I must admit that I never really understood the Scandinavians’ obsession with summer and the sun until I came on this trip.
But I’m starting to see their point. It’s coming up to eight in the morning and it’s still dark outside. It’s also windy, cold and all round unpleasant.
From Haugesund to the airport there is an airport bus. The journey time is about 30 minutes. The bus leaves at 08h15, to arrive at the airport with enough time to check in and go through security for the 09h35 departure to Oslo.
The bus departs from the Haugesund terminus, which is a rather depressing edifice that really could do with a fresh lick of paint.
In any case, I arrive at the airport about 50 minutes before departure. It’s a very convenient and small airport, with only four check-in counters and just as many gates. There is no lounge though.
Ever since I arrived in Norway, I’ve been craving one of those cardamom rolls. But somehow, wherever I go on this trip, they’ve either just run out or they’re still preparing them. I try my luck at the airport airside kiosk, but no luck…
But at least there is the fact that there are no airbridges at this airport. So when boarding starts, I can take my time walking across the apron taking pictures of the airrcraft taking me to Oslo.
I’m seated on 16F, which is on the second emergency exit row. Seat pitch is obviously very good. The only problem is that there is no arm rest on the window side of the seat. As a result, you’re either sharing the one on the other side, which seems a bit unfair on the guy stuck in the middle seat, or you have to find something else to do with your hands.
Our take-off is to the northwest and very bumpy, thanks to a strong crosswind. But shortly after we’re airborne, we pierce through the cloud and a burst of sunshine floods the cabin.
The fligh time to Oslo is only 34 minutes. On board service in Economy Class consists of complimentary tea, coffee or water.
The weather in Oslo is slightly better. I think. It’s colder, but at least the sun is trying to break through the cloud.
And once more I have the good fortune of deplaning via stairs instead of an airbridge. Hurrah!
I now gave three hours to make my international conn… finally, come to papa my sweets, I’ve been looking all over for you…!