Norwegian Air offers ‘Arctic Circle to doorstep of Antarctica’ connection

Norwegian Air claims to have become the only airline to connect the world’s most northern and southern airports.

The budget carrier has started a connection via Gatwick from Svalbard in Norway to Ushuaia in Argentina.

The total flight time for the 9,800-mile journey is around 25 hours with a fare of less than £400 single.

Passengers would fly on a combination of Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Starting in Svalbard – located about 650 miles from the North Pole – passengers can travel to Oslo to connect onward to Gatwick.

Form London, they catch an overnight transatlantic flight to Buenos Aires.

Passengers have a day and night in the Argentinian capital before taking the final leg of the journey from Buenos Aires’ domestic airport Aeroparque to Ushuaia, the main cruise gateway to Antarctica.

The airline’s commercial senior vice president, Matthew Wood, said: “There are thrill-seeking travellers and aviation enthusiasts who would love the opportunity to travel from the Arctic Circle to the doorstep of Antarctica in the most simple and affordable way.

“This exciting routing is one example of how our extensive network allows passengers to easily connect between hubs and explore the world at the best fares no matter where they are located.”

The current lead-in fares are:

Svalbard–Oslo: £78.10 one-way
Oslo–London: £26.40 one-way
London–Buenos Aires: £249.90 one-way
Buenos Aires–Ushuaia: £44.50 one-way


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