Baikal: World's Largest Freshwater Lake
Vadim779 used a GoPro Hero 7 Black mounted to a Karma drone to create this amazing aerial view of a partly frozen Lake Baikal in Russia. The great lake was formed by a giant rift running across a portion of Siberia. With a surface area of just over 31k square km. (about 11k square mi.), it's the world's seventh largest lake. Where Baikal truly stands out though is it's depth - with a max depth of over 1.6km (just over a mile), it's the world's deepest lake, and it's also #1 in terms of water volume.
Superior: King of the Great Lakes
Contributor AndrewAchter used a drone to capture a great winter scene on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. The lake, which has a surface area of 82.1k square km (31.7 square mi.), is the second largest freshwater lake in the world by that measure. The northernmost of the Great Lakes, much of it freezes during the bitterly cold winter months. Before it freezes, the vapor given off by the water causes the phenomenon you'll see in the video called "sea smoke".
Lake Huron: Lower Great Lake
Toledo Aerial Media created this amazing aerial view of a phenomena on North America's Great Lakes called "ice mountains". This was filmed near Port Clinton, in the southwestern corner of Lake Erie. Lake Eris is the fourth largest of the five Great Lakes, with a surface area of about 25.7k square km (just under 10k square mi.). The southernmost of the chain, it generally does not freeze. During particularly cold winters, large ice chunks form and drift into gigantic "ice mountains".
Tahoe: American Alpine Lake
Brad Scott Visuals created this stunning aerial of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on the border between California and Nevada. With a surface area of just under 490 square km (around 190 square mi.), it's the largest Alpine lake in North America and the sixth largest by water volume, and it's #2 for maximum depth at 500m (1.6k ft.). Famously, the lake was used to film a scene at the end of The Godfather: Part II (1974), and nearby Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Lake Geneva: Treasure of Europe
Lake Geneva is one of the most well known sites in the Alps region, as well as one of the world's most famous freshwater lakes. It forms part of the border between Switzerland and France, although its "Geneva end" and the city itself sit entirely within Switzerland. It is a very long long (73 km or 45 mi) and deep (max depth of over 300 meters or 1k ft) lake, one of the largest in Europe. Enjoy the bird's eye views of this amazing Alpine lake, courtesty of contributor CH Drone.
Como: Lake of European Royalty
Lake Como is Italy's third largest but best known lake. It is situated in the Lombardy region in the northern part of the country, near the Swiss border. This deep (max depth of 400 meters or 1.3k ft.), glacial lake in the foothills of the Italian Alps has been a favored getaway for wealthy travelers since Roman times. Contributor Yoelkamara flew a DJI Mavic Pro drone over Lake Como, creating this marvelous aerial look of this stunning alpine body of water, one of the most iconic sites in Italy.
Hungary's Lake Balaton
Lake Balaton in western Hungary is one of the largest lakes in Europe. The narrow, shallow lake (its average depth is about 3m or 10 ft) extends nearly 80 km (50 mi) lengthwise along a northeast axis, with a mountainous landscape on the northwest side and a much flatter one on the other, which lies on the Great Hungarian Plain. Contributor Skytech film created an amazing drone video of this notable body of (frozen) water during the depths of winter.
Lake Garda: On the Italian/Swiss Border
Lake Garda is Italy's largest lake. It's situated on the border betwen Italy's Piedmont and Lombardy regions, near the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains (part of the Alps system). It has a surface area of almost 370 square km (just over 140 square mi.) and it's over 50 km (32 mi.) long. The lake has been the scene of many important events in Italian history, including a naval battle between Italian and Austrian forces during the Third Italian War of Independence in 1866.
Lake Constance on the Rhine River
Cyber_drone used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this beautiful aerial of Lake Constance in Central Europe. The lake, which is part of the Rhine River, sits in Germany (Bavaria), Austria, and Switzerland. With a surface area of about 535 square km (just over 200 square mi.), it's one of the largest lakes in Europe. It's also one of the deepest, with a maximum depth of 90 meters (around 300 ft.). It's also one of the world's greatest boating lakes, with over 50k watercraft registered as of 2018.
