It’s getting pretty cold up here in the relatively northern latitudes, brrr! It’s no wonder that stories about various forms of “ice abodes” are dotting the media landscape now. For example, I just came across this story on Boston.com about an annual ice castle up in Lincoln (NH).
The gigantic, glowing ice castles are returning to New Hampshire (Kristi Palma, Boston.com)
Like in most things, the more you look, the more you see. It turns out that the ice outpost up in New Hampshire is just one of numerous locations built and promoted by an outfit called Ice Castles. They make other ice castles across the US and Canada. You can see their current “builds’ in Midway (UT), Dillon (CO) Stillwater (MN) Winnipeg (MB) and Edmonton (AB).
The promoters at Ice Castles do their job well, and the ice castles themselves are beautiful, so there is no shortage of news stories and videos about Ice Castles on YouTube. For example, here’s a gorgeous timelapse of an Ice Castle taking shape in the Midway location.
In truth, while the “castles” built by Ice Castles provide nice local entertainment, there is no doubt that the picture that the term “ice castle” brings to mind for most people is closer to Elsa’s and James Bond’s Ice Palaces. I must admit to being a real fan of both the scene of Bond’s arrival at the Ice Palace in Iceland as well as the scene that shows Disney’s Elsa building her Ice Palace. She had me at fractals!
Most people don’t know that Ice Palaces have a much longer history than that, though (Wikipedia). For example, Anna Ivanovna, Empress of Russia, commissioned an ice palace in St. Petersburg back in 1739. Then, of course, there are the Igloos (Encyclopædia Britannica).
These days there are also any number of ice hotels that anyone can visit. Here’s a story from Condé Nast about some of the best “ice hotels” around the world.
The Coolest Ice Hotels in the World (Lauren Kilberg, Condé Nast Traveler)
These are links to the ice hotels featured in the story, and you can find videos about each on of them on YouTube.
Hotel de Glace (Quebec City, Canada)
SnowCastle of Kemi (Kemi, Finland)
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel (Alta, Norway)
SnowHotel (Kirkenes, Norway)
Hotel of Ice (Balea Lake, Romania)
Icehotel (Jukkasjärvi, Sweden)
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (Saariselka, Finland)
Snow Village (Kittila, Finland)
Here’s a fun and informative, obligatory 360° Video about the Icehotel in Sweden (don’t forget to look around!).
Here’s another awesome video that shows a bit about the building of 67° North in Sweeden.
Now, just in case you happen to be the DIY type, there’s plenty of How To Videos on YouTube.
So, if you’re in the northern latitudes and love the cold, snow and ice, enjoy!
If you are up here, but don’t love the ice and it’s relatives, shiver on and dream of places like St. Barts… and Spring — Winter Solstice is past, so it’s not “that” far away 🙂
Find out more about various kinds of abodes …