This month saw the launch of a new tourist venture in northernmost Swedish Lapland. For the first time, visitors to the region will be able to experience the breathtaking phenomenon of the Northern Lights – or Aurora Borealis – from the vantage point of a hot air balloon.
The knowledge and expertise of an Aurora safari camp, combined with the knowhow of a ballooning explorer more used to the plains of the Savanah than the plains of the Arctic Circle, has made this audacious experience possible.
For many people, seeing the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime dream. In a hot air balloon, passengers can watch them in relative isolation, hanging gently in the air as the most incredible lightshow on earth takes place around them.
The Aurora Borealis can be seen during the winter months when it is darkest for longest. The phenomena can be seen from as far afield as the USA, Iceland, Russia, and of course Scandinavia, as well as Northern Scotland. The Swedish team is based mere 152km from the Arctic Circle; enhancing the possibility of seeing the lights at their best.
Flights are tethered at an altitude of 40 meters so guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Arctic Circle.
Back in the UK, we also boast some panoramic views that are well worth exploring by hot air balloon. Experience a touch of the magic of a hot air balloon flight for yourself by booking one of our hot air balloon adventures over Bath, Bristol and other stunning locations in the South West.