To celebrate our 20th year of Ice Music in 2020, we are staging the Ice Music Festival Norway in Finse for a 3rd year, as the audience reception is overwhelmingly positive, with many people raving about the beauty and frozen solitude of the views. We, as a creative organisation, strive to offer a truly unique aural experience, and we are so really pleased with the tranquility and natural silence / acoustics the area provides. However visiting our festival does require a little additional planning - both in travel and accommodation, so please follow these notes to ensure you experience our unique festival to the full!
STATION TO STATION
Whether you're arriving from Bergen on the west coast or the country's capital Oslo further south, you’ll be travelling on one of the world's most scenic railways - the Bergensbanen (if you would like to see a teaser of the landscape you'll be passing through, then check out NSB's video below). The Bergensbanen Railway is be the only way to attend Ice Music Festival Norway and the Finse Station platform is located around 10m from the historic Finse 1222 Hotel, where you can buy warm & cosy drinks, food and stunning views of the Hardangerjøkulen glacier around 80m from the Ice Music Festival Norway stage itself.
*Please note that during winter months it is only possible to travel to Finse by train - no road access whatsoever*
We ensure all our performances are synced with the train arrivals (from either Bergen or Oslo) so there is no train noise through the performances and, of course, to allow easy transit for audience members who were staying in Geilo. The performance / train synchronisation works perfectly and allows for the audience to spend time absorbing the atmosphere, as well as attending the performances.
In addition to staying in the lovely Finse 1222 Hotel, there is a huge amount of accommodation for most budgets in nearby Geilo and Haugastøl. Please visit Visit Geilo and Haugastøl 1000 M.O.H where you find a wealth of information. Although Finse is light on places to stay, the combination of Geilo & Haugastøl’s accommodation, NSB’s train service and our performance timings, we’re confident you’ll have an amazing visit! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to drop us a message email@example.com
The weather in Finse can be very cold, easily reaching -20ºC or lower. The colder temperatures are perfect for the incredibly dynamic fragility of Ice Music because the colder the air temperature, the clearer the sound of Ice, which displays a far wider dynamic range. We limit the duration of each performance to typically 30 minutes to combat any serious cold setting in and our arena / performance area is well protected from the wind and with so many people packed in - you all bring the warmth! Just metres away is the warmth and informal luxury of Finse 1222 Hotel where you can relax and meet other audience members from afar - we met people who travelled from Australia, across Europe and the USA just to experience Ice Music Festival Norway. So seek out your warmest clothing and join us on a truly exotic aural journey!