Norway – Bergen BGO and Tromsø TOS Airports

Norway

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October 2011

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BERGEN AIRPORT (BGO)
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Just a plain airport near a fjord, some 12km southwest of Bergen city, opened in 1955 and second busiest in Norway. We had to catch an early evening flight to Oslo (more than 30 flights/day), en route to Tromsø, on a Friday when the airport was at full capacity. The departure concourse was small, with low ceiling, and jam-packed with people, that we had to retire to a corner next to the international gate to while the time.
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Nothing spectacular about its exterior, and I find the car more interesting.
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The check-in area is one big hall, nothing really notable. Norway’s second busiest in this box, no wonder it’s perpetually congested.
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TROMSØ AIRPORT (TOS)
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TOS is actually a nice modern airport on Tromsøya island’s western side, just 4.5km via the tunnels from downtown Tromsø, located on the other side of the island. At latitude N69.68°, it’s one of the most northerly airports in the world.
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Yes, Tromsø Lufthavn — very similar to the German word ‘Lufthafen’.
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Check-in concourse with the self-service kiosks. So easy and fast to use, for your own check-in and baggage-tagging. Similar arrangement in Bergen airport too.
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Destinations served. Hammerfest at N70.68° is possibly the northernmost airport on the Scandinavian mainland. Our Oslo flight is #4 for today.
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Past security, we are in the main departure concourse.
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We are so early, even the cafe next to us is not yet open.
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Our Oslo flight is now at the top … man, I should go further north to Longyearbyen!
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It’s sunrise behind those barren, rocky, snow-capped mountains on the mainland.
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Push-back and start.
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An SAS plane taxies to the runway threshold, take-off is from Runway 19.
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The modest control tower, with Kvaløya island at the back.
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Our Norwegian Boeing 737-300 taxies to the threshold for take-off, and we get a nice view of Sandnessund Bridge (1220m long), connecting Tromsøya to Kvaløya, another island to the north. The waterways in this area are all fjords.
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Ready for take-off, Runway 19.
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Airborne, and a splendid morning view of Tromsø to the left.
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Soon we are among the awesome fjords of northern Norway, en route to Oslo Gardermoen, some 1:50hrs away. Barren rocky mountains and deep steep fjords, thanks to the colossal glaciers of the last Ice Age.
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