Norway: The Land of Dramatic Landscapes and Intriguing History

The natural spectacle of Norway is hard to exaggerate. The fame of the beautiful fjords, with their incredibly steep cliffs that cut the coasts, is totally deserved. But Norway is also a land of magnificent glaciers, which meander from the ice fields that are among the largest in Europe. The mountainous terrain of the interior resembles the walls of a natural fortress. And then there is, of course, the immaculate appeal of the Arctic. These geological formations are the framework of charismatic flora and fauna like reindeer, fjord horses, and musk oxen. Here are the top five places that take you to some of the most enchanting corners of Norway:


Tromsø is the largest city in northern Norway, and its 18th-century wooden houses add charm to the city in winters. Here you can explore museums and art galleries, relax in alpine gardens and experience two spectacular natural phenomena: the midnight sun and northern lights. Tromsø is an ideal destination for outdoor adventures throughout the year, mainly in the nearby Lyngen Alps. In winter, you can go for polar fishing, cross-country skiing, husky sledding or snowmobiling. During the relatively warm summer months, you can go horseback riding, walk along the glaciers and hike in the woods.

Lofoten Islands

Located in the north of the country Lofoten Island is an archipelago with a relatively warmer microclimate despite being well above the Arctic Circle. The steep pointy mountains surround the postcard-like villages inhabited by a large number of artists and fishermen. Watch for the old red fishing cabins, docked boats, and cod kept for drying as you hop from one island to another on a ferry, car, bus or bicycle. The islands are linked by bridges, so it’s easy to get around the region. In addition to exploring the culture, you can go hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and deep-sea fishing.


Bergen is the second largest city of Norway and acts as a gateway to the majestic fjords. From the staircase of colorful wooden buildings along the slopes of the Seven Mountains, it seems like this place is drawn straight from a fairy tale. It was one of the most prominent cities of Medieval Europe and still carries the vestiges of the Vikings. Hop from one art museum to another, ride to the top of Mount Fløyen on the Fløibanen funicular railway, and peek into Bergen’s ancient past. When adventure calls, set off for a hike or mountain biking on the surrounding mountains and when tiredness creeps in, laze on the historic Wharf and watch the fishing ferries come and go.


Protected by fjords dotted with islands and surrounded by forests and lakes, Oslo is the only European capital where you can ski a few minutes from the city. Nature, history, and modern buildings blend perfectly in Oslo. The city boasts more than a thousand years of history, although it was not until 1905 when it became the capital of an independent Norway. After renewing its maritime façade and inaugurating several museums, the Norwegian capital, with nearly a million inhabitants, is one of the most significant artistic hubs of Scandinavia. Stroll around Karl Johans Gate, the main artery that runs through the heart of the city. Here you will come across Oslo Cathedral, Central Market, the Parliament, University of Oslo, and the iconic National Theater. On the opposite end of the avenue, the Royal Palace is perched on a hill.  Once the residence of the Norwegian kings, today the palace and its gardens are open to the public. Town Hall, Opera House, Aker Brygge, Grønland, and Grünerløkka are other places worth visiting.


Stavanger is known as the oil-city of Norway. Besides the oil, Stavanger is like a blank sheet of paper and not only because of its neat houses in the old town, where it seems you will blemish them if you touch them. But also because it is the outdoor studio for hundreds of artists who, for 15 years, have let their imagination fly, turning the city into a work of art that you never get tired of admiring. Walk around the old town among the well-preserved wooden houses and visit some of the city’s best museums such as Stavanger Art Museum and Norwegian Petroleum Museum.  Stavanger also acts as the gateway to two of Norway’s iconic landmarks: Lysefjord and Preikestolen. Lysefjord has 4,444 wooden steps (world’s largest) that take you to an altitude of 740 meters, and Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) was named as the best viewing platform in the world by Lonely Planet.


Italy: Cradle of European Art and Culture

Drone Videos of Italy

Italy’s enchanting countryside, great food, splendid architecture, and glorious history make it one of the most diverse and excellent travel destinations. From the icy Alps in the north to the turquoise Mediterranean waters in the south, Italy has a treasure of natural wonders. Italy has been the birthplace of art-maestros and creative legends like Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, whose art and architecture has shaped the Western world. Heart of the Roman Empire and home of the Renaissance, this country holds thousands of years of untold stories to discover. With treasures of art, historic buildings, fascinating culture, and beautiful landscapes, Italy is loved by the travelers from all over the world. Here are the top 7 destinations which are incredibly beautiful and equally well-rooted to their heritage.


