South Pole Expedition Flight

From Melbourne to Melbourne
  • Antarctica from NZ & AU
  • Expedition
  • Group
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

A WORLD-FIRST JOURNEY!! 

On this approx. 16-hour return flight, we aim to celebrate some of Antarctica’s most illustrious Antarctica history. Weather and time permitting, we plan to follow Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s route to the South Pole on the outward journey. We will endeavour to pass over Ross Island, which Scott used as his base for his attempts on the South Pole. From there, we plan to follow Scott’s route south across the Ross Ice Shelf towards the Transantarctic mountains, where it may be possible to fly over the Beardmore Glacier, which Scott used as his pathway from the Ross Ice Shelf up to the Polar Plateau. 

From the Transantarctic Mountains, we will continue across the Antarctica Polar Plateau (the dome of ice that comprises central Antarctica) all the way to the South Pole. Conditions and regulatory approval allowing, we hope to see the South Pole Station, manned year around by a team of international scientists. 

If time allows, we hope to return via Roald Amundsen’s South Pole route, travelling South to the Axel Heiberg Glacier, which was Amundsen’s route from the Ross Ice Shelf to the Polar Plateau. From there, we will attempt to travel across the Ross Ice Shelf to the Bay of Whales, Amundsen’s start points, and the location Amundsen moored his ship, the Fram, for his South Pole expedition. It is from here that we will make our way back towards Melbourne, Australia, where the flight will end.

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This is a magical trip that few can claim to have done - imagine being one of the few individuals in human history to have visited the South Pole.

This is a great opportunity to retrace from the air historic routes taken by Scott and Amundsen and witness some of the most beautiful landscapes ever.

Travel with a team of Antarctica experts who will explain the landscapes and the complex history of the explorers who tried to tame the continent as you fly.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Melbourne Melbourne

This South Pole Discovery flight is the first and only commercial scenic flight to the South Pole from Australia, making it a unique opportunity for real Antarctica enthusiasts.
On this approx. 16-hour return flight, we aim to indulge in some of Antarctica’s most celebrated history. Weather and time permitting, our plan is to follow Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s route to the South Pole. On the outward journey we will endeavour to pass over Ross Island which Scott used as a base for his attempts on the South Pole, then follow his route south across the Ross Ice Shelf towards the Transantarctic mountains.

Once at the Transantarctic, it may be possible to fly over the Beardmore Glacier which Scott used as his pathway from the Ross Ice Shelf up to the Polar Plateau.

From the Transantarctic Mountains we will continue across the Antarctic Polar Plateau (the dome of ice which comprises central Antarctica) all the way to the South Pole. Conditions and regulatory approval allowing, we hope to see the South Pole Station, manned year round by a team of international scientists. If time is on our side, we hope to return via Roald Amundsen’s South Pole route, travelling South to the Axel Heiberg Glacier, which was Amundsen’s route from the Ross Ice Shelf to the Antarctic Polar
Plateau. From there we will attempt to fly over the Ross Ice Shelf to the Bay of Whales, Amundsen’s starting point and the location where he moored his ship, the Fram, for his South Pole expedition.

It’s from here that we will make our way back towards Australia, where this
historic flight will end.

A team of Antarctica experts who will explain the landscapes and the complex history of the explorers who tried to tame the continent as we fly. Names such as Mawson, Shakleton, Amundsen and Scott will ring in your ears as you indulge in history of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

To cover the distance to the South Pole and back, we will need to fly mostly at cruising speed and high altitude. Once we take off we’ll be heading for the South Pole irrespective of what we see. Although we hope for the possibility of some lower altitude cruising, this is not guaranteed. The main focus of this flight will be to retrace these historic routes
taken by Scott and Amundsen. Like the explorer’s faced before us, Antarctica is unpredictable, and the weather can change by the hour.

We strive to provide the best experience possible but unfortunately reliable weather is not guaranteed once we take off from Australia.

What’s Included

Food
  • Included Copy 20 Full Bar Service including champagne, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Included Copy 20 Two Full-Service Qantas meals plus snacks
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 31 Seat options from Economy Class-Limited View to Premium Business, ask us for details
  • Included Copy 20 In seat entertainment system
  • Included Copy 20 Knowledge and leadership by experienced Antarctica specialists and photographers
Transportation
Qantas Dreamliner

Activities

  • Included Fly to Antarctica! Private charter flight from Melbourne
  • Included Witness and photograph the South Pole and Antarctica from the air!
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Duration

1 days

Price from

$1,266 USD

Per person, twin share

economy limited view seat

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