Unlike any other tour event offered in Fairbanks;
hot air ballooning is a community event. One in which the general
public is not just invited in some vague fashion to come out and
watch -- but locals and tourists alike are strongly encouraged
come out and join in the nightly ballooning festivities.
To begin with when planning on visiting Fairbanks
or if you're live around town the first thing you might want to
do is call MIDNIGHT SUN BALLOON
TOURS to find out the time and location of their next flight.
*It should be noted that:
The Fairbanks balloon tour season is between Mid-May through Mid-September.
The availibility of flights are subject to weather and wind conditions.
And that while morning flights are availible upon request for
groups of five or more most flights take place around sunset.
Regardless of whether you want to fly or just
come out to watch what ever you do, don't forget to bring your
camera and lots of film. Because in either case you're about
to have the experince of a lifetime.
Now at least for me I had never been up close
and personal with a hot air balloon before. Ever since I was
a kid and had seen these brightly colored giants lazily floating
across the horizon I have wanted to fly in one. However now that
I'm in my mid-forties I found much to my surprise that I was somewhat
uncomfortable with the thought of just climbing on board and flying
off into the wild blue yonder.
Talking on the phone with Sam Racina the owner-operator's
of this fine company persuaded me to come on out and watch a flight
or two and even invited me to pitch in if I liked to, to help
set up their hot air balloons.
And let me tell you going out and watching these gentle
giants being laid out and inflated was so much fun and exciting,
I've been back several times this season. And just as soon as
I can scrape together enough money, me and my son are going airborne.
Another thing that so impressed me about these
two companies was their friendliness and level of professionalism.
Not only in their crew members but their ground crews as well.
Sam answered all my questions and hand walked me through the entire
process from when he and his team first arrived until we parted
into the evening sky.
Click on the balloon to begin
your Virtual Tour
Tours of Fairbanks
NOTE: While local Balloon Operators are
open for business from May through September Hot Air Balloon
rides depend on local weather conditions and as such are very
hard to predict in advance. If you would like to go on a Balloon
Tour you should call as soon as you arrive in Fairbanks snd
check on availibility and times.