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Christmastime in Lapland

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Lapland, Finaland - A Travel Film

th3venture

Top contributor, drone pilot, and travel vlogger th3venture does it again with this fantastic video record of a Christmastime trip to the "capital" of Christmas: the northern region of Finland known as Lapland.  Using a combination of drone and ground camera footage, the video shows the best of what this winter wonderland has to offer: vast snow-covered forests, a Santa Claus village, a sign marking the Arctic Circle, Northern Lights, a cosy cabin (AirBnB) in the woods - it's all here, even a pack of reindeer! 

Lapland: Levi

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KopterCam: Winter in Levi, Finland

KopterCam

Finnish drone pilot and AirVuz contributor Koptercam created this amazing aerial video of the Levi skiing and recreational area of Lapland in Northern Finland.  Located north of the Arctic Circle, it's Finland's largest ski resort.  Using a DJI Inspire drone with a DJI X5 camera, much of the film is tracking a group of snowmobilers trekking through the Scandinavian winter wonderland.  If nothing else, it will help you to understand why Lapland and Christmas are so often mentioned in the same breath.

Tampere: Finland's Second City

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Tampere Finland Aerial 4K

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New AirVuz contributor Käpätzy created this excellent drone video of Tampere, Finland's second-largest city.  It's located in the south-central part of the country, roughly a two hour drive northwest of Helsinki.  Tampere is situated between Lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, which are separated by nearly 20 meters (about 60 ft.) of vertical distance and connected by rapids.  The city used this energy source to industrialize in the 19th century, earning the nickname the "Manchester of Finland".  

Helsinki: Finnish Capital City

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Helsinki Morning 4K

Riband Kurd

Enjoy this marvelous aerial tour of the Finnish capital of Helsinki, compliments of contributor and pilot Riband Kurd.  Situated on the north side of the Gulf of Finland (an inlet of the Baltic Sea), Helsinki is the center of the fourth-largest urban area in Scandinavia after Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo.  It's also distinguished as being the northernmost metropolitan area in the world.  The video features footage of some of the city's top sights, including Senate Square, the Government Palace, and Helsinki Cathedral.

Autumn in Lapland

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Remains of the Fall (in Lapland, Finland 2019)

timoksanen

Enontekiö is a municipality in the Lapland region of northern Finland.  Enontekiö occupies a sort of "land peninsula" which is sandwiched between Sweden to the south and west and Norway to the north.  The region is one of the most sparsely populated in Europe: covering almost 8k square km (around 3k square mi.), it's home to fewer than 2,000 inhabitants.   Contributor timoksanen was nominated for the Drone Video of the Week for this beautiful Fall piece from this magical spot well above the Arctic Circle.  

Ylläs: Ski Heaven in Lapland

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YLLÄS ON A WINTER'S DAY (February 2020)

timoksanen

Top AirVuz contributor and pilot timoksanen created this stunning wintertime drone video from the northern Finnish region of Lapland.  The video was shot on and around the Ylläs, an elevated structure known as a fell.  It reaches a maximum altitude of about 718 meters above sea level or a little under 2.4k ft.  It's located in Kolari, a municipality of the western Lapland region which lies along the Swedish border.  This is one of the most popular areas for skiing (both downhill and cross-country) in the country.  

Aerial Tour of Lapland

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The Art of Drones - Lapland Finland 4k

The Art Of Drones

The Art of Drones created this stunning drone video of Lapland (sometimes called Lappi), Finland's northernmost province.  Located above the Arctic Circle, Lapland has become synonymous with the Christmas holiday in many countries.  Filmed in winter, the video provides a glorious aerial view of this magical, quintissential Scandinavian world, including stunning views of endless snow-covered forests and ski resorts which dot the region.  Lapland covers roughly the northern third of the country. 

Turku: Former Capital City

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Turku 4K tilt-shift

Nikkelodeon

Turku is a Finnish city on the southwestern coast of the country, near where the Aura River empties into the Baltic Sea.  Turku has a storied history; it is the oldest city in Finland, was its capital until 1812, and remained its largest city for decades after that.  While it has since been surpassed by Helsinki and other cities, Turku remains a significant center for Finnish culture.  Contributor and pilot Nikkelodeon used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this amazing aerial view of his hometown.

Winter in Äkäsmylly, Lapland

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Äkäsmylly in February 2020

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For iconic winter scenery, it's tough to beat the Lapland region of northern Finland.  Witness this amazing piece by top AirVuz contributor and pilot timoksanen.  He used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to film the area around Äkäsmylly, a Lapland village.  It's located well to the north of Rovaniemi, the Lapland capital city which is situated at the edge of the Arctic Circle.  As you'll see in the video, this is a land of seemingly endless forests and lakes, a true winter wonderland in the snow-covered months.  

