Gorgeous video from deep inside Alaskan ice cave

by Liam McCabe

posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM EDT


Is there any place that aerial photography can’t take us? Earlier this week, we saw a DJI Phantom and GoPro Hero3+ get up close and personal with an erupting volcano. Today, the same gear flies us into the ice caves at Mendenhall Glacier, outside of Juneau, Alaska.

The clip was shot by Juneau-based Fireflight Films. “When you’re in the ice cave, you are in pure awe of the beauty that lies around you,” producer Christopher Carson said to the Alaska Dispatch. "This feeling is surreal and empowering.”


Carson notes the difficulty of navigating the caves with a drone. Since they often had no visual contact with the vehicles, they had to rig up remote viewfinders and fly from a first-person point of view. The tunnels were often pretty tight, so the pilots needed a steady hand (or thumb, for the joysticks, we suppose). Fireflight Films also posted a behind-the-scenes video with additional footage, showing their crew at work in the caves.

So which kind of risky natural wonder should aerial videographers tackle next? A hornet’s nest? A tornado? The running of the bulls?

(Via DPReview, Alaska Dispatch)