Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

February 26, 2015

Arctic Snow Castle / Castillo de Nieve Ártico / Château de Neige Arctique / Castelo de Neve Ártico

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In English:

This year I wanted to visit again World’s biggest Snow Castle because it celebrated its twentieth anniversary. This was my fifth visit and every time it amazes me. Where is this castle? It is situated in the small town called Kemi by the sea. To reach Kemi there is flight and train connections from the South. Also there are connections from Rovaniemi (Arctic Circle) by train and bus. The distance between Kemi and Rovaniemi is only 117kilometers / 72miles. The distance between Helsinki and Kemi is 712 kilometers / 442.4 miles. In Kemi the Snow Castle is situated one kilometer from the town center, in the inner harbor area of Kemi.

Every winter Snow Castle must be rebuilt and every year it has a new theme. This year’s theme was Finnishness. Inside the castle this means that snow art on the walls presented for example scenes from the Kalevala, which is the national epic.

So what to see in the Snow Castle? There is Snow Restaurant, Ice Bar, Snow Chapel and Snow Hotel. On Castle’s courtyard there is Snow Slide for children. In a separate building there is a cafeteria. Inside it is nice to warm up and relax enjoying some nice drink. In the nearby building there was an exhibition of twentieth anniversary of the Kemi Snow Castle. I have permission to show scenes how the Snow Castle was built. Original photos took photographer Timo Laapotti who has photographed Snow Castle since 2006. My four photos which I took from his photos, I present here with his permission. Thank You Timo.

Marriages are made possible in the chapel. Many couples come around the world to marry in Snow Chapel. I think that memories stay long time in their minds! What about to stay overnight in Snow hotel, must be on many people’s lips. Man is not freezing inside, because sleeping bags are excellent. The inside temperature in rooms is -5°C / 23°F regardless of the outside temperature. When I was in Kemi, the temperature was 1°C / 33°F! This means that outside weather was warmer than inside. There are 48 beds in different size of rooms. I have photos from Snow hotel’s rooms to get better idea what they look like.

My photo stream goes like this: Interior photos, Courtyard photos, Exhibition photos and photos from my walking tour in Kemi. Kemi is beautiful in the Arctic night.

Now it is Your turn to visit this unique castle thru my photos.

En español:

Este año quería de visitar de nuevo el Castillo de Nieve más grande del mundo, porque celebraba su vigésimo aniversario. Esta fue mi quinta visita allí y cada vez lo me sorprende. ¿Dónde está este castillo? Está situado en el pequeño pueblo llamado Kemi cerca del mar. Para llegar a Kemi hay conexiones de vuelos y trenes desde el Sur. También hay conexiones desde Rovaniemi (Círculo Polar Ártico) en tren y autobús. La distancia entre Helsinki y Rovaniemi es sólo 117 kilómetros / 72 millas. La distancia entre Helsinki y Kemi es 712 kilometros / 442.4 millas. En Kemi el Castillo de Nieve está situado a un kilómetro del centro de la ciudad, en la zona interior del puerto de Kemi.

Cada invierno Castillo de Nieve debe ser reconstruido y cada año tiene un tema nuevo. El tema de este año era finlandés. Dentro del castillo, esto significa que el arte de nieve sobre las paredes presentan por ejemplo escenas de la Kalevala, que es nuestra epopeya nacional.

Bueno, ¿qué hay de ver en el Castillo de Nieve? Hay un Restaurante de nieve, Bar de hielo, Capilla de Nieve y Hotel de nieve. En el patio del castillo hay tobogán de hielo para los niños. En un edificio separado hay también una cafetería. Dentro del es agradable para calentarse y relajarse disfrutando de una bebida agradable. En el edificio cercano había una exposición del vigésimo aniversario del Castillo de nieve de Kemi. En el edificio cercano había una exposición de vigésimo aniversario del Castillo de Nieve de Kemi. Tengo el permiso de mostrar a Vos escenas de cómo el Castillo de Nieve fue construido. Las fotos originales sacaba fotógrafo Timo Laapotti que ha fotografiado Castillo de Nieve desde 2006. Mis cuatro fotos que saqué de sus fotos, les presento aquí con su permiso. Gracias Timo!

Los matrimonios son posibles en la capilla. Muchas parejas vienen alrededor del mundo para casarse en la capilla de la nieve. Creo que los recuerdos se quedan mucho tiempo en sus mentes! ¿Si se pudiera pasar una noche en el hotel de la nieve? debe estar en boca de muchas personas. En el interior no se congela, porgeque los sacos de dormir son excelentes. La temperatura en el interior en las habitaciones es -5 ° C / 23 ° F, independientemente de la temperatura exterior. Cuando visitaba en Kemi, la temperatura era de 1 ° C / 33 ° F! Esto significa que el clima era más cálido fuera que dentro. Totalmente hay 48 camas en habitaciones de diferentes tamaños. Tengo fotos presentando las habitaciones del hotel de nieve para recibir una mejor idea de lo que parecen.

Mi secuencia de fotos va así: fotos de interiores, fotos de patio interior, fotos de exposiciones y fotos de mi paseo en Kemi. Kemi es hermosa por noche ártica.

Ahora es vuestro turno de visitar este castillo único a través de mis fotos.

En francais:

Cette année, je voulais visiter à nouveau le plus grand château de neige du monde parce qu’il a célébré son vingtième anniversaire. C’était ma cinquième visite et à chaque fois il me stupéfie. Où est ce château? Il est situé dans la petite ville appelée Kemi auprès de la mer. Pour atteindre Kemi il y a lignes de bus et service de trains à partir du sud. Il y a aussi des connexions à partir de Rovaniemi (Arctic Circle) en train et en bus. La distance entre Kemi et Rovaniemi est à seulement 117 km / 72 milles. La distance entre Helsinki et Kemi est 712 km / 442.4 milles. À Kemi le château de neige est situé à un kilomètre du centre-ville, dans le quartier du port intérieur de Kemi.

Chaque hiver, le château de neige doit être reconstruit et chaque année, il a un nouveau thème. Le thème de cette année était finlandicité. Á l’intérieur du château, cela signifie que l’art de neige sur les murs présentent par exemple des scènes de la Kalevala, qui est l’épopée nationale en Finlande.

