Travels in Finland and abroad

June 18, 2019

Moomin ice sculptures / Esculturas de hielo de Mumin / Sculptures de glace de Moomine / Esculturas de gelo de Mumin

In English:

Ice sculpture cave in Leppävirta

Where? In Leppävirta, Finland in Sport & Spa Hotel Vesileppis. How to get there? Distance by car from Helsinki is 338km /210mi. Distance by car from Kuopio is 54km / 33.5mi. You can reach Kuopio by air in 45 minutes from Helsinki.

Moomins, what they are? Moomins are imaginary characters created by Tove Jansson. There are Moomin books, comic strips and also there is Moomin World in Naantali in Finland. The newest place is in Japan called Moomin Valley Park. You can reach Moominvalley Park in a 50-minutes train ride from Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo).

Our visit. We drove a round trip from Helsinki to Leppävirta. Because we do not live in the center of Helsinki, we drove about 700 km / 435mi. We made a stop at the cemetery where my late father rests, putting the summer flowers on his grave, which is a nice Finnish tradition. The ice cave was 30 meters / 98.4 ft below the ground surface. Because ice sculptures must last for many months, the temperature was – 5℃ / 23℉. Oh boy, it was cold in summer clothes, but the feeling was magical.

Photographing ice sculptures. The pure ice is transparent. This means that You see thru it. More precisely: You see the side on which You watch, all what is inside and the opposite. When looking at the carved pure transparent ice, You see both sides at the same time and this is just the problem for photographers – seeing the both of sides at the same time! This problem can be improved by using color lights focused on the target. After photos I have plenty of links to those who have found interest in Moomins. For my Japanese readers I dug up Japanese links.

The exhibit is open until July 9, 2019. Thanks to the friendly staff of Vesileppis making our visit possible.

En español:

Cueva de esculturas de hielo en Leppävirta

¿Dónde? En Leppävirta, Finlandia en Sport & Spa Hotel Vesileppis. ¿Cómo llegar allí? La distancia en auto desde Helsinki es 338km / 210mi. La distancia en coche desde Kuopio es 54 km / 33.5mi. Puede llegar a Kuopio por aire en 45 minutos desde Helsinki.

Los mumins, ¿qué son? Los Mumins son personajes imaginarios creados por Tove Jansson. Hay libros de Mumins, tiras cómicas y también hay Moomin World en Naantali en Finlandia. El lugar más nuevo está en Japón llamado Moomin Valley Park. Puedes llegar al parque Moominvalley realizando un trayecto de 50 minutos en tren desde la estación de Ikebukuro (Tokio).

Nuestra visita. Hicimos un viaje de ida y vuelta desde Helsinki a Leppävirta. Debido a que nos vivimos en el centro de Helsinki, manejimos aproximadamente 700 km / 435mi. Hicimos una parada en el cementerio donde descansa mi difunto padre, poniendo flores de verano en su tumba, que es una bonita tradición finlandesa. La cueva de hielo estaba a 30 metros / 98.4 pies debajo de la superficie del suelo. Debido a que las esculturas de hielo deben durar muchos meses, la temperatura era de -5 ℃ / 23℉. ¡Caray! hacía frío en la ropa de verano, pero la sensación era mágica.

Fotografiando esculturas de hielo. El hielo puro es transparente. Esto significa que lo ves a través de él. Más precisamente: ves el lado en el que miras, todo lo que está dentro y lo opuesto también. Cuando miras el hielo transparente puro tallado, ves ambos lados al mismo tiempo y esto es solo el problema para los fotógrafos: ¡viendo los ambos lados al mismo tiempo! Este problema se puede mejorar utilizando luces de colores enfocadas en el objetivo. Después de las fotos tengo muchos enlaces a aquellos que han encontrado interés en Mumins. Para mis lectores japoneses buscaba enlaces japoneses.

La exposición está abierta hasta el 9 de julio de 2019. Gracias al amable personal de Vesileppis que ha hecho posible nuestra visita.

En Français:

Grotte de sculpture sur glace à Leppävirta

Où? À Leppävirta, Finlande, dans Sport & Spa Hotel Vesileppis. comment s’y rendre? La distance en voiture depuis Helsinki est de 338km / 210mi. La distance en voiture de Kuopio est de 54 km / 33.5mi.

