28 Jul 2014 Paderborn
29 Jul 2014 Höganäs (1)
30 Jul 2014 Kjeller (3)
31 Jul 2014 Oslo
1 Aug 2014 Frya (3)
2 Aug 2014 Kjeller (1)
3 Aug 2014 Oslo
4 Aug 2014 Drøbak
5 Aug 2014 Bergen (2)
6 Aug 2014 Rakkestad (3)
7 Aug 2014 Stockholm (2)
8 Aug 2014 Borglanda (2)
9 Aug 2014 Öland (3)
10 Aug 2014 Lübeck (2)
11 Aug 2014 Paderborn (1)
Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans
There had been record-breaking good weather in Norway in July. When we made our trip to Norway in August, the weather returned to what may be expected for Norway, and we had to be flexible in our plannings.
On Monday, 28 July 2014, Veleda and René drove to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport for a flying vacation to Norway. With Veleda still having work to do in the morning that had to be finished, we left home early in the afternoon. We had a reservation for a Cessna Skylane for three weeks. It is a nice travel plane, faster than for example the Piper Archer's we often fly, and it would be convenient for the larger distances to be flown in Scandinavia.
Cessna Skylane D-EJNG
On the way to the airport, near Arnhem, we encountered heavy rain showers with hail. The Dutch meteo office even had issued a "code orange" meteo alarm. The rainfall forced cars to drive very slow, or even stop on the emergency lane. The heavy rainfall moved away, and after Arnhem the weather improved.
Rainfall 28 July 2014
Later a road accident on the autobahn in Germany gave another setback in time. We left the autobahn that was blocked further down the highway to Oberhausen, and took a detour. We arrived at the airport near the end of the afternoon, but the bad weather had not reached Paderborn, and it was still possible to fly a good distance up north.
Optimistically we walked to the hangar for the keys and the papers of the plane. Upon checking the logbook of the Skylane, we saw that there were less than 10 hours available until the next inspection; enough to fly up and down to southern Norway, but by far not enough for all the flying that we had planned for and we had indicated when we made the booking several months earlier. So we had to find an alternative. A lesson learned was to align directly with the mechanic.
...find an alternative
Piper Archer D-EXHV
Instead there was a Piper Archer available, although that plane is some 30 knots slower. It meant that it was going to be less convenient to cross larger distances, and also against a higher cost per mile. Unlike the Skylane, the Piper's wet price is based on mogas instead of the more expensive avgas. This while mogas is hardly available in Scandinavia and avgas had to be used anyway.
Because it was getting late in the afternoon, the flight time would be longer and some replanning had to be done, we decided to leave the next morning. We booked a place in nearby Ahden to stay overnight. Before we left, René fueled the Piper for the departure the next morning.
From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Höganäs
After breakfast the next morning we drove back to the airport early. It was not foggy, although there was some haze. René had filed a flightplan to Höganäs in Sweden. We took-off from Paderborn-Lippstadt runway 24, and left the CTR via November. We landed at Höganäs airfield at about lunchtime after a further uneventful flight.
Following fueling, we were invited to join the BBQ in the evening at the local aeroclub, and we could stay overnight at the aeroclub. We accepted the invitation. In the afternoon we used the available bicycles from the aeroclub to visit Höganäs and to tour a little. In the evening we joined for the BBQ, and we chatted with members about places to visit. Also the field Lidköping was suggested, and we decided to stop-by the next day on our way to Oslo.
Short final runway 32 Höganäs airfield
Fuel station at Höganäs airfield
BBQ at the aeroclub
Touring with the club bicycles
From Höganäs to Oslo, Kjeller
To Oslo, Kjeller
On Wednesday, July 30, we woke-up early to fly early to be ahead of the rain that was moving in from the south. After checking the notam's, we walked to the plane and took-off at about 8am. We followed the coast to Göteborg, and there we made an arrival via Agnesberg to land on runway 19.
The next leg was a short hop to Lidköping. There was a group of young pilots at the airport, but further it was quiet. We chatted with some of the people, and we filed the flightplan to Kjeller. Norwegian regulations require a two hours customs notification (officially even four hours).
