Tromso to London

After having only grey skies, alternating showers, and heavy rain for four days, we woke to blue skies and sunshine.  On the day we were flying out of Tromso to London. How true to form.

tromso mountains around airport
Departure Day
Tromso Airport

Our flight was leaving around 1 pm. So, we organised a big cab to take all five of us plus luggage and headed to the airport.  Arriving at the departures door, we were greeted by the view of the mountains around the airport, snow-capped peaks, fluffy clouds, and blue skies. Everyone grabbed their cameras and started firing off shots. 

those snow capped mountains
yes, it had snowed a lot the night before

Happy at finally getting some pics that didn’t involve rain, we entered the terminal, checked our bags through to London, went through security, grabbed some lunch, and chilled till the first leg of our flight.  Tromso to Oslo is just on 2 hrs. Then we had a two-hour stopover in Oslo before we were back in the air and heading for London. Followed by another two-hour flight.  We were treated to a gorgeous sunset as we approached London and landed in the twinkling lights of the city.

tromso to london
sunset approaching London
sunset - tromso to london
Flying over London
London

I would have to say, without a doubt, Heathrow is the worst airport we dealt with on this trip.  It took about 90 mins to get to the top of the queue to get our passports stamped at immigration control  – a couple of big planes landed, and only two windows open processing people!  We had transfers booked, and the poor man was waiting for us forever.  It was great, though, to step out of immigration and be met by a driver who took our bags and took care of us. 

For the next four nights, our’ home’ was the Glenlyn Hotel in Finchley, about 30 mins out of London by underground – but nice.  Comfy, clean rooms with a lovely buffet breakfast included.  The only drawback (and shock as we didn’t know till we arrived) was there was NO lift!  Getting our large suitcases up two flights of narrow, steep, twisting stairs nearly killed us all the first night.

those dreaded stairs tromso to london
The start of those notorious stairs
the dining room tromso to london
Glenlyn dining room
panorama of back garden
An English garden – at our hotel – complete with morning squirrels running along the fence
our hotel in london
Glenlyn Hotel
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