Vous pouvez rejoindre Kuopio par avion en 45 minutes depuis Helsinki. Les Moumines, qu’est-ce qu’ils sont? Les Moomines sont des personnages imaginaires créés par Tove Jansson. Il y a des livres, des bandes dessinées et aussi Moomin World à Naantali en Finlande. Le lieu le plus récent se trouve au Japon, appelé Moomin Valley Park. Pour vous y rendre, vous pouvez prendre le train pour le parc Moominvalley en 50 minutes de la gare d’Ikebukuro (Tokyo).

Notre visite. Nous avons fait l’aller-retour entre Helsinki et Leppävirta. Parce que nous ne vivons pas dans le centre de Helsinki, nous avons parcouru environ 700 km / 435mi. Nous faisions une halte au cimetière où repose le regretté père, déposant les fleures d’été sur sa tombe, une tradition finlandaise. La grotte de glace était à 30 mètres sous la surface du sol. Parce que les sculptures de glace doivent durer plusieurs mois, la température était de – 5 ℃ / 23℉. Bigre, il faisait froid en tenues d’été , mais le sentiment était magique. Tähän asti!

Photographiant des sculptures de glace. La glace pure est transparente. Cela signifie que vous voyez à travers de la glace. Plus précisément: vous voyez le côté sur lequel vous regardez, tout ce qui est à l’intérieur et l’arrière. Lorsque vous regardez la glace transparente pure sculptée, vous voyez les deux côtés en même temps et c’est là le problème des photographes: vous voyez les deux côtés en même temps! Ce problème peut être amélioré en utilisant des lumières de couleur concentrées sur le sujet. Après les photos, j’ai beaucoup de liens vers ceux qui ont trouvé un intérêt pour les Moumines. Pour mes lecteurs japonais, j’ai cherché des liens japonais.

L’exposition est ouverte jusqu’au 9 juillet 2019. Merci au personnel amical de Vesileppis qui a rendu notre visite possible.

Em Português:

Caverna de escultura de gelo em Leppävirta

Onde? Em Leppävirta, na Finlândia, no Sport & Spa Hotel Vesileppis. como chegar lá? Distância de carro de Helsinque é 338km / 210mi.

A distância total de condução de Kuopio é de 54 km / 33,5mi. Você pode chegar a Kuopio de avião em 45 minutos de Helsinque. Mumins, o que são eles? Mumins são personagens imaginários criados por Tove Jansson. Há livros, quadrinhos e também Moomin World em Naantali, na Finlândia. O lugar mais recente é no Japão, chamado Moomin Valley Park. Para chegar lá, você pode pegar o trem para o Parque Moominvalley em 50 minutos da Estação Ikebukuro (Tóquio).

A nossa visita. Fizemos a viagem de ida e volta entre Helsinque e Leppävirta. Parce que não vivemos no centro de Helsinque, viajamos cerca de 700 km. Nós paramos no cemitério onde o meu falecido pai está descansando, colocando as flores de verão em seu túmulo, uma tradição finlandesa. A caverna de gelo estava 30 metros abaixo da superfície do solo. Porque as esculturas de gelo têm que durar vários meses, a temperatura foi de – 5 ℃ / 23 ℉.Nossa, estava frio em roupas de verão, mas o sentimento foi mágico.

Fotografando as esculturas de gelo. O gelo puro é transparente. Isso significa que você vê através do gelo. Mais precisamente: você vê o lado em que você assiste, tudo o que está dentro e o lado oposto também. Quando você olha para o gelo transparente esculpido puro, você vê os dois lados ao mesmo tempo e esse é o problema dos fotógrafos: você vê os dois lados ao mesmo tempo! Esse problema pode ser melhorado usando luzes coloridas focadas no assunto. Depois das fotos, tenho muitos links para aqueles que têm interesse em Moumines. Para os meus leitores japoneses, pesquisei por ligações em japonês.

A exposição está aberta até 9 de julho de 2019. Graças à simpática equipe de Vesileppis, que tornou a nossa visita possível .

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Links / Enlaces / Liens / Ligações:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moomins (English)
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumin (Spanish)
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moumines (Française)
https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumin (Português)
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumins (Deutsch)
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ムーミン (日本語)

Vesileppis:

https://www.icecave.fi/frontpage (Finnish, English, Russian, Japanese)

English:

https://soranews24.com/2019/03/23/we-visit-the-new-moominvalley-park-have-a-great-time-and-learn-a-few-life-lessons-along-the-way/

https://allabout-japan.com/en/article/8070/

Address:

431-3-58 Miyazawa, Hanno, Saitama 357-0001, Japan

Naantali, Finland:

https://www.moominworld.fi/

Walking in Naantali

日本語:

https://youpouch.com/2019/03/15/561889/

88 Comments »

  1. Great photos. I love moomins.

    Comment by leggypeggy — June 18, 2019 @ 07:52 | Reply

    • Hello Peggy.