We departed Lidköping after half past two, and first flew along Lacko castle before further crossing lake Vanern, the largest lake in Sweden. After landing on Kjeller airport runway 12 and parking the plane, we walked to the nearby Best Western hotel in Lillestrøm and checked in. We freshened up, and then walked to the nearby train station where we took the train to Oslo central station, a train ride of about 10 minutes.
Left base runway 19 Göteborg, City airport
René at Göteborg, City airport
Veleda waiting for departure to Oslo
Over Lillestrøm south of Kjeller airport
Arrived at Kjeller airport
On Wednesday evening and Thursday we visited Oslo. After we arrived at Kjeller airport on Wednesday, we walked to a nearby hotel and checked in. Then we took the train from Lillestrøm to Oslo central station and walked the city.
After breakfast on Thursday, we first went to Gardermoen airport to visit the aviation museum next to the airport, only to find a sign on the door that it was closed for the whole of 2014 and would reopen in 2015. The website of the museum did not mention that it was closed.
We then went to Oslo, where we also visited the Akershus Fortress and the small resistance museum at the fortress. The museum also has a large bomb remain on display that was dropped on the Tirpitz in 1944.
From Kjeller to Frya
Route from Kjeller via Eggemoen and Hammar to Frya
The weather outlook for Friday, 1 August, appeared okay for a flight to Molde following the Gudbrandsdalen (Gudbrands valley). As the route goes along the Dovrefjell mountain range, there was a possibility that the weather or the cloud base would not be good enough to continue.
We first made a stop at Eggemoen airport. Although the airport is not officially open, the owner had given us permission to make a visit. After Eggemoen we flew to Hamar.
As the clouds appeared already lower than we hoped for, René made a call to book an accommodation near the Frya aerodrome. We took-off from Hamar to fly to Frya. North of Lillehammer we entered the Gudbrands valley.
After a while, we could see it raining west of Frya, and further north-west the higher terrain appeared to be in clouds. We landed at Frya, parked and tied-down the plane, and then walked to the accommodation adjacant to the aerodrome.
René checking the fuel before departure
Final runway 15 Hamar, Stafsberg airport
Veleda and René at Hamar, Stafsberg airport
René with the Ringebu Stave Church
Former German army camp
Frya and Ringebu
Upon arriving at the accommodation in Frya next to the airport we were a bit surprised by the appearance. It looked like it was styled after German army barracks. Then the friendly manager, after showing us the room, told us that the place actually had been a German army camp during the war.
From doing some searching on the internet, it was found that the army camp appeared to have been related to a munition depot during and after the war. Also there is mentioning of Russian prisoners of war being held at Frya during the war, and that the army camp buildings are to be conserved. Besides some old German army charts, no further details appear to be available online.
Ringebu Stave Church
When the manager went to buy groceries in nearby Ringebu, we could drive with him to the supermarket. Then he also took us to the Ringebu Stave Church that was built around 1220. There was major restoration work being carried out, and the church was covered by scaffolding. The picture right is from wikipedia.
From Frya to Kjeller
On Saturday morning the weather was not that good. There was wind, low clouds and some minor rain showers coming in from the south, but it looked as it would improve later that day. We decided to fly back to Kjeller when we could, because the weather outlook for the following days was bad, and we were better off on the ground near Oslo than in Frya, where there was further not much to do for us. From Oslo at least we could visit places by train or bus. We waited until three o'clock, checking the metars for Gardermoen and the satellite images once in a while. We took-off runway 10 Frya airport and flew south through the valley (see pictures). After arriving at Kjeller airport, we walked to the nearby Best Western hotel where we had stayed before.
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Satellite images, 2nd August 2014
Weather analysis, 2 Aug 2014 06:00 UTC
Waiting for departure to Kjeller
Following Gudbrandsdalen south
To Oslo and to Drøbak
Sunday and Monday were no flying days. We visited Oslo on Sunday, and Drøbak on Monday.
Edvard Munch's The Scream (1893)
On Sunday we took the train from Lillestrøm to Oslo. We first visited the National Gallery. The National Gallery houses Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. Central attractions include Edvard Munch's The Scream and Madonna and paintings by Cézanne and Manet.