Donc, ce qu’il il y á voir dans le château de neige? Il y a un restaurant de neige, bar de glace, chapelle de neige et hôtel de neige. Dans la cour de château il y a toboggan de glace pour les enfants. Dans un bâtiment séparé il y a une cafétéria. A l’intérieurce c’est agréable de se réchauffer et se détendre en boirant quelque bonne boisson. Dans le bâtiment voisin il y avait une exposition de vingtième anniversaire de la château de neige de Kemi. J’ai la permission de montrer des scènes comment le château de neige a été construit. Les photos originales ont été photographié par Timo Laapotti qui a photographié le château de neige depuis 2006. Mes quatre photos que j’ai prises à partir de ses photos, je les vous présente ici avec sa permission. Merci Timo.

Les mariages sont rendues possibles dans la chapelle. Beaucoup de couples viennent des quatre coins du monde pour se marier dans la chapelle de neige. Je pense que les souvenirs restent longtemps dans leur esprit! Pourquoi ne pas rester une nuit à l’hôtel de Neige, ça doit être sur les lèvres de beaucoup de gens. On ne gèle pas à l’intérieur, parce que les sacs de couchage sont excellents. La température à l’intérieur des chambres est de -5 ° C / 23 ° F peu importe ce que soit la température extérieure. Quand je étais à Kemi, la température était de 1 ° C / 33 ° F! Il ya 48 lits dans des chambres de taille différente. J’ai pris des photos de chambres de l’hôtel de neige pour obtenir une meilleure idée de ce qu’ils ressemblent.

Mon flux de photos va comme ceci: photos d’intérieur, photos de cour du château, photos de l’exposition et des photos de ma balade à pied à Kemi. Kemi est une belle ville dans la nuit arctique.

Maintenant c’est votre tour de visiter ce château unique, à travers mes photos.

Em Português:

Esse ano, eu queria visitar novamente o Maior Castelo de Neve do Mundo porque celebrourou seu vigésimo aniversário. Esta foi a minha quinta visita ao castelo e cada vez fico admirado. Onde está este castelo? Ele fica localizado na cidade de Kemi, Finlândia, perto do mar. Para chegar a Kemi há voos e conexões de trem do sul. Além disso, existem conexões de Rovaniemi (círculo polar Ártico) de trem e autocarro. A distância entre Kemi e Rovaniemi é aproxidamente 117 km / 72 milhas. A distância entre Helsínquia e Kemi é 712 km / 442.4 milhas. Em Kemi o Castelo de Neve fica um quilômetro do centro da cidade, na área interna do porto de Kemi.

Cada inverno Castelo de Neve deve ser reconstruído e todos os anos ele é decorado com um tema diferente. O tema deste ano foi a vida finlandês. No interior do castelo, isso significa que a arte de neve nas paredes apresentam por exemplo, cenários do Kalevala, que é o epopeia nacional.

Então, o que ver no Castelo de Neve? Há restaurant de neve, bar de gelo, capela de neve e hotel de neve. No pátio do castelo há um escorrego de gelo para as crianças. Num edifício separado há uma cafeteria. Dentro dele é bom para aquecer e relaxar apreciando alguma bebida agradável. No prédio próximo havia uma exposição de vigésimo aniversário apresentando o Castelo de Neve. Eu tenho permissão para mostrar cenário como o Castelo de Neve foi construído. Fotos originais tomou fotógrafo Timo Laapotti que fotografou Castelo de Neve desde 2006. Meus quatro fotos que eu tirei de suas fotos, eu apresento aqui com a sua permissão. Obrigado Timo.

Os casamentos são possíveis na capela. Muitos casais vêm de todo o mundo para se casar na capela de neve. Eu acho que as memórias ficam muito tempo em suas mentes! Que tal passar una noite no hotel de neve, deve estar na boca de todos. Dentro do hotel de neve não se congela, porque sacos de dormir são excelentes. A temperatura no interior em quartos é de -5 ° C / 23 ° F independentemente da temperatura exterior.
Quando eu estava em Kemi, a temperatura foi de 1 ° C / 33 ° F! Isso significa que a temperatura fora foi mais quente do que no interior. Há 48 camas em diferentes tamanhos de quartos. Tenho fotos de quartos do hotel de neve para obter uma melhor idéia do que eles se parecem.

Meu fluxo de foto vai deste modo: fotos do interior, fotos de pátio, fotos de exposições e fotos do meu passeio a pé em Kemi. Kemi é belíssima à noite ártica.

Agora é a sua vez para visitar este castelo único através de minhas fotos.

Snow Castle, Castillo de Nieve, / Château de Neige, Castelo de Neve

Snow Castle, Castillo de Nieve, / Château de Neige, Castelo de Neve

Snow Restaurant, Restaurante de nieve, restaurant de neige, restaurant de neve

Snow Restaurant, Restaurante de nieve, restaurant de neige, restaurant de neve

Snow Restaurant, Restaurante de nieve, restaurant de neige, restaurant de neve

Snow Restaurant, Restaurante de nieve, restaurant de neige, restaurant de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow Restaurant, Restaurante de nieve, restaurant de neige, restaurant de neve

Snow Restaurant, Restaurante de nieve, restaurant de neige, restaurant de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Ice Bar, Bar de hielo,  bar de glace, bar de gelo

Ice Bar, Bar de hielo, bar de glace, bar de gelo

Ice Bar, Bar de hielo,  bar de glace, bar de gelo

Ice Bar, Bar de hielo, bar de glace, bar de gelo

Snow Castle, Castillo de Nieve, / Château de Neige, Castelo de Neve

Snow Castle, Castillo de Nieve, / Château de Neige, Castelo de Neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow Restaurant, Restaurante de nieve, restaurant de neige, restaurant de neve

Snow Restaurant, Restaurante de nieve, restaurant de neige, restaurant de neve

Snow Restaurant, Restaurante de nieve, restaurant de neige, restaurant de neve

Snow Restaurant, Restaurante de nieve, restaurant de neige, restaurant de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Ice Bar, Bar de hielo,  bar de glace, bar de gelo

Ice Bar, Bar de hielo, bar de glace, bar de gelo

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Chapel, Capilla de Nieve,  chapelle de neige, capela de neve

