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  1. Not Fahrenheit, as you will soon discover. For this flight i took a plane which did not really fit on the gate positions at Kiruna. But it was no problem to get the 777 taking off on the runway. As touristic travel into US is still forbidden, there were only 3 pilots and 3 businessmen on board. To make it valuable, the 777 was loaded up to the roof with Swedish chocolate, Lakritz and Schnaps. Kiruna is already quite far at the northern end of Sweden. And todays heading was still further north, initially towards Norway´s fjords... ... and over Tromsö. Next waymark was Spitzbergen / Svalbard. But then I went up to latitude 88°N, where the graphic replication of P3D came to an end. After passing the North pole as well as greenland landfall was at Deadhorse, Alaska. Even some traffic up here: Air Canada crossing our way, going from Tokyo to Toronto. Fairbanks... ... and Denali (right), trying to hide behind clouds. The flight started in the evening, and without a sunset the next morning came. Plains near Talkeetna, ... ... rains a bit further south. Here is a beautiful view of Anchorage´s promenade. Landing at 03:01 am local time... ... no problem. Due to the freight we were directed to a cargo position, the passengers (only 3 businessmen) had to take a forklifter to get to the arrivals hall.
  2. Infrastructure in northern Norway is not easy... from Narvik you can use a plane (obviously), but the runway location is not suited for every plane. Ship transport is the key: Due to the gulf stream the waters are free of ice all year. And how are all these freighters filled? Below us is the answer: The Ofotbanen railway. It was built to transport ore from todays destination to Narvik, as the closer baltic sea freezes for a long time during winter. Okay, in summer the Swedish end of the railway is green. And the mine near Kiruna is free of snow as well. During the warm season ore can be transported to Lulea, which is much closer than Narvik. Even flowers on the apron. Lovely.
  3. Alesund airport is suited for many plane sizes, and at least the use of mid-size jets is no problem here. Plus, the location has many great sights. Cruising over the rugged landscape near Trondheim, ... ... before we have to go down in Evenes for an equipment change towards todays destination. With this little bee it will not be a problem to land anywhere... ... so we go eastwards over the Ofotfjord... ... towards Narvik. As there is the spectacular Halogalandsbrua nearby... ... we HAVE to make a little detour... ... before we land at Narvik. The location did not allow for a direct flight with the airbus, but the surrounding is pretty enough for some slower equipment.
  4. Getting ready in Copenhagen, with an interesting livery in the background. Takeoff over the nice danish landscape. From today on german travellers do not longer need to go into quarantine when arriving in this little Kingdom. Quite green, EKCH. And this is a final view of Copenhagen. Soon we pass Göteborg. Somewhere under the cloud must be Oslo. Well, central Norway still is a bit colder. Here we see the "Geirangerfjord approach"... ... to Alesund. An easy landing, ... ... and perfect ground service make it a good destination.
  5. A final highlight for my winter tour goes from a highlight of Norways airports, Sogndal/Haukasen... ... along the magnificient Sognefjord. We´re not alone here, Henrik has created some fantastic ships to add life. The Wergeland Industrial area. Jack, you are needed here: This one might be the Nordhordaland Bridge (there are so many here that is is difficult to tell). There might be Bergen/Flesland airport out below, ... ... yes, it is there.
  6. Time to leave Europe, as I have to inspect a new instalment to my P3D. Getting the Airbus ready in Bergen... ... and heading out over the North Sea... ... towards Scotland. A slightly limited view welcomes us ... ... which cleared up upon further descent. Edinburgh city, but beware: This is not the hop-on-hop-off tour. Here we are, ready to explore the surrounding. I have stayed at the airport seven years ago, maybe I can find the hotel in Orbx scenery as well... it needs to be inspected as every new purchase!
  7. ... NOT. As the borders are closed to slow down spreading of Covid-19, we had to cancel our above mentioned holiday. Instead, some more time for healthy flying. The first leg of today goes from Alesund... ... over the light cityscape, ... ... and the Geirangerfjord. Over the snowy heights... ... and the valley of Stryn (there should be an airstrip, but I can´t see it), ... ... to the huge glacier Jostedalsbreen. Initiating the approach into ENSG... ... over Kaupanger... ... and, finally, ... ... into the beautiful location of Haukasen airport. This would be a perfect time for OLC Africa to come into sales... as we all are bound to our homes. I, for my part, will continue the virtual tour homebound, to be ready for a new continent!
