Drone Tour of Latvia
The Baltic Sea republic of Latvia has a proud tradition dating to medieval times, with close historical ties to Germany. An independent country since 1991 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, its capital city Riga is a well preserved port on the Baltic Sea, the heart of which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Drone pilot Chris Berg used his DJI Mavic Pro to create this stunning aerial tour of the country, most of which is shot in and around Riga.
Riga by Drone
In this video, contributor Drone Zurich uses a DJI Phantom 3 drone to film the Latvian capital city of Riga and its surroundings on the Baltic Sea. The video features bird's eye views of the victory memorial from World War II, the Kristus Piedzimšanas Pareizticīgo Katedrāle Orthodox church, the old town of Riga, and the TV Tornis Television Tower, one of the tallest structures in Europe. Riga's Old City has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Daugava River: Church of Saint Meinhard
The town of Ikskile lies in the center of the Baltic republic of Latvia on the Daugava River. The most important historical and cultural landmark in the town is the Church of St. Meinhard, which was constructed in the 12th century. In this video, contributor Jurgis Kreilis give us an aerial tour of the structure, which now sits on an island which was created by the reservoir of a hydroelectric plant constructed several decades ago during the Soviet era.
Latgate: Latvia's Landlocked Province
Latgale is one of Latvia's four officially recognized regions, along with Kurzeme, Vidzeme, and Zemgale. It is unique amongst the four in having no Baltic Sea coastline. Rather, it is a land of inland forests, lakes, and wetlands, similar in some respects to the inland parts of Finland. Top contributor Eaglewood Films used a drone to provide a compelling aerial introduction to this region, which is comparatively more Russian-influenced than other parts of Latvia.
Kurzeme: Abava River Valley
Latvia's Abava River flows through the Kurzeme region in the western part of the country. In this video, contributor Eaglewood Films gives us an aerial view of the Abava River Valley, which forms part of the route of the historical road from Riga to Prussia in Germany. Prepare to be amazed by the bird's eye view of this area which helped to cement historical ties between Latvia and Northern Germany, ties which helped propel Latvia's economic boom in the post Soviet era.
SE Latvia: Dviete Floodplains
The Dviete River is a tributary of the Daugava River in southeastern Latvia. Occasionally, in years of heavy rainfall, the larger river backs up from spring runoff. When this happens, it turns the Dviete floodplains into a paradise for kayakers (as well as for birds of various species). Contributor Eaglewood Films used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone to capture this kayaking scene in one of the oldest parts of this Baltic Sea republic.
Latgale: Raznas National Park
Latvia's Raznas National Park lies in the Latgale province, one of the four legally recognized regions of the Baltic republic. In this video, contributor Jurgis Kreilis treats us to a bird's eye view of this national treasure in southeastern Latvia. The park was created by the country's central government in 2007 as a means to preserve the natural beauty and wildlife of the area including the flora and fauna of Lake Razna, the second largest lake in the country.
Latvia's Migrant Birds
With some of the world's most pristine wetlands, Latvia becomes a veritable sea of birds during certain months. The Baltic republic becomes a key stopover point when they fly from north to south in the spring, and again when the pattern reverses itself in the fall. It's an awesome sight, complementing the stunning natural beauty of this small nation. Using a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, contributor Eaglewood Films created an amazing video of the seemingly endless stream of migratory birds.
Drone Views of Riga's Airport
Riga is an ancient trading port located on the Baltic Sea in northeastern Europe. It is the capital of and largest city in the republic of Latvia. Contributor Reinis-Vilnis was given permission to fly his DJI Mavic Pro drone over Riga International Airport, the largest airport in the country and indeed in all of the former Soviet Baltic states. You will get a bird's eye view of a modern airport in operation, complete with flyovers of taxiing jets and the control tower!
Latvia Winter Scenes
Jurgis Kreilis, who was profiled in a segment of the Drone Dish, brings us this masterpiece of a video shot in his native Latvia in the depths of winter. In his word, "to appreciate the beauty of the winter you don't necessarily need colorful sunrise, sunset or bright sunlight through the day. Winter can be insistent, surly and moody." Prepare to be amazed by the winter aerial views of this magnificent Baltic land with its fog-covered snow.
Fall in the Latvian Capital
When the Soviet Union dissolved in the early 1990's, its Baltic states were among the earliest beneficiaries. All three had enjoyed a period of independence between the World Wars, and had longstanding cultural and economic ties to Germany and other countries on the Baltic Sea. Latvia's capital city Riga perhaps best exemplifies this economic progress. Here is a beautiful aerial tour of Riga compliments of Audrey Semjonov and his DJI Mavic Pro drone.
Latvia in the Fall
With some of the most pristine areas of forest in Europe, it's not surprising that the Baltic country of Latvia presents some incredible visuals in the Fall season. In this video by top contributor Jurgis Kreilis, you will see some of this landscape from a bird's eye point of view. One of the first videos uploaded to AirVuz that was shot with the new DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone, you will fly over some of the country's fabled wooded and wetland areas during what is generally considered the country's best season.
