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DVOW nominee on the Portage Glacier

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Riding Fat Tire Bike to Portage Glacier filmed with Mavic 2 Pro and Sony A7iii

Jake sloan

If you didn't think that mountain biking and glaciers went together then you need to check out this DVOW Finalist video by contributor Jake Sloan.  Using a DJI Mavic Pro 2 supplemented with ground camera footage, he recorded an epic ride using fat tire mountain bikes over Alaska's Portage Glacier.  The glacier lies on the Kenai Peninsula, which juts out from the state's southern coastline near Anchorage.  The footage of three friends racing along what looks like the world's biggest ice skating rink is not to be missed. 

DVOW Nominee from Alaska

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Alaska Hyperlapse

alaska42

Using a DJI Mavic 2 Pro, alaska42 shows us the amazing views he sees right in his own backyard - Wasilla, Alaska. Located northeast of Anchorage, it is the sixth-largest city in the USA's 49th state. The town has recent political currency; former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin served as Mayor here before becoming Governer. The area is absolutely majestic with its fall colors, frozen rivers, and snow-capped mountains that are featured throughout this Drone Video of the Week nominee. 

Fall in Alaska

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Alaskan Fall

alaska42

While Alaska is usually associated with winter, the gigantic USA state has areas in its southern portions with much more temperate climates and millions of decidious (leaf-bearing) trees.  In these areas, while Fall is but a short period between a short summer and a long winter, the landscape turns to brilliant colors in this period.  Contributor Alaska42 gives us a marvelous bird's eye view of an Alaskan Fall in this amazing drone video, filmed with a DJI Mavic Pro.

Aerial Tour of Alaska

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ALASKA IN 4K!!!!

CH drone

Alaska is massive - it would be amongst the world's top 20 countries in land area if it were an independent nation rather than the USA's 48th state.  And given the enormous north-south distance covered by the state, there are huge climatic variations, with the northern parts above the Arctic Circle and the southern portions having a climate similar to British Columbia in western Canada.  In this marvelous video, CH Drone treats us to a 4k aerial tour of the Last Frontier.  

Alaska's Railroad

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Alaska Railroad

alaska42

The Alaska Railroad is the sole operating railroad in this gigantic state of Alaska, the USA's 49th state.  It is a Class II railroad which runs about 740 km (470 mi) from the southern part of the state up to Fairbanks in the north.  Due to the difficulty of railroad construction in the Arctic and near-Arctic conditions, it is the only rail service in the USA to carry passenger and freight trains on the same system.  Contributor Alaska42 used a drone to get an aerial view of a train running through the winter landscape.  

Aialik Glacier

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ALASKAN GLACIER IN 4K!!!!

CH drone

Aialik Glacier drains the Harding Icefield in the Kenai Peninsula Borough of southern Alaska.  The great frozen formation is characterized by intricate repeating patterns which develop in the mighty ice sheet as it slowly slides into Aialik Bay.  Top contributor CH Drone used a drone to fly over this myterious looking ice and snow formation.  The result is an incredible bird's eye view of one of Alaska's most distinguishing physical features, and truly a sight to behold from an aerial perspective.

Alaskan Panhandle: Upper Dewey Lake

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Upper Dewey Lake - DJI Phantom 4 (4k)

Daniel Molina

Upper Dewey Lake sits near the town of Skagway, Alaska, on the Alaska Panhandle.  Near the southwest corner of the state, the landscape is more like the Pacific Northwest of the USA or Canada's British Columbia than the Arctic environment which characterizes the northern part of the state.  Contributor Daniel Molina hiked the lake with his DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone to create this mesmerizing aerial tour of a pristine mountain lake surrounded by snow covered peaks. 

Alaskan Cruise Ship

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Alaska by Drone

Exclusive Aerials

Due to the lack of roads, a popular way to explore Alaska is by cruise ship.  Dozens of large passenger ships regularly travel between the large cities on the West Coast of the USA and Canada and various points on the Alaskan waters.  In this video, top contributor Exclusive Aerials traveled aboard a cruise ship with a drone.  He was able to capture some amazing footage of fjords, glaciers, icebergs, and the overall beauty of the pristine northern paradise sometimes referred to as the Last Frontier.

Alaska's Gold Mining Legacy

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Alaska's Independence Gold Mine

alaska42

While Alaska was purchased by the USA from Russia in 1867, it was a series of gold strikes beginning in the 1890's that put the territory on a path towards statehood.  In this video, contributor gives us a bird's eye view of Independence Mine, which lies north of the Matanuska River upstream of its discharge at Anchorage.  The mine is part of Independence Mine State Park, which commemorates Alaska's Gold Rush.  The great rush peaked in 1897-98 and was more or less over by about 1903.  

