As our son and his family live in Sth Africa, so we flew to Johannesburg with Qantas to visit them just after Christmas.
A surprise element of this flight was that our flight path took us over the edge of the South Pole. A flight attendant had alerted us to this fact prior to our take off so we were on alert after 6 hours flying and keenly sought advice when we were actually flying over. Despite the fact that lights were out and window shades shut, half the plane awoke, pulled up the shades and looked to see what we could.
We peered closely through the airplane windows and could make out the first icebergs as we flew over. Then we started to sight the sheets of ice and gained a real insight into what the centre of Antarctica might look like.
Access to the windows on the right hand side was keenly sought by other passengers, and we took photos when and where we could. It was exciting for us all as many people pay to take sight seeing flights over the South Pole, but here we were getting that package as part of our flight to Sth Africa.
Please note that my good friend from Russia, Tatyana Chernaya, has asked for some details of this surprise glimpse with her students who are studying the weather.