Down for the old town, Bergen Brygge
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201245.jpg
Narrow ways
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Wooden houses
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How to act with a heavy load
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Looks like really interesting
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201253.jpg
It meanwhile started what it usually in Bergen does, rain!.
Time for us to catch the next bus, pick up the bag and for a closer look around my new departure airport.



Saturday, 19.05.2012


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Bergen lufthavn, Flesland
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Oslo lufthavn, Gardermoen
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Service SK 284 operated by SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Scheduled: 18.15 // 19.05


Covered walkways, sure well needed here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201257.jpg
In the small terminal building
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201255.jpg
What about our service?.
Looks like ok from gate 29.
Note the delayed LH bound for HAM.
The info to the pax was for sure interesting.
An catering service truck hit the fuselage of the plane which results in a large dent.
They are not sure if the plane is ready to fly.
Wait for the next info.
Well, the plane was still on the ground later, when we taxied for the runway
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201263.jpg
75.00 Euro´s is the fare here per pax secured by Lastminute.de.
No time to wait at security and for a view to the apron. Action, at least if there is one!.
No lounge to visit here btw.
SK, ok that´s somewhat expected
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201258.jpg
Norwegian, well also not out of the ordinary
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201264.jpg
Rainy close up
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201266.jpg
That looks like more interesting. Heli between the winglets
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201268.jpg
Taxi
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201269.jpg
For the heli terminal, of course
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201270.jpg
Norwegian´s classic LN-KKD
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201271.jpg
Heli on the go
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201259.jpg
Air Europa with an cruiseshipcharter two hours late bound for Valadolid.
Thanx god, we passed security short before these huge group of mostly retired spanish couples.
Imagine the scenery when they want to open an emergency door from the domestic to the international terminal area.
Shouting around, shaking at the door, the next thing might be a broken glass and we all need to vacate the gates again to sort it out.
Well, always these retirees!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201261.jpg
There is one more 737-700 on schedule for our service
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201272.jpg
No winglets, but it looks like a -700
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201273.jpg
How to check the engine
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201274.jpg
Wideroe Dash´s in the background
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201275.jpg
Boarding is called from the finger gate
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201276.jpg
But hey, there are also stairs leading for the apron and the rear door. No question, the way to go for us now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201277.jpg
The engine looks somewhat oily here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201278.jpg
What to do if it starts to rain on the apron?.
The wing is for sure a good rain protection
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201279.jpg
LN-RRM now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201280.jpg
Leg no. 37 on type. Finally a new registration for me.
"Erland Viking" is within the SAS group since 12.01.2000.
Never noticed these small registration markers at the tail
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201282.jpg
Cockpit crew is from Scandinavia, the captain with a nice and relaxed welcome during boarding.
He´s once again on the mike later on with more informations during our early approach.
No route or flightlevel details.
6.20 pm, close to ontime, "Scandinavian" on the move for OSL, 40 minutes to go from the 2990 meters runway "Three-Five".
11 degrees and light rain here.
Just departed, snowy peaks ahead
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201283.jpg
Turning inland
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201284.jpg
Waterstyle living down there
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201285.jpg
Where we are coming from
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201288.jpg
Cabin view with the well used, not that really clean, dark blue fabric seats from 22E, all three seats are taken here.
This is a 100% load, no open seat to spot.
It´s Saturday evening, travellers of all ages around and no biz suits to spot
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201289.jpg
Cabin crew is one elder female, well, really nice, cute and good looking together with two male FA´s, one elder and ok, one middle aged and nice.
Legroom, not that there is much about it.
Ok, what do you expect from a middle seat and a full flight?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201290.jpg
Service is free coffee, tea, water.
The safety card, for sure
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201291.jpg
Touchdown at "Zero-One-Left", 7.10 pm, close to ontime, also 11 degrees and light rain here, no changes.
Finger disembarking at OSL, no apron possible this time
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201292.jpg
Bye now for LN-RRM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201293.jpg
The bag is quick and we decided to go for a Pizza at the airport before heading out to the hotel.
Not to talk about the price, much to much, but anyway we´re hungry, what should you do?.
Well, I had already talked about how I like these country?.
Yes ok, but had I also talked about the people and alcohol here?.
A few tables away are two couples between 50 and 60
in a really funny mood, to say the least. Laughing and talking loud.
Suitcases and a couple of plastic dutyfree bags around, where you hear the usual clash when booze bottles and the stone floor coming in contact.
The two ladies helped each other on the way for the, maybe, restroom and when they are coming back a soaking wet trousers with one of them was clearly to spot. I don´t want to know what happens on the way!.
Well, they picked up their belongings and staggering away, hopefully to catch a taxi.
Five minutes later another couple decides for the same table.
He is looking also not that really comfortable but anyway ok, but she rests her head immediatelly on the table, snoring away as soon as she sits down.
And no question the usual duty free bags with the usual clash are also here.
Time for us to catch the frequently running hotel bus shuttle now for the Quality Airport Hotel Gardermoen. The fare 9.00 Euro´s.
The room was prepared for us
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201295.jpg
And there was nothing else to do than catching a couple of hours in dreamland now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201294.jpg
The bathroom
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201296.jpg
A small breakfast is available from 04.30 am, sure ok with us and the upcoming early deaprture.
The fare here 100.00 Euro´s B&B.
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:13 am

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Oslo lufthavn, Gardermoen
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Service SK 4751 operated by SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Scheduled: 07.25 // 09.35