Anchorage and Fairbanks

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Alaska Bird’s Eye View 3

Aerial Vision Chicago

For drone views of some of the most well known areas of Alaska, it's tough to beat this video from top contributor Aerial Vision Chicago.  The footage was captured with two drones, a DJI Phantom 4 and a DJI Mavic Pro.  It opens with an epic sunset shot of one of Alaska's pristine bays, then takes us on a tour of a number of areas around the state's two largest cities, Anchorage (in the southern part of the state) and Fairbanks (in its much more remote northern reaches).  

Wrangell

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Destination Wrangell

Drone_Alaska

Wrangell is a remote town in southeastern Alaska with a population of around 2,300.  It is situated on the northern end of Wrangell Island,  one of the larger islands amongst the 1,000+ that make up the Alexander Archipelago.  The town and island of Wrangell were initially populated by the Tlingit, a native people who settled into the archipelago thousands of years ago. In this 4K video by Drone Alaska, you'll get a bird's eye view of this beautiful part of America's 49th state.

The Alaska Pipeline

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Alyeska!

LightAndDrawing

Contributor LightAndDrawing created this aerial view of one of the 20th century's great technical feats: the Alaska Pipeline.  The pipeline runs almost 1.3k km (about 800 miles) from Prudhoe Bay in the far northern part of the state to the Port of Valdez, where the oil is loaded onto giant ocean-going tankers.  Triggered by the first OPEC oil crisis of the early 1970's, the pipeline allowed the large-scale development of the North Slope resource, one of the great finds of the 20th century.

Mt. Denali Area

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Alaska's Midnight Sun, Mount Denali Overlook

Valverde87

Check out this stunning drone video of the area around Alaska's Mt. Denali, compliments of contributor Valverde87.  Using a DJI Mavic Pro drone, the video was shot at the Denali Overlook Inn near Talkeetna on the Summer Solstice.  Mt. Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, is the highest peak of North America.  It has a peak elevation of almost 6.2k meters (about 20.3k ft.).  Watch the video and you'll get some glimpses of the great mountain as well as its stunningly beautiful surroundings. 

Sea Life of Valdez, Prince William Sound

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Sea Lions - Salmons And Seagulls

FreD ...///...

Alaska's sea life can be seen from above in this terrific drone video by FreD...///....  He was able to aerially film sea lions, salmon, and seagulls in the Valdez Arm of Prince William Sound, on the southern coast of the state.  This area has largely recovered from one of history's worst environmental disasters: the oil spill which resulted when the oil tanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef in March, 1989 and spilled over a quarter million barrels of crude oil into the pristine waters of the Sound.

Alaska's Humpback Whales

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Whales

alaska42

Contributor Alaska42 was using a drone to film the Alaska State Ferry when he was "interrupted" by some mammalian visitors - a small group of humpback whales.  The Alaskan coast is the seasonal home for about 10,000 of these graceful creatures every year, who breed in Hawaii during the winter months.  Humpback whales can be as long as 18-20 meters (about 60 ft.) and can weigh as much as 40 tons.  These waters also host other whale species, including orca's.  

Alaska's Inside Passage

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The Beautiful Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska.

Drone_Alaska

In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of portions of the famed Inside Passage of Alaska, compliments of contributor Drone Alaska.  The Inside Passage is a route which begins around Olympia, Washington and extends many hundreds of km/miles to the northwest through the thousands of islands which line the west coast of Alaska and British Columbia.  It's popular not only with cruise ships but also other types of ships who use it to avoid the often harsh weather conditions of the open Pacific to the west. 

Southeast Alaska Drone Tour

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Drone Tour of Southeast Alaska

Drone_Alaska

Alaska is known as the last frontier. The U.S. state is the farthest northwest and is separated by Asia by only the Bering Strait. Drone Alaska does a fabulous job capturing the beauty that can be found everywhere in southeast Alaska. He’ll feature snow-capped mountains, plenty of “locals” aka seals, birds, and massive whales, incredible ocean views, and more. Specific locations include the small cities of Wrangell and Petersburg and the Stikine River watershed and Shakes Glacier, located in Tongass National Forest.

FPV Surfing Portage Valley

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Mountain Surfing | Portage Valley, Alaska

Alaskatraz.FPV

See just how stunning the northwestern-most American state is in this FPV video of the Alaska wilderness by pilot Alaskatraz.FPV. He’s taking us to Portage Valley which lies southeast of Anchorage at the head of Turnagain Arm. Known as one of the most stunning and welcoming destinations in the region when the weather is cooperating (like in this video), it can be quite dangerous with incredibly high winds and beating rain during storms. Read more about the area in Alaskatraz.FPV’s description. 

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