Exploring Riga by Drone
Contributor Chris Borg took a stay at the Kempinski Hotel in Riga, and created this amazing video from the Latvian capital city and its surrounding area. The video's opening aerial shot is over the city's Old Town and some of its distinctive spires, including the Dome Cathedral (center) and St. Peter's Church (right). Other highlights include an epic shot of the Daugava River and the giant Riga Radio Tower, a nearly 370 meter (over 1.2k ft.) communication tower which is the tallest structure in Europe.
Latvia's Wetlands and Forests
Top contributor Eaglewood Films put together this beautiful video of the Latvian countryside in September, just before the onset of Fall. Shot with a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone, the video will take you over the famed wetlands and forests of this Baltic republic. As you see the gorgeous views of these gorgeous stretches of nature covered in a soft mist, you will be reminded that countries don't need massive mountains to be visually appealing; the flat Latvian landscapes offer a distinctive form of natural beauty.
Ice Mountains on the Baltic
Contributor Reinis Vilnis brings us this amazing video of an unusual phenomenon - mountains of ice which pile up in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Latvia. Using a drone combined with ground camera footage, he flies over and around these large, temporary hills that form in the Gulf of Riga. In these semi-protected waters, the Baltic Sea will freeze in the depths of winter. The shifting of ice near the shoreline causes massive breakups in which big chunks of broken form these amazing mini-mountains.
Riga's St. Peter's Church
Contributor Reinis Vilnus created this beautiful one-shot video of one of the most well known churches in Eastern Europe. It's the St. Peter's Church in the Latvian capital of Riga. While it's a Lutheran Church, its construction pre-dates the Reformation. Originally built in the 13th century, the church was destroyed in 1941 during the early days of Operation Barabarossa, the invasion by Nazi Germany of the (then) USSR. It was meticulously reconstucted after the war, a process which took decades to complete.
Latvia's Frozen Rivers
With its capital located at 57 degrees north latitude, the Baltic country Latvia basically freezes in the winter. In particular, the country's inland rivers and lakes become covered with extremely thick layers of ice. When spring comes, the waterways become giant traffic jams of floating chunks of ice, which can be sources of dangerous floods. In this drone video by top contributor Jurgis Kreilis, you'll get a bird's eye view of this phenomenon on two river towns - Pļaviņas and Ogre.
Riga Freeport; Port of Latvia
Reinis Vilnis used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 Zoom to create this aerial tour of Riga Freeport, an important port on the Baltic Sea. The capital and largest city of Latvia, Riga was one of the original Hanseatic League cities which dominated trade in Northern Europe for centuries. It continues to serve an important transport function. The largest by far of several ports in Riga, the Freeport primarily handles cargo (bulk and container) headed in and out of Russia and the other former Soviet Union states.
Fall Colors in Latvia
Using their signature mirror effect, Eaglewood Films brings us another stunning video of Latvia. The country, located on the Baltic Sea, is home to some of the densest forested areas of Europe. Eaglewood brings these iconic-looking forest scenes to life with this remarkable production. Using both the DJI Mavic Pro 2 and the Phantom 4 Pro for filming, this video lets you see the colors of Latvia in the fall from an enirely new perspective.
Snowstorm in Riga
Top contributor Reinis Vilnis put his DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to good use creating this highly cinematic aerial video of the Latvian capital Riga in wintertime. The video uses well-edited timelapses to give you an great visual impression of this very old Baltic port city, a one-time member of the mighty Hanseatic League which dominated maritime Northern Europe for centuries. Since becoming independent from the USSR in the early 1990's, Riga has led the way to re-connecting Latvia to the rest of Europe.
Demo Reel from Latvia
Contributor Reinis Vilnis, who was profiled in a segment of Drone Dish, is one of the top professional aerial videographers in Latvia. In this compelling reel, he demonstrates both his considerable aerial video capture and editing skills as well as the beauty which abounds in this Baltic republic. The video features some incredible footage of the capital city Riga as well as the forests and wetlands of the countryside, as well as some great action shots involving a mix of drone and ground camera footage.
Riga's Apartment Blocks
Latvia's capital Riga is by far the biggest urban center in the Baltic Republics - the three countries which separated from the USSR in the 1990's. Lying on the Gulf of Riga, the city has a metropolitan population of over a million - that's about half of all Latvians, and about a sixth of the combined population of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. In this drone video by Reinis Vilnis, you'll get an aerial perspective on the blockhouse apartment districts where many of these city-dwellers live.
Profile of Jurgis Kreilis
In this episode of Drone Dish history, host Tyler Mason talks with Jurgis Kreilis of Film Day (AV profile: Jurgis Kreilis / FilmDay). Jurgis hails from the Baltic republic of Latvia, and most of his videos have been shot there. Many of his videos can be found in the AirVuz Latvia collection as well as the Baltic Sea collection. In this episode, he talks about flying drone in Latvia, as well as his specialty in showcasing beautiful landscapes along side carefully selective music.
Profile of Eaglewood Films
Hear from Eaglewood Films' Arvids Baranovs on what he loves most about flying and filming in this episode of The Drone Dish. Arvids talks about the rules and regulations when it comes to flying in Latvia, as well as what he likes most about flying his DJI products, comparing the Mavic Air and the Mavic 2. Arvids use the mirror effect often in his work, he'll talk about why and how he's been able to integrate using the drone as a lightsource in his photography.