      How nice to read Your comment. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 09:33 | Reply

  2. Thanks for sharing: very interesting!

    Comment by Giovanni Augello — June 18, 2019 @ 07:57 | Reply

    • Hello Giovanni.

      Thank You leaving for comment. I am glad that You liked my pics.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 09:40 | Reply

  3. Thank you for sharing. Moomin was one of my favorites when I was children. It was mystic somehow, though.

    Comment by tagnoue — June 18, 2019 @ 08:17 | Reply

    • Hello Tagnoue.

      I am glad that You knew Moomin. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 09:47 | Reply

  4. Es un mundo mágico y espectacular que tú has sabido muy bien captar con tu cámara de fotos. El reportaje es magnífico, las fotos extraordinarias. Muchas gracias, Matti.
    Un gran abrazo.

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — June 18, 2019 @ 08:43 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Me alegraste al leer que conocías a Mumin. Muchas gracias a ti por tu comentario.

      ¡Que disfrutes de una estupenda jornada! ¡Abrazos!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 09:51 | Reply

  5. oh c’est extraordinaire!!!! j’ai beaucoup aimé le petit pont! merci Matti pour cette belle visite, féerique!

    Comment by malyloup — June 18, 2019 @ 09:06 | Reply

    • Bonjour Maly.

      Je suis très heureux que vous ayez aimé mon post et ses photos – c’est très important pour moi.

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée! Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 10:29 | Reply

  6. Ice sculptures and Moomins! The perfect combination!

    Comment by Stella — June 18, 2019 @ 09:27 | Reply

    • Hello Stella.

      Thank You for Your praising words. I am glad that You knew Moomin.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 10:35 | Reply

  7. I adored looking at these ice sculptures. My visit to the Moomin Museum in Tampere was memorable. Hope you are enjoying some warm, sunny days now Matti!

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — June 18, 2019 @ 09:53 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      Thank You commenting and loving my photos. I remember that You visited to the Moomin Museum in Tampere. I heard by chance of these Moomin sculptures; It was a must go to see them. 🙂

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 10:03 | Reply

  8. People are so skilled and give joy to others but it does leave a question mark. Should we be carving into rock at a time of global warming.

    Comment by dianaed14 — June 18, 2019 @ 09:56 | Reply

    • Hello dianaed14.

      Art is always art was it in ice or not. Well, You made excellent thought. Ice and snow carvings exist, but in winter. Most of all we make wooden carving and especially bear carvings. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 10:11 | Reply

  9. Hello, Mr. Matti,
    I am very excited to see this post 🙂 Yes, Moomins are very much loved in Japan too. And thank you for sharing information in Japanese. I will try to visit the Moomin park in Saitma during this summer. The ice sculptures in your photos are incredible.
    As always, my husband and I send warm wishes to you and your wife.

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — June 18, 2019 @ 10:21 | Reply

    • Hello Takami.

      Thank You praising my photos. It would be nice if You will visit the Moomin park. Tell me, when You have made a post about it, that I do not miss it!

      Regards to You and Yours!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 10:55 | Reply

      • Yes, I will be sure to tell you when we can visit the park! 🙂

        Comment by T Ibara Photo — June 18, 2019 @ 11:16 | Reply

        • Thank You Takami. I am glad when reading this!

          Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 11:25 | Reply

  10. Hello!
    Wonderful Ice Sculpture! The display in the ice cave is because ice doesn’t melt? Moomin is a famous character in Japan. Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — June 18, 2019 @ 10:29 | Reply

    • Hello wakasahs15th.

      ありがとうございます. I know that Japanese love Moomin and that is why I searched Japanese links in advance. Ice cave was cold, no fear the carving would melt!
      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 10:44 | Reply

  11. Hi, very nice to se my favourite moomins from ice! Lovely! Bye and lovely summer. Kamila

    Comment by Kamila Pala — June 18, 2019 @ 10:35 | Reply

    • Hello Kamila.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment Kamila.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 10:46 | Reply

  12. Sartenada, good evening ^ ^
    The Finland word that exists in the Japan to newest post!
    It was a Moomin thing ^ ^
    The fact that Moomin’s hometown is Finland
    It is very popular, as most people know Japan.
    The official site is also in place (o ^-^ o) Nico
    The sculpture of the Ice and the light up of the rainbow color are beautiful.