The shuttle bus runs perfectly ontime, also this very early Sunday morning time.
And for sure there are not that many customers around.
These flight is scheduled on a 737-500 and I´am really looking forward to it.
Seat selection is done online and the self service kiosk
prints out what we are looking for.
Nothing new for FRA from gate 30
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201303.jpg
Time enough to hit the lounge here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201306.jpg
Strange, you need to walk through the biz part till you reach a separate door for the Star Gold guests.
Well, guests, there is no one else around beside us and three employees
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201299.jpg
Superb offers this early morning
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201300.jpg
Meeting anyone?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201301.jpg
Comfy chairs
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201302.jpg
Scandic design tables
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201304.jpg
Smoothie´s anyone, too?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201305.jpg
Our plane. Are you sure that this is a -500?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201307.jpg
Well, well, it looks like more as the third -700 in a row
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201309.jpg
LN-TUM, at least that sounds new to me
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201310.jpg
"Oystein Magnusson", no viking today.
It´s new, really, leg no. 38 on type.
In the air since 19.04.2002 along the SK group.
One of the 22 -700´s in the fleet
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201311.jpg
Large winglets here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201312.jpg
Engine view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201313.jpg
The two main competitors side by side
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201314.jpg
Cockpit crew is from Scandinavia, the captain with a nice welcome during boarding in a cool style.
The FO is pilot flying today. He´s on the mike inflight with short informations and once more during holding for FRA.
No route info, flightlevel maximum is 40000 feet.
7.25 am, that´s nothing really new to me, perfectly ontime.
8 degrees ans rain, I´am looking for something warmer now.
1 hour, 50 minutes from runway "One-Nine-Left" for FRA.
Cabin view with the dark blue fabric seaters, clean so far
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201317.jpg
Cabin crew is two female FA´s both nice, one elder, one middle aged together with another elder nice male FA.
Sure, the safety card
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201318.jpg
Ok legroom with 21E, the aisle remains open.
Warm welcomed with a 80 % load. The usual bunch of weekend travellers around, for example these guy with
his annoying loud music in the row behind us.
Hey, I don´t want to listen to you´re ghetto style tunes
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201319.jpg
Cruising above the clouds
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201320.jpg
Service is nothing new, free coffee, tea, water.
Full cabin view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201322.jpg
Coming in for FRA
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201327.jpg
Touchdown at "Zero-Seven-Left", 09.25 am ontime, some holding circles but anyway 10 minutes ahead to schedule.
Something warmer?. Ok, 16 degrees and a few clouds only here.
7-8-7, something for me
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201328.jpg
Nice weather at FRA
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201329.jpg
Welcome back to Germany
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201330.jpg
Or should I go again up the north, maybe on this engine?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201331.jpg
Under the wing, you know
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201332.jpg
Bye now to LN-TUM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201334.jpg
And the under-the-wing shots
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Norway1201/N1201335.jpg
Our bag was one of the very few on the belt.
Lot´s of connecting pax as usual at FRA.
The shuttle works convenient and not that long thereafter back at the homebase.

Conclusions, no question:

SK FRA-OSL: As relaxed as it should be.
SK BGO-OSL: Nice staff, cramped seating.
SK OSL-FRA: Comfy, beside the ghetto music guy.

And now?. There is something more to do this month.
Some legs to count on Skyteam, of course a new departure airport and "Travel with nice accompaniment" is the theme for the next story!.

Farvel, Norway, comments welcome, no question,
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:41 am

Hey Markus ,

Lovely report and brought back memories . I did a Fjords cruise taking in Flam/Bergen and did the same train trip . Really nice experience. Also great to see the QM2 . It really looks unreal in such a location.

Lovely photos of SK too and nice pics of Norway . Always a nice place to go .

You make we want to go back sometime  

Thanks for the lovely report.

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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:48 am

Good report Markus. Flam looks really scenic. If ever i take another trip on the Hurtigruten, I'm going to have to make a side trip there. Your pictures of Bergen brought back fond memories of my two trips there to take the Hurtigruten. Norway too is one of my favorite countries, probably doesn't hurt that my maternal grandfather was from there.

I do have to wonder, how do you get access to the operational information at FRA? is there a special kiosk at FRA airport to access that? Or do you have access to a non-public website that contains such information?

Finally, if you break down your log by subtype, I think LN-TUM is a 737-705, probably originally delivered to or ordered by Braathens. On my second trip on the Hurtigruten I flew on LN-TUA, Braathen's very first 737-700, at that time it didn't have winglets.

Finally, when you say International vs domestic, do you mean Schengen vs non-schengen? because I thought all flights within the Schengen zone were considered to be "domestic" as in, no passport controls, or is Norway different?

Once again, good report and pictures.

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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:11 pm

Great report there with good pictures Markus. Scandinavia looks completely different to anywhere else in Europe - must make a point to get there sometime!
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:25 pm

Hi Markus,

thanks for sharing this truly amazing report! Norway countryside looks really stunning with all the fjords and especially with the QM2 in between. Doing a cruise up there sounds quite nice to me.

Too bad the 735 was changed to a -700, but anyway a great report!

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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:20 pm

Hi and nice to follow these comments.


@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Lovely report and brought back memories . I did a Fjords cruise taking in Flam/Bergen and did the same train trip . Really nice experience. Also great to see the QM2 . It really looks unreal in such a location.

Lovely photos of SK too and nice pics of Norway . Always a nice place to go .

You make we want to go back sometime  

Thanks for the lovely report.

Thank and really good to know about you´re cruise experience.


@NorthstarBoy:

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 5):
Good report Markus. Flam looks really scenic. If ever i take another trip on the Hurtigruten, I'm going to have to make a side trip there. Your pictures of Bergen brought back fond memories of my two trips there to take the Hurtigruten. Norway too is one of my favorite countries, probably doesn't hurt that my maternal grandfather was from there.

Thank you and count me in this way.

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 5):
I do have to wonder, how do you get access to the operational information at FRA? is there a special kiosk at FRA airport to access that? Or do you have access to a non-public website that contains such information?

There is a small, secret button on the screen where you find the Ops screen.

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 5):

Finally, if you break down your log by subtype, I think LN-TUM is a 737-705, probably originally delivered to or ordered by Braathens. On my second trip on the Hurtigruten I flew on LN-TUA, Braathen's very first 737-700, at that time it didn't have winglets.

Ah, good to know.

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 5):
Finally, when you say International vs domestic, do you mean Schengen vs non-schengen? because I thought all flights within the Schengen zone were considered to be "domestic" as in, no passport controls, or is Norway different?

Once again, good report and picture

Thanx again. Norway separates domestic and international flights, Schengen or not is separated again after the first one.


@J.:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 6):

Great report there with good pictures Markus. Scandinavia looks completely different to anywhere else in Europe - must make a point to get there sometime!

Thank you and it´s definitely worth to visit.


@Maurice:

Quoting mloew (Reply 7):

thanks for sharing this truly amazing report! Norway countryside looks really stunning with all the fjords and especially with the QM2 in between. Doing a cruise up there sounds quite nice to me.

Too bad the 735 was changed to a -700, but anyway a great report!

Thank you and count me in with the QE 2 surprise.

Greetings,
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:29 pm

Hi Markus,

What a really super report. It has everything: planes, trains, buses and boats, all with wonderful scenery. How lucky were you with the weather? Is it just me, or has your travel companion got taller since the AUH trip? He looks so grown up now.

Your pictures are lovely. The Norway in a Nutshell tour seems to be a good way of seeing so much in a short space of time. I can’t believe how much snow there was on the run up to Myrdal. Bergen looks so picturesque too.

We talked about the Clarion hotel but seeing your photos only emphasise what a good find it was. The view from the room is just perfect!

As for the large number of drunks, well that does spoil the otherwise good impressions you got of the country.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The fare is more than 20.00 Euro´s, but what should you do in such situations?

