You’ll soon be able to see the northern lights in a hot air balloon

Jan 23, 2020

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What’s better than finally seeing the northern lights? Probably not much but, if we had to guess, we’d say seeing the northern lights from the sky.

Come December, that will be possible.

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Off the Map Travel is launching what it’s calling “Aurora in the Sky” in Lapland, Sweden. The hot air balloon, anchored to arctic ice, will cruise up to 131 feet in the air. It will all be guided by a ballooning expert who will hunt to see the famous aurora.

You can travel in groups of up to six people, although the group recommends that guests are at least 6 years old. Of course, the journey is also dependent on weather, so it’s a good idea to build some flexibility into your schedule in terms of timing and length of stay in the area.

Jonathan Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel and Arctic travel expert, notes that “this is a first”. He says the company has “… never heard of anything like this before and everything is pointing to this being the region’s next big Aurora experience”.

Your itinerary can be custom-made to fit your needs — although you’ll likely have to pay a pretty penny. For instance, a four-day, three-night itinerary costs $2,999 (about £2,300) per person. That includes meals, private transfers, accommodation at the Outpost Aurora Safari Camp, a snowmobile adventure with lunch on the Arctic Circle, the Aurora Hot Air Balloon experience and a snowmobile adventure to “meet the locals.”

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The hot air balloon flights launch in December 2020 and will be available until April 2021. The booking window opens in May. If you’re interested in seeing the northern lights via hot air balloon this year, you’ll want to contact the team at Off the Map Travel as soon as possible since space is limited.

See you in the air.

Featured image courtesy of Ingólfur Bjargmundsson/Getty Images.

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