The idea of jetting off overseas seems like a far off dream right now, especially to a place as far flung as Antarctica, but it could become reality next year on an incredible scenic flight to the beautiful destination.
This kind of flight has become the new normal this year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, with Qantas launching its Australian scenic journey to help those with the travel bug to feel at ease. But, the Antarctica adventure is truly something else.
At the end of 2021 Aussies will be able to hop on the plane from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth and travel around 10,000 kilometres down to Antarctica and back again. There’s no need for visas or vaccinations making the trip all that much easier.
The flight provides a full day of Antarctic experience (approximately 12.5 hours in total), with expert explorers onboard to share their knowledge of the polar environment and its history, while video screenings depict life on the ground.
After just three hours on the plane, you’ll start to see the first scattered ice, followed by dozens of icebergs and ice floes. The flight will then cross the South Magnetic Pole where you’ll be able to see the rugged mountainous topography of the Antarctic mainland.
And although you won’t be able to actually set down in Antarctica, the route has been specially designed so you’ll get maximum viewing potential from both sides of the aircraft, with incredible high mountains, glaciers, ice plateau and coastline below.
To make the experience that much better you can join fellow over-60s on a special Travel at 60 New Year’s roundtrip. You’ll be one of the first to welcome in the new year – in broad daylight! The journey will begin from Sydney, before flying over the awe-inspiring Antarctic region.
You’ll celebrate onboard with champagne and entertainment provided by a live jazz band. And of course you’ll be mesmerised by some of the most unique scenery in the world. You’re offered optimal views of the vast white wilderness thanks to windows 65 per cent larger than any other vessel of its size. While its lower cabin altitude mitigates the discomfort passengers may sometimes experience during and after a long flight, and there’s USB charging ports and personal HD touch screens for all seating classes, for those moments in between iceberg spotting.
You’ll also be treated to full bar service, and two full service Qantas meals, plus in-flight snacks to keep you fuelled for the long day. But, if you’d rather explore Antarctica at a different time of the year, there’s flights running from different cities in Australia from November 2021, to February 2022. Click here to view all departure dates.