London to Bergen

Added 20 Feb 2014

A relatively civilised start this morning. Guests staying at our airport hotel need to ready by around 7am. Guests making their own way to the airport need to report by around 8am. It is fairly early but could be worse!

To ensure they are not late one of our guests has set up a special wake-up alarm with their son. At the predetermined hour the son telephones his mum to wake her up. Unfortunately the mum in question failed to inform her son that she would be staying at the airport hotel rather than at home. The son rings the home address, gets no answer and worries that his mother is fast asleep and about to miss the flight. Thankfully they eventually speak to each other and all is well.

At Heathrow Terminal Three the Scandinavian Airlines staff were ready and check-in was efficient as usual. Due to a missing passenger (not a Furlong!) the flight departure was delayed and we missed our take-off slot but we made up time in flight and landed at Oslo almost on schedule. At Olso airport we needed to clear immigration and customs before taking our onward domestic flight to Bergen. This involves a passport control, collecting luggage from the carousel, walking through the green channel and then dropping off the luggage again before proceeding to the next flight gate. We all passed the test and joined the Bergen flight with plenty of time to spare!

The flight from Oslo to Bergen is only 40 minutes so no sooner have you reached cruising altitude you start your descent. We picked up our luggage and joined our private coach for the transfer to the quayside. We included a quick look around Bergen's pretty inner harbour and saw the UNESCO listed Bryggen wharf buildings, Rosenkranz Tower and Hakons Hall. At the Hurtigruten Terminal we bypassed the check-in queues and watched the safety presentation while Richard and Dawn sorted ship cabin key cards. We were then soon on board our comfortable ship, MS MIDNATSOL, ready to begin our adventure!