Once the gusty winds calm down a bit, the low clouds disperse, a light freeze sets in, the skies become clear – that’s when a winter hot air balloon ride shows its true colours! During the holidays, you’ll see the Old Town decorations as if they’re in the palm of your hand and you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the Christmas tree and people rushing about.
You’ll soar lightly, so you won’t have to endure harsh winds, and the gas burners will keep your face nice and warm, so all you need is a good pair of boots to keep your feet from getting cold. And even though the higher you go, the cooler it gets, hot air balloons usually only fly a few hundred metres above ground level, so you probably won’t feel much of a temperature difference.
How? Once they become detached from the cloud, light little snowflakes float in the air for a long time until they finally reach the earth. However, a hot air balloon can descend much faster. So if it begins to snow while you’re up in the air and the pilot decides to land, you’re in for an impressive sight and a feeling of indescribable lightness.
Vilnius is one of the best secret destinations for something unexpected and charming.
Over the years, hot air balloons have become a real Vilnius signature trait.