What a cool train. Must have been worth the price.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Even the female train conductor walks through the railway carriage, singing the national theme, like others told me and decides it´s not the day to check any tickets. Well, tell this one of the Deutsche Bahn officials, no way, absolutely no way in Germany!.

Fantastic. I can’t see that happening in Switzerland either!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Now that´s really a heavy form of fear of flying when you decide to go for biz by train than by plane here on this route.

I know something about that!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It seems we´re not alone in Flam

Such a great photo. When you see the size of the QM2 it’s hard to believe she can cruise the fjords. It proves just how deep the water must be to accommodate a ship of that size.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Or what about this?

Not for me, thank you !

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Imagine the scenery when they want to open an emergency door from the domestic to the international terminal area. Shouting around, shaking at the door, the next thing might be a broken glass and we all need to vacate the gates again to sort it out.

Believe me, it happens. One day at work I heard an almighty crash and what was the cause? A gentleman had wheeled his luggage trolley with full force right into the glass door of the flower shop. The entire door was gone and the floor covered in glass!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Ok, what do you expect from a middle seat and a full flight?

Middle seat? You must have a special travel companion if you sacrifice the window  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The usual bunch of weekend travellers around, for example these guy with
his annoying loud music in the row behind us.
Hey, I don´t want to listen to you´re ghetto style tunes

Annoying, isn’t it? They were really strict about that on the buses in New Zealand. Anyone who had the volume too high got a telling off.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And now?. There is something more to do this month.
Some legs to count on Skyteam, of course a new departure airport and "Travel with nice accompaniment" is the theme for the next story!.

Now, that seems familiar. I wonder why?!

Happy flying
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:42 pm

Nice photos   would have been nice to catch the 737-600 for one of the flights as that's pretty rare, but never mind!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
also Optiontown shows no upgrade possible for the flight. A good load today?.

Optiontown doesn't allow short haul upgrades on SAS - only long haul e.g. ARN-EWR. The exception is Blue1 where it can be used for short haul.
 
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:54 pm

Great report as usual. Great idea to combine train, boat and car.
Norway is indeed a great country, and Bergen is also high on my to visit list!
 
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:09 pm

Hey and nice to follow more comments.


@H.:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

What a really super report. It has everything: planes, trains, buses and boats, all with wonderful scenery. How lucky were you with the weather? Is it just me, or has your travel companion got taller since the AUH trip? He looks so grown up now.

Thank you and that´s what I always ask him!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

Your pictures are lovely. The Norway in a Nutshell tour seems to be a good way of seeing so much in a short space of time. I can’t believe how much snow there was on the run up to Myrdal. Bergen looks so picturesque too.

Snow and sun, that fit´s perfectly up there.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

We talked about the Clarion hotel but seeing your photos only emphasise what a good find it was. The view from the room is just perfect!

That is a really special place to stay the night.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

As for the large number of drunks, well that does spoil the otherwise good impressions you got of the country.

Jan is learning for life this way, you know.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

What a cool train. Must have been worth the price.

Sure it is.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

Fantastic. I can’t see that happening in Switzerland either!

No way, sure no way.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

I know something about that!

Long ago!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

Such a great photo. When you see the size of the QM2 it’s hard to believe she can cruise the fjords. It proves just how deep the water must be to accommodate a ship of that size.

That was a real surprise there with the QE2.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

Not for me, thank you !

And me also not, too!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

Believe me, it happens. One day at work I heard an almighty crash and what was the cause? A gentleman had wheeled his luggage trolley with full force right into the glass door of the flower shop. The entire door was gone and the floor covered in glass!

Unbelievable, these people.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

Middle seat? You must have a special travel companion if you sacrifice the window

Well, sometimes, you know!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

Annoying, isn’t it? They were really strict about that on the buses in New Zealand. Anyone who had the volume too high got a telling off.

Sure ok with me this way.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):

Now, that seems familiar. I wonder why?!

No idea, absolutely, no idea!.


@Hywel:

Quoting Hywel (Reply 10):
Nice photos   would have been nice to catch the 737-600 for one of the flights as that's pretty rare, but never mind!

Thank you and sure that would be nice here.

Quoting Hywel (Reply 10):

Optiontown doesn't allow short haul upgrades on SAS - only long haul e.g. ARN-EWR. The exception is Blue1 where it can be used for short haul.

Ah, good to know.


@Robert:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):

Great report as usual. Great idea to combine train, boat and car.
Norway is indeed a great country, and Bergen is also high on my to visit list!

Thank you and this is for something recommendable.

Greetings,
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:13 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I have never seen such a number of drunk people on the streets.
Singing and dancing and drinking

Try new year's eve in Stockholm. I went about 10 years ago and was stunned that all the locals got completely sh**faced in public, out in the freezing cold waiting for the fireworks (which are way better than Sydney or London BTW). Everybody was having a great time, even the ones who literally fell on their faces. Back home in the UK that level of public alcohol consumption would inevitably lead to mass brawls.

Great TR, thanks!
 
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Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:17 pm

Wow! What beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing them as I am sure there are many of us reading your trip report who will never get a chance to visit for ourselves!
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:08 am

Hi Markus,

Once again another fantastic report! Cool to see that you used trains, ships & planes. I recently did something similar in the South Island of New Zealand. Hopefully I'll get around to do a report about it.

I have to say Norway looks absolutely stunning. Despite the extraordinary prices it looks like a pretty cool place to go. That picture of the QM2 in that tiny harbour with the Norweigian countryside surrounding it is as you said pretty surreal.

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:55 am

Hey, good to follow more comments.

@ZahhodB:

Quoting ZaphodB (Reply 13):
Great TR, thanks!

Thank you.

Quoting ZaphodB (Reply 13):
Try new year's eve in Stockholm. I went about 10 years ago and was stunned that all the locals got completely sh**faced in public, out in the freezing cold waiting for the fireworks (which are way better than Sydney or London BTW). Everybody was having a great time, even the ones who literally fell on their faces. Back home in the UK that level of public alcohol consumption would inevitably lead to mass brawls.

Really interesting to follow you´re impression.


@A.:

Quoting burj (Reply 14):
Wow! What beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing them as I am sure there are many of us reading your trip report who will never get a chance to visit for ourselves!

Thank you.


@aflyingkiwi:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 15):
Once again another fantastic report! Cool to see that you used trains, ships & planes. I recently did something similar in the South Island of New Zealand. Hopefully I'll get around to do a report about it.

