To Tromso And Beyond With Silversea

Silversea’s Silver Explorer, alongside in Tromso, Norway on July 2, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Jetlag woke me up at 3:30a.m. this morning. At least, I think it did. It could be excitement, too: today is the day that I fly to Tromso, Norway to board Silversea Expeditions’ intimate Silver Explorer for a 10-night adventure into the heart of Arctic Svalbard.
Whenever I sail with Silversea, I like to make a point of illustrating the contrasts of travelling on a small-ship luxury cruise line versus the hassle and bureaucracy that infects so much of the travel world as a whole.
Take, for example, my flight today from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to Tromso. I like Gardermoen; it’s a beautifully-designed airport. I’ve been through it many times in the past. Today, however, I had some problems passing through with the same items I travel with each and every day.

My SAS flight from Oslo, on the ground at Tromso Flughaven. The flying time is roughly one hour and forty minutes. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

My SAS flight from Oslo, on the ground at Tromso Flughaven. The flying time is roughly one hour and forty minutes. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I went into the security lineup as normal. I practically undressed, as normal, to ensure I wouldn’t beep going through the metal detector. I didn’t. I walked over to the x-ray conveyor and watched my laptop roll harmlessly to a stop.
My bag, however, didn’t follow. It was selected for some special screening.
So I walked around the carousel to the inspection table where I met Gardermoen’s crack security inspector. Did I have any electronics? I replied that I had a camera. Barely finished the sentence when he ordered me to take it out.
I did so. He gingerly placed it into a tray like a jack-in-the-box that might spring forth at any moment. Then, both bag and camera went through the scanner again. I thought we were done. I thought wrong.
Colombo jabbed his finger at the x-ray screen. “There’s something else.”

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