Christian Krohg; Oda Krohg as Bohemian Princess (1888)
After we visited the National Gallery, we also visited the Oslo Cathedral.
Inside the Oslo Cathedral
In the evening we went to a movie in Lillestrøm in a theatre next to the hotel. When the movie was finished and we left the movie theatre, it was raining heavily. Luckely the theatre was next door to the hotel.
Low overcast over Lillestrøm
On Monday, August 4, the weather was not too good. The day started IMC, and it appeared as all the bad weather from Europe was sucked to Norway. The weather outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday was better. For Monday we had decided to make a trip to Drøbak. We first took the train from Lillestrøm to Oslo central station, and from there the bus to Drøbak.
Mermaid statues by the marina
Drøbak is situated at the narrowest point of the Oslo fjord. Traditionally, Drøbak was the winter harbour of Oslo, since in severe winters the fjord will freeze from outside Drøbak all the way up to Oslo. In the summer Drøbak is a popular sea-side tourist spot. The town is well known for its many small arts and crafts galleries. There is also an old wooden church built in 1776.
With the church from 1776 in Drøbak
Rene at the marina
From Kjeller to Bergen
Route from Kjeller via Gullknapp to Bergen
The weather outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday August 5 and 6 was such that we could plan a trip to Bergen. Looking to the TAF's on Tuesday morning, the low clouds over the Oslo region were expected to rise at around ten o'clock to an altitude enabling us to depart.
But of course, a forecast is not a guarantee. There was hardly any wind that would help to clear up the low cloud base, and we had to call AIS two times to postpone our flightplan to Gullknapp each time with one hour. Finally, early in the afternoon, we could depart from Kjeller in marginal conditions due to the cloud base, but over the Oslo fjord the weather would improve, as we had seen on the METAR reports.
We flew over the eastern outskirts of Oslo and then over the Oslo fjord until the clouds had sufficiently raised to further continue over land to the south-west to Gullknapp. When we approached Gullknapp, we closed our flight plan with Kjevik tower (Kristiansand airport).
After landing at Gullknapp, a small aerodrome being expanded to a bigger airport, we filed a flight plan to Bergen via the IFR waypoints SOLSI, SIRDA, DEPIT and finally VFR reporting point Kaland east of Bergen airport. After take-off, we contacted Kjevik tower again and requested to activate our flight plan to Bergen.
The landscape along the route was beautiful, and we made many pictures. When we approached Bergen, Flesland airport, we were cleared to land on runway 35. After landing we first taxied to the fuel station to fuel the plane before parking it. From the airport we took the express bus to Bergen centre.
René in the Piper Archer at Kjeller airport
Low clouds in the Oslo region
To land at Gullknapp airport
Plateau south east of Stavanger
To land at Bergen, Flesland airport
Veleda at Torgallmenningen square
Upon arriving in Bergen, we first booked a hotel. Then we started to explore the city. On the picture left Veleda is on Torgallmenningen square, next to the Sjøfartsmonumentet; celebrating the city's seafaring traditions. It sports twelve sculptures on its lower section with two sets of reliefs above.
Right is a picture of the Bergen domkirke, or Bergen Cathedral. It is also known as St Olav's Church. The first recorded historical reference to this church is dated 1181. The stonemasonry in the entrance hall was carved by the same stonemasons as those who adorned Westminster Abbey's chapter house in London.
A King Crab at the fish market
Right alongside the harbour near Bryggen lies the fish market. here one can find everything from smoked whale meat and salmon to calamari, fish and chips, fish cakes, prawn baguettes, seafood salads, local caviar and, sometimes, nonfishy reindeer and elk.
Bergen's oldest quarter runs along the north-eastern shore of Vågen Harbour in long, parallel and often leaning rows of gabled buildings with stacked-stone or wooden foundations and reconstructed rough-plank construction. Bryggen has since 1979 been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites.
From Bergen to Rakkestad
From Bergen via Fyresdal and Skien to Rakkestad
The weather outlook for Wednesday, August 6 was still good, but a new range of low pressure areas was coming in from the Atlantic. We decided to leave Norway for Sweden, with Sweden having a better weather outlook for the days to come.