Thank you and good to know about New Zealand.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 15):

I have to say Norway looks absolutely stunning. Despite the extraordinary prices it looks like a pretty cool place to go. That picture of the QM2 in that tiny harbour with the Norweigian countryside surrounding it is as you said pretty surreal.

Exactly my impression, you know.

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:31 am

Hola Markus!

Great TR, having some company on such a nice route is a very nice idea, I bet young Markus will remember this trip for the coming years.

I did a similar trip with my parents, about 40 years ago... long time and I still have fond memories of it, especially now, as I told you with my father's death at the beginning of July, all these things come to you again. We just did a small cruise from Bergen up the fjords... great!

Glad to see all the SK flights, they seem OK but their planes look sort of old-fashioned with those fabric seats, but nice to hear they have so many B737 in all series.

The view of a big cruise like the QM2 reminds me of the Panama Canal, it was announced on the press when she will cross it and it was very interesting to go and see her crossing through the jungle.

Heavy drinking and Northern Europe seems a well established union, sadly exported worldwide nowadays.

Salut!

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:01 am

God dag, min venn Markus,

How nice to explore Norway with your companion and amazing how you portray the contrast within this country. From sun to snow. From city to nature. From beach to mountain. From traditional to modern design. Love it!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Ok, you don´t even clicked on the link with this expectations!.

Nope, unless you live overseas.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
...ship...
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
How I like this view

Breathtaking!  Wow!


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Breakfast anyone?

Yes, please. Can I have some of the croissants?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Nice staff at the sandwich desk and well, my travel companion

Sweet!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
lots of FRA connectors dislike.

How ungrateful!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
This is good to do for example an under the wing shot

Yay! Thanks to spotter friendly airport.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
The plane was involved in a near miss incident with an AY B752 above Sweden in 2010

Another one with an incident in the past. They must have needed you to exorcise the bad omen.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
No, not Rome for today

All roads lead to Rome, also via Norway.   


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
you need to pay an extra 100.00 NOK earlier.

EUR 14? They really know how to make money.   


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Lion´

Hmm, what might be the connection between this and his Croatian counterpart?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
A thousand and a couple more people on the streets

Great shot with the cloud formation on the background.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Helped by other women, bloody knee from falling down.

Ouch, that hurts!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
The captain with good assistance today

Land in sight!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Clarion Bergen Airport

Definitely deserved best ratings on TA with well appointed room and extensive breakfast buffet! Great tarmac view, it reminds me of CitizenM Schiphol.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
What do you like for dinner?

Can I have the sole, please?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Or what about this?

Sole’s fine for me. By the way, are the shrimps and shells still alive?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Note the delayed LH bound for HAM.

Not as bad as AE.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Heli between the winglets

Give me H-five! 


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
The wing is for sure a good rain protection

Absolutely, or sun like I saw at SRG.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Well, guests, there is no one else around beside us and three employees

They must have cleared the area just for you, The Ambassador.   


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Smoothie´s anyone, too?

Yes, please. Can I have the yellow one?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
these guy with his annoying loud music in the row behind us. Hey, I don´t want to listen to you´re ghetto style tunes

Perhaps we should give him repeated ‘Ave Maria’ as a remedy.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
7-8-7, something for me

When?  


Thank you for sharing. Please pass on my regards to your companion.

Lykkelig søndag,
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:37 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Even the female train conductor walks through the railway carriage, singing the national theme, like others told me and decides it´s not the day to check any tickets. Well, tell this one of the Deutsche Bahn officials, no way, absolutely no way in Germany!.

They actually never check tickets on that train. To enter or exit the platform at OSL, you need to insert your ticket. This is how they check that you have one. On the Oslo S side, you can walk right onboard, but you won't be able to exit the platform at OSL without a valid ticket. Also, compared to normal trains, the conductor is not a conductor, but rather an "onboard host" as all door operations are done automatically by the driver.

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 5):
Finally, when you say International vs domestic, do you mean Schengen vs non-schengen? because I thought all flights within the Schengen zone were considered to be "domestic" as in, no passport controls, or is Norway different?

You have to go through Norwegian customs regardless of Schengen or not, so it has to be separated.
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:21 pm

Hi Markus,

You certainly have a soft spot for Norway, don't you?

However I think we have a huge cultural clash here over many issues.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, not that someone persuaded me to do it this way, no, I simply love this country.

Come on Markus - you are from South of Germany and thrifty as hell. And then you keep going to Norway, the most expensive country in Europe, nearly the whole world! This does not make any sense. Heck I try to keep my trips there as short as possible for the very same reason - everything, not to mention everything fun there costs a ridiculous amount of money. Besides you've done that train ride already, you ever wrote a report about it already!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´ve asked for an miles upgrade, but not accepted due to the booking class, also Optiontown shows no upgrade possible for the flight. A good load today?.

SAS does not offer short haul upgrades thru Optiontown, only longhaul. And where did you get enough Eurobonus points for an upgrade?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
OSL looks like ok from gate B01

Argh, I seriously hate that B "Schengen stub". Bus boardings, almost no facilities at all and a helluva way to the Schengen lounges at the A pier. Sure, you can pass immigration to go to the superior non-Schengen B lounges but coming back you need to reclear security which sucks big time (not to mention the fact that sometimes the passport queues are horrible).

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The plane was involved in a near miss incident with an AY B752 above Sweden in 2010

Hmm, interesting.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Oldfashioned fabric seats to say the least

Well, these are very nice seats, and way better than the newer SAS seats with abysmal legroom.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
There is something different here, spot the Norwegian flag on the plane close by

What's so different about i?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, my travel companion decides that we need to go on the "Flytoget".
Impressive to say the least

Well I think it a helluva ugly train. Looks like a fat version of the "dolphin nose" the Spanish AVEs have.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
But, you know, Norway and especially Oslo is super expensive. So this is really ok with us and 75.00 Euro´s to stay the night.

Hey, considering the usual hotel prices in Oslo and everywhere in Norway for that matter that's a bargain!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Don´t get me wrong, but I have never seen such a number of drunk people on the streets.

Obviously you've never been to Finland on the 30th of April. Or to Scotland on any Saturday night.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And lot´s of drunk women, unbelievable.

What's so weird about drunk women? You know we abolished any gender inequality decades ago, just go to any Finnish/Scandinavian/British/Irish bar on a Saturday night and it'll be full of drunk women. And men too. You know, sometimes I think you live in the 1700th century, Markus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´am really surprised to see also a couple of suits on the train. Now that´s really a heavy form of fear of flying when you decide to go for biz by train than by plane here on this route.

Well it doesn't mean they are necessarily going all the way to Bergen where the next major airport is. There are places in-between with no airport, you know?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Now that´s what I call snow

Wow, I didn't know they they had snow on those "Spine of Norway" mountains this time of year.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Do you want to live here?

