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.

Process & Performance

We thoroughly enjoyed our move to Finse for 2018's Ice Music Festival and the audience whole heartily agreed - a truly exotic winter location emitting a wonderful vibe, with views across the plateau reacting to the delicate sub-zero light.

Is this the coldest music venue ticket line in the world? At -27ºc...we think so 

Berit Opheim & Anders Jormin perform to a packed venue 

Peter Paelinck sneaks in to the stage through a secret artist entrance, with and 'Iceridoo'  

Musically, we presented a stellar mix of ice instruments and vocals performed by the Ice Music master himself Terje Isungset, world class bassist Anders Jormin, angelic singer Berit Opheim, music students from Norway's Greig Academy, regular Ice Music singer Maria Skranes and playing the world's first ice didgeridoo, Peter Paelinck. They collectively cast an icy spell across the audience. Click any image to view large.

With the audience enclosed in an ice dome, the stage was open to the sky, offering incredible views of the sunsets...

In a previous post, we hinted at some of the troubles Finse's winter weather can muster. And wow, did we receive the brunt of its 25 m/s wind coupled with heavy snowfall for 4 days & nights! Luckily we woke up on Feb 2nd to be greeted by crystal clear blue skies and completely still wind - which latest for both days of the festival. The temperature dropped too, to -27ºc, which meant that the ice instruments really 'sung' because as the colder it gets, the more delicate and ethereal the ice sounds. The musicians really played with this and created some aural curiosities moving in and outside the venue.

During those 4 days and nights of unforgiving weather, 3 different Ice Music Festival venues were destroyed, either by strong, relentless gales or too much snow. However the amazing team of degree students from Norway's prestigious Faculty of Art, Music & Design, at the University of Bergen (KHiB) were resilient to the end, and never gave up.

Assessing the best location to set up. The sun never broke through...

A tried a tested mix of freezing water with mesh & balloons create amazing ice rooms.

First attempt at a 4 roomed 9 metre high Ice Music Festival 2018 venue.

Working through the night in shifts, the team battled the elements.

Frozen fingers makes light of intricate knotting. 

The weather is getting worse and worse...

Headed up by Professor Peter Bergerud, the team of 14 students from the Faulty, Art & Design employed an ingenious method of inflating very large balloons (precisley pre-cut and taped together and tested in a warehouse in Bergen) on the venue location, after which then they drop a fine mesh over the balloons.

Once in place and tethered, water is sprayed into the mesh repeatedly until the frozen layers build into a very strong structure (safe enough to house an audience of up to 100 people, audio & lighting equipment and, of course the musicians). Once the freezing process is complete, the balloons are deflated and removed, resulting in the most intricate and organic ice structures, walls and rooms. Accent the designs with coloured lighting and an other worldly object looks like it has landed in Finse (one week before the Star Wars fans show up).

After heavy snowfall combined with 'warmer' temperatures** (which slowed the freezing process) collapsed the first couple of structures (one at 5am whilst a night team were spraying) plans were drawn to adapt the design to open up the domes to the sky, which proved easier to combat the high winds and also offer an unexpected, joyous view of the sun setting during the two 17hrs performances for our enthusiastic audiences. 

Success prevailed, with a sold out Ice Music Festival 2018 and happy audiences.

**-4ºc to -6ºc can take a few days to safely the freeze the amount of ice we need but when the gauge drops to -11ºc or lower, then the process is merely a few hours.

Ghostly colours and vibes the frozen moonlight prior to our 21hrs performance on our 1st day of Ice Music Festival 2018.

Crystal clear wintery skies with a strong moon, offering deep moon shadows. Heaven.

If you visited Ice Music Festival 2018 in Finse, we'd love to hear from you. If you have any pictures and videos you'd like to share, please don't forget to tag #icemusicfestival2018 #icemusicfestival and if you're not following us on Instagram @icemusicgeilo and Twitter @icemusicgeilo or engaging on our Facebook page - please do, as we can you keep informed of developments for Ice Music Festival 2019!

A special mention to the staff of the legendary Finse 1222 Hotel, who's hosting was warm and friendly, accompanied by tasty evening dinners and huge buffet breakfasts. Tusen takk!

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

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Night Turns To Day

Last night was sensational. The musicianship on display under bright moonlight in a perfect -24ºC across all 3 concerts was delicate, dynamic and really embodied the beauty and purity of sub-zero sonics that is Ice Music. 

