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Pictures: Kemin Matkailu
The history of Finland walks hand-in-hand with winter. Inhabiting one of the northernmost countries in the world, Finns have learned to endure the snowy and ice conditions.
It’s no wonder that some of the most beautiful ice sculptures we’ve seen in a while emerge from the skillful hands of the construction team at the Kemi SnowCastle!
Pure white snow walls surround the gigantic ice castle, which opened its doors to visitors on January 21 for the 22nd time, now in a new location. The artwork of ice and snow can be found right by the sea near the city center till the beginning of April.
The SnowCastle takes part of the country’s 100th centenary celebrations of independence by displaying some of the famous Finns as sculptures on the icy walls, where one can find the face of the famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, as well as Architect Alvar Aalto.
In the opening ceremony on Saturday, over 1,200 Finnish visitors and tourists joined the festivities to marvel the sculptures.
Here are some of the highlights:
Kemi SnowCastle is located at LumiLinnankatu, Kemi
(former Mansikkanokankatu 17). The area features a SnowRestaurant, a SnowChapel and a SnowHotel as well.