There’s no denying it. The world looks amazing from above. Soaring like a bird amongst glistening glaciers, crashing waterfalls, sun-baked canyons or snow-peaked mountains is a brilliant way to get a whole new perspective. After seeing the earth from such dizzying heights, you’ll appreciate the vast natural beauty of our little planet like never before...

While a scenic flight might not fit as firmly in the “white-knuckle” category as a bungee or skydive, it will still get your adrenaline going like the clappers. Whether you opt for a 2 seater microlight mission over Victoria Falls or an 18-seater plane tours skimming the peaks of the Himalayas, a scenic flight is an adventure in its own right. Swooping through the blue through narrow gorges and plunging rapidly into perilous canyons, you’ll get an experience that you won’t forget in any kind of hurry.

Some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes are also very remote, making overland travel tricky at best or impossible at worst. This means that scenic flights are a perfect way to get to the parts of the planet that other people just don’t reach. Equally, if you’re physically unable to make your way to some of these spectacular spots on foot, a scenic flight will get around all your mobility woes! Just like that, the world is your oyster!

In fact, why stick to the world? With Virgin Galactica now in full swing, you can book a spot on the ultimate scenic flight of all - for a mere USD $250,000 that is. Several hundred people have already reserved their space in space, eager to watch the world become a tiny dot as they hurtle through the atmosphere. Who knows, you might even find Sir Richard amongst your fellow astronauts!

If an intergalactic scenic flight is out of your price universe, there are plenty of remarkable scenic flights in our earthly realms. Here’s our pick of the very best scenic flights, from all over the globe. Please do remember to check the most recent safety records of any company that you use - and never leave home without sorting your travel insurance! That’s an order.

Mount Everest

Nine, yes nine, of the top fifteen peaks in the world are located in the Nepalese Himalayas. It’s a snowy mountain kingdom that has to been seen to be believed. If trekking to Everest Basecamp is beyond your fitness level or trekking isn’t your cup of tea, you can head to the skies and see the whole show from an 18-seater plane. As well as Mount Everest you'll also be able to see Lhotse and Makalu and the great news is - everyone gets a window seat!

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When is the best time to do it?

Flights run all year round, but to give yourself the clearest viewing conditions aim for between September and May.

Where does the trip start?

Included in the price is a private airport transfer from your hotel in Kathmandu.

How much does it cost?

British Colombia, Canada

Scenic flight over British Colombia, Canada

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Invermere is walled in by the rugged Rocky Mountains to the east and the towering Purcell Mountains to the west. Popular with skiers and general outdoorsy types, it also offers some of the most awe-inspiring scenic flights. Taking to the air in a four-passenger Cessna, you'll float over giant glaciers, gorgeous forested valleys and incredible mountain ranges. Weather conditions change quickly in these parts of the world so it's worth allowing an extra day or two in case you can't fly on your preferred day.

Where does the trip start?

Invermere, British Colombia. Daily Greyhound services are available from Calgary and take about 4 hours. 

How much does it cost?

  • £115 per person for one hour Ultimate Alpine Tour
  • £86 per person for a 45 minute flight to the lake of the hanging glacier
  • £58 per person for a 25 minute scenic flight of the valley, including Invermere and Colombia River
  • Rome2Rio
  • Babinair

Microlight over Victoria Falls

Microlight over Victoria Falls, Zambia

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The longer Microlight flights over this cascading wall of water will not only take you gliding over the thundering falls, but also send you soaring over Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in search of zebra, giraffes and hippos! This is the perfect opportunity to combine the natural wonder of Victoria Falls and even shoehorn in some game viewing from a unique vantage point. It’s a scenic flight and air safari all rolled into one!

When is the best time to do it?

The micro lights go out four times a day throughout the year subject to weather conditions. 

Where does the trip start?

Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls town, Zimbabwe

How much does it cost?

  • £98 per person for 12-15 minute flight over the Zambezi and Victoria Falls including transfers from Livingstone. 
  • £195 per person for extended 'game viewing' over the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park (25-30mins). 

There's a maximum weight of 100kgs and minimum age of 6 years old. 

Grand Canyon, USA by helicopter

Helicopter at the Grand Canyon, USA

Taking a scenic flight doesn't always mean ascending to dizzying heights in search of the best views. In fact, at the Grand Canyon you'll be doing precisely the opposite - descending 3,500 feet below the rim to land on the canyon's floor. It’s a heart-pounder, that’s for sure. Your experienced pilot will navigate through the towering cliffs to give you a great view of the Colorado River below.

When is the best time to do it?

Flights are available throughout the year. 

Where does the trip start from?

Las Vegas, USA

How much does it cost?

  • £275 per person for a 4.5 hour flight including hotel transfers, live commentary, champagne and Grand Canyon Landing
  • Maverick Helicopter

Antarctica

Flying over Antarctica

Image courtesy of: www.antarcticaflights.com.au

Won the lottery or happen to have a spare £700 lying around? If so, hop on a Qantas 747 for a unique and undeniably comfortable view of Antarctica. Three hours south of Australia's coast, the first of thousands of icebergs will become visible. The plane will do number 8s in the sky (so choose breakfast wisely), allowing both sides of the plane to see the glistening mountains and pristine landscape of the world's coldest continent. Bag a ticket on New Year's Eve and there's even a live jazz band on board for your entertainment!

When is the best time to do it?

Flights only run in January and February due to safety and visibility for the passengers. 

Where does the trip start from?

Sydney Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, Australia.

How much does it cost?

Prices start from £655 for an Economy Seat on the 12 hour flight including two meals and go up to £4,095 for 'Ice-class' for full length sleeper seating (although I’m not sure why you would be snoozing after dropping 4k on a scenic flight!), French Champagne and a gift pack.

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