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Drone pictures of Båstnäs Car Cemetery!

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…

Also, read: Abandoned ski jump from above

The place

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.

Here is a link to another photo trip I had here, years ago, without a drone. And here are pictures on Flickr from the second trip in 2013, if you are interested.

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.

Check out this review: DJI Tello Review – Is it the perfect beginner drone?

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!

Can you recognize any of the different types of cars, please let me know in the commenting section! There is many I can’t recognize! If you want to use any of the pictures in blogs etc, read the Terms of use page or contact me.

Top view of the open part of the car graveyard.

Top view of the open part of the car graveyard.

The morning sun is on the rise.

The morning sun is on the rise.

Complete silence, no one else around. Just the buzzing sound of the happy drone.

Complete silence, no one else around. Just the buzzing sound of the happy drone.

Wrecks in a row.

Wrecks in a row.

Rusty vehicles soon covered in grass and vegetation.

Rusty vehicles soon covered in grass and vegetation.

Love the light in this shot and the frozen windows.

Love the light in this shot and the frozen windows.

Single car, top view.

Single car, top view.

Three cars in a row waiting to rust away.

Three cars in a row waiting to rust away.

The abandoned cars look like toy cars - Matchbox or Cargo cars.

The abandoned cars look like toy cars – Matchbox or Cargo cars.

Another top view of a single car. I like the framing in this one.

Another top view of a single car. I like the framing in this one.

More cars, slightly different curved angle of the row. Perhaps this is the one to hang on the wall?

More cars, slightly different curved angle of the row. Perhaps this is the one to hang on the wall?

In the woods are a huge amount of cars, more than in the open area.

In the woods are a huge amount of cars, more than in the open area.

Old Austin a30 flipped on the side with the door open.

Old Austin a30 flipped on the side with the door open.

Portion of the old vehicles and the entrance to the woods.

A portion of the old vehicles and the entrance to the woods.

They are almost covered in old leaves.

They are almost covered in old leaves.

A pile of old tires, drone style.

A pile of old tires, drone style.

One of the red houses with traps.

One of the red houses with traps.

Red, rusty, forgotten car.

Red, rusty, forgotten car.

It was hard to fly between the trees not hitting branches. The height was often limited.

It was hard to fly between the trees not hitting branches. The height was often limited.

Smashed and destroyed old machines.

Smashed and destroyed old machines.

A car filled with alloys.

A car filled with alloys.

The infamous row of Volkswagen Beetles and other cars snailing through the woods.

The infamous row of Volkswagen Beetles and other cars snailing through the woods.

I like the formation and composition of this drone pic.

I like the formation and composition of this drone pic.

When hovering close to the trees, I had to walk around and be 100% sure that the propellers wouldn't hit any obstacles.

When hovering close to the trees, I had to walk around and be 100% sure that the propellers wouldnt hit any obstacles.

Returning to nature.

Returning to nature.

Aerial drone video from the car cemetery:

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Another Moody video from a few winters ago – no drone footage:

Please leave a comment below if you want to share your thoughts on this article. Also, read my article about my experience with the shaking camera this day and how I solved it.

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  1. Alejandra April 25, 2018
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  2. David Hurley April 26, 2018
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