FLY BY NIGHT – Hot air ballooning

Knowing that it is the oldest and most successful human-carrying flight technology did not make me that much relaxed, seeing some of the senior passengers did though. I figured they were mature and wise. If they can do it, I can. Once getting to the starting point we all helped assemble and inflate the giant balloon and lifted the big wicker basked out of the truck.

Flying over Stockholm in a hot air balloon was really a nice experience. Since the northern latitude makes the summer days so long, the twilight is extended and allows spectacular night flying. The weather was perfect as the wind took us right above the capital and its Old Town. The buildings looked like small LEGO blocks. Sunset was beautiful and Matt looked very satisfied with the birthday present that I had given him.

Landing was ok… It took about two or three hops before the balloon lost its momentum. Back on the ground there was  a celebration of the event. First time riders got baptized with champagne on the head, according to old ballooning traditions. My honorable title is “Countess of Eggeby”. We were served crackers and cheese, flight certificate and a brief history lesson about the origins of hot air ballooning and the champagne involvement.

We got home tired and exited and one experience richer : )


This balloon is the biggest in the world and has the height of an eight-storey building. The basket can carry 32 people.

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PINK ??? …I didn’t want a pink balloon, I am just not the pink kind of gal… Oh well. Look how big it is though.

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Flying high

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Riddarholmen to the left – Old Town to the right.

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Stockholm City Hall – Many politicians have their offices in this building. It is also the place for the annual Nobel prize Banquet. For a moment it looked like we were going to crash into it, but our pilot had it under control, of course.

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Söder – the southern part of Stockholm. I waved to all my friends living there. Did you all see us? Big pink balloon.

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7 Responses to “FLY BY NIGHT – Hot air ballooning”

  1. Beautiful pictures! Beautiful hometown! I´m gonna do this one day.

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  2. Ser helt fantastiskt ut!!! Jag är dock höjdrädd så skulle inte fixa det för egen del..
    Har alltid förvånats av att ballongerna inte krockar med varann, att de går att styra så bra

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  3. Wow du gjorde det vännen:-) Coolt och starkt gjort, vet inte om ja hade vågat, men det hade ja nog, måste man ju uppleva någongång:-)

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  4. Ja, jag var väldigt nervös de första 15 min upp. Är nämligem också höjdrädd. Men sen började jag mer och mer njuta av färden och utsikten. Men det kändes bättre och mer naturligt när vi väl tog mark, helt klart!

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  5. Theresa Says:

    PINK….ha ha ha I bet it was BEAUTIFUL! I did the sunrise one, would love to do a sunset one! WOW 32 people…hm…..The one I went in was only another couple….it was nice. I am happy you both enjoyed! woohoo

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  6. Fascinating update on a fascinating way to travel… Had thoughts on a Zeppelin trip (no, not Led Zeppelin, I mean the real thing !) down by Friedrichshafen, the Bodensee, Germany -but that costs a hefty 500 Euros, which can set back any holiday travellers budget a little… Planning a “seal safari” on the west coast instead – hoping to catch Phocea Vitulina, or Harbour Seals, in their real habitat…

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