We have another concert at 17hrs today featuring the mesmerising singer Berit Opheim (of Trio Mediaeval fame) who will be performing with Anders Jormin and another Ice Music Festival favourite - Belgium's Peter Paelinck, who's been teasing sound from an Iceridoo (yes, you read that correctly) and Iceflute. Duration 45 minutes. To quote Peter "Sound was before everything, we are part of sound"...

You can buy you tickets online or rock up at reception at Finse 1222 Hotel. Please check the train times in and out of Finse, as this landscape is only accessible by train. We have quick cheat sheet of train times here. We look forward to welcoming you back into our #icemusicfestival2018 venue. 

If you'd like to spread the sound of Ice Music, then follow us on FacebookTwitter and see our pictures and stories on Instagram #icemusicfestival2018

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

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Perfect Evening

We have no words to express how kind the weather has been to us today with a lovely, icemusic friendly -24°c and crystal clear skies.

After a week of brutal wind and heavy snowfall creating havoc with our venue construction and instrument creation, the sunset over Finse acting as a wondrous backdrop to two fantastic ice music concerts, was a sight to behold.

Congratulations to the whole team, from the amazing degree students from Norway's prestigious Faculty of Art, Music & Design, at the University of Bergen to the super talented musicians - Terje, Maria, Peter, Anders - who took on the challenge of making music. Tusen takk to the the crew of Finse 1222 Hotel, who've made us so welcome, and a very special mention & huge thanks to Even Rygg and Arild Sjåstad (Røde Kors) for bringing in the ice and audio equipment through extremely treacherous and arduous weather one snowmobiles from Haugastøl. EPIC.

Our legendary midnight concert is to come, followed by another concert tomorrow at 17hrs! 

If you haven't booked your tickets for Ice Music Festival 2018 in Finse, then pop over to our online ticket shop - if you'd like to spread the sound of Ice Music, then follow us on FacebookTwitter and see our pictures and stories on Instagram. You can also check out who's performing here. See you in Finse on Feb 2nd & 3rd 2018 ❄️ #icemusicfestival2018

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

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Perfect Morning

Wow, what a perfect way to start our first day of the Ice Music Festival 2018!

After a week of extremely challenging weather pretty well destroying a number of venue designs, we are finally making progress - just in time for our first concert at 17hrs. The lovely people at Finse 1222 Hotel will make you welcome in their bar / cafe, where you can enjoy the views before heading out into the cold.  

Don't forget to pack your warm clothing, as the temperature (wind free) will creep between -14ºc to -20ºc at for the midnight concert. For the most accurate forecast, please use www.yr.com 

The Polar Expedition Training company return after a night out in the cold wilderness and encounter our Ice Music venue 

If you haven't booked your tickets for Ice Music Festival 2018 in Finse, then pop over to our online ticket shop - if you'd like to spread the sound of Ice Music, then follow us on FacebookTwitter and see our pictures and stories on Instagram. You can also check out who's performing here. See you in Finse on Feb 2nd & 3rd 2018 ❄️ #icemusicfestival2018

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

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Smithsonian Magazine Investigates Our Move To Finse

Journalist Jennifer Nalewicki has written a super article about why we moved from Geilo to Finse, Norway. She interviewed Terje Isungset, Anders Jormin and Emile Holba to give details about the story.

Jennifer also reached out to Erland M. Schulson, founder and director of the Ice Research Laboratory and a professor of engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College to explain why naturally formed ice sounds sooooo good. Enjoy :-)

If you haven't booked your tickets for Ice Music Festival 2018 in Finse, then pop over to our online ticket shop - if you'd like to spread the sound of Ice Music, then follow us on FacebookTwitter and see our pictures and stories on Instagram. You can also check out who's performing here. See you in Finse on Feb 2nd & 3rd 2018 ❄️ #icemusicfestival2018

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

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Finse Challenges...

We are now into day 2 of preparing the 13th Ice Music Festival in Finse, Norway. 

Finse is famed for its winter conditions and this week hasn't disappointed with 2 days and nights of high winds and constant snowfall. This afternoon has proved fairer and the sun even made a brief introduction through the snow kissed sky.

The amazing team of degree students from Norway's prestigious Faculty of Art, Music & Design, at the University of Bergen (KHiB) are here creating some ambitious ice structures to house the stage, ice instruments and audiences!

They are working flat out each time the weather is kind to them. The crew are headed up by world renowned architect Professor Petter Bergerud, who's a leading master of experimental structures and geometric challenges. You can read more about him in this previous news post. Here they are surveying the spot where our festival will rise.