  8. My crew has already boarded in Bodö, ... ... and the plane is being loaded, probably scandinavian specialities on the menu. Here we go, ... ... quickly turning south over the Saltfjorden. The coastal areas west of Trondheim are already free of snow. However, approaching Alesund it still seems to be far away from Summer. Good that we have some instruments! Visibility is back... but where is the runway? At least we are a bit higher than needed (better than the other way round). Sliding down... ... and here we are: Alesund.
  9. And how fascinating it looks, up here in Narvik. Everything has warmed up, so we can go. The easier airport to land is the nearby Evenes. But Narvik is by far looking more interesting (and is the bigger challenge for the simmers). Icebergs or islands? Who wants to try? This flight goes along the Lofoten islands, just as @jean marc had suspected. Svolvaer, ... ... and then, after crossing the strait, Bodö. Don´t say a Twotter can´t use ILS. And she is easy to land, if only you manage the speed way ahead. Here we are, ready to visit the city before going on.
  10. Getting ready in Hammerfest. A remote place, but so well modeled here! Just look at these huts next to the sloped runway... A last view of the city... ... and it´s out of sight. Next alternate: Hasvik. A nice little detail is the Fakken windfarm. Seems to be at the end of the world... Tromsö. Nearly a metropolis! Bardufoss seems to be an easier-to-land airport... But if you descend next to the Setermoen mountains... ... to approach into Narvik, ... ... you may cross the city as slow as you like: As soon as the ATC assigns you to land on runway 01, you´ll have a bad landing nearly guaranteed, due to the mountains in the approach. At least virtually it works, don´t ask how.
  11. Supplying the North needs planes that are capable to deal with short runways and harsh conditions. Not this modern fiddly high-tech stuff! Taking off from Kiruna... ... and over the fantastic twilight of the Swedish-Finnish-Norwegian border region. Hmm, a little challenge for VFR, ... ... but the city of Alta appeared clearly shortly after. Here we approach... ... into Hammerfest. Finally I recognized the runway, too perfectly fit into the scenery! Got it. And parked on #4, just like Ben did yesterday https://Orbxsystems.com/forum/topic/188217-not-too-huge-this-time/
  12. Due to another update of the Aerosoft Airbus I had to chose an uncommon livery for a flight out of Tromsö. And these northern impressions are great... ... though the SID is not as easy as one might think! Oh, quel surprise: Coffee service already while climbing through 14000 ft! You can be very sure I open the cockpit door... At least the route was going around the worst weather. In order to avoid coffee spills. Who would be cleaning the cockpit? Here we meet the Baltic sea. I don´t know why Vector has chosen the "frozen lakes" option, but the ground looks winterly still. We have to expect some limited visibility during descend... Limited, indeed... ... but ok. I did not manage to get the updated ESSA jetways to work. Is there a trick?
  13. The iron ore line is one of the most important railway tracks of the world - and one of the most important connections in northern Scandinavia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Ore_Line. As you know, the easier transport way out of Kiruna would be through the flat plains southwards towards the (swedish) habour Lulea at the Baltic sea. But the Baltic sea freezes in Winter, so the railway line was also built across the mountains to the northwest. Narvik harbour is always free of ice, due to the Gulfstream. Initially I planned to follow the railway line in VFR, looking down at the scenery. But the (real) weather had different plans, Kiruna airport was already only IFR this time. At least I could find the runway... ... though its end was unclear. Lovely scenery below. Even in a virtual plane it is easy to lose orientation with all this moving snow around. At some point I could see the swedish landscape - and the railway line. Descending over the Björnfjell - not below 6200 ft, please! This is already the turn into final towards Narvik... ... due to much better weather than on the swedish side this looks safe. The people living in these houses enjoy a very long day in Summer (the sun does not set for about 50 days) but suffer a very long night in winter (no sunrise for about 5 weeks). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_sun The bigger trouble than landing is parking at Narvik... I had to cheat, so I won´t show it here.
  14. Well, not so high if you start a flight in Hammerfest... ... turn round ENHF Valan... ... and cross the (hidden) Nordkap. Passing a windfarm ... ... on the way back to Hammerfest, ... ... ENHK Hasvik, ... ... and finally Tromsö. I had to go around, increasing my chances to see the northern lights (sucessless). And finally we were allowed to land.
  15. We had booked an early morning flight with Mule Air Services to see the Aurora Borealis. But then... ... they had rebooked us! At least the weather looked promising... Narvik in its beauty. But no polar lights... The sun was rising over Sorkjosen... ... and Alta. The scheduled approach over Kvalöya island... ... into Hammerfest. I need to check the polar light timing again. And I need to find out why the Mule flight was cancelled today!
