An Icelandair Boeing 767 passenger jet is taking part in a special operation and last night set off from Iceland en route to Antarctica, where it will pick up Norwegian scientists following a research expedition.
The first leg of the journey was a 12,000-kilometre hop direct from Keflavík to Cape Town in South Africa. From there, the plane heads for Antarctica, and a rudimentary runway carved into the ice.
The plane set off from Keflavík yesterday evening, took fuel in South Africa and planned only a brief stop at the bottom of the world before returning to Cape Town, on to Oslo, and finally home to Iceland.
It is not the first time an Icelandair jet lands in Antarctica. An Icelandair Boeing 757 landed there in 2015 and became the first large passenger jet ever to do so.