Weather analysis, Wednesday 6 August 2014 06:00 UTC
After take-off from Bergen airport, we first flew to the north-east to Bergen town for some sight-seeing. Then we flew south in the direction of Stavanger before turning east to Fyresdal.
Between Stavanger and Fyresdal the alternator was automatically switched off. After reducing electric load, we switched on the alternator again, and it was producing normal electric output. It was going to happen a number of times over the next days, but the alternator continued to work correctly after switching it on again. It was something for the mechanic to look at after we returned.
When we approached Fyresdal, we closed the flightplan with Oslo control before landing. After we had landed, we saw a number of people at the airport that told us they were going for a sight-seeing flight with a helicopter that was coming in from Stavanger. After some time the helicopter landed at Fyresdal.
We took off after the helicopter had departed. We flew via the Telemark canal route to Skien, and the view along the route was very nice. We had lunch at Skien airport, and then we departed to Rakkestad, a small aerodrome in the south-east of Norway. We fueled the plane, and then we got a ride to the nearby town to an inn where we stayed overnight.
René checking the oil level
René at Fyresdal
Lake Bandak, part of the Telemark canal
The inn Bye Kro & Vertshus in Rakkestad
From Rakkestad to Stockholm, Skavsta
Thursday, August 7 we flew to Stockholm. That is to say, we flew to Stockholm, Skavsta airport. The airport is another 105 km away from the centre of Stockholm, but because low budget airlines are using Skavsta airport for flights to Stockholm, there is a good bus connection.
In the morning we took-off to fly first to Arvika, a small aerodrome in Sweden not far from Rakkestad. Soon we were above low clouds, which appeared to become broken or perhaps even overcast looking further down the route. As flying over dense forests in low overcast or near-overcast was not appealing, we returned to Rakkestad.
We filed a new flightplan, this time to Karlskoga, with a route south of the route to Arvika. The flight brought us along Karlstad on the north shore of lake Vanern. After Karlskoga we flew to Skavsta airport. At the airport we booked a hotel in Stockholm, and we took the express bus from Skavsta airport to Stockholm.
Veleda at Karlskoga
Approaching Stockholm, Skavsta airport
René at Skavsta airport
Hötorget city square, Stockholm centre
After we arrived at the Stockholm City Terminal, we walked to the hotel where we checked in. Then we walked the major pedestrian street Drottninggatan to the south, where the parliament (Riksdag), the Stockholm palace and the Riddarholm Church are located. Walking back on the pedestrian street, we looked for a place to have dinner.
Dinner at Esperanza restaurant
We found a place outdoor at the Italian restaurant Esperanza on the Drottninggatan street. It is not the average Italian restaurant, but probably belongs to the best places in town to eat. The food was excellent, as was the service. Guests are treated as they would be special. It was not cheap, but also not overly expensive.
René at Prästgatan in Gamla Stan
Later in the evening we made another walk, to Gamla Stan; the Old Town. Gamla Stan dates back to the 13th century, and consists of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and archaic architecture. It is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. In the middle of Gamla Stan is Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm.
The next morning, we had breakfast in town, and we made a nice walk before we went to the airport.
Veleda at the Riksdag
René, Blasieholmen in the background
From Stockholm to Borglanda on the island Öland
For Friday, August 8 we were thinking of flying to Gotland. But because the weather forecast indicated rain and possible thunderstorms later in the afternoon over Gotland, we decided to fly to Borglanda on the island of Öland instead. We made a stop at Hultsfred-Vimmerby airport from where we booked a hotel in Borglanda before we continued. Upon arrival at Borglanda it started to rain. We called the hotel, and they sent a car to take us to the hotel from the nearby airfield.
With the bus from Stockholm to Skavsta
Veleda at Hultsfred-Vimmerby airport
Borgholm, rain moving in from the south
René doing paperwork for the flights
Hotel in Borgholm
Sunset in Borgholm
Flight over Öland
On Saturday morning we walked to Borglanda airfield to maka a sightseeing trip over Öland, with landings at Ölanda and Sandvik before returning to Borglanda. Upon returning, we took two bicycles available for rent at Borglanda airfield. In the afternoon we toured a little on the bicycles and we relaxed in town.