    Comment by ❤ちえたん — June 18, 2019 @ 12:36 | Reply

    • Hello ちえたん

      Thank You leaving Your praising comment. I am glad that You loved my photos.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 12:41 | Reply

  13. Amazing !

    Comment by Bernieshoot — June 18, 2019 @ 12:41 | Reply

    • Hello Bernard.

      I appreciate Your comment very much. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2019 @ 12:43 | Reply

  14. So pretty, thanks for sharing. Have a great week Matti 🙂

    Comment by a mindful traveler — June 18, 2019 @ 12:50 | Reply

    • Hello Lorelle.

      Thank You leaving Your kind words. I am glad that You loved my photography.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 06:33 | Reply

  15. So expressive, aren’t they? And I love the delicate ice bridge 🙂 🙂 Very hard to get these photos!

    Comment by restlessjo — June 18, 2019 @ 14:03 | Reply

    • Hello Johanna.

      I think that those artists who made these are real artists. Thank Commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 06:39 | Reply

  16. Beautifully made. -5C in summer clothes – you are brave. I’m not surprised these characters are now in Japan.

    Comment by Lignum Draco — June 18, 2019 @ 14:13 | Reply

    • Hello Lignum Draco.

      Well, not so brave. These characters have their own park in Japan. Japanese have loved the during the years. Our flying Company Finnair has presented them also by painting Moomin characters on planes flying to Japan and elsewhere. Thank You commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 06:45 | Reply

  17. The ice sculptures — and the lighting — are beautiful. You did a great job with these photos. Thanks for braving the cold temperatures in summer clothes and capturing these gorgeous images.

    Comment by seniorhiker — June 18, 2019 @ 15:54 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Thank You for Your praising comment. When reading it, I felt like You visited there.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 06:47 | Reply

  18. Sooo beautiful and impressive. I’d love to see that …but it would be a formidable trip for me. Thanks as always for the tour. M 🙂

    Comment by mvschulze — June 18, 2019 @ 16:11 | Reply

    • Hello mvschulze.

      I am glad that You visited the ice cave thru my photos. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 06:49 | Reply

  19. Wonderful Mormons, beautifully carved. Your pictures came out really fantastic. Hopefully you are back in the warmth. 😊

    Comment by utesmile — June 18, 2019 @ 16:18 | Reply

    • Oops. Meant moomins… And they are so cute. Autocorrect is a pain…..on the phone.

      Comment by utesmile — June 18, 2019 @ 16:20 | Reply

      • I understand it very well, but a way it was so funny to read “Mormon Moomin” 🙂 Thank You.

        Have a good day!

        Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 07:05 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      Thank You praising my post and its photos.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 07:02 | Reply

  20. Qué lindo!! A mi hija les encanta los mumis.
    Abrazos

    Comment by vivianakantosalo.com — June 18, 2019 @ 17:37 | Reply

    • Hola Viviana.

      Cuán agradable de leer que a tu hija le gusta Mumin! Muchas gracias por tu comentario y soy feliz de que te gusten mis fotos.

      Un fuerte abrazo.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 07:13 | Reply

  21. Lovely!
    I watched Moominvallaypark on TV.
    Some Japanese loves Moomins.

    Comment by 洋子 — June 18, 2019 @ 18:58 | Reply

    • Hello Yoko.

      Oh, sounds great. Thank You visiting my blog and leaving Your kind comment.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 07:21 | Reply

  22. Thank you for sharing these great ice sculptures. Long live the moomins!

    Comment by tanjabrittonwriter — June 18, 2019 @ 19:01 | Reply

    • Hello Tanja.

      Thank You leaving so nice comment. I am glad that You loved them.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 07:23 | Reply

  23. Thanks for taking us to this magical Moomin World! Does this artist make new ones every year?

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — June 18, 2019 @ 23:28 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn.

      Thank You. Well, there were several artists sculpting these, not only from Finland. I do not know if the Place offers every winter something like these, but let us see.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 07:31 | Reply

  24. Beautiful as usual – both the subject and your photography!

    Comment by halffastcyclingclub — June 19, 2019 @ 00:42 | Reply

    • Hello halffastcyclingclub.

