You Can Now Do Sightseeing Day Trips To Antarctica From Hobart
- Parents Only
By: Alex Harmon, ellaslist
Is Antarctica on your bucket list? If so this news will be ice-cool! For those of us who are not scientists, adventurers or insanely rich, you can now book a (relatively cheap) Qantas round-trip flight over the stunning Antarctic region - and all you need to do is make your way to Hobart. This is a world first for Aussies. In the past, to do a trip over Antarctica you had to go all the way to Buenos Aires to hop on a flight.
These day trips allow guests access to the droppingly beautiful Antarctic region. See endless mountain ranges, mesmerizing ice formations and some of the most unique scenery in the world.
So, How Much?
Economy class tickets (bags a window seat) start from $1,199 and include meals, drinks, and talks from Antarctic experts about the polar environment and its history with video screenings depicting life on the ground. You'll leave at 6.15am and spend 3-4 hours gazing over glaciers and then return to Hobart (around 9pm) on the same day. Since you're not stepping onto the icy continent, you don't even need a passport!
But My Seat Sucks
Can you imagine. Well, don't worry, every passenger (excluding Economy Centre & Business Centre) is allocated two Boarding Passes. At the half way point of the flight, an announcement is made asking passengers to move to the seat listed on their second boarding pass, so you get a different bird's eye view.
While over Antarctica, passengers are allowed to get up from their seats and move about the aircraft, allowing everyone on board to enjoy excellent viewing opportunities. The aircraft flies in long sweeping 'figure 8s' over various points of interest to allow these spectacular sights to be viewed from both sides of the aircraft. Awesome!
How's The View From Up Here?
So, most Antarctic wildlife lives at sea level, 10,000 feet below the aircraft, which means you won't be able see them in any detail - so don't expect to see any penguins! Now, Antarctica isn't as easy as just planning a trip to Disneyland, there are many factors to take into account when the airline decides which part of the region you will travel over, including:
- Maximum viewing potential from both sides of the aircraft
- Maximum penetration over Antarctica
- Maximum variety in land mass scenery, including high mountains, glaciers, ice plateau and coastline
- The best possibility for viewing should weather conditions be adverse
Think Tasmanians have all the luck? Well, we hear there'll be flights out of Sydney and Melbourne later this year - find out all the details here.
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