Snow Chapel, Capilla de Nieve, chapelle de neige, capela de neve

Snow Chapel, Capilla de Nieve,  chapelle de neige, capela de neve

Snow Chapel, Capilla de Nieve, chapelle de neige, capela de neve

Snow Chapel, Capilla de Nieve,  chapelle de neige, capela de neve

Snow Chapel, Capilla de Nieve, chapelle de neige, capela de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow Hotel, Hotel de nieve, hôtel de neige, hotel de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Snow art, arte de nieve, art de neige, arte de neve

Courtyard,  patio, cour, pátio

Courtyard, patio, cour, pátio

Courtyard,  patio, cour, pátio

Courtyard, patio, cour, pátio

Courtyard,  patio, cour, pátio

Courtyard, patio, cour, pátio

Ice Slide, tobogán de hielo,  toboggan de neige,  escorrego de gelo

Ice Slide, tobogán de hielo, toboggan de neige, escorrego de gelo

Ice Slide, tobogán de hielo,  toboggan de neige,  escorrego de gelo

Ice Slide, tobogán de hielo, toboggan de neige, escorrego de gelo

Ice Slide, tobogán de hielo,  toboggan de neige,  escorrego de gelo

Ice Slide, tobogán de hielo, toboggan de neige, escorrego de gelo

Courtyard,  patio, cour, pátio

Courtyard, patio, cour, pátio

Exhibition of twentieth anniversary of the Kemi Snow Castle, exposición de vigésimo aniversario del Castillo de nieve, exposition de vingtième anniversaire de la château de neige, exposição de vigésimo aniversário apresentando o Castelo de Neve

Exhibition of twentieth anniversary of the Kemi Snow Castle, exposición de vigésimo aniversario del Castillo de nieve, exposition de vingtième anniversaire de la château de neige, exposição de vigésimo aniversário apresentando o Castelo de Neve

Exhibition of twentieth anniversary of the Kemi Snow Castle, exposición de vigésimo aniversario del Castillo de nieve, exposition de vingtième anniversaire de la château de neige, exposição de vigésimo aniversário apresentando o Castelo de Neve

Exhibition of twentieth anniversary of the Kemi Snow Castle, exposición de vigésimo aniversario del Castillo de nieve, exposition de vingtième anniversaire de la château de neige, exposição de vigésimo aniversário apresentando o Castelo de Neve

Exhibition of twentieth anniversary of the Kemi Snow Castle, exposición de vigésimo aniversario del Castillo de nieve, exposition de vingtième anniversaire de la château de neige, exposição de vigésimo aniversário apresentando o Castelo de Neve

Exhibition of twentieth anniversary of the Kemi Snow Castle, exposición de vigésimo aniversario del Castillo de nieve, exposition de vingtième anniversaire de la château de neige, exposição de vigésimo aniversário apresentando o Castelo de Neve

Exhibition of twentieth anniversary of the Kemi Snow Castle, exposición de vigésimo aniversario del Castillo de nieve, exposition de vingtième anniversaire de la château de neige, exposição de vigésimo aniversário apresentando o Castelo de Neve

Exhibition of twentieth anniversary of the Kemi Snow Castle, exposición de vigésimo aniversario del Castillo de nieve, exposition de vingtième anniversaire de la château de neige, exposição de vigésimo aniversário apresentando o Castelo de Neve

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World’s Biggest Snow Castle 2009 / Castillo de nieve más grande 2009 / Château de neige le plus grand 2009

World’s Biggest Snow Castle 2011 / Castillo de nieve más grande 2011 / Château de neige le plus grand 2011

World’s Biggest Snow Castle 2012 / Castillo de nieve más grande 2012 / Château de neige le plus grand 2012

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

153 Comments »

  1. What a fascinating winter-time treat! Your photographs are absolutely gorgeous, and bring warmth to a place that is so cold!! Thank you for sharing your arctic castle show experience. Take care!
    Elisa

    Comment by elisa ruland — February 26, 2015 @ 08:06 | Reply

    • Hi Elisa.

      Thank You leaving so kind comment. I am really happy that You loved my photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 11:03 | Reply

  2. C’est MA-GNI-FI-QUE merci pour la découverte et la visite. J’en avait entendu parlé à la télé mais c’est trop beau avec tes photos. Bravo aux artistes qui le construisent tous les ans. On voit bien que tu aurais bien passé une nuit avec ta femme dans ces lits;-) En France dans la vallée blanche près du mont Blanc il y a la grotte de glace sous le grand glacier j’y suis allée, ils sculpte la glace et il y a aussi des lumières pour éclairer la glace de toutes les couleurs mais c’est pas aussi joli que ce château. Et en prime ce superbe coucher de soleil.
    Bisous et bonne semaine mon cher🙂

    Comment by Sophie L. — February 26, 2015 @ 08:07 | Reply

    • Bonjour Sophie.

      Merci beaucoup d’avoir faite si gentil commentaire. Eh bien, oui je pourrais bien y passer la nuit, peut-être …

      Bonne journée à toi. Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 11:17 | Reply

  3. Amazing pictures! I loved the detail on the snow art and indeed, the town looks great under the arctic night. Have you ever stayed in the snow hotel?

    Comment by ourworldheritagebe — February 26, 2015 @ 08:18 | Reply

    • Hi Ourworldheritagebe.

      Good question. Well, have not spent the night in the sow hotel, but who knows in the future… The town is small, but in the Arctic night it is beautiful. Thank You for Your praising comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 11:29 | Reply

  4. You do take us to the most extraordinary places, thank you! The snow art is beautiful, and the snow hotel looks quite cozy. Wait … where are the toilets?🙂

    Comment by Yvonne — February 26, 2015 @ 08:35 | Reply

    • Hello Yvonne.

      I am glad that You visited the castle thru my photos. Thank You. Yes, of course there are toilets and clean ones! They are in the same red building where the cafeteria is. The building can be seen in the second and third photos at the other end of the building having the text: “Courtyard, patio, cour, pátio”.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 11:44 | Reply

      • I was worried about the honeymooners in the ice hotel having to sit on a block of ice, to relieve themselves.🙂

        Comment by Yvonne — February 26, 2015 @ 12:07 | Reply

        • Cara Yvonne,
          🙂 they do not have any problems. Maybe rooms are too warm for honeymooners!🙂

          Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 13:01 | Reply

  5. These are some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen! And what a work of art and craftmanship that castle is! Just unbelievably wonderful, thank you!

    Comment by alcessa — February 26, 2015 @ 08:37 | Reply

    • Hello Alcessa.