No other city in the world is at par with Rome’s artistic excellence. Over the centuries, the “Eternal City” has been an inspiration for the top artists and architects. The result reflects the current heritage of Rome. The city is marked with ancient statues, Byzantine mosaics, and baroque facades adorning the museums, churches, and piazzas. Rome boasts of having an unusually high concentration of creative geniuses – Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael, Bernini, and many others. Monuments like Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museums, and Pantheon opens a vista into the glorious Roman history.


Birthplace of Renaissance, Florence is as aesthetic as it is artistic. Although it is small enough to be covered on foot, Florence is packed with artistic treasures, historic buildings and delicious eateries. Its rustic narrow streets seem to be unchanged with time and evoke a feeling of romance that can’t be translated into words. From Da Vinci at Renaissance to present day Gucci, Florence has always been the home of design tycoons. Along with art and history that the city has to offer, it also provides plenty of opportunities for activities like food tours, exploring the wineries, and experiencing the lively nightlife of Florence.


Being Italy’s business capital, Milan is Italy’s banking, media, and industry hub. It is a city which has established itself as a glamour and fashion magnate, a city which follows football like a religion and is a shopper’s paradise. Milan’s culture is an amalgamation of the old and modern, traditional and chic. Although Milan represents modern Italy, there is a layer of heritage hiding beneath its fast-paced lifestyle. The splendid Gothic cathedral, Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and the Gothic Duomo still hold Milan attached to its roots.


Venice is a city which seems to be taken straight out of fairy tales. The winding streets and peach-colored Venetian buildings line the banks of a network of canals. This unique layout of Venice makes it one of the most romantic cities in the world.  Venice has been the heart of numerous empires, and their influence shows in its fascinating mix of cultures – Roman, Ottoman, Byzantine, and Italian. Along with world-class galleries, museums, and churches, the narrow labyrinth passages leading to San Marco and the mystic Palazzo Ducale add to the glory of this city.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, which is translated to “five lands”, is a group of five small towns beautifully perched along the Italian Riviera. Once an undiscovered gem, Cinque Terre has gained massive popularity in the last decade or two, but its enchanting ambiance is still prevalent. This small group of towns offers dramatic scenery of the turquoise waters, rocky coasts, and vibrant homes. With old castles and churches marking the hillside meadows, the surrounding of Cinque Terre itself is fascinating. Although Cinque Terre is relatively new on the tourist map, a part of it still reflects the pre-medieval days.

Amalfi Coast

Bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea, Amalfi Coast is located on the peninsula of Sorrento in the southern Italy. The beautiful coastal route meanders along vineyards, lemon groves, and pastel-colored small towns perched on the edge of the cliffs. Whether you’re traveling to Praiano, Positano, or Ravello, every bend along the 28-mile coastal highway invites you to stop and take photos.


To deviate from the typical tourist routes and explore real Italy, visit Vicenza: a hidden gem just an hour’s drive from Venice. It was the former home of the famous Italian Renaissance architect Palladio, so as you can imagine, the city is full of architectural wonders. Our favorite is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Teatro Olimpico, a 16th-century theater which is hard to believe that it was once a prison.



AirVūz Partners with Rotor Riot for New Drone Web Series

Two of the biggest names in the drone industry are teaming up to provide a new series of content to fans around the world. and Rotor Riot have partnered to unveil “Rotor Riot Presents:” The self-described “semi-fictional, satirical entertainment” series features some of the top FPV (first-person view) drone pilots in the world. The first episode premiered on AirVūz this week and featured Philadelphia-based pilot Botgrinder. Each episode of the series will showcase a different FPV pilot.

In the inaugural episode, Botgrinder flies with fellow pilots Zoroe and Cricket as they attempt to pull off a challenging maneuver called the “Philly Corkscrew.” Botgrinder thinks his ticket to making it big in the FPV world is by getting noticed by Rotor Riot — and that means executing this tough stunt. Viewers who want to see if Botrgrinder can complete it will have to watch through the end of the episode.

AirVūz was launched in 2015 and is the host site of thousands of drone videos and photographs from all over the world. In addition to promoting the work of its global community of content creators, AirVūz also produces original drone-related content.

Rotor Riot was founded in 2015 by Chad Kapper after he saw the rise in popularity of drone racing and FPV drones. Rotor Riot is a collaborative of some of the world’s top drone pilots and boasts one of the largest drone-specific groups on Facebook, with more than 27,000 fans active in the group.

“I could tell this was going to be a thing and a movement and a lifestyle, so I wanted to create a brand that preserved and gave that culture a rally point,” Kapper said. “That’s what Rotor Riot is.”

