Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

January 15, 2010

Snow castle 2009 / Castillo de nieve 2009 / Château de Neige 2009

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Snow castle 2011 / Castillo de nieve 2011 / Château de Neige 2011

In English:

World’s biggest Snow Castle in Kemi.

This is my third part telling about Kemi. First I presented town of Kemi in Arctic night, then the pink church of Kemi and now world’s biggest snow castle.

Snow castle has to be rebuilt every winter. It is a hard job and requires plenty of planning not to forget huge amount of snow and ice. Every winter it has a new look. Snow castle is not only a place for a day visit, but there is also a hotel in it. Of course ice bar and ice restaurant. That is not all. One popular place inside it is a chapel, because couples can marry there. Think, what a place to marry!

For those who like exhibitions there are things made from ice and children are not forgotten. Last winter they had a slide for example. My photos are from 2009 from February.

So start the walking tour with me.

En español:

El Castillo de Nieve más grande del mundo en Kemi.

Esta es mi tercera parte hablando acerca de Kemi. Primero me presentó Kemi en la noche ártica, entonces la iglesia rosa de Kemi y ahora El Castillo de Nieve más grande del mundo en Kemi.

El Castillo de nieve tiene que ser reconstruido cada invierno. Es un trabajo duro y requiere mucha planificación para no olvidar gran cantidad de nieve y hielo. Cada invierno tiene un nuevo aspecto. El Castillo de nieve no es sólo un lugar para una visita de un día, pero también allí hay un hotel de nieve en ella. Naturalmente un bar de hielo y restaurante de hielo. Eso no es todo. Un lugar popular en su interior es la capilla, dónde las parejas pueden casarse allí. Piensa, que lugar para casarse!

Para aquellos que gustan de las exposiciones que hay cosas hechas de hielo y los niños no son olvidados. El invierno pasado tuvieron el tobogán, por ejemplo. Mis fotos son de febrero 2009 .

Por consiguiente empieza la caminata conmigo.

En francais:

Le plus grand Château de Neige du monde dans Kemi.

Il s’agit de ma troisième partie raconter de Kemi. J’ai d’abord présenté Kemi dans la nuit polaire, puis l’église rose de Kemi et maintenant le plus grand Château de Neige du monde.

Le Château de Neige doit être reconstruit chaque hiver. C’est un travail difficile qui nécessite beaucoup de planification à ne pas oublier énorme quantité de neige et de glace. Chaque hiver, elle a un nouveau look. Château de Neige n’est pas seulement un lieu pour une visite d’une journée, mais il ya aussi un hôtel de neîge en elle. Bien entendu un bar de glace et un restaurant de glace. Ce n’est pas tout. Un endroit populaire à l’intérieur, c’est la chapelle, où les couples peuvent y marier. Pensez donc, quel endroit pour se marier!

Pour ceux qui aiment les expositions il ya des choses fait de glace et les enfants ne sont pas oubliés. L’hiver dernier, ils avaient le toboggan par exemple. Mes photos sont de février de 2009.

Alors commencez la visite à pied avec moi.

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle / Castillo de nieve / Château de Neige

Snow castle 2011 / Castillo de nieve 2011 / Château de Neige 2011

Snow castle 2013 / Castillo de Nieve 2013 / Château de Neige 2013 / Castelo de Neve 2013

34 Comments »

  1. Pretty cool castle – love the rich blue color. Nice collection. Blessings.

    Comment by dblarrow — January 15, 2010 @ 08:47 | Reply

    • Hello.

      Thank You for Your comment and Your visit.

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by sartenada — January 15, 2010 @ 08:50 | Reply

  2. Wow-wee! Spectactular images! I really like the details and colors. Icy cold for sure. I just love the first photograph…gorgeous!

    Comment by Anna Surface — January 15, 2010 @ 15:41 | Reply

    • Hi Anna.

      I am glad that You liked these photos. The first one is incoming path photographed from the entrance of castle. The city of Kemi starts just from the end of this snow path and is the the right. On left is there is sea which is in slight fog. This see has connected with other world.

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by sartenada — January 15, 2010 @ 16:54 | Reply

  3. Hello Matti,
    C’est superbe, ces couleurs et ces différences d’aspect de la glace, transparente ou opaque.
    Par contre, si je veux bien boire un verre après la visite, je retourne sans hésiter me coucher au chaud chez moi !! 😆
    Bon week-end !

    Comment by Marion B. — January 15, 2010 @ 19:04 | Reply

    • LOL, quelle réponse, plaine d’humour et ça me plaît beaucoup.🙂

      Bon week-end á toi aussi Marion.

      Comment by sartenada — January 15, 2010 @ 19:32 | Reply

  4. Such a great set !
    colors and lights are so warm,
    How will it be for 2010 ?
    Bien à toi !

    Comment by Bernard — January 15, 2010 @ 23:07 | Reply

    • Bonjour Bernard.

      Merci beaucoup pour la balade ici. Je ne sais pas encore, mais peut-être en mars, mais voyons nous.

      Bonne journée.

      Comment by sartenada — January 16, 2010 @ 07:17 | Reply

  5. Thank you for the interesting tour. Your photos are wonderful and I enjoyed them all.

    Comment by Staffan H — January 16, 2010 @ 02:27 | Reply

    • Hej Staffan.

      Thank You. I appreciate Your comment very much.

      Comment by sartenada — January 16, 2010 @ 07:19 | Reply

  6. I can’t read Spanish but pictures are a universal language. My photos pale to yours in comparison!

    Comment by Monica — January 16, 2010 @ 03:08 | Reply

    • Hello Monica.

