I Flew a Drone in Greenland and This is What Happened

I recently travelled too Greenland. As someone who loves cold weather landscapes. I've always wanted to go to Greenland, so so when Instagram influencer Benjamin Hardman announced that he would be leading a trip to Greenland, and would be taking 4 lucky people with him, I was intrigued, to say the least. Interested people had to apply to be selected to go on the adventure. In order to be selected, you had to demonstrate, among other things, experience in cold and challenging weather. Check. I filled out the application and sent it in, thinking that would be the end of it. Well, I was pretty stoked when I got the email saying that I had been selected, and couldn't believe that I was going to be spending time inside the Arctic Circle with someone that I've looked up to as a photographer.

As far as the drone experience in Greenland, I have to say that this place is made for drone photography, but that doesn't mean it's easy. While we were there, the wind was pretty calm for the most part, so that made flying easier than in Iceland. On the other hand, the first day there, we went out in to Disko Bay, so that meant that I was launching and landing the drone from a boat that was not only moving, but it had more cables and ropes on it than I had noticed before.

I never realized that boats had so many obstacles. After summoning up enough gumption, I hit the "slide to launch" button on the drone controller, and the props started spinning and it hovered above the deck. I moved it laterally over the water, and let it sit still as the boat moved on. At this point my heart rate and blood pressure shot up as I watched my little drone motionless about 15 feet above the frigid waters inside the Arctic Circle. I pushed the "up" joystick on the controller as hard as I could and the drone was soon out of sight, and soon after I couldn't hear it. I focused on my little iPhone screen and got a beautiful birdseye view of the icebergs in the bay. The drone seemed to have a good signal, and was responding to the controller, so I got a little more comfortable, and started to capture still and video of the Arctic. The sub zero (Fahrenheit) temperatures made battery life from the drone and the iPhone controller limited so I had to work fast, because if that thing lost power it was going in the pool. Here's some of the images I was able to capture... I also shot video, so scroll down to see it.

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