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DVA Winning Video of St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg - The City of White Nights

Top contributor's won a second annual Drone Video Award for this masterpiece of a drone video from St. Petersburg, Russia.  The video was shot during the long summer nights when the sun barely sets on this city created on the order of Peter the Great over three centuries ago.  Watch it to see some amazing aerial views of many of the city's top sights, including the St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Stock Exchange, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Port of St. Petersburg, the Kazan Cathedral, and more.  

Nuclear Icebreaker on the Berents Sea

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75 000 h.p. The Biggest Nuclear Icebreaker from DJI Inspire 2

DVA winner created this stunning drone video (DVOW winner in June 2019) of two Russian nuclear-powered icebreakers powering through the ice-covered Berents Sea.  Fifty Years of Victory and the Yamal are the only two active Arktica-class icebreakers.  These doubled-hulled vessels are just under 150 meters (486 ft.) long and displace about 25k tons.  Their two OK900A nuclear reactors produce an incredible 340MW of power, enough "juice" to fully supply a medium-sized city.

Karelia: Lake Ladoga

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Lake Ladoga, Republic of Karelia


Contributor shulmanaerial created this amazing drone video of Lake Ladoga in northwestern Russia. The footage  is shot from the northern part of the lake in the Republic of Karelia, which is part of the Russian Federation.  Covering 17.7k square km (around 6.7k square mi.), it's the largest lake located entirely within Europe.  In frozen form, the lake was the site of the famous "Road of Life" which was used to supply nearby Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) during its brutal hunger seige by Nazi Germany during World War II.

Murmansk: Teriberka

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Deep North: Teriberka, Russia


Check out this amazing drone video of far northern Russia, compliements of contributor Aleksandr.  The area filmed is Teriberka, and it's very near the northernmost point of Europe.  It's in the Oblast (province) of Murmansk, a bit to the northeast of the (river) port city of the same name.  It sits on the Berents Sea, which is considered to be part of the Arctic Ocean.  As you'll see, it's a stunningly beautiful area in the warmer months.  Located well above the Arctic Circle, it's completely iced in during the winter.

Winter Fun on the Kola Peninsula

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Kola Snowkiting


What is snowkiting?  You'll find out when you watch this drone video by Rocannon.  Snowkiting is like kiteboarding except it's on snow instead of water. And what better place to practice an extreme winter sport than in a far northern corner of Russia.  The video was shot on the Kola Peninsula, which is best known for its main city, Murmansk.  It's almost completely within the Arctic Circle, and the waters of the Berents and White Seas freeze up, making this the land of icebreakers and snowkiting! 

Arkhangelsk: Malye Karely Museum

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Museum Malye Karely. Russia.

Valius Video

Check out this beautiful drone video of a museum in the northern reaches of Russia, compliments of contributor Valius Video.  The Museum Malye Karely was created to highlight the traditional wooden architecture used to construct dwellings and other buildings in the Arkhangelsk Oblast (province), one of the eleven into which Russia's official Northwestern region is divided.  Opened in 1964, the museum is located in the oblast's Primorsky District on the White Sea, north of the Arctic Circle.  

Russia's Baltic Fleet Graveyard

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Cemetery of Radioactive Ships in Russia's Murmansk Province

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Contributor and drone pilot Sneba created this fascinating aerial video of a "ship cemetery" in the northern reaches of Russia.  It's situated off the Kola Peninsula in the Murmansk Oblast (province), the northernmost of the provinces on the Russian mainland and part of the Northwest Federal District.  Lying in these icy waters are dozens of nuclear-powered ships which are no longer in service but which have not been properly de-commissioned.  It's an example of how the end of the Cold War created its own set of problems.  

Karelia: Stone Park

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Ruskeala Stone Park Republic of Karelia


Check out this amazing drone video from the Ruskeala Stone Park in the Karelia province of northern Russia.  Karelia is one of the eleven republics that make up the Northwestern Federal District of Russia.  It is situated between the St. Petersburg area and Murmansk, the northernmost Russian mainland province.  What you'll see in the video are marble "canyons", created by the marble quarry operations which date to the 18th century here.  A number of these quarries were destroyed from overuse of dynamite.  

The Nature of Karelia

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Showreel of Russian Nature

Sergei Pinin

Top contributor and pilot Sergei Pinin created this amazing aerial tour of Karelia, one of the northernmost provinces of Russia.  Karelia is located northwest of Lake Ladoga and St. Petersburg.  Karelia is home to some of the most iconic looking natural scenery in Russia's Northwest Federal District.  The province has a long border with Finland, and parts of it were part of Finland prior to the Russo-Finnish War of 1939-1940.  Enjoy the bird's eye views of this stunning northern landscape.  