      It was so nice that You left Your comment here and checked my photos.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by sartenada — January 16, 2010 @ 07:20 | Reply

  7. That looks so cool! I would love to go!

    Comment by Maggie — January 16, 2010 @ 20:25 | Reply

    • Hello Maggie.

      Thank You. Maybe sometimes, some year. This town of Kemi is easy to reach from Helsinki. Daily flights from Helsinki or by night train leaving in the evening and at the destination in the morning. I have made the trip once by plane in 2006 and once by night train in 2009. Both were pleasant, but in 2009 when I was overnight in Kemi then I could visit the castle at day and later in the evening. The castle is looking different during day and night. Furthermore arctic winter night is an experience.

      Greetings.

      Comment by sartenada — January 17, 2010 @ 11:47 | Reply

  8. Hi, great colors, very interesting set of photos, would love to visit one day! Cheers from downunder.

    Comment by scootergraphs — January 17, 2010 @ 12:01 | Reply

    • Hi scootergraphs.

      Thank You for Your nice comment, it warmed my heart in these cold winter days!

      Regards.

      Comment by sartenada — January 17, 2010 @ 12:06 | Reply

  9. I would have never seen such a thing if it hadn’t been for your photos. Wow… what a huge undertaking. Beautiful images. May I ask what type camera you use?

    Comment by Preston Surface — January 17, 2010 @ 16:41 | Reply

    • Preston, thank You for Your compliment.

      In this case I had with me my Nikon D300. In all these photos I used ISO 3200 setting. This setting provides possibily to take photos without tripod and the stabilizer of camera takes care of rest. In most worst cases, I do not breathe and I listen to my heart’s beats and I take photos between them. That latter thing requires some practise.

      Generally speaking I hate to use flash. In my opinion it “distoys color tones”, but maybe I am the only one in this world who is thinking in that way. Anyway, I am only poor newbie of photographing!

      Comment by sartenada — January 17, 2010 @ 17:41 | Reply

  10. Good evening, Matti
    The snow church is a dream. I admire the work and ideas of the people who shape the way something beautiful out of ice and snow. The colored lighting gives the room a fabulous expression. From the beauty of this church I am very impressed. I am very glad that I could look at it. I wish you and Anya, the best of health and on your daily routes. I will continue to try to visit your blog regularly. Thank you for all your nice and kind comments on my web page. Dear greetings Christel

    Comment by Christel — January 17, 2010 @ 19:01 | Reply

    • Thank You Christel for Your nice comment and for Your regular visit.

      Glücklich montag!

      Comment by sartenada — January 18, 2010 @ 07:06 | Reply

  11. Matti,

    The Snow Castle looks like something from a Disney movie. The carvings in the ice are my favorite! I wish we had once closer to me in NY! I know there is one in Montreal, Quebec but it is about a 6 hour drive for me. Maybe next year I will take the trip – if it looks anything like your Snow Castle, it will be worth it!

    -Emily

    Comment by Miss Em — January 18, 2010 @ 17:28 | Reply

    • Hello Emily.

      Well, Quebec and Montreal sound great and maybe next year You’ll visit there.

      Thank You commenting.

      Comment by sartenada — January 18, 2010 @ 17:45 | Reply

  12. Hi, I writing several blog posts about Helsinki both for my own blog (www.theimprovisedlife.com) and for the Atlantic Food blog 9http://food.theatlantic.com/)
    I would like permission to use one of your photos of Helsinki. The caption is “Helsinki skyline seen from see. Helsinki market square at foreground.” It is a view of Helsinki and the market, taken, I believe, from a boat. We would be happy to credit you in whatever way you wish.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sally Schneider

    Comment by sally schneider — January 20, 2010 @ 01:13 | Reply

    • Hello Sally.

      Okay I send it to You. The only thing I want is that You mention who was photographer (Matti). When guessing that it is taken from a boat, You so right. I took it from a ferry which is shuttling between Helsinki and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Blog is coming later during spring.

      Greetings.

      Comment by sartenada — January 20, 2010 @ 07:10 | Reply

  13. Stunning images of an amazing creation. The colours in the sky are just beautiful.

    Highly impressed with tri-language posting too. Nice work!

    Comment by leohillary — January 22, 2010 @ 03:27 | Reply

    • Hello Leo.

      Nice comment, thank You.

      Comment by sartenada — January 22, 2010 @ 09:19 | Reply

  14. […] Not only would I love to see the world’s largest snow castle, as Sartenada so graciously pointed out, but I’d have a rocking good time at a Finnish hockey […]

    Pingback by 10 More Countries I’d Like to Visit « Perroquet — August 9, 2010 @ 00:56 | Reply

  15. I am so glad you shared this with me! This is absolutely gorgeous! I think I’ll add it to my list.

    Comment by elleswim — January 26, 2011 @ 01:25 | Reply

    • Hi elleswim.

      Thank You. You are welcome. I guess that You understood that is open only during winter months. That is mainly from the end of January and to the first week of April.

      Happy Wednesday!

      Comment by sartenada — January 26, 2011 @ 07:23 | Reply

  16. Looks brilliant. Really nice shots and seems like a great place to visit. I’ve finally posted my ICEHOTEL photos. Let me know what you think! Is the snow castle somewhere you can stay or is it just to visit?

    Comment by incompletehistory — January 26, 2011 @ 04:52 | Reply

  17. Now I’ve seen your photos of this beautiful Snow Castle. Very cool, literally.

    Comment by Rosh — February 25, 2014 @ 03:40 | Reply

    • Hello Rosh.

      I am happy that You saw my photos presenting this castle. Thank You commenting.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 25, 2014 @ 10:58 | Reply


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