Russia Compilation Video
AirVuz is proud to host some amazing drone videos from Russia, with hundreds of individual videos uploaded. In this video compilation of the best drone footage of Russia, you'll see some epic bird's eye views from the following locations: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Lake Ladoga, Caucasus Region, Ural Mountains, the Crimean Peninsula, Sochi, Sakhalin Island, Ektaterinburg, and Kabardino-Balkaria. You can also see these videos in their entirety and many more in the Russia collection.
DVA Winning Video of Moscow
This 2017 AirVūz Video of the Year by contributor Timelab.pro showcases the gilded charm of Moscow, the great capital city of Russia. Shot with a Zenmuse X7 camera on a DJI Inspire 2 drone, the video captures the 'onion domes' of the Orthodox churches, the magnificent statues and monuments which dot the city, the iconic University of Moscow tower, and marvelous aerial shots of the Moskva River. It is one of the most viewed and commented-upon videos on AirVuz.
DVA Winning Video of St. Petersburg
Prepare to be amazed by Timelab.pro's stunning drone video of St. Petersburg, the former Russian capital city on the Gulf of Finland. Now the country's second largest city, it is also its most European, fulfilling the original desire of Tsar Peter the Great for a "Window on Europe". The video, which captures virtually all of the major sights of the city, was filmed using a Zenmuse X7 camera mounted on a DJI Inspire 2 drone. This video won the Cities & Urban category at the second annual AirVuz Drone Video Awards.
Aerial Tour of the Caucasus
Nicko once again holds nothing back when showing off the beauty of the Caucasus region of southern Russia. The elegant backdrop of this amazing mountain range, whether covered in snow or standing bold in lush green, provide the perfect backdrop for winter sports (including the 1014 Winter Olympics, held in Sochi), charming villages, breathtaking vistas, and the rolling clouds. This video was a finalist for the AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest.
Ekterinburg: Capital of the Urals Region
Prepare to be amazed by this hyperlapse of drone footage from Russia's fourth largest city and one of its most important business centers. Ekaterinburg lies on the eastern side of the Ural mountains, which divide the European and Asian continents. It acts as the key gateway to the vast Siberian region which lies to its east. Famously, it was the site of one of the great crimes of the 20th century: the muder of the Tsar of Russia and his family by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918.
Crimea: Peninsula of the Black Sea
Contributor Feel Alive created this magnificent drone video of the Crimean Peninsula in southern Russia. The Peninsula, which is largely covered in mountains, juts out into the northern Black Sea. Long part of the Russian Empire, the Crimea was initially part of the Ukraine when the Soviet Union dissolved in the early 1990's. In 2014, in a controversial vote, Crimea elected to secede from the Ukraine and join Russia. It's considered amongst the most naturally beautiful areas in Eastern Europe.
Sochi: Olympics Host City
Sochi is a Russian city on the eastern end of the Black Sea, at the edge of the Caucasus region which connects Europe to Asia. Sochie took the world's center stage in 2014 when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXII Winter Olympic Games. More recently, it hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup Games and the Russian Grand Prix. Carry Studio used a drone to create a beautiful aerial portrait of this charming city at golden hour.
Karelia: 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.
Urals: Dividing Europe and Asia
Prepare to be amazed by this astoundingly well done hyperlapse of the Ural Mountains in Russia. Shot with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, the video take us over the stunning valleys of this range, which is the geological border between Europe and Russia. The mountains run for thousands of mi/km, with Eastern European Russia on the west and Siberian Russia on the east. With skillful use of hyperlapse editing it provides breathtaking footage of some of the world's most pristine wilderness.
Elbrus: Russia's Highest Peak
In this video, you'll get a magnificent look at the highest mountain in Russia. Mt. Elbrus is lcoated in the southern part of the country, near the border with Georgia. It's a dormant volcano. It's peak sits 5.6k meters (about 18.5k ft.) above sea level. Geologically, it is a mere infant, having been formed only about 2.5 million years ago. It is believed to have last erupted around 2,000 years ago. The tallest mountain in Russia, it marked the furthest by the armies of Nazi Germany during World War II.
Baikhal: World's Largest 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.
Murmansk Oblast: Teriberkla
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.
The Kuban: Krasnodar
Krasnodar is one of the most important cities in southern Russia. It is situated in the triangle formed by the Black Sea and its Sea of Azov extension, on the Kuban River. Depending on the area being counted, it's somewhere amongst the top 15-20 cities in Russia in terms of population. It's part of an area known as the Kuban, which was an area settled by the Cossacks, in part as a means for Russia to protect itself from incursions into the heart of Russia by the Ottoman Empire.
The Altai Mountains of Siberia
Contributor smmaxim created this stunning drone video of the Altai Mountains in Siberian Russia. The mountain range actually extends across four countries - Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. Because of the lack of passes, the mountains are notoriously hard to access, making for some of the most remote lands in Asia. With numerous rivers, streams, and gigantic lakes, it makes for some stunning scenery, perhaps all the more so because it is so remote.
