Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

February 13, 2015

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

In English:

On Sunday January the 25th 2015, I drove from Mikkeli to Juuka on snowy and icy roads. I started the 290 kilometers / 180 miles long road trip in the night. It took me 4 hours and 15 minutes including two short stops. The weather was cloudy with the temperature -4ºC / 24.8ºF. At arrival there was a surprise to me, because there was freezing rain which is not good for taking photographs, when the lens is pointing towards the sky!

Why Juuka which is small municipality in North Karelia region? Well, because there was built the World’s tallest Ice Cathedral called Sagrada Familia in ice. Sagrada Família is famous building in Barcelona which was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). So the Ice Cathedral is some kind of “replica” of Sagrada Família being a joint project of the Eindhoven University of Technology and the municipality of Juuka. The material which was used for this project is frozen composite material constituted of sawdust and ice. It is called Pykrete!

The height of the ice cathedral is 21 meters / 69 feet. Now it’s your turn to see it through my photos.

En español:

El domingo 25 de enero del 2015, conduje mi carrito de Mikkeli a Juuka por carreteras cubiertas de nieve y hielo. Comenzaba el 290 kilometros / 180 millas largo viaje por carretera en la noche. El viaje me tomó 4 horas y 15 minutos, incluyendo dos paradas cortas. El clima estaba nublado con la temperatura -4ºC / 24.8ºF. A la llegada hubo una sorpresa para mí, porque había lluvia helada que no es bueno para la toma de fotografías, cuando la lente está apuntando hacia el cielo!

¿Por qué Juuka, que es un pequeño municipio en la región de Karelia del Norte? Bueno, porque allí se ha construyó la catedral de hielo más alto del mundo llamado Sagrada Familia de hielo. Sagrada Família es famoso edificio en Barcelona que fue diseñado por el arquitecto Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). Así que la Catedral de Hielo es una especie de “réplica” de la Sagrada Família siendo un proyecto conjunto de la Universidad de Tecnología de Eindhoven y del municipio de Juuka. El material que se utilizó para este proyecto es de material compuesto congelado constituido de aserrín y el hielo. Se llama pykreto!

La altura de la catedral de hielo es de 21 metros / 69 pies. Ahora es Vuestro turno lo ver a través de mis fotos.

En francais:

Le dimanche le 25 Janvier 2015, j’ai conduit de Mikkeli à Juuka sur les routes enneigées et verglacées. Je ai commencé le 290 km / 180 miles long voyage de route dans la nuit. Il m’a fallu quatre heures et 15 minutes compris deux arrêts de courte durée. Le temps était nuageux avec le -4ºC de température / 24.8ºF. A l’arrivée il y avait une surprise pour moi, parce qu’il y avait de la pluie verglaçante qui n’est pas bonne pour prendre des photographies, lorsque l’objectif est dirigée vers le ciel!

Pourquoi Juuka, qui est petite municipalité dans la région de Carélie du Nord? Eh bien, parceque on a construit là, la plus haute cathédrale de glace, appelée la Sagrada Familia de glace. Sagrada Família est le célèbre bâtiment à Barcelone qui a été conçu par l’architecte Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). Donc la Cathédrale de glace est une sorte de “réplique” de la Sagrada Família qui est un projet conjoint de l’Université de technologie d’Eindhoven et de la municipalité de Juuka. Le matériau qui a été utilisé pour ce projet est le matériau composite congelé constitué de sciure de bois et de glace. Il est appelé Pykrete!

La hauteur de la cathédrale de glace est de 21 mètres / 69 pieds. Maintenant, c’est votre tour de la voir à travers mes photos.

Em Português:

No domingo, dia 25 de janeiro, o 2015, eu conduzia de Mikkeli até Juuka nas estradas com neve e gelo. Comecei a 290 km / 180 milhas longa viagem de carro já à noite. Levei 4 horas e 15 minutos, incluindo duas paradas curtas. O tempo estava nublado com a temperatura -4ºC / 24.8ºF. Na chegada, foi uma surpresa para mim, porque havia chuva gelada que não é bom para tirar fotografias, quando a lente está apontando para o céu!

