Romantic aircraft will allow you to feel like a bird and watch the earth from the heights of the clouds. Everyone can enjoy the beauty of the Gauja valley. Try to catch the horizon - seems it is so close.
Hot air ballooning has to be one of the most romantic ways to fly. Few can resist the attraction as a hundred feet of wispy nylon majestically rises with the dragon burners. And whether you choose a morning or evening flight, the experience will be remembered for years to come!
There is no sensation of movement, no sensation of rising, rather one of the ground dropping away. Looking up inside the balloon from the wicker basket, the regular shapes of the colorful panels resemble a vast piece of dome-like architecture. There’s just a great feeling of peace and tranquillity, heightened by the lack of wind … because you are moving with it.
Preparation of the balloon for the flight takes an hour, with a similar time after landing to pack the balloon away and then return to the launch site in our retrieve vehicle, so you should allow 3-4 hours for the whole experience. During the flight the balloon will cover anything from 2 to 20 kilometers, depending on the strength of the wind on the day. The direction is determined by the wind, and that is one of the many magical qualities of ballooning. Flight duration is usually an hour, weather and daylight permitting. We invite you to assist in the preparation of the balloon for the flight and the deflation after if you wish to do so.
The balloon travels at heights of up to 3000 meters. You may fly over villages, towns, and countryside and even see wildlife, particularly on morning flights. You can take advantage of the excellent vantage point that the supremely steady balloon basket provides for aerial photography. Our balloons are fitted with “rotation vents” which allow the pilot to occasionally rotate the balloon to provide you with a truly panoramic view as you float through the air.
Our licensed pilots will take you to new heights! ALTIUS’ s most experienced pilot is Gunars Dukste with more than 2500 flight hours. He has flown in many countries, including ones like Turkey, Spain, USA, Japan, France, Austria, Luxembourg, UK, and others. ALTIUS provides balloon rides with the latest and modern hot air balloons.
You will lift off and drift freely with the wind over the countryside, so bring plenty of films to capture the panorama of the world beneath you. Our balloons can be used to provide an added “lift” to almost any outdoor event, and we can organize balloon flights for groups from your choice of venue. We also arrange balloons for advertising.
Reservations for balloon rides should be made at least two days before the scheduled flight day.
Morning and evening flights are always available. Afternoon flights are available during the autumn and winter months.