No.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Finally we decided for the newly opened Clarion Bergen Airport. Top on the TA ratings for Bergen, with one, maybe very expensive, risiko point. We are calling Bergen railway station scheduled at 8.34 pm and there are two bus departures only available this evening for the airport later on.

You are following Jonas' way are you?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Unbelievable that you follow the planes directly from you´re bed

Nice views, I have to admit.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The seafood market

Yummy. Lovely. I remember this market well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Weather was perfectly nice for Bergen standards

Well, considering how fast the weather can (and does) change there...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Down for the old town, Bergen Brygge

You never made it to the fortress? I thought that was the best sight in Bergen.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service SK 284 operated by SAS Scandinavian Airlines

You know I'm kinda disappointed at your route choice - going back the same way you came in. No way! Why not fly to CPH on the lovely CRJ-900 or just direct to FRA with a LH 737?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Never noticed these small registration markers at the tail

Me neither, next time I'll be keeping an eye out for them.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Suitcases and a couple of plastic dutyfree bags around, where you hear the usual clash when booze bottles and the stone floor coming in contact.

Yes, you saw how expensive everything, and especially everything fun is around these latitudes, so don't act like you're surprised to see people stock up on affordable booze while abroad. On an average trip I bring back many liters of the good stuff.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
He is looking also not that really comfortable but anyway ok, but she rests her head immediatelly on the table, snoring away as soon as she sits down.

Again standard behavior around here on trips abroad. A couple of years ago at OSL I had to help an extremely drunk Norwegian man coming from LPA thru security but he couldn't make it so the guards took custody of him.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Strange, you need to walk through the biz part till you reach a separate door for the Star Gold guests.

The funny thing is that there's no warden on the entrance to the "inner sanctum" so basically anyone who is admitted to the lounge can just walk back there any enjoy the (slightly) better offerings.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Oystein Magnusson", no viking today.

No, because this is an ex-Braathens bird. Those ones are named after Norwegian kinds.
 
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:57 am

Hello Markus,

Very good report, Markus! Your love for Norway is evident on every pic. I've been to Norway once in my childhood and remember it as well as a beautiful country: cold but the breathtaking fjord and other views made it really worthwhile.
Solid flights on SAS, too bad you missed out on the 735.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Nice staff at the sandwich desk and well, my travel companion

Ha ha, FLIEGER67 junior came along! You're apparently bringing him up as a good trip reporter

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
One of the best ever during my latest travels

Yummy!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Everything what you need or not for 130.00 Euro´s

Ouch...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Shouting around, shaking at the door, the next thing might be a broken glass and we all need to vacate the gates again to sort it out.

Did they really cause a scene like that  Wow!

In thrust we trust.
 
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:14 pm

Hi Markus,

another great report. Nice how you have included so many different means of transport here. Some wonderful pictures as well, especially around the train ride and the little cruise you made. This train ride is something I would love to do as well, even though I normally don't like such long train rides.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Even the female train conductor walks through the railway carriage, singing the national theme, like others told me and decides it´s not the day to check any tickets. Well, tell this one of the Deutsche Bahn officials, no way, absolutely no way in Germany!.

Cool, now that's indeed something. Unthinkable of indeed in Germany.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
So this is really ok with us and 75.00 Euro´s to stay the night.

Great price for Norway, and the room looked nice as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Everything what you need or not for 130.00 Euro´s

Ok, now that sounds more like Norway   ... But excellent view towards the apron, just it seems there is not that much variety in traffic in Bergen. Also nice to see some pictures of the city of Bergen, definitely a interesting place. And you were obviously quite lucky with the weather, especially for the views from Mount Floyen. On my visit there a few years ago I had both heavy rainshowers and heavy sunshine, alternating every 5 minutes.

And on the flights, another solid performance by SK it seems here, nothing special but ok. Just a shame that you had three times the same plane type, a little more variety would have been nice for sure.

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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:08 am

Hi Markus !

Great to see another report from you and especially one to Norway on their National Day (also my son's birthday...) !

Very nice to see you travel around Norway on trains and by air and bus. Amazing with the snow on Hardangervidda. I saw that on my flight ARN-EWR in early June.

You were really lucky with the weather in Bergern; I think it rains well over 200 days a year there.

Hotel at the airport looks okay and perfect view!

Looking forward to your next report !

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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:30 am

Fantastic report Markus, and more over, beautiful pix from Norway, especially QM II and Bergen.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Optiontown shows no upgrade possible for the flight. A good load today?.

Only on longhaul iirc

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Oldfashioned fabric seats to say the least

But comfortable as always on SK.

Good to see mini-flieger again in action... missed him for a while.

Regards
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:43 pm

Hi Markus!

I read this report while in Tromso, as it was raining heavily, but the comments have had to wait, sorry about that!

Really nice report from a very special country indeed.

Some highlights:
I also stayed at the Comfort Xpress in Oslo. It was quite nice, but the rooms were on the small side indeed.
I also took the train to Bergen (but all the way there); the scenery seems to be a bit better in summer--the snow has melted and you only have the glaciers and beautiful lakes.
Regarding the Norwegians--they're very relaxed people. No ID controls at security, just the boarding pass... In fact, no one checked my ID at all, at least on the mainland, even on a youth ticket! I enjoyed it very much--there's a very high level of human trust there--very unlike both Romania and the USA.
Bergen--what a city. One of my favorites for sure. Also, be sure to check the small guesthouses next time you're there, they're better value than the hotels it seems.

Regarding the flights:
SAS seems to offer a consistent product and you always know what to expect. That's the first thing for an airline to do. There's not much more to say, really, except the ubiquitous "Ikke ga under vingen" signs reminded me of you.

It's no surprise you love Norway; so do I!
 
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RE: Norway, My Love, By Train, Ship And Sure, Plane

Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:01 pm

Hey and good to see more comments.

@Roger:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 17):

Great TR, having some company on such a nice route is a very nice idea, I bet young Markus will remember this trip for the coming years.

Thank you and I hope so.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 17):

I did a similar trip with my parents, about 40 years ago... long time and I still have fond memories of it, especially now, as I told you with my father's death at the beginning of July, all these things come to you again. We just did a small cruise from Bergen up the fjords... great!

Memories, sure good to know.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 17):

Glad to see all the SK flights, they seem OK but their planes look sort of old-fashioned with those fabric seats, but nice to hear they have so many B737 in all series.

Also my opinion, you know.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 17):

The view of a big cruise like the QM2 reminds me of the Panama Canal, it was announced on the press when she will cross it and it was very interesting to go and see her crossing through the jungle.

