Aussies can once again explore the South Pole from the skies.
Australia is the only continent from where you can fly and take in the sights of Antarctica in just one day. And despite the ominous tones of 2020, the goods news is that Qantas’ privately-chartered Antarctica Flights have resumed and more dates have been added for 2021 and also 2022.
So, for those of you itching to get overseas, this might be your only chance to do so. And with views like the one below, it’s hard to say no.
Having already flown the skies over the great expanse of snow and ice for 26 years, Qantas’ Antarctica Flights have now upgraded their 747s to the new-and-improved 787 Dreamliners, meaning that intrepid explorers can spread out and take in the coastlines, mountains, glaciers, and the immense whiteness of the southernmost continent with much more space and comfort than ever before. There’s no other place in the world quite like it!
With nineteen routes available and flights departing from Australia’s five major cities, no two flights are the same. And since all flights return to the same city, this unique, bucket-list experience is classified as domestic so you won’t need to take your passport with you.
Flights also comply with all current travel restrictions and Qantas has put in place extra health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of everyone. These include temperature checks prior to boarding as well as personal packs handed to all flyers with a disposable mask, hand sanitiser, and disinfectant wipes, plus an extra headrest cover.
Wondering about the price?
Tickets start at $1199 in the Explorer Economy Class range but if you want guaranteed window views as well as all the trimmings to make a 14-hour return flight comfortable, you could be forking over $7999 for the Business Class Deluxe ticket.
However, and regardless of which ticket you purchase, all on board the flight will have the chance to meet Antarctic Explorers, experience live crosses to research stations, access to full bar service, and an explorer kit with which you can map out the up-to four hours of Antarctic viewing you will experience.
It’s not every day you get the chance to fly over Antarctica, the world’s driest continent.
For more information on this incredible journey of a lifetime, check out Antarctica Flight’s 2020/2021 brochure.
Not quite ready to leave the state? Go chasing waterfalls instead.
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