Fedor Konyukhov (64) circumnavigates planet in just over 11 days
A Russian adventurer has broken a world record for flying solo around the world in a hot-air balloon.
Fedor Konyukhov circumnavigated the globe in just over 11 days, beating the 13-and-a-half day record set by the late Steve Fossett in 2002, ABC Australia reports.
The Russian Orthodox priest began his flight in the town of Northam in Western Australia on July 12th.
He travelled some 34,000 kilometres in freezing temperatures, flying as high as 10,000 metres.
His team said he slept for two hours a day in four 30-minute naps, and "mostly survived on energy bars and water".
The 64-year-old touched down near the small town of Bonnie Rock today at around 4.30pm local time, according to ABC.
"It is scary to be so down south and away from civilisation," he wrote on his blog during the trip.
"This place feels very lonely and remote, just a thick layer of cyclonic clouds below me and dark horizon to the east."