Everyone who has ever met me knows, that I am in love with the  North. I prefer winter to summer, snow covered plains to sunlit beaches etc. So I guess it is now wonder that in summer, instead of traveling to some Mediterranean beach, I rather travel somewhere up North. I’ve been to Helsinki (Finland) before and in 2013 I’ve traveled around Sweden with my wife. I know this photo/travel report is long overdue, but better late than never. So in 2014, along with my wife and a couple of friends, we’ve set our sights on Norway!

As I like to travel on a budget, which requires quite some resourcefulness in Scandinavia, and since we wanted to see as much as possible in the limited time available, travel plans have started earlier in the year, while the travel date was set for September. September is great for traveling around Scandinavia, as most of the tourists are already gone so you have the whole country for yourself, while the weather is still nice and warm.

So the September arrived and it was time to go. While I usually find the best deals on low-cost airlines, surprisingly this time, the best deal we got was by a Dutch airline KLM. Return fare Venice – Amsterdam – Oslo was just over 160EUR – a deal, any low-cost airline would be hard to beat – especially due to extra costs usually required for extra luggage. Starting our trip near Kranj, we picked up our friends in Ljubljana and started our 2hour journey to Venice.

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After a rather uneventful drive, we parked at Ali Park, a private parking space just outside of the airport. They offer cheaper alternative to the airport parking and they take you to the airport and pick you up when you return with a van.

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All the photos in the gallery are captioned, so just click on the first photo and enjoy the report with larger resolution photos, than normally on this blog.

After arriving to Amsterdam, we had a little under an hour for our connected flight to Oslo, again on a KLM Boeing 737-800, as on a flight from Venice. I normally don’t like the connected flights, especially inside of Europe, but for this price and just the right amount of wait time (so you don’t have to sprint across the huge terminal buildings), I was more than happy.

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Another uneventful flight and we finally arrived to Norway where our adventure really began!

Till the next time!

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