Maggiore: Italy's Second Largest Lake
Top contributor used a Zenmuse X7 camera mounted to a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create this spectacular aerial video of Italy's second largest lake. Lake Maggiore is in the northwestern part of the country, on the border with Switzerland. It's Italian shoreline is shared by Piedmont and Lombardy regions. Although not as large as Lake Garda nor as well known as Lake Como (both of which lie to its east), it is nonetheless one of the natural treasures of northern Italy.
Königsee: Germany's Deepest Lake
The area around Lake Königsee, Germany's deepest and cleanest lake, provides a variety of recreational entertainment for tourists, including hiking, swimming, boating, and even enjoying the echo demonstrations against the rocky mountain walls. Videographer Javi Mora captured his own exciting hike up the trails with his drone and used the footage to create this phenomenally edited video, which shows off the charming colors of the region and was nominated for Drone Video of the Week.
Skadar: Lake of the Balkans
Skadar Lake is the largest in southeastern Europe. It lies on the border between Montenegro and Albania in the Balkans. It covers a surface area of about 500 square km (about 200 square mi.). The lake is connected to the nearby Adriatic Sea by the Bojana River and is also connected by another river to Lake Ohrid, another important lake in the region. Contributor Fox Creativity flew a DJI drone over this lovely Balkan lake one fine morning, creating this memorable bird's eye view.
Van: Turkey's Largest Lake
FlyONE used a drone to create this epic video of horses riding along the shore of Turkey's largest lake. Lake Van lies in the country's Eastern Anatolian region, not far from the border with Iran. The lake covers almost 3.8k square km (just under 1.5k square mi), with a maximum depth of 450 meters (just under 1.5k ft). It is one of the largest saltwater lakes in the world. The lake's unique structural features have led to its being closely studied by geologists around the world.
Tuz: Turkey's Second Largest Lake
Among the more amazing natural sights in Turkey's Central Anatolia region is Lake Tuz. It's the second largest lake in Turkey (after Lake Van) and one of the largest salt lakes in the world. Located roughly between the cities of Konya and Ankara, the lake covers about 1.6k square km (a bit over 600 square mi). It is home to one of the world's largest bird sanctuaries. Alp Karaguelle created this epic drone selfie flying over this amazing salt lake on the great Central Anatolian Plain.
Mongolia's Naiman Lake
Naiman Lake is a large freshwater body in the Central Asian country of Mongolia. It is located in the middle of the country, to the southwest of the capital city Ulan Bator. The lake sits nearly 2.4k meters (about 8k ft) above sea level on the Great Mongolian Plateau, one of the most important geological features of Central Asia. Contributor Bagi Max used a drone to create an unforgettable aerial tour of this incredibly beautiful place during the peak of Autumn colors.
Australia's Pink Lake Hillier
Lake Hillier is a highly unusual lake on Middle Island, a small island situated just off of the southern coast of the state of Western Australia, near the Cape Arid National Park west of Esperance. Due to the presence of an unusual organism, the color of the lake's water is a vibrant pink hue. In this video, contributor and drone pilot Jaimen Hudson worked with a cruise line operating on the lake to produce an amazing aerial perspective of a one of a kind body of water.
Finstertal: Austria's Alpine Lake
Austria's Finstertal Lake (Finstertalspeicher) lies in the heart of the Tyrol province in the western part of the country, not far from Salzburg. The magnificent alpine lake is known for its aqua blue color, on which the peaks of the surrounding Tyrolean Alps reflect. Contributor DJPhotography flew his drone over this beautiful area in September, just as the season was starting to turn. The aerial footage of this alpine valley will make your jaw drop.
Lake Nicaragua: Central America's Largest Lake
Contributor Ryanscotthoag created this amazing drone video of one of the world's top windsurfers on the largest lake in Central America. Lake Nicaragua is situated on the western side of the country of the same name. The lake is massive - over 8.2k square km (about 3.2k square mi.), making it one of the 20 largest lakes in the world. With its size and strong steady winds, it's become something of a mecca for kitesurfers around the world. Watch him tackle the waves and wind, captured from above!
