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Chilling Drone Footage Captures Iceland's Frigid Beauty

Take in sweeping vistas of Iceland's frozen plains— from the cozy comfort of your own home.

One Flew Over Iceland literally opens above an ice-strewn shore, sunlight dancing across both the rippling ocean and the shards of frozen water. As the quadcopter-mounted camera in Igor Byrko's drone's-eye-view short film smoothly tilts and pans its way over similarly frozen plains, mountains, and structures man-made and natural, the audiences are treated to frosty travels through the island nation.

In the short, the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, the Jokulsa Bridge, and the Vatnajökull Glacier all make appearances, demonstrating the graceful aesthetics both organic and artificial structures develop under harsh climes. Byrko also tunes his gravity-defying lens to the Russian city of Kalyazin, documenting landmarks like the Flooded Belfry, as well as local bridges and churches. With his capacity for controlling a quadcopter in even the coldest locations, Byrko is quickly becoming a pro at demonstrating their allure from on high. But we have to admit, our favorite part? Enjoying the wintry spectacle from the comforts of the summer sun— no mittens necessary.

Enjoy more of Byrko's drone footage on his Vimeo channel and check out his photography on his Flickr pageh/t r/Iceland

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