Kaliningrad: Russia's Baltic Exclave

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Winter in Kalingrad


If you looked at a map of the Baltic Sea region, you would think that the port city of Kaliningrad was part of Poland or Lithuania.  In fact, it's part of Russia, despite having no physical connection to the country.  Once known as Königsberg under centuries of German rule, the city was annexed by the USSR after the end of World War II, and it remained part of Russia following the Soviet Union's dissolution.  That is due in part to the fact that the city is the closest thing that Russia has to an ice-free Baltic port.  

Arkhangelsk Oblast in Winter

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Winter in the Nord


Here is an aerial view of some spots in Russia's northern Arkhangelsk Oblast (province).  While there are spots further north in Russia, it's not many.  Thre province covers a large area along the end of the Dvina River and on the White Sea.  This drone video by contributor Alexeykalinin, you'll get a bird's eye view of this Arctic land in the winter.  It includes footage of the White sea, the region's deep forests, bridges over the Dvina, Vorzogory village, and the Kudemskaya narrow gauge railway.

Gulf of Finland

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Gulf of Finland from above brings us this drone video of the Gulf of Finland in Russia.  The Gulf is the middle of the three great eastern extensions of the Baltic Sea, between the Gulf of Bothnia which separates Sweden and Finland and the Gulf of Riga which is shared by Latvia and Estonia.  The access it provides to the greater Baltic Sea and thence to the North Atlantic was the reason why Tsar Peter the Great decided to build a new capital for Russia at the head of the Gulf in the late 17th century: St. Petersburg.

Kola Peninsula: Khibiny Mountains

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Khibiny Open Cup 2019


While the Urals and Caucasus are the two mountain ranges most commonly associated with Russia, they aren't the only mountains in this enormous country.  Witness this fantastic drone video from contributor and pilot Rocannon.  The video was filmed at the Khibiny Open Cup freeride competition in the Khibiney Mountains.  This range is one of two (and the taller) which sit on the Kola Peninsula in the Murmansk Oblast (province), in the very far north of Russia and well inside the Arctic Circle.  

Winter in Northwestern Russia

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The Beautiful Russian Winter from Above

Northern Russia is home to some of the world's most iconic winter scenery. It's a land of vast pine forests, interspersed with thousands of lakes.  During the long winter months, these areas become enrobed in white, and the scene presented is hauntingly beautiful.  In this video by contributor Dronemedia, you'll get a bird's eye view of a forest in the depths of the frigid Russian winter.  The video was shot in Russia's Northwestern Federal District, one of the eight official regions of Russia.  

Ryabachiy: Northernmost European Russia

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Rybachiy. Murmansk region, Russia.

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Contributor Sneba created this marvelous drone video of the Rybachy Peninsula, the northernmost part of European Russia.  It's a northern extension of the oblast (province) of Murmansk, part of the country's Northwestern Federal Disrtrict.  The area had been part of Finland for a time before being ceded to the USSR after the Winter War of 1939-40, and it played an important role in World War II given its position on the routes to and from the main Soviet Arctic Sea ports of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk.

Komi Republic: Mt. Manaraga

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Manaraga: Ural Mountains 4K Dronelapse


Contributor Hyperlapse this astoundingly well done dronelapse sequence from Russia's Ural Mountains.  The video was taken from the area around Mt. Monaraga, in the northern Urals.  It's situated in the Komi Republic, which is actually part of the Northwestern rather than Urals federal subject territory.  The mountain has a peak elevation of about 1.65k meters above sea level (around 5.45k ft.).  The Ural Mountains form a north-south chain and serve to divide the continents of Europe and Asia.  

Kamenny Monastery, Vologda Oblast

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Island monastery


Check out this drone video of a Russian island monastery called Kamenny Monastery, compliments of contributor robert_msk.  It's located in the middle of Kubensky Lake in the Vologda Oblast (province), part of the country's Northwest region.  The main current structure was built in the 15th century, on the ruins of a 13th century structure which burnt down.  A church structure was built in the 16th century, and the entire complex fell into a ruined state after the Russian Revolution.  It's now under renovation.  

DVOW Finalist from St. Petersburg

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Goodbye Winter, Spring welcome to Saint-Petersburg // Зимний и весенний Санкт-Петербург 2019


Top contributor vitaliy.karpovich put together this stunning DVOW Finalist drone video of St. Petersburg, Russia as the country's second-largest city and erstwhile capital transitioned from winter to spring.  Featured locations include (in order of first appearance): the crescent-shaped Kazan Cathedral; the Admiralty Building; the Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange Rostral Columns; Saint Isaac's Cathedral; the Bronze Horseman statue in Senate Square; the Lomsonov Bridge over the Fontanka River; and more.