Antarctica is one of those continents that few ever visit and few have on their travel bucket list. Yet, the beauty of the vast wilderness is undeniable. Antartica is a land virtually untouched by inhabitants of the human kind, lacking a native population and only housing visiting scientists and research stations temporarily. It is a place where only animals call home. The voyage is difficult and the trip quite costly for those who venture forth to see this lonely continent, but worth it. The land is peaceful and unencumbered by humanity and hopefully will remain that way as it is protected by an international treaty between 46 countries.
Swedish filmmaker Kalle Ljung had the opportunity to spend twenty days in the vast wilderness of ice and created some stunning aerial footage of this spectacular land. Using a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition and DJI Phantom 2 and editing the final footage with Final Cut Pro X, Ljung takes you high above the icy glaciers and smooth landscapes to give you a glimpse of this beautiful land. It’s not surprising the video was a Vimeo Staff Pick.
The video is a lengthy 8 minutes, but I found myself mesmerized as I watched the whales surface and the camera zoom out of a lone man on a single tiny iceberg. My favorite parts are at the tail end of minute 4 through minute 6. If you don’t have all 8 minutes to get lost in the beauty of the entire video, I highly recommend you fast forward to minute 4:30 and enjoy. It’ll save you the cost of a plane ticket and many hours of travel and take transport you from your frenetic day to a serene place of calm, away from your to-do list.
On a side note, if you decide to travel to Antarctica with your own UVA, be sure to check the regulations from your travel agent or tour guide before you go, as I’ve heard that since the end of last year, officials have been quite restrictive about the use of drones in the area.