In June 2011 I flew to Faro, Portugal with Ryanair from Leeds-Bradford airport. Flying into the Iberian sunset provided some beautiful photos from the plane, as the Earth looked like a diamond encrusted emerald dress, so this introductory Portugal-trip blog post is given over entirely to aerial photos from the outward flight.
Flying Leeds-Bradford to Faro Photos
The first four photos are of waterways and coasts glistening in the sun.
Arriving in Haugesund, there’s a bus waiting for Ryanair‘s cheap flights. You can buy an inclusive ticket from there to the city centre and on to either Bergen in the north or Stavanger in the south. I headed north, and the scenic journey included a ferry ride on the Hardangerfjord. Here’s some photos from the ferry:
My twenty-fifth anniversary tour of Europe was completed in the past month, April 30th to May 11th, when I flew to Bergen in western Norway and flew back from Stockholm in eastern Sweden.
Final Journey Mirrors Planned First
I had originally planned to travel by ferry to Bergen to start my first jaunt around Europe in 1987, but in the end headed straight south from the U.K., after delaying departure until late August to attend that year’s Monsters of Rock festival.
I had wanted to visit the fjord region ever since, as well as Stockholm, which was said to be a beautiful multi-island city. So I bought cheap single flights from London Stansted to Haugesund and Stockholm to Stansted with Ryanair.
After making the short journey north from Haugesund to Bergen I planned to travel across Scandinavia, from the western coast to east. It would be the first border I’d cross outside the U.K. for about fifteen years.
Flying into Haugesund
My flight from Stansted to Haugesund went smoothly. Leaving England I could see the Scroby Sands Windfarm off Great Yarmouth. Then it was all sea until reaching the fjords of Haugesund, Home of the Viking Kings. Here’s some photos: