2020 Programme Now Live!

We’re pleased to announce jam packed programme of amazing musicians and artists who will be performing at the Ice Music Festival Norway in Finse in 2020.

Combining world class musicians and nature’s sensational seasonal gifts of snow & ice, our unique festival offers audiences a chance to experience music created in an icy, aural winter wonderland. 2020 will be our 15th consecutive year channeling the collaborative spirit of music, art & science and 20 years since the magical concept of Ice Music was invented by Terje Isungset!

Like what you see below? then head over to our TicketMaster store to book your festival passes & concert tickets and seek out your warmest clothing! We look forward to welcoming you to our icy aural heaven in Finse, Norway 🇳🇴

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FRIDAY 7th FEBRUARY

4PM

Festival Art Exhibition Opening

Oddbjørg Reinton & Eric Mutel

We are very happy to have our own art exhibition this year with many fantastic works of icy art.

Oddbjørg Reinton has been doing art work related to climate problems for more than 20 years. She works as a painter, and was invited to the Ice Music Festival for the first time in 2014 to make paintings on ice. The result was truly magic, and we can´t wait to see what she will create this time.

Eric Mutel has worked with ice since the early 1990´s, creating art with frozen clothes and frozen images. He has been taking part in Terje Isungsets projects since 2005, and this year he will decorate the stage in the Snow and Ice Arena with his photographs developed on ice. He will also make 2020's Ice Music Instruments…

5PM

Anniversary Concert – 20 years of Ice Music

Lena Willemark – Vocals

Terje Isungset – Ice percussion, ice horn

Thomas T. Dahl – Ice Guitar

Viktor Reuter – Ice Bass

We are celebrating 20 years of Ice Music in 2020.

The first Ice Music concert ever was in Lillehammer on February 11th 2000, where Terje Isungset invited Lena Willemark, one of Sweden’s most famous folk singers, among others to perform a concert inside a frozen waterfall. During this anniversary concert we will hear some of the music that was first performed at the concert 20 years ago, along with new compositions created on stage by these fantastic musicians.

We have invited back Thomas T. Dahl who played his amazing star-formed ice guitar at the Ice Music Festival in Geilo in 2017, and we are excited to see what he will create this year.

Viktor Reuter is a talented young bass player from Sweden, who recently went touring with Terje and his Ice Music crew in China, so we are very happy to welcome him at the Ice Music Festival Norway for the first time.

This is a dream combination of exciting, creative and amazing musicians, and we are can´t wait to hear them kick off 2020’s festival.

9PM

Frozen Sounds

Jo David Meyer Lysne – Steel Ice Guitar & Turntable

Helge Andreas Norbakken – Ice drums

Our 9pm concert will feature something that we´ve never heard before at the Ice Music festival.

Jo David Meyer Lysne will play a LP made of ice (that he will bring from his freezer at home) on a turntable. This will be a historical moment, and we can´t wait to hear the sound of ice played on ice. Jo will also play a Steel guitar made by ice, and we are really looking forward to it!

Helge Andreas Norbakken has played at the festival several times before, warming up chilly audiences with his hypnotic drum rhythms, and was an obvious choice when we were looking for special guests to invite back to celebrate this year´s Ice Music anniversary.

We are looking forward to hearing these to musicians together for the first time, and we know that it will sound literally, cool!

MIDNIGHT

Hint of China

Maria Skranes Vocal, Live Electronics & Ice Percussion.

Sidsel Walstad – Ice Harp

Viktor Reuter – Ice Bass

Terje Isungset Ice horns, Ice Percussion, Ice Drums & Iceofone.

During 2019, Terje Isungset and his ensemble went touring in China for the first time, playing Ice Music in large concert halls. New instruments were created, some new songs were performed, and new sounds were heard for the first time.

For our legendary Midnight Concert, they will perform their China concert set at the Ice Music Festival Norway.

Maria Skranes has been playing Ice Music with Terje for 10 years, travelling all over the world. Her voice blends perfectly with the ice instruments, as you can hear on their latest Ice Music album «Beauty of Winter» that was released in 2018.

Sidsel Walstad has played the Ice harp at the Ice Music Festival 2 times before, and we are very happy to have her back at the festival. She took part in designing the Ice Harp that was made for the tour in China in 2019, and we can´t wait to hear what it will sound like when a new one is made out of ice from Finse.

The full moon has been key feature illuminating the Midnight concert for all 14 Ice Music Festivals, and we hope to see our lunar neighbour mitts its magic vibe, by lighting up the snowy landscape at Finse.


SATURDAY 8th FEBRUARY

Midday to 14:30PM

A mini Ice Music Film Festival at Finse 1222

Since Terje Isungset started playing Ice Music in 2000, there have been many short films, documentaries, concert videos, interviews and music videos of his work created. We will take a closer look into this at this mini film festival, and tell you more about the history of Ice Music, the ideas, concept development and some untold behind-the-scenes stories.

We will also have a photo exhibition showing fantastic photos taken at the Ice Music Festival from the beginning in 2006 until 2019.

Bjørn Furuseth – photos from the first 10 years of the festival in Geilo.

Emile Holba - ‘The total meltdown’ - photos from the Ice Music Festival Norway 2019, when the arena melted to the ground right before the festival was about to start.

Petter Bergerud – photos from his work with building different ice arenas over the years.

3PM

Melting Ice – Science, Music and Nature

Kerim Nisancioglu – Climate talk

Terje Isungset – Ice Music Instruments

Will there be any ice left in 2050?

How will Finse look like in 50 years?

And what about the Finse’s Glacier Hardangerjøkulen ?

Professor Kerim Nisancioglu travels with a group of climate scientists to the top of the Greenland Ice sheet every year to try to find the answers to what is happening to the ice on our planet, and what will happen in the years to come. Kerim and other scientists from the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research have collaborated with Terje for the last 7 years, giving climate seminars combined with Ice Music concerts.

At this concert / climate talk Terje might play a piece of ice from the Greenland Ice cap as a music instrument, presenting science as music.

5PM

Ice and Strings

Part One: Sidsel Walstad – Ice Harp

Sidsel has been performing on various Ice Harps as a part of Isungset´s projects and recordings for many years. At this concert she will play alone on her Ice Harp, taking us with her into her beautiful universe.

Part Two: Bendik Baksaas – Ice samples

Bendik is a master of sampling, and makes amazing soundscapes with his electronic music. He will record the Ice harp in Part One, and play it back to the audience together with samplings of other Ice music instruments, creating a unique new sound of ice.

9PM

Frozen Beats

Arve Henriksen – Ice trumpet, Ice horns

Helge Norbakken – Ice Drums

Terje Isungset – Ice percussion, Ice drums

The amazing trumpet player Arve Henriksen is well experienced with Ice Music, and took part in the world´s first Ice Music recording session in 2001. Arve is well known all over the world from several solo projects and bands, and has played at the Ice Music Festival several times before – always creating something new and fantastic, and full of near divine energy.

This concert will be a rhythm session with minimum of two drummers - a jam session with special guests and surprises!

11PM

After Ice at Finse 1222 (indoor)

DJ Bendik Baksaas - Live Electronics / Samplings of Ice from the concerts.

DJ Bendik will use sound samples from the ice instruments performed at the festival for this dance session. Brand new music, made to make you move and dance the cold away. Heat up the night in Finse 1222’s night club - surely one of the most uniquely placed dance floors in the world. Bring your dance shoes!

Midnight

If the weather is on our side, the talented guys from Bright in Bergen will try to make a magic laser projection on the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier!

Venue Construction & Scenographics

Throughout the festival there will be scenographic structures in ice and light created by the incredible and industrious team responsible the design and construction of the Ice Music Festival Norway venue. The physical framework for the concert venue is ‘Cold as Ice’ a magical frozen atmosphere that will be built up around the audience and the musicians playing to protect them from the extreme winter climate that Finse offers.

Leadership is provided by Professor Petter Bergerud, who has been building extraordinary structures from snow & ice for decades. Petter will oversee a team consisting of design students of the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen.

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Buy Your 2020 Festival Passes

Fab news today - you can now buy your 2020 Ice Music Festival Norway passes over at our TicketMaster store. Festival passes over the best value, however if you'd like single day and single concert tickets, they will be for sale from September 1st 2019.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to celebrate our 20th year of Ice Music - surely one of the most intriguing sonic wonders of the world. See you in Finse, Norway

We love our audience…

We love our audience…

2020 festival passes - yeah!

2020 festival passes - yeah!

The mighty Daniel Herskedal performing on the ice horn in 2019

The mighty Daniel Herskedal performing on the ice horn in 2019

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Celebrate our 20th year of Ice Music in 2020

Hello Ice Music Festival Norway fans - 2020 will be Ice Music’s 20th year and we would love you to come and help celebrate this icy milestone. We shall be returning to Finse, the extraordinary wintery location famed for its imposing glacier and home to Polar explorers’ ideal training ground, and we’ve some exciting plans to conjure sweet sonics from natures finest frozen wonder.

So please book February 7th to 9th 2020 in your diaries and watch this space for festival programme and ticket announcements - coming soon. In the meantime, please ensure you’re following us on Instagram @icemusicfestivalnorway and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IceMusicFestivalNorway

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Huge thank you to Ustekveikja Energi

We would like to say a huge thank you to our gracious sponsor Ustekveikja Energi, who covered all the costs of our ice extraction for 2019! The ice sounded absolutely wonderful this year, with Terje stating that it was up with the very best sounding ice he’s ever played!

Thank you also to Even Rygg, who’s tirelessly sought out and extracted the ice and put in position in Finse, ready for our 2019 festival. The following pictures show off the ice in all its glory, as well as some of the world’s media filming Even’s extraction process…

Photographs featured in this news post and across the Ice Music Festival Norway website are taken by Emile Holba.

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Climate Battle Arena

If would you like to discover how the climate destroyed our 2019 venue, then we are fitting in an extra talk at 4pm, straight after Greenland Ice Cap & Science performance with Silje Smith-Johnsen from Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and Terje Isungset.

Professor Petter Bergerud & photographer Emile Holba will present documentation detailing how severe the weather was here in Finse during the last week and why we had no choice but to go with plan B venue in the old railway shed. Located in the Boogie club in the basement of Finse 1222 Hotel, Petter and Emile will start at 4pm and the conversation will last 30 mins, so you have time to get back to the 5pm concert :-)

2019 will be be remembered when we renamed the Ice Music Festival Norway venue the ‘Climate Battle Arena’.

If you’ve not booked your concert tickets in advance, please pop over to our TicketMaster shop. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Ice Music Festival Norway!

Photographs featured in this news post and across the Ice Music Festival Norway website are taken by Emile Holba.

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Multi Coloured Finse

Quiet AFTER the storm.

Yes, this week’s weather in Finse was epic and the combination of storm force winds and spectacularly out of season temperatures (Feb 15th 1+ºC degrees in Finse, feeling like May 17th) we had no choice to change our venue location for the opening of our first Ice Music Festival Norway concert of 2019.

Wrapped up under freezing temperatures, our audience loved the new outdoor venue, the sounds and vibe. So we're really looking forward to our 1st of 3 concerts today at 17hrs, 21hrs and, of course, the legendary Midnight concert! https://www.icemusicfestivalnorway.no/programme

A later post will detail the extreme lengths and methods that were employed to save the original ice dome venue concept, but for now, we’re really looking forward to welcoming you to the second day of Ice Music Festival Norway 2019!

If you’ve not booked your concert tickets in advance, please pop over to our TicketMaster shop. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Ice Music Festival Norway!

Photographs featured in this news post and across the Ice Music Festival Norway website are taken by Emile Holba.

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Wear warm clothes at 5pm today!

Yes, the weather apps may say that it is warm here in Finse but don’t be fooled and pack your swim shorts as the wind is very high and the windchill is low. So please. pack your warmest clothes for our first concert of 2019’s Ice Music Festival Norway.

We have battled the weather all week, with high winds and highly unusual warm temperatures - the locals in Finse say that the temperature is for late April, early May - not mid February! That said, staging such a unique festival outdoors requires perseverance, skill and an understanding of working with nature’s elements. After all, we can’t control the climate and the climate is certainly changing!

We’re really looking forward to seeing you in Finse over the next 3 days but don’t forget to pack and wear warm clothes…

If you’ve not booked your concert tickets in advance, please pop over to our TicketMaster shop. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Ice Music Festival Norway!

Photographs featured in this news post and across the Ice Music Festival Norway website are taken by Emile Holba.

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Construction Wind Construction Wind Construction

Our second year at Finse is providing a common theme - wind. Cold, strong wind. However that’s the nature of creating such a unique festival in winter - at the mercy of the elements. We’ve been ambitious this year with a large, interconnected dome venue, which is working out really nicely.

With musicians and artists arriving tomorrow to start making their instruments, we’d like to show you few working progress shots of the crew battling the wind and snowfall. Such fun!

If you’ve not booked your concert tickets in advance, please pop over to our TicketMaster shop. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Ice Music Festival Norway!

Photographs featured in this news post and across the Ice Music Festival Norway website are taken by Emile Holba.

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Yeah, we cold today...

The weather has turned in our favour, with colder temperatures but accompanied by a pretty violent wind that is lowering the windchill to below -22ºc today (you gotta love Finse’s variable micro-climate). Key arena structures froze in really well during the night and the crew are busy enhancing the venue and making things ready for the musicians’ arrival from Wednesday onwards.

Strong winds is lowering the windchill to below -22ºc today…❄️🙏

If you’ve not booked your concert tickets in advance, please pop over to our TicketMaster shop. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Ice Music Festival Norway!

Photographs featured in this news post and across the Ice Music Festival Norway website are taken by Emile Holba.

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Making our mark

Today saw the arrival of the first part of a crew from the University of Bergen’s Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KHiB) who will be creating this year’s Ice Music Festival Norway venue. Formed of talented architectural students, led by Professor Petter Bergerud, an architect who's a leading master of experimental structures and geometric challenges - a perfect CV for overseeing the specialist needs of our Ice Music Festival venue.

There are grand plans afoot and every grand plan needs a beginning, so the first area was marked out ready for construction starting tomorrow. Please check into this news page, our Facebook & Instagram accounts for daily updates, where you can see their progress.

Our 2019 programme is packed with amazing music, art and science, with these super people participating; Kjetil Møster, Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Ivar Kolve, Snorre Bjerck, Bendik Baksaas, Terje Isungset, Kerim H Nisancioglu, Silje Smith-Johnsen, Maria Skranes, Daniel Herskedal & Bjørn Tomren.

If you’ve not booked your tickets yet, pop over to our TicketMaster shop where you can buy in advance. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Ice Music Festival Norway!

Photographs featured in this news post and across the Ice Music Festival Norway website are taken by Emile Holba.

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Less than one week...

…until our 14th festival of icy aural wonder. The magical frozen landscape at Finse will be our backdrop for a second year and the team is busy with last minute preparations before arriving tomorrow to start the venue construction and ice instrument creation.

Don’t forget to check in with this news page, our Facebook and Instagram accounts for daily updates leading up to our first concert Relax ‘cooling down your stress’ Concert at 5pm on Thursday 14th. February.

If you’ve not booked your tickets yet, pop over to our TicketMaster shop where you can buy in advance. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Ice Music Festival Norway!

Musician Peter Paelinck warming up his breathing technique in -24ºc in 2018 ❄️

Musician Peter Paelinck also had a secret artist entrance in 2018 ❄️👍

Striking ground at the beginning of the arena construction process in 2018…what will the venue look like in 2019? ❄️

Photographs featured in this news post and across the Ice Music Festival website are taken by Emile Holba.

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Festival Passes / Get them quick...

With the Ice Music Festival Norway’s 14th year ready to begin in under a month from now, we want to inform you that the 3 day festival passes have sold well, with only a few remaining. So if you intend to attend all the festival’s events, then don’t miss out on the 3 day pass savings - as you’ll see and hear all our amazing musicians and artists performing in 2019’s Programme.

Individual tickets are on sale too if you want to pick and mix which days you’d like to experience. Head over to our TicketMaster shop to purchase, and don’t forget to seek out your warmest clothing. We look forward to welcoming you to our icy aural heaven in Finse, Norway 🇳🇴

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EastGrip Greenland Hosts Ice Music...

Earlier this year Terje Isungset & Maria Skranes were invited to perform their unique ice music on top of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream at The East Greenland Ice Core Project and Norway’s NRK were their to record the icy, aural magic. Check out the wondrous film below…

If you like what you see and hear above, then head over to our TicketMaster store to book your festival passes for our 14th annual Ice Music Festival Norway. Combing world class musicians and nature’s sensational seasonal gifts of snow & ice, our unique festival offers audiences a chance to experience music created in an icy, aural winter wonderland.

Seek out your warmest clothing and we look forward to welcoming you to our icy aural heaven in Finse, Norway 🇳🇴

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Important Train Information

* Important message regarding the program for Saturday 16th of Feb, Ice Music Festival Norway 2019*

A little update as it turns out there are a limited train options on Saturday, so if you are staying somewhere else than in Finse, it will not be possible for you to go to the "Ice Jam" at 21:00 or the "Ice dance club" at 23:00.

The last train from Finse to Geilo / Oslo departs from Finse at 18:19, after the "Go East" concert. The last train from Finse to Bergen will depart from Finse at 19:59, so If you are staying in Geilo during the festival, we recommend that you buy single tickets for the Climate seminar at 15:00 and the "Go east" concert at 17:00 on Saturday 16th of February.

Please go to NSB for all the train times from Oslo S, Bergen, Geilo to and from Finse - the service is clear, very. reasonably priced and easy to navigate.

Any questions, please reach us on info@icemusicfestivalnorway.no

Festival audio / PA delivery from Haugastøl via snowmobile! Photo  Emile Holba .

Festival audio / PA delivery from Haugastøl via snowmobile! Photo Emile Holba.

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Station to Station

Hello Ice Music Festival Norway fans of the world, we have added some information about how to get to festival and where to stay. Take a look at out Information page.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to our 14th year of performing wondrous ice music. You can follow us on Instagram too ❄️🎶🇳🇴

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Buy Individual Concert Tickets

Good morning Ice Music fans of the world! In addition to our amazing programme announcement, we are now pleased to offer individual concert tickets alongside our popular festival passes - just head over to our TicketMaster shop to purchase.

We really appreciate all the media coverage our unique sounds attract each year (see some highlights here) and we’re chuffed to make many ‘must-do’ lists each winter, including the team over at American Express Essentials who are featuring us for February 2019 in their membership magazine. Thanks you!

Purchase your Ice Music Festival Norway 2019 passes over at our TicketMaster store. See you in the dark, exotic mountains of Finse!

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Our Exciting 2019 Programme is now live

We’re pleased to announce the programme of amazing musicians and artists performing at the Ice Music Festival Norway in Finse in 2019.

Combing world class musicians and nature’s sensational seasonal gifts of snow & ice, our unique festival offers audiences a chance to experience music created in an icy, aural winter wonderland. 2019 will be our 14th consecutive year channeling the collaborative spirit of music, art & science.

Like what you see below? then head over to our TicketMaster store to book your festival passes and seek out your warmest clothing! We look forward to welcoming you to our icy aural heaven in Finse, Norway 🇳🇴


THURSDAY 14th FEBRUARY 5PM

Relax ‘cooling down your stress’ concert

Kjetil Møster Sax IceBalloon.

Terje Isungset Ice Horns, Ice Percussion, Ice Drums & Iceofon.

Maria Skranes Vocals.

During this concert we will present this year’s newest ice instrument invention - the Sax IceBalloon! We don’t know how it will sound but we’ll aim to make some relaxed and cool vibrations. Experienced ice musicians Terje & Maria will perform together with super talented Kjetil Møster, who is new to creating sounds from ice. However Kjetil has made projects with Pat Metheny and Chick Corea, so we’re confident he can rise to the challenge…

Students from the Jazz department at Faculty of Fine Art, Music And Design at University of Bergen: Gaute Ullestad Moen (ice percussion), Andreas Hatzikirakidis (ice trumpet) & Thomas Linde Lossius (ice bass) will accompany the performance.

All musicians at this year’s festival will create and build their own instruments out of ice!


FRIDAY 15th FEBRUARY 5PM

Ice & Water

The world’s most important resource - water - is the keyword in this concert. As well as being vital for supporting life and a healthy planet, water is also a great resource for making music!