      Oh, what praising comment. Thank you. I am not used to shoot photos in the evening and in the dark, I am learning slowly.🙂

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 12:11 | Reply

  6. Another wonderful set of pictures from you. The snow art is incredible, and you have lit it so well. I was amused at the furs on the seats.

    Comment by derrickjknight — February 26, 2015 @ 08:40 | Reply

    • Hi Derrick.

      Thank You checking my post. I love the Place and it is so nice to receive comments. Thank You. Well, there is cool inside rooms and fur offer for visitors great opportunity to test beds. Reindeer furs are very popular in Finland and a lot of people buy them as souvenirs.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 12:18 | Reply

  7. Wowww che serie di foto stupende, che meraviglia. Bellissimo, deve essere stupendo visitare il castello di neve e passare qualche giorno serenamente tra la neve e divertirsi.

    Comment by Patrizia M. — February 26, 2015 @ 10:02 | Reply

    • Chiao Patrizia.

      Thank You for Your praising comment; I am really glad. Maybe some winter You could visit it.🙂

      Buona giornata!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 13:06 | Reply

  8. wow just wonderful a delight to look at your pictures.

    Comment by Hillechien Prins — February 26, 2015 @ 10:34 | Reply

    • Hello Hillechien Prins.

      I am very happy that You loved my photos and left Your kind comment. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 12:39 | Reply

  9. Wow this looks incredible!!! Your photos are amazing.

    Comment by claireprice90 — February 26, 2015 @ 10:56 | Reply

    • Hi Claire.

      Winter wonderland. February is the best month in Finland to explore its “secrets”. Thank you commenting.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 12:43 | Reply

  10. the snow castle is simply amazing, what a work of art!!! I love the roses in the ice, so romantic, but I would never be brave enough to sleep in the hotel rooms: sooooooo coooold!!! The pictures of Kemi are beautiful too, with such a beautiful light.

    Comment by Mrs. Bingles — February 26, 2015 @ 10:56 | Reply

    • Hello Mrs. Bingles.

      Hotel rooms are cool indeed, but not cold to sleep inside. Rooms are popular and they must be reserved in advance. For those having honeymoon, rooms might be hot, I presume!🙂 Thank You commenting!

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 12:54 | Reply

  11. Snow castle is splendid with what!
    I will certainly choose the Snow chapel if I hold a wedding ceremony once again.

    Comment by wakasahs15th — February 26, 2015 @ 13:21 | Reply

    • Hello Wakasahs15th.

      Wow, that was said so lovely. Thank you visiting my blog and leaving Your praising comment.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 13:26 | Reply

  12. It will be what and a wonderful sculpture and is charmed by a Scandinavian legend very much. The activity of buffets seems to revive. Because Japan is warm, I cannot make a large-scale snowy castle to here. Very enviable. A church and a town are beautiful!
    Japan greets spring soon. A cherry tree blooms in another one month.

    Comment by medaka4841 — February 26, 2015 @ 14:25 | Reply

    • Hi Medaka4841.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. I very happy that You loved this post. We have had also some warm days and the amount of the snow has decrease.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 15:27 | Reply

  13. Merci pour la visite de Kemi et de ce magnifique château de neige, tes photos sont superbes! Bonne journée🙂

    Comment by chantaki — February 26, 2015 @ 15:14 | Reply

    • Bonjour Chantaki.

      Quelle joie en lisant ton commentaire louant. Merci beaucoup.

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée! Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 15:32 | Reply

  14. Wow that sounds really interesting! I hope I can go to Kemi one day. I haven’t been to your part of the world!

    Comment by Boots — February 26, 2015 @ 15:55 | Reply

    • Hello Boots.

      Thank you for your comment. Welcome someday. My country is long and it has all the seasons of the year. This means that depending You would visit Finland there are everywhere things to be seen and explore. If You’ll come someday, tell when. February is the best month for winter adventure, summer is most beautiful and autumn the Northern parts are full of colors.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 17:14 | Reply

      • Thanks so much! Yes I hope I can definitely visit but if I do it will be in the summer. I heard summers there is beautiful and not too hot. Here in Texas it is so bad that we use air conditioning 24/7. It’s too hot!!!

        Comment by Boots — February 26, 2015 @ 21:06 | Reply

        • Hello Boots.

          Summer is okay. I do not recommend May, it is sometimes cold. The real summer comes in June. In July Finns are on vacation, because the weather is sunny mostly and “warm”. Personally I prefer August, because yet warm, sometimes “Indian summer” surprises and September is ideal for visiting the Arctic Circle and to travel to the North of it. During Midsummer there are no night in the North, such an experience. In summer it is nice o cruise on some of our lakes.

          Here is one example:

          Cruise to Rock paintings.

          Anyway, if You come tell me when, so I could find cool places for Your visit.

          Have a wonderful day!

          Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 11:25 | Reply

  15. Your photos give us an excellent glimpse of this most extraordinary place! Do they have to rebuild it (or parts of it) every year?

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — February 26, 2015 @ 16:10 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn.

      Thank you. Yes, it must be rebuilt every year. In summer, even in the North, we have real summer and sometimes temperatures are up to 30ºC / 86ºF.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 17:18 | Reply

  16. Impressive! Beautiful photos too..I am speechless..This is really beautiful snow castle and its interior and crafting are stunning.

    Comment by Indah Susanti — February 26, 2015 @ 16:19 | Reply

    • Hi Indah.

      Winter is also wonderful time and then there are nice surprises to be found. Thank you commenting so nicely.

      Have a nice evening!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 17:22 | Reply

  17. It looks very very cold!
    But, very very beutiful!!

    Comment by 洋子 — February 26, 2015 @ 16:48 | Reply

    • Hello Maatan.

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

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 17:24 | Reply

  18. This snow castle is fantastic. I am impressed with the building itself as well as the beautiful, detail art in the interior. The town of Kemi is beautiful as well. I really like your night photos.

    Comment by seniorhiker — February 26, 2015 @ 17:18 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      I am very glad when reading Your praising comment and noticing that You loved my photos. Thank You very much.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 17:27 | Reply

  19. Every bit of the castle is amazing! The idea is bold and a wonderful celebration of the snow and cold that help make life on this earth possible. The art is exquisite and the scope of the whole thing is incredible. Its creators are master planners and builders. I loved all of your photos and found the photos of the construction phase fascinating. Thank you for all of your effort in presenting it!