Porque Juuka, que é o pequeno município na região da Carélia do Norte? Bem, porque há foi construído a catedral mais alta do mundo em gelo chamada Sagrada Família, em gelo. Sagrada Família é o famoso edifício em Barcelona, que foi projetado pelo arquiteto Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). Assim, a catedral do gelo é uma espécie de “réplica” da Sagrada Família sendo um projeto conjunto da Universidade de Tecnologia de Eindhoven e do município de Juuka. O material que foi utilizado para este projeto é o material composto congelado constituído de serragem e gelo. Ele é chamado Pykrete!

A altura da catedral de gelo é de 21 metros / 69 pés. Agora é a sua vez de vê-lo através das minhas fotos

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo  / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

World’s tallest ice Cathedral / Catedral de hielo más alta del mundo / Plus haute cathédrale de glace du monde / Maior catedral de gelo do mundo

Links / Enlaces / Liens / Ligaçãos

Juuka village and semiprecious stones / Pueblo de Juuka pueblo y piedras semipreciosas / Juuka village et pierres semi-précieuses

Sagrada Família (Wikipedia)

124 Comments »

  1. With the material used (pykrete), how long does the structure survive?

    It must be quite amazing to see this ice Cathedral.

    Comment by Yvonne — February 13, 2015 @ 09:06 | Reply

    • Hi Yvonne.

      Thank you commenting this post – happy. Well, I have say that no idea, but in Wikipedia there is nice info about it:

      Pykrete (Wikipedia).

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 11:24 | Reply

  2. It is a wonderful building. It is a scene that are not found only in Finland.

    Comment by wakasahs15th — February 13, 2015 @ 09:17 | Reply

    • Hello Wakasahs15th.

      I am very glad that You loved my post. They were impressive to look. It is most probably that it is unique in the world. In my next post there is absolutely something unique in the whole world. I just returned from a trip to the North and shot photos from World’s Biggest Snow Castle (2013). ありがとうございます.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 11:33 | Reply

  3. That was certainly worth the trip

    Comment by derrickjknight — February 13, 2015 @ 09:22 | Reply

    • Hello Derrick.

      Thank You Sir. It was indeed worth to make that road trip.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 11:35 | Reply

  4. Hello Matti, que de risques pour arriver jusque là, mais quel spectacle !!!…
    Bises et belle fin de semaine.

    Comment by Marion B. — February 13, 2015 @ 10:04 | Reply

    • Salut chère amie.

      Merci pour la remarque je saurai la retenir. J’suis très hereux en lisent que tu aimes mon post.

      Bon week-end. Bises.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 12:03 | Reply

  5. Wow! That is absolutely amazing!

    Comment by chrissiedixie — February 13, 2015 @ 10:35 | Reply

    • Hello Chrissie.

      How nice to read that You loved my photos. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 12:07 | Reply

  6. Extraordinary! I enjoyed your beautiful virtual tour. Have a nice weekend. K🙂

    Comment by Kamila Pala — February 13, 2015 @ 11:09 | Reply

    • Hi Kamila.

      I am glad that You made the virtual tour thru my photos. Thank You commenting so kindly.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 12:16 | Reply

  7. Wow!! These are super impressive! Great images too!!

    Comment by Indah Susanti — February 13, 2015 @ 12:11 | Reply

    • Hello Indah.

      Thank you praising my photos and leaving Your comment.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 12:45 | Reply

  8. This is amazing! I have never seen anything like it. Thank you for sharing🙂
    Best wishes,
    Takami

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — February 13, 2015 @ 13:43 | Reply

    • Hi Takami.

      It was great pleasure to read Your kind comment. ありがとうございます.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 13:53 | Reply

      • Thank you for your reply. It’s always my pleasure to see your beautiful photography. 良い週末を!!