Oolu: Finland's Northern City

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Oulu, my home city

Jani Ojala

Take a an aerial tour of the Finnish city of Oolu in this beautiful drone video by AirVuz contributor and drone pilot Jani Ojala.  Oolu is situated in North Ostrobothnia, which is the second-northernmost of the country's 19 regions, located just south of Lapland.  Oolu is the country's fourth-largest city, after Helsinki, Tampere, and Turku.  It's the northernmost major city in Finland and one of the northernmost in the world: the only city to its north with a larger population is Russia's Murmansk.

The Aura River

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Autumn by the River Aura

timoksanen

The Aura is a short river in southwestern Finland.  The river ends at the Finnish city of Tarku, ultimately discharging into the Archipelago Sea (a section of the Baltic Sea).  Not especially long, the Aura is known for dark brown waters and a series of rapids.  Using a Yuneec Typhoon H drone, top AirVuz contributor andn pilot Timoksanen created this spectacular aerial video of the area along this magnificent Finnish waterway.  The drone video shows the beauty of this area of southern Finland.  

Helsinki by Drone

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Flyby Helsinki

DavidFromHelsinki

Helsinki is the capital of and the most important city in the Scandinavian country of Finland.  The city, which hosted the 1952 Summer Olympics, sits on the Gulf of Finland, which connects to the Baltic Sea.  Like a number of other northern European cities, Helsinki has long been considered one of the world's most liveable cities, with many awards to that effect.  Contributor DavidfromHelsinki used his DJI Mavic Pro drone to create an amazing aerial video of this important Baltic Sea seaport city.  

Exploring Northern Finland

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Exploring Finland with Hertz in 4K

Planet Pixels

The duo behind the AirVuz profile Planet Pixels take us on another drone adventure, but this time it's on a road trip through Northern Finland. In collaboration with the car rental company, Hertz, they gathered aerial views of travel on roads that weave through Finland's transitioning landscapes.  Its vast forests and countless lakes make it one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Europe.  From autumn to winter, their aerial footage explores a range of wondrous sights in this giant Scandinavian country.

Finland's Finland-Shaped Lake

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Neitokainen - lake shaped like Finland

timoksanen

If a country known in part for its lakes makes an artificial lake, what shape should it be?  The shape of the country, right?  Top contributor and pilot Timoksanen created an amazing drone video of Neitokainen, an artificial lake in Finland.  Using a DJI Mavic Pro Drone, he gives us a bird's eye view of this lake designed and constructed in the early 1990's. Look at a map while watching the video; you will see for yourself it looks like Finland. It's located near Kittilä, in the Lapland region.

Lapland in Autumn

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RUSKA (Autumn in Lapland)

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The celebration of the transitional colors of autumn is recognized differently in various parts of the world.  In Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland, this colorful seasonal transformation is described with its own word.  "Ruska" not only aptly describes these beautiful hues of fall, it's also the name of this remarkable video by top contributor Timoksanen.  His stunning use of DJI products like the Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic Pro, Ronin S, and OSMO+ created this stunning footage of this storied region north of the Arctic Circle.

Rovaniemi: Lapland's Provincial Capital

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Church of Rovaniemi | Night flight

Jarno Niemi

Rovaniemi is the provincial capital of Lapland, the northernmost province in the Scandinavian country of Finland.  The city is situated just a few km/mi outside (ie, south of) the Arctic circle, at the confluence of two of the region's most important rivers.  A very old settlement, Rovaniemi came into its own as a mid-sized city in the early 1800's, when Lapland's vast natural resources began to be exploited.   In this drone video, you'll get a bird's eye nighttime view of a beautiful church in this far northern city.  

Windsurfing Frozen Saimaai

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Cooler Windsurfing

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Winters in Scandinavia can seem endless, and many Scandinavians have developed ways to make the elements work for them.  Witness this fantastic first person view (FPV) video from contributor and FPV pilot karlsson on the roof.  It captures a winter version of windsurfing on a very frozen Lake Saimaa in Finland.  The lake is enormous, covering 4.4k square km (1.7k square mi.) in the southeastern part of the country.  The temperature during filming is reported at around 0 Celsius, but that's before the effect of the 20-30 knot winds.  

Porvoo: Finnish Medieval Town

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Old Porvoo fly through

msinerva

Contributor and pilot Porvoo brings us this beautiful drone video of one of the oldest towns in Finland.  Porvoo is located on Finland's southern coast, just a bit to the east of Helsinki and bit north of the coastline on the Gulf of Finland.  It's a very well preserved medieval town, one of just a half dozen or so which remain intact in this Scandinavian country.  The town was established by Swedish colonists in the 13th or 14th centuries.  It was partly destroyed by a fire in the mid-18th century.  

