One thing that drones are good at is taking the fast elevator down. They’re also good at leaning over the edge of a cliff – as this video shows, capturing BASE jumpers leaping off a 984m cliff.
Found in southern Norway, Kjerag is an 1,100m mountain. Its north face stops abruptly on the shore of the 44km Lysefjorden, leaving an enormous, sheer cliff that measures 984m. That’s more than two and a half times the height of the Empire State Building. Naturally this is much loved by BASE jumpers.
The clip above combines head-mounted Go Pros with overhead aerial footage provided by a DJI Phantom 3, to absolutely stunning effect. This is what drones were made for – it’s quite literally breathtaking footage. One gent even takes a casual backflip off the cliff – something achievable based on the towering height of the cliff face.
Amidst the beautiful landscape and the jaw-dropping views of glaciated Norweigan valleys, other attractions of the area include Kjeragbolten, a huge boulder stuck in place between two enormous cliff faces, which visitors are fond of standing on (and which can be seen at 1:05 in the video). Ironically, the clip rather undersells itself, with the title ‘Hiking Kjerag Rocks’ – which probably wasn’t the most exciting part of the day.
The drone operator, Espen Hatleskog, who shot and edited the footage, also captured Preikestolen (or ‘Pulpit Rock’), which sits opposite Kjerag, on the north side of the fjord. In the short clip he takes a reverse shot, illustrating the enormous scale of the mountain.
The Kjerag footage features Frefrik Wolles, Eirik Valente, Jake Desade, Toto Le Heros, Alex Mukhin, Lukasz Gladki, Piotr Daniel, Kim Bagge and Daniel Kivi taking the plunge.
Hatleskog’s Instagram username is PilotViking – we can’t comment on whether that comes with horns.
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