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Showreel from Northwest Russia


My New Showreel


Top AirVuz contributor and drone pilot Flycam24 created this magnificent showreel, most of which was shot in Northwestern Russia.  At the :12 mark, there's a fantastic shot of the Peterhof Palace, the summer residence of the Tsars just outside of St. Petersburg.  Woven throughout the video is incredible aerial footage of a recreation of the 1825 Decembrist Revolt, in which thousands of officers took up arms in St. Peters Square in the then-capital city to protest the accession to the throne of Tsar Nicholas I.  

DVA Winning Video of St. Petersburg


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.  

Murmansk: Teriberka


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.

Karelia: Lake Ladoga


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.

Winter Fun on the Kola Peninsula


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


Museum Malye Karely. Russia.

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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.  

Arkhangelsk Oblast in Winter


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.

Russia's Baltic Fleet Graveyard


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.  

Forests and Lakes of Karelia


Morning fog in Republic of Karelia


The Republic of Karelia is one of the eleven Federal Subjects which make up Russia's Northwestern District.  Part of a historical region which also includes bits of Finnish territory, it's essentially the area between the White Sea and the Gulf of Finland.  In addition to being home to Europe's two largest lakes (Ladoga and Onega), Russian Karelia features thousands of square miles of pristine forests dotted with small lakes.  See the mist-covered Karelian countryside from above in this excellent piece from chill_side. 

Karelia: Stone Park


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


Showreel of Russian Nature

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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.  

Nuclear Icebreaker on the Berents Sea


The Biggest Nuclear Icebreaker

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.

Kaliningrad: Russia's Baltic Exclave


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.  

Gulf of Finland


Gulf of Finland from above

Dronemedia... 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


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 Russia's Northwest


Russian Winter


Northwestern Russia becomes a sort of winter wonderland during the months when the sun barely rises above the horizon.  In this drone video by AirVuz contributor Flycam24, you'll get a bird's eye view of this iconic winter scene.  It was filmed in the forests about 30 km (a bit less than 20 mi.) outside of St. Petersburg, the principal city of the country's Northwest Federal District.  At about 60 degrees north latitude here, this is north of any city in the world with a population of greater than 250k.

The Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad


Curonian spit (Kaliningrad, Russia) - 4K drone video from DJI Mavic Air


The Curonian Spit is one of the more prominent geographic features of the southern Baltic Sea.  It's a long, thin sandbar which runs for about 100 km (around 60 mi.), separating the Curonian Lagoon from the open Baltic.  It's split between Lithuania and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.  Created between 4-5k years ago, the spit and lagoon have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.  In this drone video by contributor Fly&Travel, you'll get an excellent aerial view of the famous spit's southern (Kaliningrad) half.   

Ice-Breaking Container Ship in Kronstadt


Container ship, Kronstadt


Check out this fascinating drone video by chill_side of a containership plowing its way through half-frozen waters of the Baltic Sea near St. Petersburg, Russia.  The video was shot near the city of Kronstandt, which is located on Kotlin Island about 30 km (around 18 mi.) west of central St. Petersburg, in the Gulf of Finland.  The island, which is part of the city of St. Petersburg, is the long-time home of the Russian Baltic Fleet.  The waters around Kronsadt are generally completely frozen during the winter months.  

Murmansk: Northern Port City


Murmansk 4K video footage | Trip to Russia

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Brand-new contributor Mikhail from Russia created this outstanding drone video from the great north Russian port city of Murmansk.   At the north end of the Kola Peninsula and 2 degrees above the Arctic Circle.  Situated in the far northwestern corner of the country on a river estuary of the Berents Sea, Murmansk is the world's northernmost city with a population of at least 250k.  The video features footage of the city itself (including the Alyosha Monument erected in the wake of World War II) as well as the surrounding countryside.  

The Komi Republic


Komi Republic


Check out these amazing wintertime drone views from northern Russia, compliments of contributor sinaysky.  The footage is from the Komi Republic, the southeasternmost of the eleven Federal Subjects (oblasts, republics, and centrally administered cities) of Russia's Northwestern region.  Heavily forested, Komi sits between the Ural Mountains to the east and the Eastern European Plain to the west.  The video features footage of the republic's beautiful forests as well as the industrial town of Sosnogorsk.

Forests, Lakes and an Eagle in NW Russia


Flyght above the eagle. Forest in the fog.


