Land ho!

Land ho!, originally uploaded by Shiny Things.

SQ21/22 is the world’s longest regularly scheduled non-stop flight - eighteen hours of flight time, fifteen thousand kilometres, and it flies just 130km from the North Pole - just a shade less than 89 degrees north.

This is the far northern coast of Greenland, hemmed in by pack-ice. And here’s some more pics from the top of the world, including: the first sight of the Arctic icepack around Russia’s Severnaya Zemlya islands; a lonely Russian Arctic island; and a glacier flowing down a dry hill in Greenland.

(Plus, bonus: maps are deceptive!)