Part 1

Terje Isungset on his Ice Percussion, assisted by jazz students performing on ice & water instruments.

Part 2

Mari Kvien Brunvoll Vocals, Ice percussion, Electronics, Sampling and Ice Instruments.

Mari Kvien Brunvoll from Molde, Norway has been touring extensively as a solo artist since 2008 and has been described as ‘an exceptional talent’. Performing as a compelling solidarity figure on stage, Mari Kvien will be surrounded by kalimba, kazoo, zither and various electronics to sample and manipulate her voice, ensuring a memorable concert experience. Mari Kvien Brunvoll has a unique ability to capture the listener into her universe and never let you go. This time, she will involve instruments made of ice in her unique universe, with a different touch of coldness.

9PM

Ice Lounge

Ivar Kolve Iceofone.

Snorre Bjerck Ice Drums.

Bendik Baksaas Live Electronics / Sampling of Ice.

Bendik Baksaas is a Norwegian composer, DJ and musician who works a lot with looping techniques and minimal tempos. Bendik has collaborated with many Norwegian musicians and in 2019, he will weave some magic with Ivar Kolve and Snorre Bjerck - both of which have performed in Ice Music Festival Norway before. Expect a heady mix of rhythmical drums, sampled ice instruments and a melodic ice marimba (iceofone).

MIDNIGHT

Beauty of Winter

Maria Skranes Vocal, Live Electronics & Ice Percussion.

Terje Isungset Ice horns, Ice Percussion, Ice Drums & Iceofone.

Terje Isungset and Maria Skranes are currently ice music year round - even in the summer time. With a mobile ‘Ice Truck’, Terje & Maria are touring all over the world - including Japan, Russia, Canada and, of course, all over Norway. During this legendary midnight concert, they will play music from Terje’s most recent album Beauty of Winter.


SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY

3PM

Greenland Ice Cap & Science

Kerim H Nisancioglu & Silje Smith-Johnsen from Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. Kerim is Professor of Climate Dynamics in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bergen.

Terje Isungset Ice Horns, Ice Percussion, Ice Drums & Iceofon.

Art and science! How to combine these? Collaborating for many years now, Kerim & Terje have presented climate science and the perils of a accelerated Arctic ice in schools, festivals and concert halls in an accessible and informative way. Earlier this summer, they went to the top of the extremely remote Greenland Ice Cap as a part of the amazing Eastgrip project. In 2019, fellow Eastgrip Project scientist Silje will bring ice from the Greenland Ice Cap (that was used for climate research) to Finse, where Terje will perform his aural magic with the ancient and special ice.

5PM

Go East

Music with inspiration from Tuva, Altai and Mongolia.

Daniel Herskedal Tubice Balloon.

Bjørn Tomren Throat Singing & Vocal.

Snorre Bjerck Ice Drums.

Another new ice instrument for 2019 - the Tubice Balloon!

Daniel performed the amazing Tubice at the Ice Music Festival Norway back in 2015. Now he returns with a brand new design and we can’t wait to hear how it sounds! Joining Daniel is the extraordinary throat singer Bjørn, who will bring his songs and memories from the far east. Master drummer Snorre will provide the icy percussive tempo.

9PM

Ice Jam!

DJ Bendik Baksaas Live Electronics / Samplings of Ice.

Terje Isungset Ice Horns, Ice Percussion, Ice Drums & Iceofon.

Maria Skranes Vocal, Live Electronics & Ice Percussion.

Ivar Kolve Iceofone.

Improvisers love a jam session…

11PM

Finse 1222 (indoor)

Ice Dance Club

DJ Bendik Baksaas Live Electronics / Samplings of Ice from the concerts. All remixed into a dance session!

DJ Bendik will use sound samples from the ice instruments performed at the festival only for this dance session. Brand new music, made to make you move and dance the cold away. Heat up the night in Finse 1222 nightclub - surely one of the most uniquely placed dance floors in the world.

Venue Construction & Scenographics

Throughout the festival there will be scenographic structures in ice and light created by the incredible and industrious team responsible the design and construction of the Ice Music Festival Norway venue. The physical framework for the concert venue is ‘Cold as Ice’ a magical frozen atmosphere that will be built up around the audience and the musicians playing to protect them from the extreme winter climate that Finse offers.

