A team of scientists broke new ground when a plane capable of carrying more than 300 passengers landed in Antarctica, with aviators hailing it as a world first.
The plane, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, successfully slipped down in Troll airfield on Wednesday night, while basking in Antarctica's all-day summer sunlight.
Carrying a 45-strong team made up of researchers and staff from the Norwegian Polar Institute, the organisation said they managed to bring 12 tonnes of research equipment.
"This is a major operation, and a milestone for air traffic to Queen Maud Land," said the institute's director, Camilla Brekke, referring to the location of their research station.
"Taking down such a large aircraft opens up completely new possibilities for the logistics of Troll, which will also contribute to strengthening Norwegian research in Antarctica."
Troll airfield is a 3,000-metre-long strip of blue ice and operates only between October and March, before winter sets the sun for nearly half a year.