New in Sweden: Aurora Hot-air Ballooning

High-altitude exploits in the Arctic are about to get even more thrilling.

Photo: Off the Map Travel

Have a head for heights? Those planning wintertime vacations in Swedish Lapland will soon get the chance to seek out the Northern Lights from the basket of a hot-air balloon. Launched by Britain-based Scandinavia specialists Off the Map Travel, this new experience is the brainchild of Jonas Gejke and Fredrik Broman, the founders of the four-tent Aurora Safari Camp hidden in a tranquil forest more than an hour’s drive from the coastal city of Luleå. To get their idea off the ground, the two have recruited Andrew Peart, who brings more than 25 years’ experience flying hot-air balloons over the African savanna to brand-new outfit Lapland Ballooning.

Bookings open this May for the inaugural season of aurora flights, running from December 2020 to April next year. During the experience, passengers will be brought 40 meters into the sky, to stargaze and watch for the Northern Lights as the hot-air balloon remains anchored to the ice below. Lapland Ballooning also offers daytime (and untethered) sightseeing tours over the snowbound Arctic wilderness from its base at the village of Gunnarsbyn in the Råneå river valley. Both options are available for groups of up to six people and open to guests over six years old.

More information here.

The Northern Lights dancing over Aurora Safari Camp (Photo: Off the Map Travel)

One of four cozy tents at Aurora Safari Camp (Photo: Off the Map Travel)

Winter ballooning over Swedish Lapland (Photo: Off the Map Travel)

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