Aberdeen to Bergen
Aberdeen to Bergen Early Friday morning I was eating breakfast at the Northern Lights Executive Lounge in Aberdeen International Airport. Beans on toast and eggs with some herbal tea on the side to calm my nerves. It’s not a secret that I am a nervous flier despite me flying quite frequently. Due to a few harsh flights back in 2015 when I visited Marrakesh, I am now terrified when we take off and count inside me until 90 – apparently within 1 minute and a half after take off the plane has reached a safe altitude for the pilot to react if anything goes wrong. At least that’s what my sister’s boyfriend told me the other day and since he’s an Apache fighter pilot I take his statements very seriously, he can’t be lying, right? After this, I become a normal person and enjoy the rest of the flight with the rest. Aberdeen to Bergen
Starting this journey in the most possible relaxing way definitely helped with my fear of flying. I didn’t rush through the security, I didn’t waste time searching for my flight’s gate and most importantly I didn’t panic that I will miss the flight! Aberdeen to Bergen
I was just there, siting calmly in the Northern Lights Executive Lounge, watching the airplanes taking off and landing through the big windows across the wall, drinking tea and checking the regular flight updates on the screen in front of me.
Thinking of it now, another reason that made the whole experience more calm was that it took me 20′ to be in the airport since I left my flat. No traffic, no train connections, just get in the car, drive to the airport, park car, done! I mean, seriously, these things never happen in London or any other big city!
Widerøe Airlines have established a new route between Aberdeen and Bergen and I was on a mission to experience it all from flight to being a tourist, wandering in the streets of this colourful Norwegian city. We took off on time without any delays.
The airplane was a Dash-8 turbo-propeller aircraft. I am normally concerned of flying with a propeller aircraft (again, due to unfortunate past experiences), however this time I felt safe. Widerøe Airlines is the largest regional airline in Scandinavia operating since 1934.
It was a beautiful day to fly and I kept reminding myself that I was in good hands, because let’s face it, if there is one pilot that knows how to fly in harsh weather conditions that’s a Norwegian pilot!
The airplane felt strong and powerful despite its size. Within minutes we were up in the sky crossing the sea. There was a white snow carpet all over the Aberdeenshire fields and it made the take off even more interesting than usual.
The seat was comfortable with loads of space to stretch my legs. ‘Norwegians are taller than Greeks‘ I reminded myself and thanked the air stewardess as she was handing me in a cup of coffee, a pita bread sandwich and a handful of mini, chocolate bars with the company’s logo imprinted on the wrapper paper.
The flight was so smooth, I even applied my eyeliner and makeup while we were on 10,000 feet. If a perfect eye line is not an indidator of a good, steady flight then what?
Exactly an hour after we took off we found ourselves flying above the Norwegian fjords, scattered pieces of green land looking like dots on the sea water.
Looking the beautiful Norwegian nature put me into thoughts ‘how would it be cruising around the fjords during the summer‘, ‘how many islands does Norway have‘, which led me to the ‘I have to visit during summer!’ statement.
Apparently that went out loud with the air stewardess smiling with me and telling me that ‘I must‘!
Before I realised it, it was almost time to touch the ground. I got my seat belt on, re-adjusted the table, got my headphones off and I heard the pilot announcing us the temperature and local time…. Aberdeen to Bergen
…less than 5′ minutes later we landed smoothly on the ground and we were welcomed by a huge Christmas tree at the Bergen airport, accompanied by an even bigger sign outside with the name of the city in bright, yellow, capital letters with a question mark at the end.
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YES, Bergen. We are at the right place!
More about our Bergen adventures, tomorrow…