Now that sounds also interesting.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 17):

Heavy drinking and Northern Europe seems a well established union, sadly exported worldwide nowadays.

Good point here.


@Suryo:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
God dag, min venn Markus,

How nice to explore Norway with your companion and amazing how you portray the contrast within this country. From sun to snow. From city to nature. From beach to mountain. From traditional to modern design. Love it!

Thank you.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Nope, unless you live overseas.

Hah, good point.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Breathtaking!

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Yes, please. Can I have some of the croissants?

On the way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Sweet!

Really nice, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
How ungrateful!

We know it better.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Yay! Thanks to spotter friendly airport.

Definitely.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Another one with an incident in the past. They must have needed you to exorcise the bad omen.

Always interesting to follow for me.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

All roads lead to Rome, also via Norway.

Hah, good point here again.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

EUR 14? They really know how to make money.

Sure, they know.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Hmm, what might be the connection between this and his Croatian counterpart?

Lions everywhere these days!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Great shot with the cloud formation on the background.

Thank you.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Ouch, that hurts!

Definitely.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Land in sight!

That´s what he like to tell us.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Definitely deserved best ratings on TA with well appointed room and extensive breakfast buffet! Great tarmac view, it reminds me of CitizenM Schiphol.

Something for me, also.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Can I have the sole, please?

On the way, too.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Sole’s fine for me. By the way, are the shrimps and shells still alive?

Yes, they are!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Not as bad as AE.

Not this time.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Give me H-five! 

Will do so!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Absolutely, or sun like I saw at SRG.

Also good to do it this way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

They must have cleared the area just for you, The Ambassador.

So it feels like.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Yes, please. Can I have the yellow one?

On the way again.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Perhaps we should give him repeated ‘Ave Maria’ as a remedy.

Next time, maybe.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
When?

ASAP!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Thank you for sharing. Please pass on my regards to your companion.

Will do so.


@KaiGywer:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 19):

They actually never check tickets on that train. To enter or exit the platform at OSL, you need to insert your ticket. This is how they check that you have one. On the Oslo S side, you can walk right onboard, but you won't be able to exit the platform at OSL without a valid ticket. Also, compared to normal trains, the conductor is not a conductor, but rather an "onboard host" as all door operations are done automatically by the driver.

Ah, good to know.

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 19):

You have to go through Norwegian customs regardless of Schengen or not, so it has to be separated.


That´s also my impression.


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):


You certainly have a soft spot for Norway, don't you?

However I think we have a huge cultural clash here over many issues.

Definitely Norway for me!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Come on Markus - you are from South of Germany and thrifty as hell. And then you keep going to Norway, the most expensive country in Europe, nearly the whole world! This does not make any sense. Heck I try to keep my trips there as short as possible for the very same reason - everything, not to mention everything fun there costs a ridiculous amount of money. Besides you've done that train ride already, you ever wrote a report about it already!

Not by ship and not with companion. So no chance to miss it this time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

SAS does not offer short haul upgrades thru Optiontown, only longhaul. And where did you get enough Eurobonus points for an upgrade?

Possible by M&M with the fitting booking class.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Argh, I seriously hate that B "Schengen stub". Bus boardings, almost no facilities at all and a helluva way to the Schengen lounges at the A pier. Sure, you can pass immigration to go to the superior non-Schengen B lounges but coming back you need to reclear security which sucks big time (not to mention the fact that sometimes the passport queues are horrible).

Exactly the way why we used the A lounges.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Hmm, interesting.

Me, too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Well, these are very nice seats, and way better than the newer SAS seats with abysmal legroom.

Sure ok this way, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
What's so different about i?

The Norwegian flag on these ex Braathens plane.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Well I think it a helluva ugly train. Looks like a fat version of the "dolphin nose" the Spanish AVEs have.

Hah, interesting point here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Hey, considering the usual hotel prices in Oslo and everywhere in Norway for that matter that's a bargain!

It is, definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Obviously you've never been to Finland on the 30th of April. Or to Scotland on any Saturday night.

Finland, no, Scotland, yes!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

What's so weird about drunk women? You know we abolished any gender inequality decades ago, just go to any Finnish/Scandinavian/British/Irish bar on a Saturday night and it'll be full of drunk women. And men too. You know, sometimes I think you live in the 1700th century, Markus.

Or maybe Saudi Arabia!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Well it doesn't mean they are necessarily going all the way to Bergen where the next major airport is. There are places in-between with no airport, you know?

Sure, but it seems all the biz places are very close to OSL.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Wow, I didn't know they they had snow on those "Spine of Norway" mountains this time of year.

Count me in this way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
No.

Me, too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

You are following Jonas' way are you?

No!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Nice views, I have to admit.

Definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Yummy. Lovely. I remember this market well.

Really special for us.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Well, considering how fast the weather can (and does) change there...

So it is.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

You never made it to the fortress? I thought that was the best sight in Bergen.

Sure, but not around this trip.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

You know I'm kinda disappointed at your route choice - going back the same way you came in. No way! Why not fly to CPH on the lovely CRJ-900 or just direct to FRA with a LH 737?

Way to expensive here. This was the only acceptable offer.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Me neither, next time I'll be keeping an eye out for them.

Good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Yes, you saw how expensive everything, and especially everything fun is around these latitudes, so don't act like you're surprised to see people stock up on affordable booze while abroad. On an average trip I bring back many liters of the good stuff.

Nevertheless special for me,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Again standard behavior around here on trips abroad. A couple of years ago at OSL I had to help an extremely drunk Norwegian man coming from LPA thru security but he couldn't make it so the guards took custody of him.

Now that´s a story.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

The funny thing is that there's no warden on the entrance to the "inner sanctum" so basically anyone who is admitted to the lounge can just walk back there any enjoy the (slightly) better offerings.

Exactly my opinion here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

No, because this is an ex-Braathens bird. Those ones are named after Norwegian kinds.

Good to know.


@Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):

Very good report, Markus! Your love for Norway is evident on every pic. I've been to Norway once in my childhood and remember it as well as a beautiful country: cold but the breathtaking fjord and other views made it really worthwhile.
Solid flights on SAS, too bad you missed out on the 735.

Thank you.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):

Ha ha, FLIEGER67 junior came along! You're apparently bringing him up as a good trip reporter

More to come here.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Yummy!

Definitely.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Ouch...

Norway, you know.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):

Did they really cause a scene like that  

Very close to!.


@Captain:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):

another great report. Nice how you have included so many different means of transport here. Some wonderful pictures as well, especially around the train ride and the little cruise you made. This train ride is something I would love to do as well, even though I normally don't like such long train rides.