René at Borglanda airfield
René and Veleda at Ölanda aerodrome
View on Sandvik from final runway 17 Sandvik
Departure from Sandvik
Veleda and René in Borgholm
In the evening we discussed the plan for the next days. The weather outlook for the week to come was not good. During the night, rain was going to pass by, and a low pressure area over the UK on Sunday was going to make its way to the north east.
Satellite images, 9th August 2014
We decided not to fly to Gotland on Sunday, but instead to fly to Lübeck, and then further to Paderborn on Monday morning. On Monday afternoon we would drive to Wiesbaden to visit Carsten and Maria, who were over from the US with their baby daughter Elena.
We would fly between two cold fronts, the first one passing during the night from Saturday to Sunday, and the second one during the night from Sunday to Monday. On Monday new bad weather would move in during the day, but then we should already have returned at Paderborn.
From Borglanda to Lübeck
On Sunday morning, René first made a thank-you sightseeing flight over Öland with someone from the hotel. Then we took-off to Landskrona, where we also fueled. On the ground at Landskrona, Search and Rescue gave us a call, as the flight plan was still open. René had requested control on the radio to close the flight plan before landing, but apparently there was a misunderstanding. It was further no problem, and the flight plan was closed.
We started for our final leg that day to Lübeck. Near Lübeck the winds had started to pick-up, but most of the flight the winds were not that strong yet.
Weather analysis, Sunday 10 August 2014 06:00 UTC
After landing we already paid the airport fees so we did not have to do that anymore the next day, and we booked a hotel in Lübeck. We took the city bus passing the airport to a bus stop close to the hotel. We visited the city, and we had dinner near the city hall. During the night the front passed. Part one of the plan had worked out.
Veleda with the bicycles at Borglanda airfield
Right base runway 12 Landskrona airport
René at Landskrona airport
Approaching Lübeck airport
Veleda at Holstentor
Lübeck was one of the founding cities of the Hanseatic League. The old part of Lübeck is on an island enclosed by the Trave. Much of the old town has kept a medieval appearance with old buildings and narrow streets. At one time the town could only be entered via any of four town gates, of which today two remain, the Holstentor (1478) and the Burgtor (1444). The old town centre is dominated by seven church steeples. The oldest are the Lübecker Dom (Lübeck cathedral) and the Marienkirche (Saint Mary's), both from the 13th and 14th centuries.
The Lübeck Cathedral is a large brick Lutheran cathedral. It was started in 1173 by Henry the Lion as a cathedral for the Bishop of Lübeck. The Lutheran Marienkirche, or St Mary's, was constructed between 1250 and 1350. In the church there is an Astronomical Clock. Built in 1561 through to 1566, but destroyed in the Second World War, the reconstructed Astronomical Clock is considered a treasure of art history and sacred history. Lübeck's 13th- to 15th-century Rathaus is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful in Germany.
At the Rathaus
From Lübeck to Paderborn-Lippstadt
On Monday morning we left early so we could arrive at Paderborn before the next wave of bad weather would get there. The first part we flew low to avoid the Hamburg airspace, but then we climbed above the scattered clouds. The wind was not too strong, some 25 knots headwind. When we approached Paderborn-Lippstadt airport, the ATIS indicated 19 knots almost head on. We landed on runway 24. Part two of the plan that we had set-up on Saturday evening had also worked out as planned. We talked to the mechanic about the alternator, finished the paperwork, and then we went on our way to Wiesbaden by car.
Headwind from Lübeck to Paderborn
Weather analysis, 11 Aug 2014 06:00 UTC
Final runway 24 Paderborn-Lippstadt
Veleda at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
On the way to Wiesbaden we had lunch. In the afternoon we arrived, where we met Carsten and Maria and their baby daughter Elena. In the evening we all went to the Rheingau Wine Festival in Wiesbaden. The next morning we had breakfast together at the Café Maldaner, and then we drove home. It was the end of a nice holiday.
Rheingau Wine Festival
Veleda with Elena in Café Maldaner
Maria with Elena, Rene and Carsten