Norwegian Boeing 737 to Tromsø

In the second part of my vacation it was necessary to travel north from Oslo to the coastal settlement of Tromsø. Several carriers offered the route, with Flyr being my preferred choice. after calls “You shouldn’t choose the flight because of the airline” From my partner, we instead opted to book an early morning Norwegian service.

While Norwegian seemed to have been in trouble for the past two years, going back to basics appears to have been a good move for the airline. The most surprising thing about the flight was its length, or rather the length of Norway, with a flight time equal to our previous service from Munich to Oslo.

Today’s video is simple

Flight booking

Norwegian operates as a low-cost airline. This means that the airline’s fares are low, but additional revenue is generated from the increased sale of additional services.

We packed appropriate clothing for the climate and activities in Tromsø, which meant we needed luggage. Instead of booking flight and baggage separately, which can save costs on some low-cost carriers, we chose the Norwegian LowFare+. This included our luggage, an overhead bag (we didn’t use it) and also allowed us to reserve seats on the flight well in advance.

For great views, a window seat is a must. Photo: Tom Boone – Simple Flight

Overall, the price for a two-person reservation came to €153.74 ($159.56). This was the cheapest fare between the two cities, and may have been reflected in the flight time. I would have liked to travel with Flyr, who offered prices for the same price, although the time did not fit the itinerary. SAS was also offering non-stop road trips, while Widerøe was offering a connecting itinerary.

at the Air port

To get to the airport, we took the regional train. Despite the first hour, this train was already busy. It should be noted that, unlike the Airport Express, this much cheaper train started before Oslo Central Station and continued beyond Oslo Airport.

To check in, I downloaded the Norwegian Air app. While the app doesn’t seem to be properly formatted for the latest iPhones, I was able to add my reservation and check-in with little to no fuss. This allowed me to create boarding passes that I quickly added to my Apple Wallet.

Boarding passes are issued as digital boarding passes by the Norwegian App. Photo: simple flight

After arriving at the airport, most airlines instruct passengers to check their luggage themselves by printing the cards on the self-service machine. I scanned my boarding pass, and for whatever reason, the machine didn’t want to issue baggage tags (this would become a common topic on the flight). I had to move to a staffed office, where I was challenged for ‘no use of self bag drop facilities’.

New check-in staff have been trained at the check-in desk, which means that the process takes somewhat longer than usual. In the end, we dropped two bags and proceeded to the security check.

The airport security queue was a mess. First, it far exceeded the physical queue barriers set in place. The line approaches a row of gates where passengers check their boarding pass to enter the airside area.

After this step, the queue leaves sideways the way it came. This meant that basically everyone wanted to use the first two gates to skip part of the queue.

Everyone sought to use the first available portal to avoid the others returning to the queue before them. Photo: simple flight

Plus, people were checking their boarding passes faster than the queue dissipated. This meant that the area behind the gates was full. However, people were still checking their boarding passes and crammed into the area to make sure the gate didn’t close before they could get through. After this point the queue veered significantly, although with no fast track passengers we were invited to leave near the start to use the empty security check lane.

All containers at Oslo Airport are rated as having germ-killing capabilities. It was also huge, meaning just a couple was enough for the traveler in coats, laptops, liquids, etc.

Once the security check was completed, we decided to proceed straight to the gate, hoping to pass a decent looking café on the way. Unfortunately, there was nothing quite like an expensive airport cafe.

It was a icy morning at Oslo Airport. Photo: Tom Boone – Simple Flight

Our flight took off from Gates 16-18, which is from some of the furthest from the central lounge area. Once we reached the end of the inner pier, the signs directed us down the escalator. To my horror, we were at the bus gate.

The ascent was called into three separate groups. All groups were placed on the same bus, which makes the idea of ​​paying for priority boarding (a service provided by Norwegian) invalid. We ended up getting on the plane faster than some of the people who paid for it. The first on the bus equals the end of the bus. We were treated to a tour in the air while driving to the plane parked across from the airport.

Flight

Although not in a rush to check in when it opened, we did receive the serial number 9 and 10. Upon boarding, it was clear why. The plane appeared to be 40% full at most. This means that we actually had the whole class to ourselves.