        Comment by T Ibara Photo — February 13, 2015 @ 14:07 | Reply

  9. It is a wonderful monument. When I saw the photograph first, I thought whether it was a buffet ship. I thought whether it was a tower of Odin. Will there be these towers until a thaw? It is likely that it seems to be Finland. The light is wonderful, too.

    Comment by medaka4841 — February 13, 2015 @ 13:56 | Reply

    • Hi medaka4841.

      It is indeed in Finland. I think that it must be dismantled later before they start to melt. This winter has had many warm periods, it is difficult to say when. Few days ago I was vising small town Kemi near to the Arctic Circle and the temperature was + 4ºC / 39.2ºF.🙂

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 14:06 | Reply

  10. Nossa!! Que lugar lindo!! Suas fotos parecem verdadeiros cartões postais! Obrigada por dividir essas maravilhas!

    Comment by barob7 — February 13, 2015 @ 14:03 | Reply

    • Olá Barob7.

      O seu comentário gentil aquece o meu coração. Finlândia oferece algumas surpresas realmente e no inverno é ótimo tempo para encontrá-las.

      Bom Fim de Semana!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 14:28 | Reply

  11. How long & cool drive!
    but the ice cathedral is worth seeing, Amazing!!!\(◎o◎)/!

    Comment by kanaconnie — February 13, 2015 @ 14:41 | Reply

    • Hi Connie.

      Thank You. In winter it is easy to drive when on day, but at night it is more difficult. Then comes snow and ice and sometimes the loss of perspective is possible when the roads and its edge looks similar. Thank You commenting.

      良い 週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 14:51 | Reply

  12. This is SO beautiful! In some of the photographs it almost looks like feathers. What a magical place.

    Comment by Letizia — February 13, 2015 @ 15:18 | Reply

    • Hello Letizia.

      I am very glad that You did check my photos! Thank You very much for your praising comment.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 15:23 | Reply

  13. amazing – thanks for sharing this, I had never heard of this place.

    Comment by Karen Goad — February 13, 2015 @ 15:21 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. It makes me happy.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2015 @ 15:25 | Reply

  14. Great…I have nothing to say any more…Great!!!!!

    Comment by 洋子 — February 13, 2015 @ 16:39 | Reply

    • Hi Maatan.

      Just enough said.🙂 ありがとう.

      良い 週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2015 @ 12:09 | Reply

  15. That’s really beautiful. Cool in a couple senses of the word! I know there was talk of building ships from Pykrete in WWII, I didn’t realize it was actually used by anyone! Thanks for the pictures.

    Comment by atcDave — February 13, 2015 @ 16:54 | Reply

    • Hello Dave.

      Although living in a county of snow and winter, this was new to me. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2015 @ 12:22 | Reply

  16. les photo sont magnifiques ! merci beaucoup pour ce partage sur la cathédrale la plus haute du monde !

    Comment by Bernieshoot — February 13, 2015 @ 17:01 | Reply

    • Bonjour Bernie.

      Ça va? J’apprécie beaucoup votre louant commentaire. Merci beaucoup.

      Ayez une belle journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2015 @ 12:33 | Reply

  17. That is an impressive and beautiful creation and your photos display it very well!

    Comment by montucky — February 13, 2015 @ 17:38 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      I am glad when reading Your comment. Thank You.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2015 @ 12:41 | Reply

  18. Fascinating, and not at all what I expected to see. Thanks for taking us there through your photos.

    Comment by kuwaitquilter — February 13, 2015 @ 17:45 | Reply

    • Hi Kuwaitquilter.

      Snow and ice are not easiest material to create something “unbelievable”. It is interesting to see You comment concerning my next post. Snow has main role in it. Thank You commenting.

      Have a nice weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2015 @ 12:45 | Reply

  19. Amazing! I wish I could see it live🙂 Happy Weekend!🙂

    Comment by wolke205 — February 13, 2015 @ 18:46 | Reply

    • Hello Wolke.

