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From the viewer-controlled Faroe Islands experience to the virtual tours of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, destinations and attractions around the world are finding ways to show off stunning locales virtually. The latest? A hot air balloon ride over the Arctic tundra.
Designed by Virtually Visiting, the experience will showcase two of the Arctic’s most anticipated experiences from the comfort of your own home. You’ll start by visiting the region of Northern Sweden around Lulea, where you will venture into the remote wilderness of the Aurora Safari Camp. There, guide Fredrik Broman takes viewers on a nature walk to the Arctic Circle, learning about how animals and plants survive in the often harsh conditions.
Part of the virtual getaway also includes a visit to the Arctic Bath, a new floating hotel and spa designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi. You’ll get to see first-hand the incredible structure that freezes into the ice in the winter and floats on top of the water in the summer. But the highlight has to be a hot air balloon ride over the breathtaking Arctic landscape where you take off from a frozen lake and soar above the seemingly endless wilderness.
“We really want to give people a true-to-life experience of these amazing activities and experiences led by some of the best and most knowledgeable guides in the region,” said Virtually Visiting founder, Jonny Cooper, in a statement. “We hope this will transport visitors to the region—so set the mood, turn off your heat, grab a wool hat, and join us for our next virtual adventure.”
The Arctic VR experience will be released each morning over four days from Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3, and last from 5 to 20 minutes each. They can be viewed on Virtual Reality goggles or via computer, tablet, or phone. If you can’t “travel” on those dates, the experiences will stay live on the site for you to watch at your convenience.