The interior of the aircraft is not much different from other European narrow objects. Photo: Tom Boone – Simple Flight

There isn’t much to say about the seats on the Norwegian Boeing 737-800. It was a 3-3 standard with decent legroom. Norwegian offers pockets behind the seat, unlike some other low-cost airlines that seek to reduce cleaning times and costs.

The staff on board were incredibly friendly and seemed as if they really wanted all the passengers to be satisfied. As reported in the latest flight report in this series, masks are no longer mandatory in Norway, and are extended to domestic flights. The cabin crew seemed happy not to wear a mask on board, even though I chose to wear a mask.

While Norwegian offers catering services on flights, the low-cost nature of the airline means that passengers have to pay for this service. We haven’t had breakfast yet, so I was keen to grab something on the plane. The menu card showed a range of meals and deals. I chose to buy the Toast Deal, which contains ham and cheese toast, a hot drink and a soft drink for NOK 114 (€11:40/$11.83).

A crew member told me that the airline does not serve such a delicacy on domestic flights as I ordered the meal. The best I can buy is a pot of instant noodles and a cup of coffee. This set me back 140 NOK ($14.00 / $14.53). While that’s not what you’d expect for breakfast, I can’t complain about the taste of Knorr Snack Carbonara Pasta Pot. Coffee wasn’t something to write home about, although it did the job. In fact, I almost enjoyed drinking the remaining liquid in my pasta pot more.

Before we knew it, the plane was descending towards Tromsø Airport, where we landed at 09:58. The landing looked a little tricky, though gentler than some of the other landings I’ve tried on Boeing 737s of low-cost carriers.

Arriving at Tromsø Airport

After landing at Tromsø Airport, we had a very short taxi ride. It turns out that the flight also had a bus gate at this station. Interestingly, the trip did not end in Tromso. Instead, it lasted for another three-quarters of an hour to Kirkenes (KKN). The crew instructed those whose journey did not end here to stay on the flight. It appeared that less than half of the passengers remained on board.

After finding out how long it took Norway, we began our descent to Tromsø Airport. Photo: Tom Boone – Simple Flight

The bus took us to the small station. Tromsø has a mixed departure and arrival area. After we got off the bus we had to walk upstairs to the main departure area before getting off to the arrivals area. As this was a domestic flight, there were no checks on arrival.

You can see how much slash is on the apron. Photo: Tom Boone – Simple Flight

The airport only had two small baggage belts, and it seemed as if the whole world was waiting for them. Fortunately, our bags came incredibly quickly. Unfortunately, our hard case was covered in dirty water. As we landed, we saw that the airport was covered in a layer of water that its crews were desperately trying to remove. This appears to be what ended up in our case. Fortunately, our soft case was fine.

A little slush melt ended up spraying our bag. Photo: Tom Boone – Simple Flight

Overall, I wouldn’t rate Tromsø Airport highly. At present, the facility is small, and it shows. There are signs of improvement with a new lounge area under construction, although at the moment the airport does not appear to be adequate for the number of tourists it serves.

Travel to the city

There was a short walk to the common area, after we had taken our bags. There was a long line for taxis, but the airport express buses had just arrived. We took the airport express bus, where we paid 360 NOK (€36.00 / $37.38) for two return tickets to Tromsø.

The bus took about 15 minutes and went straight through the middle of the hill separating the two sides of the island. This airport express bus stops at all major hotels in the city. Due to its low price associated with convenience, I would recommend this service over a taxi ride to and from the airport.

details of the trip

LN-ENR operated flight DY310 on February 28, 2022. The aircraft was scheduled to depart Olso (OSL) at 08:00, arriving in Tromsø at 09:55. The flight actually departed at 08:17 and arrived later at 09:58, according to FlightRadar24.com data. According to ch-aviation.com, the LN-ENR is a 4.4-year-old Boeing 737-800 that first flew on December 20, 2017. The aircraft, owned by Chishima Real Estate, is listed on the portal with a current market value of €30.62 million.

Have you traveled to Tromso airport? What were your thoughts? Let us know what you think and why in the comments!


departure -1
Flight review: Economy on a Lufthansa Airbus A321 to Oslo

read the following


About the author

%d bloggers like this: