Vyrážím na jedenáctidenní cestu nad evropskými ostrovy, tentokrát nad ostrovy Severního moře. Před sebou mám přibližně 7000 km a cca 37 hodin letu.

Islands of the North Sea

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I departed for the second part of the "European Islands from the Skies" expedition on 16 June 2014. The trip took 11 days, about 45 flight hours and some 9000 km. 

 I started with the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney) and continued north to the Isles of Scilly, Isle of Man, the Outer and Inner Hebrides and over Loch Ness to the Orkneys and the Shetlands. Then I went on to the Faroe Islands and back to Norway filming its glaciers and fjords.

As always on this expedition, my track was transmitted via satellite phone to the news portal iDNES.cz which showed live updates every minute of the flight. Also, I had been sending on line sms messages from the cockpit with any notable news from the flight. Following the flight another e-book was published containing not only text but many photos and videos covering each day of the flight.

This part of the expedition probably surprised me more than any other - the beauty of the islands in the North Sea was amazing and (at least to me) unexpected. The only condition for being able to enjoy it is the weather. I was lucky, the weather was very friendly to me most of the trip.



Popis cesty nad ostrovy Severního moře

Druhá část létání nad evropskými ostrovy možná vypadá trochu méně spektakulárně než předchozí cesta na Kanárské ostrovy, ale při její přípravě jsem se pro ní naprosto nadchnul. Množství zajímavých míst, ostrovů a ohromný rozsah historický zajímavostí je nepřeberné a tak bude limitujícím faktorem asi jen počasí…. more

Itinerář cesty

Itinerář cesty a mapa s aktuální polohou letadla. more

15.6.2014 Departure - Photos Receiving "The expedition T-shirt"

Again, a couple of friends and enthusiasts came to the airport to see me off for the second part of the expedition "European islands from the Skies". Everything went fine and I left just a couple of minutes later than planned. more

16.6.2014 Photos - Day 1 Chateau Sully, Loire river, France

June 16, 2014

The first day was quite busy. I was in the  for about seven hours and experienced a lot of turbulence. The journey took me over the famous chateaux on the Loire and then down the river to the big port of St Nazaire. more

16.6.2014 Video - Day 1

June 16, 2014

After my departure for the second part of the expedition “European Islands from the Skies” I flew via Germany to France where I landed at Auxerre airport, refuelled installed my cameras and flew over the chateaux of the river Loire. I continued westward to the port of St Nazaire where the airport is also used by the Airbus production line. That day I spent over seven hours flying more

17.6.2014 Photos - Day 2 Landing Airbus cargo aircraft Beluga - St. Nazaire, France

August 17, 2014

The second day started with the arrival of Airbus´s Beluga aircraft at the airport of St Nazaire. I departed for Dinard-St. Malo, refuelled and flew via the islands of Chausey to Jersey, one of the Channel Islands. more

17.6.2014 Video - Day 2

June 17, 2014

From St Nazaire I flew to the airport of Dinard, close to St Malo. There I went through a very detailed customs and passport check which took about an hour and then I continued over several smaller islands to Jersey. Before landing I flew around the island filming. more

18.6.2014 Photos - Day 3 La Corbiére lighthouse, western coast of Jersey island, Channel Islands

June 18, 2014

Even though the Channel Islands are part of Great Britain I had to fly to Exeter international airport for customs/immigration. After clearing customs, I continued along the coast of Cornwall to St Mary´s airport on the beautiful Isles of Scilly. more

18.6.2014 Video - Day 3

June 18, 2014

I left Jersey at noon and made a sightseeing trip around the remaining Channel Islands - Guernsey, Sark, Alderney. Then I continued to Exeter where I landed and officially entered the United Kingdom. After an hour I flew over the southern coast of Britain to Land´s End and on to the Isles of Scilly - probably the most beautiful archipelago in the entire expedition. more

19.6.2014 Photos - Day 4 Commercial traffic at St Mary ́s – aircraft of Skybus connect isles of Scilly with Land ́s End

 June 18, 2014

From the Isles of Scilly my flight continued back to Land´s End and then over the Bristol Channel  and the interesting island of Lundy. I landed at Swansea for lunch then continued via the Isle of Man to the beautiful little airfield of Glenforsa, near Oban in Scotland. more