Leadership is provided by Professor Petter Bergerud, who has been building extraordinary structures from snow & ice for decades. Petter will oversee a team consisting of the following design students of the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen: Malin Haugland, Kamile Leed, Thea Mcdowall, Taran Neckelmann, Maud Pold, Jolien Celis, Lara Koenig, Une Brekke, Juni Bunkholdt, Ingrid Engelsen, Njål Granhus, Mille Grøm, Miriam Hanssen-Sleire, Njål Hatteberg.

Purchase your Ice Music Festival Norway 2019 passes over at our TicketMaster store. See you in the dark, exotic mountains of Finse!

 
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Festival Partnership with Finse 1222 Hotel

We are really pleased to announce a partnership with the world renowned Finse 1222 Hotel located in the heart of Finse’s dark, wintery landscape. Offering incredible views across Finsevatnet and onto the Blåisen & Hardangerjøkulen glaciers, the team at Finse 1222 offer the same warm welcome they gave to the Empire Strikes Back film stars & crew when they filmed the Ice Planet Hoth scenes!

Finse 1222 is offering a package price which includes room, three-course dinner, breakfast, packed lunch and a hot beverage in your Thermos per day. Head over to their site for further details and booking. Click the image below and we look forward to seeing you Finse. Oh, and don’t forget to seek out your warmest clothes…

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2019 Tickets Now For Sale!

Super news today, as tickets and full Ice Music Festival Norway passes for February 2019 are for sale over at our Ticketmaster shop. Terje is working hard to finalise the programme to ensure we put on another mesmerising festival of icy, ethereal music performed in a spectacular venue. Artist line up will be announced soon.

February 14th - 16th 2019 will be our second year playing under the dark wintery skies of Finse and the 14th consecutive year of our unique music & art festival. If you would like a taster of what to expect, check out the clip below from the BBC The Travel Show, as they visited us in Finse this winter passed.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to our frozen wonderland ❄️🇳🇴🎶

Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates and more news. Seek out your warmest clothes and come join us in Finse Feb 14th to 16th 2019. Photography by Emile Holba.

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Ice Music Festival Norway 2019

Greetings Ice Music Fans of the world, we’re super happy to announce that we are returning to Finse, Norway in 2019 with festival passes on sale from August 1st and the festival line up and single concert tickets available on September 1st. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates.  

Our move to Finse for 2018 was a huge success with audience members visiting from as far away as Australia and the USA. They loved the low temperatures, perfectly clear skies and, of course, the sublime sounds of Ice Music! You can grab a feel of 2018's vibe and construction efforts in this previous post called Process & Performance.

Such was the lure of Finse’s remote and wondrous, snow laden landscape, we took the calculated risk of producing 2018’s festival with the knowledge of Finse’s reputation for cold temperatures and harsh winds. To ensure we didn’t disappoint, we decided to produce a more intimate festival to minimise logistics - nothing too daring and grand, just pure, ethereal Ice Music. The audience reaction was ecstatic, all keeping warm together under a frozen roof. We shall be carrying the pure, icy theme into 2019.

Keen-eyed observers will have noticed our subtle name change for 2019, as we are now called Ice Music Festival Norway. Terje Isungset is still the visionary artistic director and he will be performing his magic along with other incredible musicians in Finse in 2019. We just wanted a name that’s more embracing of the country that Ice Music originated from, along with allowing the potential of creating Ice Music in new locations across Norway’s vast landscapes and natural wonder. Please note that we a new Instragam account called @icemusicfestivalnorway but our Facebook page remains the same, just a name change.

The PA system & concert lighting equipment delivered via snow mobile cross country from Haugastøl 17 miles away!

The PA system & concert lighting equipment delivered via snow mobile cross country from Haugastøl 17 miles away!

How about this for a sundown view through our frozen igloo roof...

How about this for a sundown view through our frozen igloo roof...

Sublime light prevailed in 2018. How will the landscape look in 2019? Come join us to find out.

Sublime light prevailed in 2018. How will the landscape look in 2019? Come join us to find out.

Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates and more news. Seek out your warmest clothes and come join us in Finse Feb 14th to 16th 2019. Photography by Emile Holba.