    Comment by montucky — February 26, 2015 @ 17:28 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      How nicely You commented and love especially my construction phase of photos. Well, this post took from me long time to prepare and planning although not calculating translations. The total number of photos which I took was 341. When walking around the castle and in Kemi I tried to see everything with other people’s eyes, not mine.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2015 @ 17:37 | Reply

  20. Very special place! Thanks for taking me there🙂 But spring is slowly coming…🙂 Bye. K

    Comment by Kamila Pala — February 26, 2015 @ 18:23 | Reply

    • Hello Kamila.

      Yes, it is special, but in March it starts to melt.😦 Anyway photos stay and next year a new Snow Castle. Thank You commenting!

      Happy Weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 08:11 | Reply

  21. Il est fantastique ce château des neiges, cela doit
    être un vrai plaisir de le visiter, je te remercie
    de nous le faire découvrir…
    J’aime l’art des neiges, il est superbe.
    Belle fin de soirée à toi. Hervé

    Comment by vever02 — February 26, 2015 @ 18:36 | Reply

    • Bonjour Hervé.

      Merci de m’avoir fait un commentaire! J’suis heureux que t’as trouvée ce château des neiges à travers mes photos. Je pense que les artistes de neige sont de vrais artistes. Chapeau!

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 08:20 | Reply

  22. quel beau reportage sur ce magnifique château : splendide visite

    Comment by Bernieshoot — February 26, 2015 @ 18:53 | Reply

    • Bonjour Bernard.

      J’apprécie beaucoup votre commentaire. Merci beaucoup.

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 08:31 | Reply

  23. Good evening, I am absolutely fascinated by this castle near Kemi, the sculptures and the whole presentation with your pictures and thank you very much!😄😃😀😊🌅🏰

    Comment by Martina Ramsauer — February 26, 2015 @ 20:49 | Reply

    • Good Morning Martina.

      I am glad that You loved my photos and left Your kind comment here. Every time when I visit in Kemi, the feeling is something unbelievable. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 08:45 | Reply

  24. Sartenada, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos with us. We have lots of snow in New England but unfortunately we don’t have a snow castle. The snow art is absolutely incredible.

    Comment by Karen — February 26, 2015 @ 21:00 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      So nice that You left Your praising comment. Thank You. I love also snow art and these are real art. It is a pity that someday in March they have gone.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 08:53 | Reply

  25. i cannot find words to express my feelings to see such fascinating beauty. i don’t think i will find kemi more beautiful than in your photos. thank you sartenada

    Comment by Hussein Omar — February 26, 2015 @ 21:04 | Reply

    • Hi Hussein.

      Well, Kemi is beautiful, but in winter night it is magic. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 10:47 | Reply

  26. I’m fascinated by all the photos and I think that visiting this site would be like staying in a fairy-tale ….
    But…. nothing and nobody would be able to persuade me to sleep there, I’m afraid…….
    Apart from my personal tastes , this is really amazing and your post is gorgeous!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — February 26, 2015 @ 22:00 | Reply

    • Chiao Anna.

      Think Anna that once I read a couple who got their marriage in the Snow Chapel and then they flew to Caribbean to spend their honeymoon.🙂 Exotic! Thank You praising my photos and commenting.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 11:52 | Reply

  27. Looks lovely. How cold is it inside? Snow is lovely to look at but always cold.

    Comment by janeslog — February 26, 2015 @ 23:47 | Reply

    • Hello Jane.

      The inside temperature in rooms is -5°C / 23°F regardless of the outside temperature. Snow is cold, it is true to us also. When winter starts we shiver from the cold, but slowly get accustomed to it. Thank You visiting my blog and leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 12:11 | Reply

  28. Absolutely fantastic! What an extraordinary place and really perfect photos (Did you use a another camera? Your photos are always wonderful but to me it seems that they are really remarkable needle-sharp photographs showing incredible colours!).
    I am so impressed with the castle, its rooms, the chapel, the surroundings! So glad, that you showed such a miracle! Thank you, Matti!

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — February 27, 2015 @ 00:40 | Reply

    • Guten tag Michèle.

      Thank You praising my photos! Yes, I was using my Christmas present Camera, a new Nikon and new lens. I sold my old camera and its lens from he year 2008 for a good price. I wish that You’ll not be disappointed in the future, because I have made a lot of posts using my old camera in advance which wait for publishing.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 12:47 | Reply

      • I don’t think at all that I’ll be disappointed! Never! As you know it always depends on so many other circumstances too how the quality will turn out! Light, Distance, Motion etc. Most of my own photographs are only mediocre (not the sharpness or the colourfulness of those presented in your blog – even taken with your older cameras!) as I still only use a compact camera and often there’s no other possibility as to take quick and spontaneous snapshots. No chance for a retry. I think it doesn’t really matter if you want to show a very special moment or occasion.
        I will estimate your further blogposts as before! That’s for sure!🙂

        Comment by ladyfromhamburg — February 27, 2015 @ 17:03 | Reply

  29. AMAZING! I would give anything to see this in person! Your photos are wonderful. I read the Kalevala when I was in college and was so interested in the art with scenes from the epic. Just a terrific post!

    Comment by KerryCan — February 27, 2015 @ 01:07 | Reply

    • Hi Kerry.

      Thank You. There were indeed many scenes from Kalevala. How nice that You knew Kalevala. It has inspired many artists to create their master paintings. I am glad for Your kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 13:10 | Reply

  30. Oustanding pics dear Sartenada⭐🐻 I love them… All the best to you!, Aquileana😀

    Comment by Aquileana — February 27, 2015 @ 07:02 | Reply

    • Hello Aquileana.

      I am very happy when reading Your comment. I appreciate very much. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 13:21 | Reply

  31. extraordinarie!! excellents!!! wanderfullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

    Comment by ventisqueras — February 27, 2015 @ 08:40 | Reply

    • Hi Ventisqueras.

      Thank You loving my post and leaving Your praising comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2015 @ 13:32 | Reply

  32. Wow, what a work of art! Excellent photos, I especially like the night shots. The tobogganing looks like fun.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — February 27, 2015 @ 22:27 | Reply

    • Hello Linda.

      Thank You commenting my post. I am really glad that You did so.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 1, 2015 @ 10:02 | Reply

  33. That must be amazing to visit there. Your pictures are really beautiful and there are so many different places!

    Comment by megtraveling — February 28, 2015 @ 00:48 | Reply

    • Hi Meg.

