Journey of A Lifetime: Day 1 (28 July 2018) – arriving in Bergen

It has always been a pleasant experience to fly on Malaysia Airlines to London, and I look forward to fly on their new A350-WB. But they had used the bigger A380 instead because of high passenger demand in summer. I managed to get a descent amount of sleep during the flight. MH2 arrived in London Heathrow 30 minutes earlier than scheduled and provided me plenty of time to connect to my next flight. Because there’s no interlining between Malaysia Airline and SAS, I need to go through immigration, collected my checked luggage, transfer by tube from Terminal 4 to Terminal 2 and checked-in into the next flight. It can be stressful but Alhamdullilah it went smoothly. SAS was kind enough not to charge me with the access baggage. All the anxiety had gone and I still had 2 hours to spare before boarding, enough time for a cuppa and stretched my legs before the next leg of the journey.

SAS flight

In all it was 24 hours of flight time plus transfer and transit. The flight from Oslo to Bergen was a couple of hours delayed. By the time I arrived in Bergen, I can only think of a good bed to rest. Glad that I have booked a bunk bed in a dormitory at Marken Guesthouse instead of camping. From the Bergen Airport I took the bus to Bergen Busstasjon in the city centre. Then it’s about 10-minute walk to the hostel. What I didn’t expect was mostly they are cobbled streets. So dragging 2 bags on wheels were not as straight forward easy.

Day 1 - route bus terminal to hostel

The staff at the hostel reception was very friendly and I was given the key to my shared dormitory on the 4th floor. The cost is NOK345 per night and it has free Wi-Fi,  For now, it’s time for me to get some rest. Do keep following and see you in my next post.

Journey of A Lifetime -Day 0 (27 July 2018)

After a painful 17 month saving plan, the time had finally come for another solo trip. This time I’ll be covering land of the Vikings, the Baltic states, Eastern European capital cities and Greece over the next 2 months. In all I will be visiting 10 countries. I will share the detail of the trip route as we go along.

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Keeping in mind that I’ll be hopping between flights, trains, buses and ferries. in and out of hostels/hotels, another challenge was to pack as light as possible. With a varied climate of the places I intend to visit, it didn’t make the tasks any easier. The checked luggage must not exceed 20kg, the limit of many budget airlines in Europe. That was the plan. It was easier said than done. By the time I had finished packing, I knew I had gone over the limit since I struggled to lift the luggage. Once I had it weighed at the airport, I was almost 12 kg over the 20 kg limit I had set. I took out almost 5 kg and that brought me down to 27kg. No problem with Malaysia Airlines since I have a 30kg baggage allowance, but my onward flight to Norway via SAS only allows me 23kg. That means I have 4kg of access baggage.

In the bag I have basic clothing for 4 days which include a pair of jeans, hiking pants, waterproof pants, 2 T-shirts, 1 long sleeve shirts, 2 pairs of merino thermal inners, 2 pairs of hiking inners, 1 fleece, a pair of short, 1 swim suit, 2 pairs of merino socks, 2 pairs of normal sock, a towel, 4 pairs of underwear, toiletries, packs of wet tissue, a pair of hiking shoes and a hotel slipper, battery chargers, power converter, a walking stick, a tripod, a waterproof daypack, a thermos, a water bottle and a small tupperware. I also packed along some food from rice, instant noodles, canned food, aunchovies’ sambal, fruit cakes, instant coffee, milo, tea bags and a few zipper bags which were the main contributor to the access weight. In another bag, I have a spare change of clothes, a tooth brush, a pack of wet tissue, a laptop, 2 powerbanks, a mobile phone, a headphone, a weatherproof jacket, a winter jacket, 2 cameras, travel documents, a small notebook and some snacks which I carry on board the flight.

Since there is no direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Norway, I had purchased a one-way ticket to London Heathrow using air-miles I accumulated travelling on Malaysia Airlines and the Enrich miles collected from utilizing my credit card over the past 2 years, and connect via Scandinavian Airline (SAS) to Bergen in Norway. The KUL-LHR sector only cost me RM80, so it was a great savings, whilst the LHR-BGO sector cost me €260 (RM1,313). Actually, there is a cheaper flight to Bergen from Gatwick, however I need to overnight in London and plus the transportation cost to Gatwick, the total cost come to almost about the same.