  16. It is not the red lady saluting us as we leave Hammerfest. A nice view of the aircraft-carrier shaped runway... ... and the entire scenery. Alta in sight... ... more or less. But it worked good enough to change to a regular SAS flight... ...climbing out, ... ... and sending last greetings to Altafjord. 2 hours later, approaching Copenhagen ... ... in typical northern summer weather.
  17. I did not have much time the last week to fly or to post. But at least I made it to head further towards the fresher regions of Europe, where the sun is now refusing to disappear for nearly 24 hours per day. With a King Air connection from Narvik... ... downwind to Tromsö, ... ... and into final. The visibility of the runway could be better. But here we are. The airport is pure EU_NOR. And here we go again... ... into the remainders of winter, ... ... over Altafjord... ... and into Hammerfest. We are on base here, though you can hardly spot the runway in the middle of the picture. Maybe now you get it. Ready to deboard... ... towards something I had missed so often in simmed airports: The Gold lounge!
  18. Before the tanker went on towards Panama, I turned back to Norway, heading to the village of Emmenes. One for the lighthouse-lovers. A view of the entire harbour ... ... before crossing some steep mountains (cloudy, as always ), ... ... and towards Rombaksbrua. With the obvious manouvre. Much better flying here than driving... ... though there are already lots of bridges saving travel time. And spending simmers pleasure. Great city details in the scenery. Let us cool down, ... ... climb up to the tower and pick up a colleague, ... ... to drive home in his brand new A7. A fantastic scenery, surely one of the best I have seen.
  19. Into the forest... ... no, it is not the forest. Just the boundary of Narvik airport. Cross the fjord... ... and out towards the sea. Someone ahead... ... from Panama? You are kidding. Or just saving taxes and salaries. OK, I´ll join you and save fuel on my way to the west...
  20. I continued my tour towards the north from Bodo over the Lofoten islands - so I could not take a dash for this route: It needed to be VFR. Not much V, unfortunately... Svolvaer, ... ... Higravstindan (great to use some relatively unused keys of my keyboard for this post), ... ... over Skagen. Shortly after I lost manifold pressure, the engine power went down and the plane descended. Into fog, no airport around, but lots of mountains. I detoured into a fjord, just over sea level the power was recharged and I climbed directly to 6500 ft, well over the clouds. So I could continue over Evenes... ... towards the Narvikfjord. You can see the runway of Narvik below? Or not sure ...? Circling down, across Emmenes... ... here the picture becomes clearer. Luckily. High, but slow enough... ...safe, ... ... and confused!
  21. ... but where to go from a place that is nearly equidistant between Greenland, Svalbard, Iceland and Norway? At least we got a good navaid at the airport. And the runway is always clean. Real weather, end of May. Into the morning, and off for a long flight... ... cut short. Already passing the Lofoten Islands, ... ... and back into Bodo. Hmm, a nice suggestion of plane for the next trip...
  22. As recommended here in the forum, I took a little detour from Bodo - with a long range plane which is suited for short runways. Unfortunately, this means to result in a slow flight. Or, in other words, the need to cheat... Leaving Bodo... ... and westwards we go, over the sea... ... for a loooooooooooooooooooong time... - before spotting the coast of Jan Mayen. Real weather, time of the year is now. Seems to be a place to cool down... Here you can see the metropolis of the archipel. And the runway in the background... Indeed, not easy to land here. Whilst the locals do their best to keep the facilities well maintained. Cool guys, btw...
  23. In coordination with @paulb airline services, Wideroe also covers Norway to bring commuters & tourists to their destinations. Today we join them northbound from Trondheim... ... over the coastlines so magnificently designed by Slartibartfast ... ... into the remainders of winter. Once again we encounter a lovely cloud coverage, while descending into FL100... ... but at least it clears up when we get closer to Bodo. Seamless connections. The colleague is waiting in the background to pick up our Frequent Flyers. Whereever they might go now...
  24. Quite a long distance between the NOR payware airports. A distance we can fill with the nicely enhanced airports that are already included in EU_NOR, like Alesund... ... for a low & slow patrol over the fjords. Passing Trondheim CBD, ... ... on the way to Trondheim-Vaernes AB. It will take me some days to reach Narvik, but it is a nice way to learn about the Norwegian geography!
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