Rotor Riot also offers a popular podcast for FPV pilots and is “always striving to entertain, educate and inspire people through kick-ass content.” Now its latest creation, “Rotor Riot Presents:” offers a glimpse into the different styles of drone pilots all over the world.

Kapper said the show takes a satirical approach: “We wanted to exaggerate things for the sake of entertainment and have fun with it. But the basis and foundation comes from a very real place, and you can’t make that up.”

Ready-to-fly FPV drones

If you’ve ever watched FPV videos, you’ve probably had the same thought as everyone else: that looks like a ton of fun.

But you’ve also perhaps had the same question as many others watching those videos: how do I get into FPV drones? Most pilots that fly FPV (first-person view) build custom quadcopters from a variety of different parts. That involves some basic knowledge of electronics and soldering, which isn’t a skill that everyone has — especially those of us who are used to flying camera drones that are ready to fly right out of the box.

Luckily for anyone looking to get into FPV drones, more and more companies are building ready-to-fly FPV mini quads with everything already assembled. All the pilot needs is a controller and goggles, and then pair those with the drone and you’re ready to go.

Drone manufacturer Teal has created the Teal Sport, an FPV drone that boasts it can fly 80 mph out of the box. The drone is modular, meaning replacing an arm or a motor is much easier than custom-build quads. Both the Racer and Freestyle models of the Teal Sport retail for $499.

Similarly, Uvify recently showcased its Draco drone at AUVSI Xponential in Denver. Like the Teal Sport, the Draco is modular and allows pilots to swap out an arm of the drone if things break or need repairs. Uvify offers both an analog and a digital version of the drone with regards to its video quality.

Even some of the best FPV pilots in the world enjoy flying pre-built quads. That list includes Shaun Taylor, who recently won a race at Xponential with the EMAX Hawk 5 ready-to-fly drone.

“If you’re getting into it, or if you’re a pilot like me and maybe don’t like working on them so much anymore, it’s really great,” Taylor said. “It’s super fun to fly. … It’s faster than the rigs that I build for myself.”

See the Latest Drone Video of the Week Winner

A Mexican drone pilot used six different drones over a five-year span to create a winning drone video.

Tarsicio Sañudo won the weekly AirVūz Drone Video of the Week contest (and the $1,000 prize) with his video “MEXICO A TRIP OF 5 YEARS.” The aerial compilation features more than 30 different locations throughout Mexico and showcases the country’s coastlines, festivals, skylines and natural wonders. Sañudo used six different DJI drones — the Phantom 1, Phantom 2, F450, Inspire 1, Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro — to capture his winning film.

AirVū, the world’s leading drone video and photography sharing platform, launched the “Drone Video of the Week” contest in which one content creator will be chosen for the weekly USD$1,000 prize. All drone videos uploaded to are eligible to win. The contest began April 2.

The winning video received the most votes in a public poll and beat out four other finalists: “The 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Sri Lanka,” “Mystic Iceland,” “My First Year of Filmmaking” and “EPIC Lofoten Islands in Winter.” Finalists were chosen based on a variety of factors, including quality of footage, originality, music selection and editing techniques.

First Drone Video of the Week Winner Announced

One drone pilot is now $1,000 richer after winning a new video contest.

Noel Thomas of New Jersey won the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video of the Week contest with his video titled “Dreamscapes 4K,” which included aerial footage of locations all over the world — from New York to South Korea. The video features shots of skylines, waterside locales, bridges, unique hiking locations and more.

AirVū, the world’s leading drone video and photography sharing platform, launched the “Drone Video of the Week” contest in which one content creator will be chosen for the weekly USD$1,000 prize. All drone videos uploaded to are eligible to win. The contest began April 2.

The winning video beat out four other finalists: “4K Iceland Drone Adventure,” “Exploring the Galapagos in 4K,” “Drone Video Reel” and “24 HRS.” Finalists were chosen based on a variety of factors, including quality of footage, originality, music selection and editing techniques.

The AirVūz curation staff selected the five finalists from more than 1,000 videos uploaded to during the week of April 2. Videos considered for the contest were uploaded between April 2 and April 8.

The contest continues for a second week, with another USD$1,000 up for grabs for drone pilots from all over the world. This week’s contest runs from April 9 through 11:59 p.m. CT on April 15.

The Drone Video of the Week contest follows the success of the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video Awards, which selected the best drone videos and photos of 2017. Voters chose winners in 13 categories from a total of more than 33,000 videos.

