After getting up early we left Tromsø at about 8:15 this morning as the drive to Svolvær on the Lofoten islands is 420km, which means about 6-8hours (90km max.) depending on how often you stop along the way. The drive was beautiful as you can see on the pictures below.
In Svolvær we stay at the Scandic Hotel, right at the harbor. We got lucky and also have a room looking at the harbor. After checking in and getting our stuff upstairs to the room we went out to explore the city. Its small but cute and there are a few places to grab something to eat and also to get done some shopping if needed.
Dinner was pizza with a view onto the harbor and an arriving Hurtigruten ship. As the aurora forecasts said today should be the day to get a chance to the nothern lights we went out after dinner at aroun 7pm and it was amazing the sky was already glowing eventhough it was not entirely dark at that time. I will add an extra post about this incredible evening tomorrow. Good night everyone.
We are now on our way to Oslo, Norway.
Check in/ bag drop with Norwegian literally took 2 minutes. As usual we were way too early. The shuttle from the hotel (Holiday inn Berlin Airport) was on time and only took 8 min to the airport. Berlin Schönefeld is a small airport compared to Frankfurt and it is busy! So plan some time for the security check.
Ready to go!!!
Norwegian Air from Berlin to Oslo
View of the baltic sea between Germany and Sweden
Update from Oslo Lufthavn
This airport is awesome. Its all new and shiny, lots of great places to eat and enough seating! We had a great lunch and will now proceed to our flight to Tromsø.
fresh shrimp baguette for lunch
Cinnamon Roll @ Oslo Airport
We arrived in time at 4:30pm. LUnfortunately only one of our bags made it, the other one was not traceable…we filed a claim and went to the hotel in our cool new Toyota Auris Hybrid. The hotel (Smarthotel Tromsø) is right in the center and it takes about 2min to reach shops and everything else. We went for a walk and the lighting was beautiful! After we didnt hear anything from Norwegian we decided to go to the airport to check the lost luggage situation and luckily our bag was there. Now after an exciting day off to bed. Below some impressions of Tromsø, the capital of the arctic.
Sunset in front of Smarthotel Tromsø
From the plane
Hurtigruten Kong Harald
Today we went to Berlin. We visited the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor and the DDR Museum. Our timing with the museum was perfect because it started to rain, it was basically pouring. Its a cool place with a lot of interesting stuff to see. Later we visited my cousin in her beatiful new flat and then checked in into our Park, Sleep and Fly Hotel close to Berlin Schönfeld Airport where our car will wait for our us until we are back from Norway…
Next stop airport!
After having a great lunch today with yummy homemade burgers we packed for our upcoming trip to Norway.
We tried to go light on the packing but its not easy with a trip in fall. Basically we went for the onion principle. Below you can see what we packed. Tomorrow we will head to Berlin.
… today was the last day of work for the next 72 days 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
I admit, it probably will take some time getting used to the thought.
Yesterday we had our hiking guide in the mail. Really good guide, nice maps and detailled descriptions.
For a general travel guide I could not decide yet. All major guides only have a couple of pages about northern Norway.
…and only 3 more days at work. Tomorrow is Germanys annual national holiday, therefore we do not have to work. It is a crazy thought that we only have to go to work 3 more times. The thought of being off for so long has motivated us a great deal during the past couple of weeks.
Luckily time is passing pretty fast this week as we are busy at work!
21 more days until I do not have to work for the rest of the year. I have a calendar at work on which I count down the days. My new mantra is to tell myself the amount of days left whenever someone or something annoys me. I am so ready.
One of the spectacular roads in Yellowstone National Park going north towards Mammoth.