Thank you.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):

Cool, now that's indeed something. Unthinkable of indeed in Germany.

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):

Great price for Norway, and the room looked nice as well.

Sure a bargain here.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):

Ok, now that sounds more like Norway   ... But excellent view towards the apron, just it seems there is not that much variety in traffic in Bergen. Also nice to see some pictures of the city of Bergen, definitely a interesting place. And you were obviously quite lucky with the weather, especially for the views from Mount Floyen. On my visit there a few years ago I had both heavy rainshowers and heavy sunshine, alternating every 5 minutes.

So more luck for us this time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
And on the flights, another solid performance by SK it seems here, nothing special but ok. Just a shame that you had three times the same plane type, a little more variety would have been nice for sure.

Definitely.


@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Great to see another report from you and especially one to Norway on their National Day (also my son's birthday...) !

Thank you and good to know with you´re son.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):

Very nice to see you travel around Norway on trains and by air and bus. Amazing with the snow on Hardangervidda. I saw that on my flight ARN-EWR in early June.

That snow might be good to view from above.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):

You were really lucky with the weather in Bergern; I think it rains well over 200 days a year there.

Yes, we are lucky here, so it seems.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):

Hotel at the airport looks okay and perfect view!

Definitely.


@Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 24):


Fantastic report Markus, and more over, beautiful pix from Norway, especially QM II and Bergen.

Thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 24):
Only on longhaul iirc

Good to know.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 24):

But comfortable as always on SK.

Definitely.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 24):

Good to see mini-flieger again in action... missed him for a while.

More to come this way.

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Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:05 pm

Hi, A.

and really good to follow you´re feedback.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 25):
I read this report while in Tromso, as it was raining heavily, but the comments have had to wait, sorry about that!

Really nice report from a very special country indeed.

Thank you.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 25):
Some highlights:
I also stayed at the Comfort Xpress in Oslo. It was quite nice, but the rooms were on the small side indeed.
I also took the train to Bergen (but all the way there); the scenery seems to be a bit better in summer--the snow has melted and you only have the glaciers and beautiful lakes.
Regarding the Norwegians--they're very relaxed people. No ID controls at security, just the boarding pass... In fact, no one checked my ID at all, at least on the mainland, even on a youth ticket! I enjoyed it very much--there's a very high level of human trust there--very unlike both Romania and the USA.
Bergen--what a city. One of my favorites for sure. Also, be sure to check the small guesthouses next time you're there, they're better value than the hotels it seems.

Good to read about you´re impression.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 25):
Regarding the flights:
SAS seems to offer a consistent product and you always know what to expect. That's the first thing for an airline to do. There's not much more to say, really, except the ubiquitous "Ikke ga under vingen" signs reminded me of you.

It's no surprise you love Norway; so do I!

Sure the SK style and exactly the way about Norway.

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Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 26):
Ah, good to know.

I know you went for the experience of trying different trains, but if you ever go back, take the "normal train". If it's an "InterCity" train, it will take 4 minutes longer than "Flytoget" but at about 2/3 the cost. If you end up on a "Lokaltog" it will take about 13 minutes longer, and the price is the same as InterCity. On these trains, you will need to get NOK from a cash machine before buying the tickets as they don't accept foreign cards (dumb, I know....). Also, on these trains, you will have a proper conductor checking tickets and blowing his/her whistle at the station  
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Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:43 pm

Hi Markus,

great story about Norway, I have enjoyed it a lot. A very nice plane/train combo and some very interesting and beautiful places. I've been to Oslo once but that was a long time ago and I really wish to go back and explore Norway a bit more, visit some different places and your trip reports are a great inspiration  

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Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:26 pm

Hi, more comments, welcome.


@KaiGywer:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 28):

I know you went for the experience of trying different trains, but if you ever go back, take the "normal train". If it's an "InterCity" train, it will take 4 minutes longer than "Flytoget" but at about 2/3 the cost. If you end up on a "Lokaltog" it will take about 13 minutes longer, and the price is the same as InterCity. On these trains, you will need to get NOK from a cash machine before buying the tickets as they don't accept foreign cards (dumb, I know....). Also, on these trains, you will have a proper conductor checking tickets and blowing his/her whistle at the station

Once again, good to know. Now that sounds much more like my style.


@Blaz:

Quoting SloAir (Reply 29):

great story about Norway, I have enjoyed it a lot. A very nice plane/train combo and some very interesting and beautiful places. I've been to Oslo once but that was a long time ago and I really wish to go back and explore Norway a bit more, visit some different places and your trip reports are a great inspiration

Thank you and sure it´s a great place to explore.

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Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:46 am

Hi Markus,

nice report with many interesting pictures, the landscape up there is really beautiful. As for SAS - I don't find it attractive at all (interiors, catering, etc.) , I have no desire to fly on it again any time soon.


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Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:27 pm

Hi, PH,

good to see you´re feedback.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 31):
nice report with many interesting pictures, the landscape up there is really beautiful. As for SAS - I don't find it attractive at all (interiors, catering, etc.) , I have no desire to fly on it again any time soon.

Country, a big plus, airline nothing special, also my opinion here.

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Nice report Markus - you got some great photos of Norway - beautiful country!
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Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:44 pm

Hey, Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 33):


Nice report Markus - you got some great photos of Norway - beautiful country!

Thank you, warm welcomed.

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Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:54 pm

Hi Markus,

what can I say? Stunning pics of Norway, perhaps the 2nd most beautiful country (after NZ   ) The standard SAS flights definitely take 2nd place in this report, after the trains, the views, and the Queen Mary. Spectacular! Also good to see your son joining you on more trips - when might he start writing his own reports?  

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Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:08 pm

Hello Markus

Nice trip report about your Norway trip. Good to see you got the chance to discover the country.
Funny to see how SAS maintains all the different seat designs. My personal favorite where the older ones that you had on FRA-OSL and BGO-OSL.

Great to see the non-aviation pics as well, this puts Norway high on my to visit list.

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Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:43 pm

Hey and good to follow more comments.


@R.:

Quoting signol (Reply 35):

what can I say? Stunning pics of Norway, perhaps the 2nd most beautiful country (after NZ

Thank you and I should check NZ soon, so it seems.

Quoting signol (Reply 35):
) The standard SAS flights definitely take 2nd place in this report, after the trains, the views, and the Queen Mary. Spectacular! Also good to see your son joining you on more trips - when might he start writing his own reports?

Good point here and I will ask him immediatelly.


@Marc:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 36):

Nice trip report about your Norway trip. Good to see you got the chance to discover the country.
Funny to see how SAS maintains all the different seat designs. My personal favorite where the older ones that you had on FRA-OSL and BGO-OSL.