      Nice comment. Thank You. This is not so well known even in Finland. I use my calendar if I see some happening in Finland where to visit if possible.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2015 @ 13:11 | Reply

  20. C’est impressionnant 🙂

    Comment by Soizic — February 13, 2015 @ 19:09 | Reply

    • Bonjour Soizic.

      Merci de m’avoir faite un commentaire si gentil.

      Bonne journée à toi.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2015 @ 13:21 | Reply

  21. Elle est belle cette cathédrale de glace,
    merci à toi de nous la faire découvrir
    car, je ne connaissais pas.
    Belle soirée à toi et bon weekend.

    Comment by vever02 — February 13, 2015 @ 20:09 | Reply

    • Bonjour Hervé.

      Tes visites sur mon blog sont toujours un grande plaisir pour moi. Merci pour votre aimable commentaire.

      Bon week-end. Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2015 @ 13:33 | Reply

  22. Fantastic! We ( the bloggers worldwide) can really be quite lucky guys to have someone (that’s you! ^^) there in Finland. Someone who is never hesitating to drive long ways across country to let us have stunning photos, unusual impressions, beautiful scenery, important buildings …
    Thank you, Matti! That’s really extraordinary!

    Have a nice weekend!
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — February 13, 2015 @ 21:56 | Reply

    • Hello Michèle.

      I do not know what to say in front of such praising comment! There were indeed visitors around all of the world on the same day when I published this post. Most visitors came from these five countries Mexico (44), Spain (36), Unite States (33), Japan (17) and Guatemala (17). Most far away visitor came from Australia (6), Brazil (2), Vietnam (1) and South Africa (1). Photographing, blogging and driving are things which I love very much and they help me to be “updated” with this modern society. Thank You.

      Have a lovely weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2015 @ 14:28 | Reply

      • That quite fantastic, too. Visitors from all over the world! Congratulations! What does this show us? You’re always adressing your words to people of all nations and due to your kind as well as multilingual way to do this and because of your excellent photos as well as your very special choice of attractive topics, people can’t resist. ^^ (Yes, yes, I’m also addicted to your blog posts … :-D)

        Comment by ladyfromhamburg — February 15, 2015 @ 23:56 | Reply

        • Hi Michèle.

          Thank You. Your blog is high quality blog and it is every time so exiting to visit it. BTW, we have cold at this moment -24ºC / -11.2ºF. Last Monday when I visited Kemi (in the North), the temperature was 1ºC / 33.8ºF.🙂

          Have a great start of new week!

          Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2015 @ 08:34 | Reply

  23. bonsoir Matty elle est superbe cette plus haute cathédrale de glace et pour avoir vu celle de Barcelone la ressemblance est frappante quel travail de titan pour avoir fait çà c’est magnifique merci de cette découverte bises MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — February 13, 2015 @ 21:59 | Reply

    • Bonjour MA.

      Je l’ai vu aussi à Barcelone et c’est pourquoi je ai dû prendre ces photos. Merci pour la remarque!

      Belle journèe!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2015 @ 14:44 | Reply

  24. Matti, you continue to amaze me with the wonders in your country you find to show us.

    Comment by Heart To Harp — February 14, 2015 @ 03:20 | Reply

    • Hello Janette.

      Thank For Your kind words. They warmed my heart. This Sunday morning the temperature is -14ºC / 6.8ºF although sun is shining. After few moments we go to walk on the Lake Saimaa’s ice.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 09:28 | Reply

      • We are expecting our first winter snow tonight, followed by freezing rain. I might be walking on ice with you by tomorrow!

        Comment by Heart To Harp — February 15, 2015 @ 21:35 | Reply

        • We had yesterday sunny day and it was a great joy to make ice walk. I am happy that You have possibility to make also walking on ice. Be careful!

          Have a great start of new week!

          Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2015 @ 08:26 | Reply

  25. You got some great photos, even if the weather wasn’t ideal. This is an amazing structure — the detail is amazing, and I really like the way you’ve captured the texture. Thanks for sharing this ice cathedral with us.

    Comment by seniorhiker — February 14, 2015 @ 06:01 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      I appreciate Your kind words concerning my photos. Thank You commenting.

      Have a happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 09:37 | Reply

  26. Wao! This is snow Sagrada Familia !
    Colorful light up is great!
    I feel mysterious air.

    Comment by キース — February 14, 2015 @ 10:01 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

      I am glad that You loved my photos and left Your comment. ありがとうございます.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 09:39 | Reply

  27. C’est incroyable ! Tes photos sont magnifiques🙂 merci d’avoir pris des risques pour nous faire découvrir cette réplique glacée de la Sagrada Familia

    Comment by chantaki — February 14, 2015 @ 14:40 | Reply

    • Bonjour Chantaki.

      Merci beaucoup, j’suis ravi que mes photos te plaisent.

      Je te souhaite un bon dimanche.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 12:20 | Reply

  28. Que maravilla , Matti!
    Las fotos son buenísimas y muestran esos detalles, entre encajes y plumas , que ni podía imaginarme…
    Gracias por compartir estas preciosuras!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — February 14, 2015 @ 15:24 | Reply

    • Hola Anna.

      Muchas gracias por tus palabras. Me alegro de que te gusten mis fotos.

      Te deseo, feliz domingo! Abrazos.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 12:32 | Reply

  29. wooooow! What a great!

    Comment by harubocchan — February 14, 2015 @ 23:29 | Reply

    • Hi Harubocchan.

      You loved my hotos. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 12:38 | Reply

  30. neeet! dood! solid ice?

    Comment by betunada — February 15, 2015 @ 01:39 | Reply

    • Hello Betunada.

      Yes indeed. Our world is wonderful and full of surprises. Man just have to find them. Thank You commenting.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 12:40 | Reply

  31. How magical appearance! Snow-crowned cathedral looks more beautiful.

    Comment by superkamui — February 15, 2015 @ 04:29 | Reply

    • Hi Superkamui.

      How nice it was read that you loved my post! ありがとう.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 12:56 | Reply

  32. How impressive! Well worth the trip – great images, as always!

    Comment by Tiny — February 15, 2015 @ 05:48 | Reply

    • Hi Tiny.

      As You saw, there is life in Finland even in winter; we do not hibernate.🙂 Thank you commenting so nicely.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 12:59 | Reply

  33. Really amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    Comment by Tarja — February 15, 2015 @ 11:15 | Reply

    • Hi Tarja.

      How glad I am that You left Your comment! Thank You.

      Have a happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 13:20 | Reply

  34. Absolutely mesmerizing… Outstanding post dear Sartenada. All my very best wishes to you, Aquileana😀

    Comment by Aquileana — February 15, 2015 @ 12:06 | Reply

    • Hello Aquileana.

      I appreciate Your praising comment very much. Now when having cold winter day, it warmed my heart. Thank You.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 13:23 | Reply

  35. This is amazing ice cathedral! The size is enormous, great photos.

    Comment by Amy — February 15, 2015 @ 14:28 | Reply

    • Hello Amy.

      Thank You commenting and finding something new among my photos. It was fantastic to see it live.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2015 @ 14:58 | Reply

  36. mahtavia valokuvia, elämyksistä puhumattakaan! enpä ikinä olisi osannut arvata, kuka nimimerkin takana “piileskeli”. hauska tavata🙂 sirpa

    Comment by sirpamononen — February 15, 2015 @ 15:48 | Reply

    • Hei Sirpa.

      Kiitos kehuista. Valitsin nimimerkin ja nimenomaan tämän nimimerkin sen vuoksi, että haluan olla netissä tuntematon ja tämä nimimerkki on helppo ääntää eri kieliryhmien ihmisten keskuudessa.