Italy's Lago d'Orta
Lago D'Orta is one of the lakes of the Piedmont region in the northwestern part of the country. It is easily accessible on the railroad that connects the Piedmontese capital of Turin to Milan in neighboring Lombardy. In this video, top contributor used a Zenmuse X7 camera attached to a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create this amazing bird's eye view of the beautiful alpine lake, including the iconic looking architecture of the buildings on San Giulio Island.
Turkey's Lake Bafa
Contributor Ezgierol used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this magnificent video of one of the most important lakes in Turkey. The lake is part of the Bafa Lake Nature Preserve, which straddles the Muğla and Aydin Provinces of southwestern Turkey. Prior to the Classical Period, the lake was actually part of a gulf of the Aegean Sea. You'll also see some epic aerial footage of the ruins of Herakleia, an ancient city which is an important cultural landmark of the region.
England's Lakes District
The Lake District is an area of lakes and rolling mountains in the northwest section of England, in County Cumbria. It is one of the most popular tourist areas of North England, and it's a designated UNESCO Natural Heritage site. Using a DJI Mavic Pro drone, contributor Agrippa907th created this amazing aerial video of this national treasure, which helped to inspire some of England's most famous poets and novelists, and more recently was the filming location for a Star Wars series movie.
Russia's Lake Ladoga
Contributor shulmanaerial created this amazing drone video of Lake Ladoga in northwestern Russia. The footage in this video is shot from the northern part of the lake in the Republic of Karelia which is part of the Russian Federation. In frozen form, the lake was the site of the famous "Road of Life" which was used to supply nearby Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) which was subject to a brutal hunger seige by Nazi Germany during World War II.
Slovenia's Magnificent Lake Bled
Bled's Lake is in the Julian Alps of Slovenia. It takes less than an hour to drive there from the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. The church featured in this 4K aerial piece by Alberto Ardit is Cerkev Marijinega Vnebovzetja or the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. It is reached only by boat and has been there since the 9th century (although its current form has only been around since the late 17th century). It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia.
The Lochs of Scotland
Airspace_Media created this drone tour of some of Scotland's famous lochs (lakes). The video includes footage of Loch Lomond, which sits in central Scotland on the divide between the Highlands and Lowlands; Loch Ness, home of the famous Loch Ness Monster, which extends southwest of Inverness; Carrick Golf Course on Loch Lomond; Ben Lomond, a mountain on the shores of Loch Lomond; and the Trossachs National Park, an area of wooded glens (valleys) near Loch Lomond.
Lac du Bourget; French Alpine Lake
Najibk used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful aerial view of a famous lake and spa town in the French Alps. Lake Bourget (Lac du Bourget) is an alpine lake in France's Savoie department. With a maximum depth of 145 meters (around 475 ft.) it's the deepest in France, and with a surface area of 17 square mi (around 45 square km.) it's either the largest or second largest depending on the season. The video also captures Aix-les Bains, a famous spa town on its eastern shore.
Switzerland's Lake Lucerne
Check out this stunning drone video of Switzerland's Lake Lucerne, compliments of contributor Krisna Diantha. The distinctively shaped lake lies in the center of the country, with the city of Lucerne near its northwesternmost point. With a surface are of just under 115 square km (around 43 square mi.), it's the fourth largest lake in Switzerland. Lucerne is also a deep lake, with a maximum depth of over 200 meters (just over 700 ft.). It's Switzerland's second most well known lake after Lake Geneva.
India's Loktak Lake
Check out this amazing drone video from a famous lake in the far eastern corner of India. Loktak Lake is located in the state of Manipur, which is the easternmost of India's 29 federal states. The lake covers almost 300 square km (111 square mi.) but is quite shallow, with an average depth of just 2.7 meters (just under 9 ft.). It's known for its giant phumdi's, floating islands made of decaying organic matter. The largest of these is over 40 square km, over 10% of the lake's surface area!