Stunning Drone Footage from Inside the Ice Caves of a Glacier in Alaska

The filmmakers behind this video claim that it’s the “first documented drone flight inside an ice cave.” We’re not 100% certain of that, but it does certainly offer a spectacular look at one of the side effects of a melting glacier.

The video, dubbed “Bigger than Life,” explores the ice caves that have been carved by glacier meltwater in Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier. Filmed by Firefight Films, producer and drone pilot Christopher Carson told us that the team used a DSLR Pros’ DJI Phantom quadcopter and GoPro’s HERO3+ Black Edition to shoot the footage.


“When you’re in the ice cave, you are in pure awe of the beauty that lies around you,” Carson told the Alaska Dispatch. And while a GoPro can only record so much of that beauty, Firefight did their best to capture the awe-inspiring nature of these caves.

What’s more, they’ve also put together a behind-the-scenes video to show you how it all came together. You can check that out below:

Check out the video at the top to see it for yourself, and then let us know what you think in the comments down below. Is this really the first documented drone flight through an ice cave, or do you know of someone who has already explored these natural wonders by drone?

  • serac

    Hmmm. A bit underwhelmed. Having spent some time on glaciers, and rappelling down crevasses, this footage only touched on the beauty inside a glacier. There were no wonderous translucent blue tunnels and almost-glowing green ice crystals. Ah, well. It was pretty, anyway.

  • ThatGuy

    Beautiful footage, beautiful work.

  • Gimmeabreak

    Meh. Repeat the same 5 clips 4 times each, hard cut transitions.

  • Joe

    Every time petapixel uses the adjective “stunning” in a headline they should be forced to donate $100 to charity.

    Actually, any time they use any adjective in a headline (especially stunning, breathtaking, gorgeous, beautiful, etc), they should donate $200 to charity.

    Double that for time-lapses. Quadruple it for time-lapses with melodramatic adjectives in the headline.

    Please end the adjective abuse. It nothing more than amateurish, lowbrow click-pandering.

  • Mykeljon

    Beautiful scenery to be sure, but not enough footage actually inside the ice caves. The frequent black screen cuts are jarring and spoil the flow. The sound track does not fit well either. Ultimately a bit of a let down. I have explored areas of that glacier on foot and by helicopter. It really is a fascinating location.

  • flubberghasted

    Hey, at least he didn’t write “jaw-dropping” this time.

  • MJF Images

    When I lived in Juneau for a short time back in the 80s I used to bicycle up to that glacier and go hiking around and inside it. Amazing it is so accessible!

  • imajez

    Interesting that no-one was credited with editing that video, but then it looked raw footage was tossed in air with some scalpels [metaphorically speaking] and was assembled with whatever bits landed in a box on the floor and in whatever order they landed.

  • Aiden

    Agree. There was barely any footage actually inside an ice cave. Most of it was just flying around the outside looking at the same stuff over and over. Pretty boring.

  • marilynmehlmann

    Great shots, incredibly irritating cuts.

  • zygzag

    come on. aside from brutal smash cuts and music that doesn’t match, this was the best, most beautiful, video ever.

    my life is improved and i don’t need to wear glasses anymore. thank you magic video

  • peterk

    Brutal cuts is correct .. a great eye exercise ..

  • Ralph Hightower

    I enjoyed seeing the crystalline blue and blue/green ice. But some of the editing was harsh: cutting to black to the beat of the music. No.

  • scatterbrained

    I honestly don’t know if the video was any good or not. The editing was so atrocious I had to turn it off.

  • Pixelschubser

    horrible cuts. had to turn it off. got to nervous Watching this …stuff…stunning eye exersice indeed