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.
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.
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.
Leaving the Venice terminal
Green Venetian laguna with the Sant’ Erasmo island visible in the top right corner; Venice itself is just a little out of the photo.
Nice view of the Venice Marco Polo airport with the Murano island, famous for its glass works, just in front of the winglet.
Another view of the bright Venetian laguna.
Unfortunately, most of the flight we were flying over broken cloud cover with little of the view to enjoy. We were, instead, greeted by the circular rainbow I haven’t seen before.
Descending towards Amstedam, clouds gave way a bit and beautiful mix of green and blue instantly reminded us, that Netherlands is indeed tied between the sea and the land.
Just before the landing – numerous meadows crisscrossed by irrigation channels.
On Dutch soil… as evident by the bright blue KLM Boeings 🙂
Air Traffic Control tower at Schipol airport – slightly higher than the one I am working at 🙂
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.
Another uneventful flight and we finally arrived to Norway where our adventure really began!
And off we go – taxiing for take off from Schipol – Amsterdam airport has interesting layout as highways and other roads cross under it.
Up towards the cloudy skies saying goodbye to the Netherlands.
Our flight took us along the West Danish coast. Interesting broken coast with crescent shaped Amrum island.
And finally Norway in sight!
Rich spruce, birch and pine forests – yep definitely Scandinavia!
New terminal building being built at Oslo Gardermoen.
Till the next time!