Tolyatti: Bend of the Volga
Amongst European rivers, the Volga is in a class by itself. It's the longest river on the continent and also its largest by discharge volume. Its 3.5k km (almost 2.2k mi.) course lies entirely within Russia, and most of the country's major cities are on the river or its tributaries. In this drone video from Maksx, you'll get a great view of the river as it winds through Tolyatti, a mid-sized city which lies on one of the rivers great bends in its journey southwards towards the Caspian Sea.
Nizhny: Russian Cultural Treasure
Nizhny Novgorod is one of the most important cities in Russia's Volga region. It sits about halfway down the great waterway, the most important in the country. During the Soviet era, the city was known as Gorky in honor of the great Russian writer. One of Russia's great cultural centers, for a time in the Middle Ages it was a larger and more important city than Moscow. Currently, it's the center of a signficant river tourism trade along the Volga. Check it out from above in this drone video from robert_msk.
Off-Road Tour of Sakhalin Island
Sakhalin is a giant island in Far Eastern Russia in the Northern Pacific Ocean. It lies in Siberia, almost 6,400 km (almost 4,000 mi) from the Russian capital in Moscow. In this remarkable video, contributor Vision.One used a drone to create an aerial perspective of an off-road event on Sakhalin organized by Land Rover. The video follows a group of 4x4 land rovers as they trek across this enormous yet remote island in the far reaches of Northeast Asia.
Tomsk: Cultural Capital of Siberia
Mayday Studio brings us this beautiful drone video of Tomsk, an important city in Siberian Russia. Tomsk is located in the western part of the region, and is the capital of the oblast (state) of the same name. With a population of about a half million, Tomsk is one of the oldest cities in Siberia. The oldest major city in Siberia, the city was founded in the early 17th century. Its establishment was one of the seminal events in the centuries-long process whereby Russia conquered Siberia.
Europe's Tallest Skyscraper
Lakhta Center is a skyscraper project in the outskirts of St. Petersburg. When the tower was topped out in early 2018, it became the tallest building not just in Russia, but in all of Europe. Top contributor Timelab.pro used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create a breathtaking aerial video of this amazing and supermodern, mixed-use structure that has 87 floors and reaches a rooftop height of 462 meters (just over 1.5k ft.) and has taken almost seven years to build.
Aerial Views of the Caucasus Mountains
Check out this stunning drone video from the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia, compliments of contributor Tanya Shkondina. It was shot around the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort in Russia's North Caucasus Region. Rosa Khutor hosted many of the skiing events of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which were hosted by Sochi. Mt. Roza, its highest peak, is about 2.3kk meters (7.6k ft.) above sea level and is reachable by gondola; the vertical drop from the peak is about 1.75k meters or about 5.8k ft.
Surfing and Volcanoes in Kamchatka
Two-time Drone Video Award winner Timelab.pro created this magnificent drone video from the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East. The video includes footage of the Winter Surf Challenge - yes, surfing in Siberia! It also includes footage of some of the area's spectacular natural scenery, including the Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano, the Parantuka river, and the Vilyuchinsky Pass. The video was shot using a Zenmuse X7 camera mounted to a DJI Inspire 2 drone.
Kaliningrad: Russia's Baltic Exclave
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.
Winter in Arkhangelsk Oblast
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.
Volga Region: Samara
Contributor and drone pilot Maksx created this marvelous video of Samara, an important city in Russia's Volga region. It's the capital of the oblast (state) of the same name, and is one of the ten largest cities in Russia. It is situated where the Samara River joins the Volga, the longest river in Europe and the most important of Russia's waterways. Samara's position on the river is roughly midway between Nizhny Novgorod and Volgagrad, two of the other most important cities on the Volga.
Novosibirsk: Russia's Third City
Novosibirisk is surprisingly unknown for being Russia's third largest city. It's located deep in Siberia, although it's still part of Western Siberia. The city is situated on the River Ob, one of the three giant waterways which drain the vastness of Siberia into the Arctic Ocean. Contributor ZURG used his drone to give you a bird's eye view of the city, which was founded in the late 19th century as part of the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway which extended Russian into its Far East.
Russian Aerial Reel
Russian drone pilot and aerial videographer Nicko put together this marvelous commercial drone reel showing the range of work they do across Russia. Most of the footage is from the Moscow, Black Sea, and Caucasus regions, with a good deal of footage from the area around Sochi where the 2014 Winter Olympics were held. From snowcapped mountains and palm trees, to traffic filled streets and military exercises, this film will give you some amazing bird's eye views of modern Russia.
Profile of Timelab.Pro
Fresh from winning Drone Video of the Year in the first AirVuz Drone Video Awards for his epic video of his hometown Moscow, top contributor and drone pilot TimeLab.Pro chats with Tyler in this edition of the Drone Dish. With its vivid visuals, cinematic music arrangement, and breathtaking landmarks, it’s easy to see how “Moscow Aerial 5K” became an award-winner. His video of St. Petersburg, "City of White Nights", since garnered a nomination in the Cities category for the second annual DVA Awards.