This drone video from AirVuz contributor chill_side features some spectacular aerial views of the forests and lakes of Northwestern Russia.  Without question, the highlight of the video is at around the :05 mark, where he was able to aerially capture what appears to be an eagle flying right below the drone.  Somehow, he was able to keep the bird in the drone's field of camera vision long enough to create an absolutely epic ten second sequence before the raptor drifts off to the left and disappears from view.  

Pskov: Borderland City


Pskov: Spirit of Time


In this very creative piece by top contributor Tanya Shkondina, you'll get some great air/ground views of one of Russia's oldest cities: Pskov.  The capital of its namesake province in the Northwestern region, the city lies on the Velikaya River near its mouth on Lake Peipus.  Founded in the early 10th century AD, the town played a critical role in the centuries-long struggle for control of this borderland region.   The video includes footage of some of the city's top sights, including the citadel Pskov Krom and Trinity Cathedral.

Ryabachiy: Northernmost European Russia


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


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


Island monastery

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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.  

Historic Steam Train in Karelia


Steam train - Ruskeala Express in the winter forest. Aerial view.


Karelia is a republic of Russia, an administrative unit which is similar to an oblast.  It lies to the north of St. Petersburg, south of the Murmansk Oblast which marks the country's northwesternmost extent.  One of the best ways to see this vast northern land is via the Ruskeala Express, a historical steam train which runs between the town of Sortavala in southern Karelia to the mountain park of Ruskeala, one of Karelia's top attractions.  In this drone video, you'll see the Express plowing through Karelia's snow-covered forests.

Karelia's Vottovarra Mountain


Distortion of Time. Vottovaara


In this video, drone pilot stavraero_spb brings us to the mysterious Vottovarra Mountain in Karelia, a region in Northwestern Russia bordering Finland. The site was considered sacred by the Sami people and is an ancient pagan site of worship. The region is known as the home of Lake Onega, where archaeologists discovered 1,200 rock drawings that are estimated to be 5-6,000 years old.  In the video, you can see the odd boulders scattered across Vottovaara Mountain that have also made the site famous for both tourists and archeaologists. 

Wintertime Near Medvezhyegorsk, Karelia


Deep in Russia North (Medvezhegorsk)


Top AirVuz contributor and drone pilot Tanya Shkondina brings us this marvelous wintertime drone video from the northwestern reaches of Russia.  It was shot during the short winter days near the town of Medvezhyegorsk in Karelia, one of the 11 Federal Subjects which make up the country's official Northwestern District.  Karelia is located north of St. Petersburg.  The republic has a long westerb border with Finland, and (like its Scandinavian neighbor) is largely covered by forests and lakes.  

Solnechnoe, Karelian Isthmus


Solnechnoe - Saint Petersberg


Check out this drone video of a beautiful spot just north of St. Petersburg, Russia, compliments of contributor and pilot junglijay.  It's called Solnechnoe, and it's located in Kurortny, the northernmost district of Russia's second-largest city and erstwhile capital.  The territory here is part of the Karelian Isthmus, the land bridge between the Gulf of Finland to the west and Lake Ladoga to the east.  The area had been part of Finland prior to its capture by the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939-40.

Winter in St. Petersburg


One Wonderful Winter in Saint Petersburg (Russia) 4k UltraHD


Prepare to be astounded by this stunning wintertime drone video of St. Petersburg, Russia by vitaliy.karpovich.  The video opens with an epic shot of the old Stock Exchange and its two red Rastral Columns on Vasilevsky Island.  Then it moves on to the magnificent star-shaped Peter and Paul Fortress, the gold-domed St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Palace square and its Winter Palace, and other highlights from the erstwhile Russian capital city on the Neva River. This video was a DVOW nominee in May 2019

Semi-Frozen Lake Ladoga




Check out these drone views of Russia's Lake Ladoga as the Winter begins its transition to Spring, compliments of AirVuz contributor cdrugger.  The giant lake has a surface area of just under 18k square km (about 6.8k square mi.), making it the largest lake entirely within Europe and Russia's second-largest after Lake Baikal.  The southern tip of the lake is just east of St. Petersburg, while most of its northern portion is part of the Republic of Karelia, one of the oblasts (provinces) of the country's Northwest District.  

DVOW Finalist from St. Petersburg


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. 

Northwestern Russia in Winter


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.  



The Scarlet Sails


Saint Petersburg 聖彼得堡

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Ruskeala Train