It is absolutely nuts thinking about how batshit crazy of a place Antarctica is while also thinking about how it’s not that much further away from Sydney than Perth is. This massive, untouched, completely alien landscape is only a few hours of flying south of Tasmania and most of us probably won’t ever see it. Thanks largely to the fact that researchers and technicians in cramped, isolated bases are the only population on the continent, there isn’t exactly a thriving industry for casual tourism. Holidays there are obscenely expensive and becoming a qualified enough scientist to actually work there seems like a whole thing. Luckily, there’s a third option: flying over it.
While there are a tiny handful of commercial few flights that will incidentally carry you over the Antarctic ice cap, Antarctica Flights is an alternative to buying a flight to Buenos Aires that you didn’t really need. Antarctica Flights offers day-long round-trip flights that leave from Australia, spend around 3 to 4 hours flying low over Antarctica, and fly you back home. And this year, for the first time ever, they’re offering these flights out of Hobart.
Flying out of Hobart Domestic Terminal on November 25, tickets start from $1,199. The ticket includes food, drinks, talks from experts, and the mind-boggling fact that you saw goddamn Antarctica on a day-trip.
For those not in Hobart, there are also flights out of Sydney and Melbourne later this year that you can find out more about right here.