The remote Swedish scrapyard where old cars rust in peace! Photographed with a drone.
I woke up at 04:00, packed my camera gear and camera drone and began a two-hour drive to catch the sunrise over the fantastic car cemetery deep in the woods. I’ve been here many times before, but this time I wanted to try something new – take photos of the place from above. My DJI Mavic Pro is perfect for the job and I looked forward to getting there once more.
After 30 minutes of driving on a small road through the thick woods, the first rusty cars showed up along the road. I parked and walked out. Total silence, no people around, beautiful morning light and -3 degrees Celsius met me. I didn’t regret getting just a few hours of sleep.
Time to fly and watch rust from the sky…
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It is truly a special place in the Swedish woods. It is called Båstnäs Car Cemetery (Båstnäs bilkyrkogård / bilkirkegård / bilskrot). Google ut up if you want to find it, it is not difficult. It is no secret.
This is the place where almost a thousand vintage cars have found their final resting place. The number of vehicles still left is a bit uncertain, but between 700 and 1000 is a rough estimate.
Two brothers started the scrapyard in the 1950thies. I have heard that back in the days, the scrapyard was also filled with all sorts of interesting and beautiful cars. The brothers collected vehicles abandoned by American soldiers after the war. Somehow some Americans showed up in Sweden even if they didn’t participate in the war
The demand for car parts where huge after the second world war. Everyone needed parts to fix their vehicle. People came all the way from Norway to buy. Cars from the 1930s to 1970s are still on the site which attracts car enthusiasts and photographers from the entire world.
If not, read on. The cool drone pictures of the car cemetery are just below.
Photographing with a flying drone camera
I learned many things from this trip too. The first one is that 3 batteries are not enough. I have only 3 intelligent drone batteries but I need more. And I forgot my car charger at home too… big mistake. When the battery alarm went on and I eventually had to cancel out a return to home command while flying beneath trees, I pretty much maxed out every battery.
The other thing was more of an experience. I realized that I now manage to fly pretty close inside dense vegetation and tall trees without crashing the drone. I have hit branches before… The clue is to continuously walk around and watch the drone from different angles when it hangs beneath the treetops. And I didn’t take unnecessary risks this time.
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After a few hours of nice light, the strong sunshine shone over the scrapyard and it was time to pack up and go home. I will probably return with my quadrocopter for more aerial drone photography.
One more thing, at the bottom of this article, under all the pictures are a small film I made from Båstnäs on a previous trip during winter. Check it out!
Aerial drone video from the car cemetery:
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Another Moody video from a few winters ago – no drone footage:
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