      Wow, how nice comment. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 07:32 | Reply

  25. What a fun exhibition to visit. You did well to photograph these ice sculptures so beautifully. It was definitely worth the drive!

    Comment by the eternal traveller — June 19, 2019 @ 02:05 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      Thank You appreciating my trip for shooting Moomin photos and leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 07:44 | Reply

  26. Hello (^^)
    There are many Moomin fans in Japan, so I think there are many who want to see the world of Moomin’s ice.
    Moomin Valley Park, located in Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture, has been open since March this year and is visited by many people.
    I also want to visit.

    have a good day.

    Comment by saganhama — June 19, 2019 @ 02:26 | Reply

    • Hello Saganhama.

      Thank You commenting so nicely. I guess that Moomin Valley Park, must be worth for visit.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 08:18 | Reply

  27. Beautiful and fascinating! I’ve never seen anything like that!

    Comment by montucky — June 19, 2019 @ 04:08 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      Thank You for Your praising comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 08:19 | Reply

  28. Moomin, you are famous.
    With ice sculpture, it’s nice ♪ I have a dream. It was worthwhile to go there to see it. Have a nice day.

    Comment by tiara — June 19, 2019 @ 06:30 | Reply

    • Hello tiara.

      Although it was challenge of shooting Moomin sculptures, it was also a great joy. Thank You vising my post and loving my photos.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2019 @ 08:22 | Reply

  29. Hello Matti, I know about the Moomins – well, in general. ^^ I remember a book cover of a comic (Mumintroll?) by Tove Jansson. I enjoyed your photos very much and apart von de “Mumins” I particularly like the bridge an the sculpture showing people who push or roll the large snow ball. It’s an interesting effect to see the different ice (transparent persons but the non-transparent, white ball).
    I really can imagine the difficulties when taking photos!

    When I read the comments above I learnt from one of your replies that Finnair even painted some Moomins on their planes with destination Japan? What a nice idea! 🙂

    Thanks for showing these unusual ice sculptures and for not being afraid to enter the rather cold cave in order to get photos for us! ^^

    Best regards from Hamburg! We had a rather hot and sticky Wednesday (31 °C in the shadow) and so the icy post was extremely welcome.
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — June 19, 2019 @ 20:03 | Reply

    • Hello Michèle.

      I appreciate Your praising comment. Thank You. Comparing the snow and the ice art, the ice art is much difficult. If you make one mistake with the ice art, the game is lost, but the snow art can be fixed it with new snow. I am glad that You have heard about Moomin.

      Oh boy, 31 °C in shadow, is much. I remember two midsummer eves for a long time ago, when we had 32 °C and then we took care of my daughter’s daughter. Today we will have about 23 °C in Helsinki.

      Happy mid-summer,
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — June 20, 2019 @ 06:55 | Reply

  30. Hi, I am very interesting to your post.
    I am just reading the novel which title is “Comet in Moominland” now. In japan, Moomin world is very popular,
    Because they looks very lovely and cute.

    However, I like the strange and dark part of Moomin’s World.
    I think that their stories are sometimes expressing philosophy.

    Moomins in the world of ice are so fantastic and beautiful.
    Thank you for the wonderful articles today.

    Kiitos 🙂

    Misa

    Comment by Misa — June 20, 2019 @ 16:33 | Reply

    • Hello Misa.

      It is today summer solstice and days are quite short in Helsinki. I am glad that You left so kind comment. You know probably more about Moomin than I, because my knowledge leads back to those days when my children were young. I love Moomin.

      Did You ever saw my post presenting Naantali where Moomin world in Finland is?

      Walking in Naantali

      It is a very beautiful town by the sea on the western coast line. There are Moomin characters on some windows which is natural.

      I wish You Happy mid-summer day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 21, 2019 @ 06:39 | Reply

    • Hello Misa.

      It is today summer solstice and days are quite short in Helsinki. I am glad that You left so kind comment. You know probably more about Moomin than I, because my knowledge leads back to those days when my children were young. I love Moomin.

      Did You ever saw my post presenting Naantali where Moomin world in Finland is?

      Walking in Naantali

      It is a very beautiful town by the sea on the western coast line. There are Moomin characters on some windows which is natural.