      The Castle amazed me every time indeed. When visiting it, I feel like being in another world. Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a nice Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 1, 2015 @ 10:08 | Reply

  34. Can we stay this ice hotel?
    What temperature is this room?

    Almost Japanese like this character about ball.
    It’s cute!
    and night town photos is very good!

    Comment by キース — February 28, 2015 @ 13:13 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

      Yes, You can stay in ice hotel, because the inside temperature in rooms is -5°C / 23°F regardless of the outside temperature. You do not shiver from cold, because it is arranged so, be sure. Every room have well-equipped sleeping-bags and good beds! ありがとうございます.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 1, 2015 @ 10:21 | Reply

  35. ¡Hola Matti! Una vez más decides vivir la incomparable aventura de visitar esta maravilla de hielo y nieve, así como los bellísimos paisajes llenos de invernal colorido y matices que no hace pensar en el frío sino en un cálido y acogedor lugar para llenar la vista, sorprender a la mente y abrigar al corazón al compartir tus impresionantes imágenes tomadas con todo el amor, apego y orgullo que a tu tierra le tienes. Estas imágenes me muestran un mundo distante y distinto al cotidiano que se vive en países como el mío, donde el frío y, si acaso nieve, acaricia solamente y por poco tiempo al norte de mi país y, más al centro, los picos de las altas montañas o volcanes entre pinares que, al verlos, algunas veces me traen recuerdos cálidos de otras lejanas altitudes del planeta, ese mismo que todos compartimos. Gracias amigo. ¡Qué gran trabajo el tuyo! Recibe un gran abrazo.😀

    Comment by Teresa Rdz — February 28, 2015 @ 16:17 | Reply

    • ¡Hola Teresa mi amiga lejana que te siempre recuerdo!

      Tu no puedes saber como muchísima el comentario tuyo me calienta mi corazón. Tus palabras son como el poema más bello en el mundo entero. Espero que estés bien. No hace mucho tiempo que te pensaba y preguntando en mi mente que te pasa hoy. Ahora tengo tu respuesta y soy feliz.

      Abrazos y besitos.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 1, 2015 @ 11:08 | Reply

  36. Awesome photos! Looks like a fun place to visit! Not sure whether I can handle the temperature though😦

    Comment by myownslice — March 1, 2015 @ 12:38 | Reply

    • Hello myownslice.

      I am glad that You left Your comment and saw my photos. Thank You. I understand the temperature problem very well. When I went to visit the castle, I met young Italian couple in the train on their travel to visit the Arctic Circle .They had never heard this castle and decided immediately to visit it also after seeing photos of my previous visits,

      Happy and safe travel.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 1, 2015 @ 12:51 | Reply

      • I see. Thanks for telling me about this place! It’s like a winter wonderland!🙂 Will try to visit it and your country sometime in the future🙂

        Comment by myownslice — March 1, 2015 @ 12:53 | Reply

  37. bonjour mon ami, quel beau château de neige c’est vraiment magnifique je n’en avais jamais vu comme çà et surtout bravo aux artistes qui ont fait et qui font chaque année ce magnifique travail. Tes photos sont vraiment splendides je pense que tout le monde aimerait bien passer la nuit dans l’hôtel enfin toi je suppose!! et Kemi est une jolie petite ville et tes photos de soleil couchant sont magiques merci de me le faire découvrir. Je reprend demain mon blog j’étais très fatiguée donc je l’ai mis en pause cette semaine bisous MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — March 1, 2015 @ 14:29 | Reply

    • Bonjour MA.

      Oh-la-laa. Ton commentaire faisant l’éloge sur mon blog réchauffe mon cœur ici en hivernale Finlande! Merci beaucoup.

      Ayez un grand début d’une nouvelle semaine!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2015 @ 08:34 | Reply

  38. Superb photos as always”. Nice contrast between snow castle and the images of the town.

    Comment by surfnslide — March 1, 2015 @ 18:57 | Reply

    • Hi Andy.

      Thank You visiting my blog and praising my photos.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2015 @ 08:51 | Reply

  39. What another wonderful visit you gave me! I am completely in love with your photo of the ice sculpted angel playing the harp. I can’t imagine how they sculpted the strings so realistically. This was a wonderful series, Matti. Thanks for taking me along.

    Comment by Heart To Harp — March 2, 2015 @ 01:27 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      It is indeed well made ice harp. I am glad that You loved my photos and that You found something very “personal” among them! Thank you commenting.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2015 @ 12:08 | Reply

  40. The detail in the snow art is quite amazing. I wish I could do that in my garden full of snow!!

    Comment by Letizia — March 2, 2015 @ 02:38 | Reply

    • Hello Letizia.

      In own garden it would be gorgeous! I can hardly make a snowman. Oh, I forgot we have made once beautiful snowball lantern in our garden! Here is the photo from my About-me page:

      Snow ball lantern.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2015 @ 12:23 | Reply

      • I love the snow ball lantern – I had not seen it before, fantastic!

        Comment by Letizia — March 2, 2015 @ 18:23 | Reply

        • Hi Letizia.

          I am glad that You loved the idea. Make from snow balls a lantern and inside a colorful candle! Simple and works great.

          Have a great day!

          Comment by Sartenada — March 3, 2015 @ 08:39 | Reply

          • It’s suppose to snow again tonight so we will have fresh snow on top of the ice we have right now. If we have enough, I will try to make a later (if I do, I will take a photo and send it to you!).

            Comment by Letizia — March 3, 2015 @ 16:20 | Reply

  41. Gorgeous pictures Matti! It was so nice to see the ice hotel again! The art and the amenities are magnificent ! And Kemi looks magical on a winter night! Thanks for sharing!
    .

    Comment by Tiny — March 2, 2015 @ 04:31 | Reply

    • Hello Tiny.

      So nice to read that You remembered the Snow Castle in Finland. Thank you for Your lovely comment.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2015 @ 12:45 | Reply

  42. How luxurious and icey!
    Kemi town is so beautiful.

    Comment by kanaconnie — March 2, 2015 @ 15:00 | Reply

    • Hello Kanaconnnie.

      I am so glad that You saw my photos from this my favorite place in Finland. ありがとうございます.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2015 @ 15:32 | Reply

  43. ¡ que historia ultima magnifica ! invierno es divertida (a veces) !