The Devil's Nest, South Ostrobothnia

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Devil's Nest - Hollola, Finland (DJI Mavic 2 Pro)

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The geological formation known as the Devil's Nest is one of the natural wonders of Finland.  It's what's known as an earth erosion, basically a giant sinkhole created over millions of years through the process of erosion and glacial activity.  It measures 14 meters wide (about 45 ft.) and 23 meters deep (around 75 ft.).  It's located near the village of Hollola in Finland's (west-central) South Ostrobothnia region.  In this video, new AirVuz contributor plepola used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to film the great sinkhole during the winter months. 

Möhkö, North Karelia

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Fishing in Möhkö. Finland. Relax

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Check out this idyllic scene from the Finnish countryside, compliments of new AirVuz contributor chill_side.  It was filmed around the town of Möhkö in North Karelia, the easternmost of Finland's 19 official regions.  It's located about 500 km (around 300 mi.) northeast of Helsinki, near the border with Russia.  The area is home to thousands of lakes, which are mostly surrounded by the iconic Finnish forests.   The video was shot during the early morning hours, when a thin mist covers the water and the fish are biting.  

Lapland in Winter

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Lapland in February 2018

timoksanen

Lapland is an official region of northern Finland.  Much of it lies above the Arctic Circle.  It's a land of dense forests, thousands of lakes, and endless winters.  Lapland may present the ultimate winter landscape, and for this reason it is closely associated with Christmas in certain countries.  Top contributor and pilot Timoksaken, who has some of the best drone videos of Finland to be found anywhere, created this stunning aerial picture of Lapland's Kolari and Muonio in the heart of winter. .  

Nuuksio National Park

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Nuuksio Finland

Riband Kurd

Finland's Nuuksio National Park is a heavily forested natural treasure only 30 km (around 20 mi.) northwest of central Helsinki.  Seen in this drone video by Riband Kurd, it covers portions of three different municipalities: Espoo, Kirkkonummi and Vihti.  The park features thousands of acres of forests and hundreds of lakes, some of them barely visible on a map.  It is an outdoor enthusiasts' heaven, with eight marked hiking trails, 30 km (around 18 mi.) of biking trails, and 22 km (about 13 mi.) of horseback riding trails.

Music Video: Finland 100

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Kotimaani: Jukka Nykänen - Karjalan kunnailla

Olli Huttunen

For a project that was part of marking Finland's first century of independene, contributor Olli Huttunen created this beautiful drone video featuring a pianist playing the Finnish National Anthem in an iconic-looking spot in the vast forests of this Scandinavian country.  The video features some fabulous shots showing the seemingly endless Finnish wilderness.  Finnish independence was triggered in 1917 by the Russian Revolution which led to the immediate collapse of the Russian empire of which it was part.  

Lake Littoinen, Turku Region

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Lake Littoinen

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Tlop contributor timoksanen created this beautiful drone video of Finland's Lake Littoinen.  One of the most beautiful lakes in a country known in part for its lakes, it's located just east of Turku in the southwestern part of the country.  The lakes crystal clear waters weren't always so; in recent years, algae and phosphorus had turned it into a sort of murky soup.  In 2017, it was treated with polyaluminum chloride, a process which allowed the lake to return to it former pristine appearance.   

Rukatunturi Ski Resort, Kuusamo

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Ruka Winter Drone Movie

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Rukatunturi is a ski resort near the town of Kuusamo, Finland.  It's located in North Ostrobothnia, the next-to-northernmost (after Lapland) of Finland's 19 official regions.  In addition to its 29 downhill slopes serviced by 20 lifts, the resort offers many km/mi of cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails.  Not surprisingly given its northern location, it also offers one of Europe's longest ski seasons - it's generally open into June.  Check out the winter wonderland from above in this drone video by new contributor Tekkzi.  

Autumn Near Hetta, Enontekiö

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Autumn in Lapland

timoksanen

Here's a beautiful aerial view of Fall in the storied Finnish region of Lapland, compliments of timoksanen.  It was filmed near the village of Hetta in the municipality of Enontekiö, an appendage of northwestern Finland which is sandwiched between the territory of Sweden and Norway. Popular with cross-country skiers, this is some of the most remote territory in continental Europe: there's an airport nearby which has seasonal flights, but off-season the nearest airport is about a two hour drive away.  

Autumn in the Lapland Forests

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Autumun in Lapland, (Ivalo, Finland).

Riband Kurd

Lapland is not just a possible mythical home of Santa Claus, it's the official name for the northernmost province of Finland.  With a land area of over 93k square km (just under 36k square mi.), Lapland covers about as much area as mid-sized European countries like Hungary and Portugal.  But while these countries each have around 10 million inhabitants, Lapland's population is under 200k.  In this drone video by Riband Kurd, you'll get a nice view of the area around Ivalo, a town set amidst the endless Finnish forests.  

