I’m going to be honest with you. After all the stories I’ve heard about trips cheaper than a pair of shoes or than one evening with friends at the Main Square in Krakow, I decided to take a shot and check if I in fact miss something that good and not even know about it. I’m not saying I believed all these stories, but you know.. I wanted to believe.
Thus, the main reason of this trip was to test Ryanair airlines, the leading low-cost carrier at Krakow Airport. Somewhere around a month ago I visited their website and tried to find the cheapest option available. What did I choose? Oslo Rygge, 100 PLN for a round-trip ticket. Not bad for the beginning, so I bought two (yep, one for Her). Although Scandinavia in April had never been my largest dream, I was quite happy about it. Unfortunately the closer the flight was, the worse weather they predicted. We were supposed to leave on Friday evening and go back 24 hours later. A couple of days before the forecast looked liked this: Monday-Thursday – sunny, Friday – clouded, Saturday – raining, Sunday-next week – sunny. Just perfect.. But I didn’t lose hope, as I knew these forecasts are always wrong. Guess what – this time it wasn’t.
So the day came, we got to the airport, passed through security easily and smoothly (we decided to leave the tiger and bazooka at home) and stood in the line to our gate. As you probably know, there are some carry-on baggage restrictions. We didn’t need too much and had only two backpacks with blankets and food, so there was no problem for us to meet these restrictions, but it was for many of the rest. There were at least ten backpacks and suitcases twice as big as they supposed to be. I thought the stuff would make them all pay but on the contrary, they didn’t seem to care. They just pulled a lady with the largest suitcase and let the rest through, just like a highway patrol. If I only knew, I wouldn’t have left the tiger! And then, after a short walk across the apron, we finally got on board.
As usual, at the beginning flight attendants gave an amusing performance on how to blow up your life jacket and where you must hide in case of emergency, while later (during the whole journey) they were passing by and encouraging passengers to buy things you wouldn’t have imagined, aaall the time. In fact it was the only thing to watch, because (as said) we were leaving in the evening, it was cloudy and the Moon hid somewhere, so there was nothing to see behind the window – maybe apart from the aircraft’s right wing, which while taking off looked like it didn’t want to go and would rather detach and stay at the airport. Eventually we took it with us but I was curious if it’d still be there after we land at Oslo Rygge (yet it was). Anyway, I was grateful to Her for having taken Kindle and MP3 player. As soon as we got to Norway we found a little surprise – it wasn’t raining at all. The bad news was.. it was snowing.
But we found it more funny than annoying and we were not going to leave the terminal for the next couple of hours. The cheapest accommodation would cost triple as much as the ticket did, so it would disturb the idea of low-cost trip. Besides, we were not the only ones to spend the night at the airport. As a matter of fact, around 40 other people did the same, which allowed me to avoid the feeling of being homeless. It was a short night, I couldn’t stop waking up every hour, the lights were shining too bright and since 4 a.m. airport workers rolled by every second, but I didn’t care – it was free afterall. To sum up, Ryanair plus a night or two at the airport is indeed a real, quick and cheap way of spending your weekend thousands kilometers away from home. Even if it doesn’t sound to be too comfortable, it’s still worth trying.
A few words about Norway itself. We visited three places: Rygge, Moss and Horten. We didn’t make it to Oslo, as there was no time (and it also would be as much as the plane return ticket, which also disturbs… nevermind). The airport is just called Oslo Rygge but in fact these two are 70 km away from each other. So after we got up, we drank a coffee and having gladly noticed that most of the snow is gone, we took a bus to the train station in Rygge, then took a train to the ferry terminal in Moss and then took a ferry to Horten. Then the title Norwegian Walk began. We’ve seen as much as there is to see in this area: a mini version of the famous Norwegian Fjords, interesting buildings architecture (including small colorful houses), a piece of local history and finally, tall and happy people. I’m not sure how they do it, as it’s dark and cold in there and these cheerful houses or healthy food just can’t do the trick. There must be something more about them, but let’s leave this question unanswered.
And let the pictures below tell the rest of the story.