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This 17-year-old’s viral drone video from Mount Kjerag will make your head spin

The video is seen 1.3 million times on Facebook – and perhaps five times as many times overall. The father and son from Sirdal are stunned by the attention the film has received.


So writes Frank and Simen Haughom in an update of their Facebook page, Sirdal i bilder (I love Sirdal), Sunday night. The reason is that one of their videos, shot by drone at Mount Kjerag on 25 May, suddenly went completely viral.

“I noticed that it already had some views a few minutes after I uploaded the video on Thursday evening. Then by Friday morning 30,000 people had watched the video,” said the 17-year-old cinematographer, Simen, according to Daily Mail.

That figure has now climbed to 1,3 million, just counting the original post. You can see it here.

Overall, considering shares in international media, they estimate that the film had well over six million views within the first 10 days from publication.

“I did a search on Google last night, and got a huge number of hits,” says Simen Haughom to Visit Norway today.

“Perhaps the coolest thing was that it was shown on television in China yesterday. One could see the clip – they had shown the film with someone narrating in Chinese in the background. That was awesome,” he says.

Then again, the film has garnered attention with good reason. The pictures are truly spectacular. The drone is operated by Simen, while his father, Frank, is the model – enjoying the view. His brother, Fredrik (20), has made the music.

If you want to make the trip yourself, remember that Norwegian nature is wild and beautiful. You can take wonderful, shareable photos without having to risk your life in the process. Learn the mountain code, stay away from the cliff’s edge, and read about our #BeSafie campaign. Then you’ll get the best and safest trip possible.

Simen Haughom hopes the film will inspire more people to head out into the wild. “Just hiking to Kjerag is an experience of a lifetime,” he says. As for the Haughoms, their plan is to bring the drone to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) sometime within the next week. We’ll be looking out, then, for more fantastic videos.

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