Thank you and good to know you´re opinion about the seats.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 36):

Great to see the non-aviation pics as well, this puts Norway high on my to visit list.

Really worth it, you know.

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Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:34 pm

Hi Markus!

Enjoyable report, just as usual!
Good to see that you had a nice time in Norway, It does seem that whatever way you choose to travel in Norway, you will have good scenery!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I´ve asked for an miles upgrade, but not accepted due to the booking class, also Optiontown shows no upgrade possible for the flight. A good load today?.

SAS doesn't offer Optiontown upgrades on shorthaul, sadly.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The new Opera is also something for us

Sure is a beautiful building. I have actually never visited downtown Oslo, I should go there some day! Just too bad it's so expensive!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It meanwhile started what it usually in Bergen does, rain!.

Haha, I can imagine, it rained on my only visit at BGO too.
Funny thing is though, that when my Mother worked for SK as a FA, she used to tell me that Bergen is the city in Norway with most rainy days per year, but always when she had a layover there, the sun would shine!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
In the small terminal building

BGO is actually the largest airport in the Nordic countries, which isn't at a capital city, closely followed by GOT.  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Oystein Magnusson", no viking today.

Which means it was once a Braathens plane.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Or should I go again up the north, maybe on this engine?

Do it, I love the SK MD's! I'll fly one this Sunday.  

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Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:40 pm

Hi, Martin and good to follow you´re comment.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 38):

Enjoyable report, just as usual!
Good to see that you had a nice time in Norway, It does seem that whatever way you choose to travel in Norway, you will have good scenery!

Thank you.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 38):

SAS doesn't offer Optiontown upgrades on shorthaul, sadly.

Sure I know it by now.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 38):

Sure is a beautiful building. I have actually never visited downtown Oslo, I should go there some day! Just too bad it's so expensive!

Definitely worth it.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 38):

Haha, I can imagine, it rained on my only visit at BGO too.
Funny thing is though, that when my Mother worked for SK as a FA, she used to tell me that Bergen is the city in Norway with most rainy days per year, but always when she had a layover there, the sun would shine!

Much more lucky me here.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 38):

BGO is actually the largest airport in the Nordic countries, which isn't at a capital city, closely followed by GOT.

Strange, don´t noticed it.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 38):

Which means it was once a Braathens plane.

Good to know.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 38):

Do it, I love the SK MD's! I'll fly one this Sunday.

Superb, I hope to read something about it.

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Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:21 am

Hello Markus!

Thanks for another great story! Love the pictures from Norway, it´s a beautiful country with very nice people! Great that you was able to visit on the 17th of May! That´s really an experince

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Cunards Queen Mary 2

Amazing! Great pictures!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
The hotel the next morning

That hotel looks really nice! Great with the views on the tarmac!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Hoping on the next bus and emerging at the harbour front with views like this

Lovely pictures from Bergen. You were lucky with the weather. I think Bergen is the most rainy city in Norway!?

Mange takk!

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Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:10 am

Hej, Robert,

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 40):

Thanks for another great story! Love the pictures from Norway, it´s a beautiful country with very nice people! Great that you was able to visit on the 17th of May! That´s really an experince

Thank you.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 40):

Amazing! Great pictures!

A real surprise, you know.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 40):
Lovely pictures from Bergen. You were lucky with the weather. I think Bergen is the most rainy city in Norway!?

Lucky me with the weather, sure I know.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 40):

That hotel looks really nice! Great with the views on the tarmac!

Exactly my opinion.

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Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:00 pm

Guten tag Markus,

See that you posted a lot of new reports during my vacation, have a lot of catching up to do now hehe
But anyway, an awesome report of your journey to Norway, with many beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing, as usual.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Bus boarding, as lots of FRA connectors dislike.

Not me, love bus boarding

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, the -600 is much more needed here

the type I unfortunately missed 2 weeks ago..

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Even the female train conductor walks through the railway carriage, singing the national theme, like others told me and decides it´s not the day to check any tickets

There goes your 20EUR haha  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Don´t get me wrong, but I have never seen such a number of drunk people on the streets.
Singing and dancing and drinking.

Then you should come visit Holland during Queensday (30 april) hehe  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
On the tracks cruising along the Norwegian countryside

beautiful Norwegian scenery, love it!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, that´s the Hardangervidda, the largest mountain plateau in Europe

What a different scenery compared to the beginning of the train ride

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This is one of the steepest tracks around the whole world, along a valley with the tracks down to the sea level

That sure does look steep!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Do you want to live here?

Not really with the mountain, snow and waterfall so cloose by!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
These big cruiser feels somewhat surrealistic here

Amazing to see such a hugo cruise ship just sitting there

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
How I like this view

Stunning

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Unbelievable with a spotters heart

Could stand/sit there all day

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
What do you like for dinner?

Not a fan of seafood here unfortunately  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Now, that´s a place with a view

Great picture of Bergen!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The info to the pax was for sure interesting.
An catering service truck hit the fuselage of the plane which results in a large dent.
They are not sure if the plane is ready to fly.
Wait for the next info

Not something you want to hear when not being a frequent flier

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, guests, there is no one else around beside us and three employees

Always nice to have the whole lounge for yourself

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Hey, I don´t want to listen to you´re ghetto style tunes

Not your flavor? hehe  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And the under-the-wing shots

What a perfect way to end a great TR!

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Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:55 pm

Hi, B.,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):


See that you posted a lot of new reports during my vacation, have a lot of catching up to do now hehe
But anyway, an awesome report of your journey to Norway, with many beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing, as usual.

Thank you.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

Not me, love bus boarding

If the weather is ok, sure, me, too.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

the type I unfortunately missed 2 weeks ago..

Not that easy to catch also in Europe.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

There goes your 20EUR haha

So it was!.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

Then you should come visit Holland during Queensday (30 april) hehe

Ah, good to know.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

beautiful Norwegian scenery, love it!

Count me in, you know.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

What a different scenery compared to the beginning of the train ride

Sure a big difference it was.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

That sure does look steep!

It was.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

Not really with the mountain, snow and waterfall so cloose by!

Me, too.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

Amazing to see such a hugo cruise ship just sitting there

A real surprise.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):
Stunning

Like it, you know.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

Could stand/sit there all day

Me, too.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

Not a fan of seafood here unfortunately

Me also not really.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

Great picture of Bergen!

Thanx again.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

Not something you want to hear when not being a frequent flier

Not at all.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

Always nice to have the whole lounge for yourself

Sure the way to stay at the lounge.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):
Not your flavor? hehe

Not today!.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

What a perfect way to end a great TR!

Exactly!.

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