    Comment by betunada — March 2, 2015 @ 18:48 | Reply

    • Hola Betunada.

      Si señor, invierno es divertido, si se sepa que algun día el verano viniere. Gracias al comentar!

      ¡Que tengas un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 3, 2015 @ 08:46 | Reply

  44. こんばんは(^^)  Good evening(^^)
    I silvery white photo of the night of the town is mysterious and wonderful.

    Comment by saganhama — March 3, 2015 @ 13:08 | Reply

    • Hello Saganhama.

      I am glad that you visited Kemi and its Snow Castle thru my photos. ありがとうございます.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 3, 2015 @ 13:32 | Reply

  45. I remember previous ice castle photo posts and this one doesn’t disappoint! Love the night photos of Kemi buildings…..magical!!!!!!

    Comment by treadlemusic — March 3, 2015 @ 18:31 | Reply

    • Hello Doreen.

      I read Your comment with great pleasure and I appreciate it very much. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 4, 2015 @ 09:10 | Reply

      • Thank you so much…..and ‘Hello’ to your sweet wife!!!!

        Comment by treadlemusic — March 4, 2015 @ 14:13 | Reply

  46. Your photos, as always, are stunning. We will have to look at the Kalevala snow reliefs with some of our pupils. It will be quite exotic for the children from other parts of the world to see the snow castle.

    Comment by ss-k — March 3, 2015 @ 19:30 | Reply

    • Hi Saila.

      Wow, what a comment. It warms my heart very much. Very nice that Your pupils can get visualization idea of Kalevala thru snow art! Thank You!

      Have a great day, to You and the school!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 4, 2015 @ 09:22 | Reply

  47. Now that is amazing! I would just love to spend a night there!

    Comment by chrissiedixie — March 3, 2015 @ 19:37 | Reply

    • Hello Chrissie.

      Congratulations when saying and being the first person in my post who would love to spend a night there!!! Thank You visiting my blog and leaving Your praising comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 4, 2015 @ 09:30 | Reply

  48. This castle is an absolutely incredible work of art. Wow!

    Comment by Minnesota Prairie Roots — March 4, 2015 @ 16:20 | Reply

    • Hello Audrey.

      I am glad that You loved my post and commented it. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 5, 2015 @ 11:35 | Reply

  49. WOW! Amazing place and pictures!

    Comment by lengar79 — March 6, 2015 @ 18:05 | Reply

    • Hello Lengar79.

      I am very happy that You loved my post. Thank You.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 7, 2015 @ 11:43 | Reply

  50. Such a beautiful Snow Castle. It’s like something from another world – truly amazing! I really would love to visit it. I love your pictures of Kemi – some of which are postcard-picture perfect.

    Comment by luchanik — March 9, 2015 @ 06:34 | Reply

    • Hello Davinder.

      It is “from another world”, from the winter world.🙂 As You saw winter / snow can be beautiful. Thank You leaving so nice comment,

      Have a gorgeous day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 10, 2015 @ 11:28 | Reply

  51. Wow, you have a really wonderful photo collection here!! And I’m sure this article and all the translations took you lots of time – respect!! I’ve been at the Kemi Snow Castle back in 2011 when everything was based on the comic theme; I loved it! It’s really cool to see what they made of it this year, seeing an important part of the Finnish culture coming “to life”. I especially like the replica of the Northern Lights and the wolves!❤

    Comment by fromsuomiwithlove — March 12, 2015 @ 13:58 | Reply

    • Hello Maria.

      How praising comment You made. Thank You. Very nice to read that You have visited there also – same year as I did.🙂 Translations take time, it is sure, but I learn more and more every time. Photographing and languages are my hobbies.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2015 @ 14:17 | Reply

  52. These photos are absolutely wonderful! It makes me almost feel like I am transported there except for the temperature of course. Like I said in my blog reply, this makes me feel like I need to go back just to visit this place!! Simply amazing.

    Comment by Dr Sze Wey Lee — March 16, 2015 @ 11:51 | Reply

    • Hi Dr Sze Wey Lee.

      Very nice that that You love my photos. The best month is February! If You’ll come someday, tell to me so we could possibly be there at same time. Well, now I just wonder did You visit the:

      Arctic Circle in winter.

      To meet Santa clause there is cool.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2015 @ 12:02 | Reply

  53. Absolutely astounding! Hard to imagine how such intricate art can be made from ice and snow!

    Comment by Sue Slaght — March 18, 2015 @ 15:45 | Reply

    • Hi Sue.

      So nice comment. Thank you. The castle is worth for a visit every winter and I love it very much this year. The best time to visit it is February..🙂

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 18, 2015 @ 16:06 | Reply

  54. I knew from your many other posts how beautiful Finland is – Kemi is no exception. But I am speechless and full of admiration over everything that can be made of ice and snow – a hotel, rastaurant – art and much more. Fantastic !!! Thank you for a very exciting and interesting post!
    Sorry I haven’t had the time to follow your – and many other’s – blogs lately….. Hope to get some more time soon!

    Comment by Truels — March 22, 2015 @ 03:04 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      This is my favorite Place for a visit in winter. Best month is February. So nice that You visit it thru my photos. Thank You for Your praising comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 22, 2015 @ 09:38 | Reply

  55. Wow! Absolutely stunning pictures.
    Keep up the good work going!

    Comment by Smart Words — March 22, 2015 @ 21:17 | Reply

    • Hi Smart Words.

      Thank you for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 31, 2015 @ 09:52 | Reply

  56. Thanks so much for sharing – those sculptures were incredible and so detailed! I also enjoyed reading the comments and everything your readers asked about – a lot of good information was in there.

    Nancy

    Comment by dogear6 — April 3, 2015 @ 23:11 | Reply

    • Hello Dogear6.

      This place is my favorite place in wintry Finland. It is very near to the gorgeous place:

      Arctic Circle.

      Thank You visiting my blog and leaving so nice comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 4, 2015 @ 11:33 | Reply

  57. Whoa that is just incredible. I can’t believe they have to rebuild it every year (though it makes sense haha). So much detail in the artwork.
    Your photos are amazing!

    Comment by Sarah — April 6, 2015 @ 11:30 | Reply

    • Hello Sarah.

      Thank You for Your praising comment! Snow is nice material to build art, castles etc. This place is my favorite winter place in winter and besides it is very near to the:

      Arctic Circle in winter,

      man can meet Santa Claus for example!

