This is a total gimmick, though also totally awesome.
Norwegian’s Svalbard To Ushuaia Journey
Norwegian is promoting the fact that they fly to both the world’s northernmost and southernmost commercial airports with a cool suggested itinerary for passengers.
On September 21, 2019, Norwegian became the only airline to operate flights to and from the world’s northernmost and southernmost airports, in Svalbard and Ushuaia, respectively. This comes as Norwegian has ramped up domestic flights within Argentina.
Svalbard is in the Arctic Circle and is located about 650 miles from the North Pole, while Ushuaia is the primary cruise gateway to Antarctica.
The entire £398.50 one-way journey covers a distance of 9,800 miles and takes approximately 25 hours, spread across four flights. Three flights are on 737-800s, while one flight is on a 787-9.
What The Itinerary Looks Like
Anyone who books this would be taking the following itinerary:
DY0397 Svalbard to Oslo departing 12:40PM arriving 3:35PM
D82807 Oslo to London departing 6:45PM arriving 8:05PM
DI7505 London to Buenos Aires departing 10:30PM arriving 8:10AM (+1 day)
DN6120 Buenos Aires to Ushuaia departing 6:35PM arriving 10:15PM
How To Book This Itinerary
Rather ironically, Norwegian is promoting the potential to book this itinerary, but it’s not actually bookable as one ticket. You’d need to book three separate itineraries. This isn’t actually a fare sale, but rather they’re promoting that price based on the lead-in fares for all of these markets. You would book the tickets as follows:
- One from Svalbard to London (fares start at £78.10 from Svalbard to Oslo, and at £26.40 from Oslo to London)
- One from London to Buenos Aires (fares start at £249.90 from London to Buenos Aires)
- One from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (fares start at £44.50 from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
This is a brilliant concept to promote, since it shows how global Norwegian has become. That being said, I’d be surprised if anyone actually books this. Most people aren’t looking to hit both of these spots on one trip, and it’s not like the itinerary is that convenient, given the long layover in Buenos Aires.
Furthermore, cruises from Ushuaia are long (and expensive) enough without factoring in a side trip to Svalbard.