19.6.2014 Video - Day 4

June 19, 2014

I started the day with a sightseeing flight over the Isles of Scilly on a beautiful, sunny morning. I continued towards Land´s End and then along the northern coast of Cornwall and across the Bristol Channel via Lundi island to Swansea. After a bit of rest I departed directly to Glenforsa airport near Oban in Scotland. On the way I flew over the Isle of Man. The total flight that day took me 5.5 hours. more

20.6.2014 Photos - Day 5 Iona monastery on Iona island -- the source of Christianity for a big part of western Europe

 June 20, 2014

I stayed two nights at Glenforsa. The longer stay gave me the chance to fly around a little more to explore.  The Outer and Inner Hebrides, Plockton, the beach airport of Barra, Stornoway, Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle  were the highlights. Barra is actually the only licensed beach airport in the world. Landing there is quite an experience.... more

21.6.2014 Photos - Day 6 The manager of Glenforsa airfield - David, is helping me with fuel supplies

June 21, 2014

I left Glenforsa in the morning and flew over Loch Ness, Inverness and Wick to the Orkney Islands. There I landed at Lamb Holm airfield. Lamb Holm is a privately owned island and has one of the most interesting airports I have ever landed at. In the late afternoon I made a sight-seeing trip around the Orkneys. It is a beautiful archipelago with an enormous amount of history. For WWII enthusiasts I can recommend Scapa Flow and the Churchill Barriers... more

21.6.2014 Video - Day 6

June 21, 2014

On the first day of Summer I left Glenforsa and headed for Lamb Holm in the Orkneysflying over Fort William, the Caledonian Canal and Inverness. The weather was quite fine so that same afternoon I made a sightseeing trip around the Orkneys. more

22.6.2014 Photos - Day 7 North Ronaldsay lighthouse - westernmost tip of Orkney islands

 June 22, 2014

Instead of continuing to the Shetland Islands I decided to stay at the same excellent accommodation on the Orkneys. I made a day trip to the Shetlands and flew around these great islands before returning back to the Orkneys.  more

22.6.2014 Video - Day 7

June 22, 2014

Instead of continuing to the Shetland Islands I decided to stay at the same excellent accommodation on the Orkneysbefore continuing on to the Faroe Islands.  So I made the one hour trip to the airport of Lerwick. From there I flew around the beautiful Shetlands, landed, changed the batteries in my cameras and returned to the Orkneys. Altogether 3.5 hours of flight. more

23.6.2014 Photos - Day 8 Orkney flag in the front, Scottish flag in the back

June 23, 2014

Day 8 started with a lot of rain. Howevertrusting that the weather would improve,  at around 10 o´clock I departed for the Faroe Islands. The flight took over three hours and took me to Vagar, the only airport on the Faroe Islands. more

24.6.2014 Photos - Day 9 Church and town of Servágur, Vagar island

 June 24, 2014

I was a bit upset that the weather was grey on the day I planned to film the Faroe Islands. The ATC controller at Vagar airport had a different view - he thought I was very lucky the weather was great... The meteo statistics proved him right – for over 280 days a year the FaroeIislands are blessed with rain. When I finished filming the islands I refuelled and flew to Bergen in Norway. The flight took about four hours. more

24.6.2014 Video - Day 9

June 24, 2014

There was no filming on day 8 since the entire journey was over the North Sea with no islands. I started day 9 with an impressive sightseeing flight around the Faroe Islands. It took me about 1.5 hours but I discovered a whole new world of this fairy tale archipelago. I landed back Vagar airport, refuelled and departed for the next leg of the journey - a four hour flight to Bergen. more

25.6.2014 Photos - Day 10 The port and city of Bergen, Norway

 June 25, 2014

The area of Bergen is just beautiful and if you are as lucky as I was with the weather, there can be nothing more stunning than the nearby fjords and glaciers in the mountains. Having photographed and filmed everything I could, I continued to the airport of Skien. From there I flew over to the Danish town of Esbjerg where I stayed for the night. more

26.6.2014 Photos - Day 11 Mando island, The North Frisian Islands, Denmark

June 26, 2014

This was the last day of this part of the expedition “European Islands from the Skies”. I flew over the North Frisian Islands, Helgoland, East Frisian Islands and then along the river Elbe back to Příbram. The flight took me some five hours. more

26.6.2014 Video - Day 11

June 26, 2014

I left Esbjerg at 8 a.m. and flew over the East Frisian Islands, Helgoland and North Frisian Islands back to Příbram. The flight took me . This was the last part of the second trip of the expedition "European Islands from the Skies". more

19.11.2014 All Photos


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