      Hyvää alkanutta viikkoa!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2015 @ 08:23 | Reply

  37. Absolutely astounding and such gorgeous photos!

    Comment by Sue Slaght — February 15, 2015 @ 23:55 | Reply

    • Hello sue.

      Thank You leaving so praising comment. I appreciate it very much because You have travelled so much seeing different things around the world.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2015 @ 08:29 | Reply

  38. Wow. That is quite impressive!

    Comment by Nenkin Seikatsu — February 16, 2015 @ 03:08 | Reply

    • Hello Nenkin Seikatsu.

      I am very glad that You loved my photos. Thank You commenting.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2015 @ 08:36 | Reply

      • I always look forward to your new pictures.

        Comment by Nenkin Seikatsu — February 17, 2015 @ 13:53 | Reply

  39. How wonderful!
    I want to feel the world of ice Cathedral.
    Colorful space is fantastic …May I come in?

    Comment by そのちゃん — February 17, 2015 @ 14:19 | Reply

    • Hello そのちゃん.

      This is awesome and unique at same time. The only inside visit was possible thru the corridor of chapel which You in my photos. Inside was really slippery! ありがとう.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 17, 2015 @ 14:37 | Reply

  40. Very nice work, thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Soili Mustapää — February 17, 2015 @ 23:28 | Reply

    • Hi Soili.

      Thank You commenting this post. I am glad that You loved my photos.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 18, 2015 @ 08:14 | Reply

  41. Wow, they are stunning, but I think they are not easy to photograph.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — February 18, 2015 @ 23:27 | Reply

    • Hi Linda.

      I am glad that You loved my photos from this “replica” presenting Sagrada Familia in ice. The original is in Barcelona, Spain. Thank You commenting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 19, 2015 @ 08:23 | Reply

  42. Amazing, looks almost natural

    Comment by surfnslide — February 19, 2015 @ 00:35 | Reply

    • Hello Andy.

      Thank you visiting my blog, checking this post and leavig our kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 19, 2015 @ 08:28 | Reply

  43. Wow your photos are amazing! The cathedral looks wonderful and to think it’s all made of an ice, a replica of Sagrada, just incredible! Well worth your intrepid journey to get there! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos🙂

    Comment by rosemaylily2014 — February 21, 2015 @ 10:19 | Reply

    • Hi Rosemary.

      How glad I am when reading Your praising comment. Thank You. The fact is that February is the best time to explore winter wonders in Finland. I my next post I show photos of

      World’s Biggest Snow Castle 2013.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 21, 2015 @ 10:45 | Reply

  44. This is cool. Thank you for posting about it. Nice photos!

    Comment by dunelight — February 22, 2015 @ 07:41 | Reply

    • Hello Dunelight.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment and visiting my blog.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 22, 2015 @ 08:35 | Reply

  45. What an amazing structure – it is very impressive. Beautiful pictures!

    Comment by megtraveling — February 22, 2015 @ 18:23 | Reply

    • Hi Meg.

      They were impressive when seeing them live indeed. Thank you leaving your kind comment.

      Have a great start of a new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 23, 2015 @ 07:09 | Reply

  46. I am ready for winter to be over BUT these are outstanding pictures. Wow!

    Comment by Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread — February 23, 2015 @ 23:46 | Reply

    • Hi Judy.

      How nice that You visited my blog and left Your kind comment. Thank You. In Finland winter continues, although there are more and more “warm” days. If You read this, then do not miss my next post on Thursday presenting World’s Biggest Snow Castle. I have been there many times, but this winter it celebrated its 20 years anniversary.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 24, 2015 @ 08:36 | Reply

  47. Wow, this is totally amazing. And your photos give the location their deserved esteem. Great pictures.

    Comment by Cecilia — February 24, 2015 @ 00:59 | Reply

    • Hello Cecilia.