Drone Video Awards analysis: This is Yunnan by Face du Monde

As we look more in-depth at the winners of the 2017 Drone Video Awards, we now move to the “People” category. While all of the finalists were great, “This Is Yunnan” by Face du Monde came away with the win in that category.

The concept of having people in a drone video is one we here at AirVūz preach to content creators looking to make their videos stand out. Showcasing a beautiful landscape is one thing. But adding a human element to the video — either to show the scale of the aforementioned landscape or to simply vary your footage — can go a long way.

That’s exactly what Face du Monde did in this great video. The film focuses on the Yunnan province of China, a region in the southwest of the country that is filled with mountains, rice terraces and lakes. While the landscape of Yunnan is featured prominently in the video, so too are its people.

One of the reasons “This is Yunnan” was so successful — and why it won the People category — is the variety of footage. Of course there is drone footage used throughout the video, but there are also hyperlapses as well as close-up shots of a variety of people. The music choice also perfectly fits the mood of the video, which is always an important element.

The general feeling of this video is that the drone footage compliments the rest of the ground footage, not the other way around. Consider that next time you’re looking to do something to make your drone video stand out.

Stay tuned for more analysis of the rest of the winners of the Drone Video Awards.

Finalists Selected for $1,000 Weekly Drone Video Contest

More than one thousand drone videos have been narrowed down to five finalists in the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video of the Week contest. Now $1,000 is up for grabs.

AirVūz launched the “Drone Video of the Week” contest in which one content creator will be chosen for the weekly USD$1,000 prize. All drone videos uploaded to are eligible to win. The contest began April 2.

Here are the five finalists in this week’s contest, as chosen by the AirVūz staff:

Voting is now open to the public. Votes can be cast for 48 hours, until the end of the day on Wednesday. Limit one vote per person per day.

The contest continues again this week. Content creators have until 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday to upload their videos to to be eligible for this week’s $1,000 prize.

The Drone Video of the Week contest follows the success of the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video Awards, which selected the best drone videos and photos of 2017. Voters chose winners in 13 categories from a total of more than 33,000 videos.

Drone Video Awards analysis: Perspective by Jay Worsley

We continue to look at the winning videos from the recent Drone Video Awards. First, we examined what made “Moscow Aerial 5K,” the winner of the Drone Video of the Year, so successful. We also talked about the FPV Video of the Year, “NURK’s Flight of the Year.”

With the two big winners already wrapped up, let’s move on to each of the category winners. Starting things off is the winning submission in the “Landscape” category. The winner there was “Perspective” by filmmaker and drone pilot Jay Worlsey.  Jay’s film beat out four others in the category that included footage of lots of amazing landscapes from all over the world.

So what made “Perspective” stand out as the winner? For starters, the subject matter was epic. Jay found tons of great locations that included plenty of textures and patterns that made for eye-catching footage. Of course, the footage itself was also high-quality video; as a filmmaker, Worsley uses top-of-the-line equipment, including his drone.

Additionally, the music in “Perspective” ties the whole film together nicely. It’s a serene song that matches up with the footage the viewer is seeing. On top of that, Jay edits the video cuts to line up with the music. That’s a simple but often overlooked skill that any pilot/video editor can do to enhance his or her drone video.

Perhaps more than anything, though, “Perspective” transports the viewer to a far-away location. You feel like you’re soaring through the mountains or over the forests as you watch the footage.

The Drone Video Awards isn’t the only acclaim this video has received. It was also nominated for the 2017 New York City Drone Film Festival. Worsley was also featured on the AirVūz original program “The Drone Dish,” where he talks more about the making of his film “Perspective.”

To see more of Jay Worlsey’s videos, follow him on his AirVūz profile or on Instagram.

Trevor Bauer: the pro athlete who races drones

Trevor Bauer is best known as a starting pitcher on the Cleveland Indians. If it were up to him, though, he’d rather make a name for himself in a different field.

“I’d rather be known as a nerd than an athlete,” Bauer told back in 2016.

Bauer said those words about wanting to be known as a nerd on the same day he took part in his first-ever drone race. The 27-year-old pitcher has long been interested in science and technology. He studied engineering in college at UCLA, and often uses science and mathematical principles when fine-tuning his pitching mechanics.

Racing drones — or mini quadcopters — have been a passion of Bauer’s for several years. When he’s on the road during Cleveland’s long season (which spans from April to September — or October when the Indians are in the playoffs), Bauer brings his drone with him. He often flies freestyle with his first-person view (FPV) drone, performing tricks and maneuvers around obstacles.