Dogsledding in Lapland

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Husky sledding in Lapland

MIAPVIDEOS

If you've ever wondered why Finland's Lapland region became almost synonymous with Christmas, check out this drone video by MIAPVIDEOS.  He was able to film a team of Husky dogs pulling a sled through the snow-covered Lapland forests.  Finland's northernmost region covers an enormous 100k+ square km (around 39k square mi.), an area about 15% larger than Austria.  Mostly covered in coniferous forests, it's become closely associated with Christmas traditions, particularly in the UK and the USA. 

Enontekiö: Scandinavian Mountain Region

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Enontekiö in September 2016

timoksanen

If you thought that the landscape was all forests and plains, check out this drone video by top contributor timosanen.  It was filmed in a municipality called Enontekiö, which is part of the country's northern Lapland region.  It sits in a piece of land which juts in a northwestern direction into Swedish territory.  Enontekiö is partially covered by the Scandinavian Mountains and is home to the highest point in Finland: the Halti Fell, which has a maximum elevation of around 1.3k meters or about 4.3k ft. above sea level.  

Vanhakaupunki: "Old" Helsinki

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Vanhakaupunki, The old city of Helsinki.

Riband Kurd

When it was founded in the mid-16th century, the Finnish city of Helsinki was originally located at the mouth of the Vantaa River.  Due to a fire and a plague outbreak, it moved to its current location, about 7 km (around 4 mi.) to the south, at the tip of the Vironniemi Peninsula.  The original Helsinki site is called Vanhakaupunki, which translates to "old town" in reference to its history.  Seen here in this drone video by Riband Kurd, Vanhakaupunki is now a district within the (now much larger) Finnish capital city.  

Turku at Christmas

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Turku Christmas Lights

timoksanen

Check out this stunning aerial tour of the Finnish city of Turku decked out for Christmas, compliments of top contributor timoksanen.  Located in the southwestern part of the country at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's most important cultural centers.  Founded in the 13th century, the one-time Finnish capital city is sometimes called Finland's "Gateway to the West" due to its close connections with Western Europe.  The video features footage of the city's waterfront, ending with a great shot of the Turku Cathedral.  

Drone Tour of Helsinki

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Helsinki

geirykristiansen

Check out this drone video of the Finnish capital city Helsinki, compliments of contributor Geirykristiansen.  The video is sure to give you a good feel for this Scandinavian mini-metropolis, center of a metropolitan area of about 1.1 million.  The video provides great bird's eye views of some of the city's main landmarks, including its great Cathedral and the adjacent Helsinki Senate Square, the Helsinki Skywheel, some of the tiny islands lying offshore in the Gulf of Finland, and more.  

Reindeer Racing in Rovaniemi

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Reindeers Race in Rovaniemi

JB Meert

The Finnish region of Lapland has long been associated with Christmas traditions, and one of the reasons for this phenomenon has to do with reindeer.  As in, Lapland has lots of them: with a human population of about 185k, the region is home to about 200k reindeer.  In this drone video by AirVuz contributor and pilot JB Meert, you'll see get an aerial view of a reindeer race near Rovaniemi.  Located in the south-central part of Lapland, Rovaniemi is the regional capital as well as its largest city.  

Oolu at Christmastime

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Merry XMas and Happy New Year from Finland.

Jani Ojala

Check out this awesome Christmastime drone video from Finland, compliments of contributor and pilot Jani Ojala.  The video was shot in the town of Oolu in North Ostrobothnia, the second-northernmost of the country's 19 official regions.  Oolu is the largest city in the northern half of Finland and the fourth-largest overall in this giant Scandinavian country.  With a population of around 180k, the city is situated at the mouth of the River Oulujoki, on the Baltic Sea inlet known as the Gulf of Bothnia.

Profile of Timo Oksanen

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The Drone Dish: Timo Oksanen

The Drone Dish

Timo Oksanan (AirVuz profile: timoksanen) is a top Finnish drone pilot and videographer.  His work is featured extensively in the Finland collection as well as the collection of the best videos from all of Scandinavia.  He is also known for his highly effective use of the Yuneec Typhoon H drone, which was released around the same time as the DJI Phantom 3.  On this epsode of the Drone Dish, host Tyler Mason and Timo talk about how he uses his drone honed eye to capture the natural beauty of Finland and beyond! 

Profile of KopterKam

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The Drone Dish: KopterCam

The Drone Dish

KopterCam is one of the top commercial drone piloting companies in northern Europe, and was the winner of the 2017 New York City Drone Film Festival in the Aerial Reel category.  The company is known for doing highly complex and technical aerial videography, and their work has been featured on many TV shows, commercials, and feature length films.  On this episode of The Drone Dish, host Tyler Mason chats with founder Marco Godles about how he got into the aerial videography field, favorite places to fly, and more.