      How nice to read Your praising comment! Thank You. February is the best month to find winter oddities in my country. Next Thursday World’s Biggest Snow Castle.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 24, 2015 @ 08:40 | Reply

  48. Wow, amazing! I wonder if it all melts during the warmer period of the year or if they can maintain it…
    I guess, I will have to read some more about this area of Finland and find out!

    Thank you for sharing your impressions of this place! 🙂

    Comment by Stefanie Neumann — February 25, 2015 @ 14:41 | Reply

    • Hi Stefanie.

      Thank you. Yes it will melt sometime in March, but all depend from the weather finally. Every winter there is built a new castle with a new theme. Tomorrow I have photos from this year’s Snow Castle and among them how it was built. The castle is very near to the Arctic Circle in winter and can be reached easily by train or by bus.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 25, 2015 @ 15:51 | Reply

  49. Photos extraordinaires! J’adore.

    Comment by Susan Reinberg — March 1, 2015 @ 17:02 | Reply

    • Bonjour Susan.

      Merci de m’avoir fait si gentil commentaire.

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2015 @ 08:46 | Reply

  50. Amazing photos!

    Comment by caughtinwanderlust1 — March 2, 2015 @ 15:28 | Reply

    • Hi Caughtinwanderlust1.

      Thank you seeing and commenting this ice cathedral thru my photos.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2015 @ 15:36 | Reply

  51. I had read an article about this place some time ago but had a hard time imagining it. Your pictures bring it to life. Your photos give me inspiration for my upcoming trip across the United States – thank you!

    Comment by George Austin — March 5, 2015 @ 23:05 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      I am very glad when reading Your kind comment. Seeing them in life was cool experience. Thank You visiting my blog and leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 6, 2015 @ 08:14 | Reply

  52. Thank you for visiting my page and your nice comments. Your page is awesome! Great work!

    Comment by wchvm — March 13, 2015 @ 04:52 | Reply

    • Hi Wchvm.

      I am glad that You loved my post. Thank You commenting so nicely.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2015 @ 07:57 | Reply

  53. Very nice pictures. I especially liked the contrast of the orange and other bright colored lights against the Ice Cathedral.

    Comment by luchanik — March 14, 2015 @ 18:31 | Reply

    • Hello Davinder.

      Tis was one wonders of our winter. On next Monday something special from my home town!🙂 I was very delighted when I saw it live. Thank You for Your visit and praising comment.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 15, 2015 @ 11:16 | Reply

  54. Oh my goodness that’s amazing! I would love to have seen it but I couldn’t bear that temperature. I hope you see the Barcelona version one day🙂

    Comment by Lucid Gypsy — May 10, 2015 @ 17:39 | Reply

    • Hi Lucid Gypsy.

      Thank you for your praising comment. Snow and ice start to melt when the weather comes warmer. Anyway ice, snow and sand train people to make / build incredible things. I have seen Sagrada Familia live, but for a long time ago. That’s why I wanted to see it built in ice.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 11, 2015 @ 07:16 | Reply

  55. This is very awesome!
    Ulli

    Comment by ulli — May 18, 2015 @ 11:03 | Reply

    • I am glad that You loved this post. So it seems that my driving thru night on icy and snowy roads was not vain! Matti.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 18, 2015 @ 11:18 | Reply

  56. It was worth it🙂
    Ulli

    Comment by ulli — May 18, 2015 @ 14:46 | Reply

  57. You do get around to some amazing places!

    Comment by Carol Dunnigan — May 18, 2015 @ 16:00 | Reply

    • Hi Carol.

      Well, I try my best to find something interesting in my “unknown” country.🙂 Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 19, 2015 @ 10:25 | Reply

  58. Well, presumably they allow limited number of people in that ice cathedral. The warm breath of people could increase temperatures inside!

    Comment by Jean — December 4, 2016 @ 00:08 | Reply

    • Hi Jean.

      No, there were no limits. When seeing it live, it was gorgeous. Thank You commenting this post.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 4, 2016 @ 09:47 | Reply


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