      I wish You Happy mid-summer day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 21, 2019 @ 06:39 | Reply

  31. Great

    Comment by 1stgradesoccer — June 21, 2019 @ 03:17 | Reply

    • Hello 1stgradesoccer.

      Thank You commenting and loving my post.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 21, 2019 @ 06:45 | Reply

  32. Wao! Iced Mumin!
    It’s Fantastic! &
    Thank youfor your infomation.
    I will go Muminpark in Japan!

    Comment by キース — June 22, 2019 @ 08:53 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

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

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — June 22, 2019 @ 09:44 | Reply

  33. Wow… that is so incredible! Thanks for these photos.

    Comment by Amy — June 22, 2019 @ 20:15 | Reply

    • Hello Amy.

      Shooting photos was a little bit tricky, but I managed. 🙂 Thank You commenting!

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 23, 2019 @ 06:43 | Reply

  34. Wow! I’ve never seen anything like that! I’ll have to add that to my destinations bucket list! Great photos! They really captured the sculptures beautifully!

    Comment by Brandi — June 23, 2019 @ 19:28 | Reply

    • Hello Brandi.

      This exposition is open until July 9, 2019, but next year there will be another ice sculptures. If You are not afraid of cold weather, then You should visti Lapland (northernmost part of Finland). There Ypu could make reindeer rides, even participate in a reindeer race and visit world’s biggest snow castle.

      Happy new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 24, 2019 @ 06:44 | Reply

  35. I did not know about Moomins, but they are adorable ♥
    What a magical cave, even if it is cold, well done with the photographs.

    Comment by Tokeloshe. — June 24, 2019 @ 22:31 | Reply

    • Hello Linda.

      Finland is Small country and few people know it. We are happy, because Japanese people know our two icons – Moomin and Marimekko. Yesterday we were on road trip for shooting photos of sand sculptures in Lappeenranta. They were gorgeous again. My post will be published maybe in August. Thank You commenting again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 26, 2019 @ 07:04 | Reply

  36. Very cool post. I grew up with The Moomins on TV. Thanks for your continued support of Leighton Literature!

    Comment by leightonliterature — June 27, 2019 @ 11:58 | Reply

    • Hello Leighton.

      How nice surprise that You knew Moomin! Thank You commenting so nicely.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 27, 2019 @ 12:04 | Reply

  37. Those are really nice. Great photos.

    Comment by arvitrekking — June 29, 2019 @ 04:57 | Reply

    • Hello Arvi.

      Thank You visiting my blog and leaving Your kind comment. They are indeed nice and what is special that they are in an ice cave where they are on display until in July they will be destroyed.

      How is Your road trip?

      Happy and safe travels!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 29, 2019 @ 07:47 | Reply

  38. Great post! Loved the sculptures!!!

    Comment by papirublog — June 29, 2019 @ 14:33 | Reply

    • Hello Sapir.

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

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 30, 2019 @ 07:16 | Reply

  39. You did a wonderful job of capturing the ice sculpture’s beauty. Photographing something clear is not easy.

    Comment by Karen — June 30, 2019 @ 15:23 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      Thank You for Your praising comment. I am glad that You loved my photography.

      Happy new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 1, 2019 @ 06:29 | Reply

  40. Wow, this certainly is a magical exhibition! I can see what you mean with the challenge of photographing the clear ice. You did it well! We have not yet made it to Moomin World. I’m sure Little Man would enjoy it now, so we’ll try to get there before we move.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely photos!

    Comment by Emily — July 4, 2019 @ 13:37 | Reply

    • Hello Emily.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. I wish that someday You will visit Moomin World. Naantali, where it is, is very beautiful small town where You can spend a nice day:

      Walking in Naantali

      Also, if You have time, visit its Convent:

      Convent church in Naantali

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 5, 2019 @ 07:09 | Reply

  41. What an amazing place!

    Comment by Cathy — November 2, 2019 @ 09:38 | Reply

    • Carhy,

      Moomins are famous! Of course, everywhere and its writer of Moomin Tove Jansson has made many lovely children books. Her books have been translated into 45 languages. I checked your book list items, but I am not sure, if there were among them children book. Thank you praising this post.

      Matti.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 2, 2019 @ 09:48 | Reply

      • I’ve heard of the Moomins. of course. I should imagine most people have. You’re right, I haven’t reviewed any young children’s books it’s true.

        Comment by Cathy — November 2, 2019 @ 09:59 | Reply


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