“I’ll find a park and fly a couple packs freestyle and set up a race course just with natural obstacles, trees, bushes, whatever,” Bauer said. “I made some air gates out of PVC and pool noodles. I’ve been starting to set those up. Mostly just trying to work on control of the copter and making it do what I want it to do, and then figure out when I get out to races … so I can control it well enough I’ll be able to get through the course.”

Bauer even loves drones so much, he designated an entire page on his new website to his hobby. These are not the types of drones that other professional athletes are flying, though. Bauer custom builds each of his mini quads, using his technology background to make tweaks to his drones or to repair them if something breaks.

Often times, he’ll travel with multiple drones in case something happens with one of them. That was the case last summer when Bauer and the Indians were in Minneapolis for a series against the Minnesota Twins. As he often does on road trips, Bauer brought his backpack with drones and drone gear along for the ride.

He also had the chance to fly with one of the top FPV pilots in the world, Johnny Schaer (known in the drone world as JohnnyFPV). Schaer, a native of the Chicago area, is a Cubs fan and was able to give Bauer a bit of grief when Schaer’s Cubs beat Bauer and the Indians in the 2016 World Series.

“It was about a week after the World Series and I was like, ‘Johnny has a new video. Let me look. Oh, flying the W.’ Not good,” Bauer said. “It was a good video. I enjoyed it.”

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer (left) and FPV pilot Johnny Schaer take to break to chat about their shared passion during a summer day in Minneapolis.

It was during that run to the World Series that Bauer put drones in the mainstream spotlight — though not necessarily in the way he would have preferred.

While working on one of his drones, the quad fired up and cut Bauer on his finger. The injury required stitches during the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Bauer tried to pitch despite the injury, but his finger kept dripping blood while he was on the mound.

Drones were the talk of the baseball world, for better or worse — thanks in part to Bauer bringing his mini quad to a press conference to talk about the injury.

Bauer has been able to put that incident behind him. Others have joked about it in good nature, including the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Bauer got his start in the majors with the Diamondbacks back in 2012 before he was traded to Cleveland.)

The Aces gave away a Bauer drone bobblehead at one of their games during the 2017 season. Bauer, wearing a Reno uniform for the bobblehead, is also holding a drone as he pitches.

That whole incident certainly got people in the sports world talking about drones, which have already started to cross over a bit into the mainstream sports scene. Schaer is one of several pilots who has competed on the Drone Racing League, which is broadcast by ESPN.

Competing on national television is just one thing Schaer and Bauer share in common, besides their love of drones.

“We both finished second,” Bauer said.

Bauer and Schaer flew together at an abandoned building in Minneapolis, along with local FPV pilots Megan Proulx and Simon Cheng. Even though Bauer isn’t a high-profile name in the drone world, he held his own with the other pilots.

“It’s cool to see Trevor into FPV and drone racing because it’s a growing sport,” Schaer said. “I hope more guys, more ball players get into it. It’s just a ton of fun. Trevor’s an extremely nice guy, so to enjoy the sport with him, it’s awesome.”

Most baseball players have hobbies that they do during the season or in their downtown after the season ends. Some are hunters or fishers. Others are into playing music. Some collect fancy cars.

Bauer flies drones, and flies them fast.

It’s not just the FPV racing drones he’s into, either. Bauer finds time to fly camera drones as well, taking beautiful aerial photos and videos of various locations. And while the majority of camera drone pilots fly products made by Chinese drone manufacturer DJI, Bauer is loyal to the Yuneec brand.

Still, racing drones are Bauer’s primary interest. Although he’d flown for over a year, Bauer had never competed in a race until the fall of 2016 in Minnesota. A local drone group, MAV Meetup, held a race that Bauer joined.

No one there treated him any differently because he was a professional athlete. He was just another drone pilot trying to win a race.

“It’s fun to realize that they may do a different job than a lot of us have, but at the end of the day, we’re all just a bunch of nerds having fun,” said race organizer Aaron Sykes, founder of MAV Meetup. “He’s one of the guys. He’s a professional athlete in other walks of his life, but he comes to a community like ours and just enjoy himself and have fun. It’s been really rewarding to see.”

Bauer and the Indians now embark on the 2018 Major League Baseball season with the hopes of getting back to the World Series after falling short in 2017. Bauer will be an important piece for the Indians this year as he looks to build off a career-high 17 wins last season.

As he does, there’s little doubt he’ll continue to find time to fly his drone and spread the word about the growing hobby that he’s passionate about.

“The more people we can get into doing the freestyle and just going out and learning to fly is how it’s going to grow, I think,” Bauer said. “The more people that get into it, the more it’s going to be enjoyable. People don’t actually realize it until they do it.”