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 6, 2015 @ 11:36 | Reply

  58. amazing pictures!🙂 thanks for sharing them.. never imagined those places existed. I am from the Philippines.🙂

    Comment by ANDREA — April 7, 2015 @ 04:29 | Reply

    • Hi Andrea.

      Tropics is beautiful, but to imagine to build a snow castle is not easy for people living in the tropics. Best time for a visit is February. Thank You commenting so nicely.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2015 @ 10:22 | Reply

  59. These are great photos Matti. I have seen photos before from one of your previous Ice Castle visits. We also visited an Ice Hotel in Alta, Norway, and I’ll be putting a few photos on my blog before too long. I found the different light quite challenging to photograph. Your castle is much bigger and much grander than the one we went to.

    Comment by Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers — April 21, 2015 @ 20:34 | Reply

    • Hi Janice.

      Thank You commenting my post. This castle offers every year something new to us Finns also. I am glad that You loved my photos. Inside photos are always a challenge, due to sun, clouds or the time of day. Personally I love to shoot photos after sunset.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 22, 2015 @ 10:38 | Reply

  60. What an fantastic place – just love the restaurant – blogging certainly opens my eyes to many experiences

    Comment by dianaed2013 — April 25, 2015 @ 23:24 | Reply

    • Hi Diana.

      Thank you. Blogging gives so much information and ideas and thus they are two reasons I love blogging. To me personally is also to keep up my language skills. The Snow Castle is every winter worth for a visit due to its changing themes.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 26, 2015 @ 08:06 | Reply

  61. The sheer size of the castle is truest impressive and the snow art beautiful. Thank you for showing me another side to Kemi.

    Comment by kclune2 — June 15, 2015 @ 08:59 | Reply

    • Hello Katherine and James.

      Well, this showed to You that winter is wonderful. I could say that summer and winter Finland differ from each others as night and day. Thank you leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a wonderful time in Finland! Happy and safe travels.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 15, 2015 @ 09:46 | Reply

  62. Que blog lindo sobre a Finlândia! Quando visitar o pais, vou consultar de certeza. E muito boas fotos!
    Você fala português?

    Comment by Diana — July 22, 2015 @ 17:59 | Reply

    • Ola Diana.

      Obrigado pela visita e pelo comentário! Bem. Nao falo realmente mas estudei português já após de duas anos. Eu estou aprendendo mais diariamente. Eu leio livros em português com o dicionário. Não é fácil, mas gratificante. Eu leio notícias do Brasil a partir de meu smartphone etc.

      Feliz quinta feira!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 23, 2015 @ 07:26 | Reply

  63. This snow hotel is INCREDIBLE!!!! I’m in awe that they rebuild it every year. I’m so happy that you shared this – I never knew about it before now! Have you stayed in the snow hotel? Your pictures are beautiful. It all looks truly amazing!

    Comment by alyssaacree — August 20, 2015 @ 07:26 | Reply

    • Hi Alyssaacree.

      Wow. From Your comment, I see that You really enjoyed it. When seeing these two links, You’ll find that winter can be fun also:

      Arctic Circle in winter.

      Walking on frozen lake.

      I have not stay there, but mainly people coming from abroad yes.

      Happy blogging!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 20, 2015 @ 07:39 | Reply

  64. Es espectacular… Pero qué frío debe hacer allí. Habrá que abrigarse bien😉

    Comment by magnoliae — November 1, 2015 @ 12:21 | Reply

    • Hola Magnolia.

      Si, eso es así.Qué bueno que has visto mis fotos, porque el castillo es mágico en la luz del atardecer. Esto es muy cerca del castillo, absolutamente digno de una visita🙂 :

      Círculo Polar Ártico en invierno .

      Abrazos.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 1, 2015 @ 13:08 | Reply

  65. Oh gosh that snow hotel is incredible !

    Comment by wanderingcows — November 15, 2015 @ 19:48 | Reply

    • Hi wanderingcows.

      Thank You. Now You understand why I try to visit it so often than possible.

      Have a great start of new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 16, 2015 @ 08:27 | Reply

  66. It looks great!

    Comment by Tanja — November 17, 2015 @ 15:28 | Reply

    • Hello Tanja.

      Thank you. This is unique in the world and thus worth for a visit. You probably noticed that there is snow hotel. To spend a night there is such an experience, which stays in mind the rest of life.

      Happy Wednesday

      Comment by Sartenada — November 18, 2015 @ 11:24 | Reply

  67. Wow. I found you from Goat and Kids’ blog…..what an incredible thing this is and your photos are just awesome! I can definitely see why you go back over and over….I might never leave!

    Comment by A.PROMPTreply — February 5, 2016 @ 16:33 | Reply

    • Hi A.PROMPTreply.

      I am glad that you loved my post. Thank You commenting.

      Hapy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 7, 2016 @ 09:47 | Reply

  68. On My goodness Matti! How amazing. I am now desperately wanting to visit!!!!!!! Did you actually stay in the snow castle?

    Comment by leannenz — February 21, 2016 @ 10:21 | Reply

    • Hello Leanne.

      Thank You. I have never stayed there inside, because to me “too expensive”.🙂 The opening time of Snow Castle is quite short, starting generally from the last week in January and ending in April one week or ten days. Best time to visit are in February and March, because then there is snow surely.
      Here are Snow Castle’s official pages in English:

      Snow Castle.

      In Kemi, there is one more experience: To cruise on icebreaker Sampo. I have a dreamt to make it some winter.

      Good planning is important. For example yesterday here in Oulu where we stay, there were reindeer riding contest. It is every winter at same time, but for us it was the first time. In Lapland thee is possible to see Northern lights also. If any help needed do not hesitate to ask. Matti.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 21, 2016 @ 11:41 | Reply

      • It won’t be in the near future but Thank you for your kind offer! When the time comes I will be in touch!

        Comment by leannenz — February 21, 2016 @ 13:08 | Reply

  69. ¡Realmente impresionante este lugar! Me encanta la talla de Odín con el cuervo. ¡Algún día visitaremos Finlandia!

    Comment by El Caldero de Nimue — May 27, 2016 @ 13:01 | Reply

    • Hola El Caldero de Nimue.

      Muchas gracias a ti por tu comentario. Espero que tengas un muy buen fin de semana.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 27, 2016 @ 13:49 | Reply


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