Ice extraction for the ice instruments begun today too, with tests taking place out in the middle of Finsevatnet. Extraction will resume at first light tomorrow ❄️🎼❄️

If you haven't booked your tickets for Ice Music Festival 2018 in Finse, then pop over to our online ticket shop - if you'd like to spread the sound of Ice Music, then follow us on FacebookTwitter and see our pictures and stories on Instagram. You can also check out who's performing here. See you in Finse on Feb 2nd & 3rd 2018 ❄️ #icemusicfestival2018

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

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NSB *Bergensbanen* Awaits...

After 12 wonderful years creating icy musical magic in Geilo, we are relocating to the higher ground of Finse for the 13th Ice Music Festival. Finse is only accessible by train in the winter and its elevation also makes it the highest point on NSB's (Norway's national railway) network.

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.

Don't forget that if you are staying in Geilo, the railway will be the only way to arrive at the Ice Music Festival, located around 100m from the historic Finse 1222 hotel, where you can buy warm & cosy drinks, food and stunning views of the Hardangerjøkulen glacier. For more details of train times for both days of the festival, please look at this page.

If you like the quick 90 seconds of travel time on the NSB, you may like to really go into a meditation zone with a full 7hrs 14mins realtime video of the Bergensbanen journey. Norway is the king of slow TV...

If you haven't booked your tickets for Ice Music Festival 2018 in Finse, then pop over to our online ticket shop - if you'd like to spread the sound of Ice Music, then follow us on Twitterand see our pictures and stories on Instagram. You can also check out who's performing here. See you in Finse on Feb 2nd & 3rd 2018 ❄️ #icemusicfestival2018

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Ice Music Festival Media Love
 Photo of the HBO Vice crew by  Emile Holba

Photo of the HBO Vice crew by Emile Holba

2018 Ice Music Festival is soon upon us and media interest is gathering pace. Over the last 13 years, we have been blessed with some first rate media coverage, created by the world's largest networks such as the BBC, CNN, Deutsche Welle, ABC Good Morning America, Russia One, CCTV and NRK through to brilliant independent film makers, photographers, writers and radio broadcasters.

If you would like to see and hear a little taster of what to expect when you arrive Finse, Norway - then browse through these links. If you like what you find, please book your Ice Music Festival ticket over at our Tikkio shop. Click any of the images below for links. Enjoy ❄️🎼

 

If you haven't booked your tickets for Ice Music Festival 2018 in Finse, then pop over to our online ticket shop - if you'd like to spread the sound of Ice Music, then follow us on Twitterand see our pictures and stories on Instagram. You can also check out who's performing here. See you in Finse on Feb 2nd & 3rd 2018 ❄️ #icemusicfestival2018

 

 

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Faculty of Art, Music & Design of University of Bergen Constructing Ice Music Festival 2018

For the last few years, we have teamed up with Norway's prestigious Faculty of Art, Music & Design, at the University of Bergen (KHiB) to create some fantastic Ice Music Festival venues, from large ice igloos to detailed backdrops for film projections. So we are super happy that the team from KHiB will be returning in 2018 to construct our wonderful new venue in Finse, Norway. 

The team consists of University of Bergen degree students who are studying furniture design, spatial design, interior architecture and visual communication and 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.

Petter is pictured to left outside one of the entrances to an acoustic ice 'church' for 2015's Ice Music Festival. 

Finse can get very cold and potentially windy, so without the right structure(s) in place to protect the musicians and audience from the weather conditions, the magic of Ice Music can be diminished. With Petter and his team in place, we're super excited that Finse will look and feel amazing. Want proof? just check out these enormous cathedrals of ice that engulfed musicians, audio & lighting tech and the cosy audience below! (click any to enlarge).

If you haven't booked your tickets for Ice Music Festival 2018 in Finse, then pop over to our online ticket shop - if you'd like to spread the sound of Ice Music, then follow us on Twitter and see our pictures and stories on Instagram. You can also check out who's performing here. See you in Finse on Feb 2nd & 3rd 2018 ❄️ #icemusicfestival2018

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

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Buy your Ice Music Festival 2018 tickets

Great news for Ice Music fans of the world - tickets for our mini Ice Music Festival in Finse, Norway are now up for sale over Tikkio shop.

Only accessible by train, Finse's location is truly exotic - boasting the amazing Hardangerjøkulen and Blåisen icefall, extraordinary panoramas which Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton all used to train on for their Arctic and Antarctic adventures. Star Wars fans also pay homage to the plateau, as the Empire Strikes Back's ice planet Hoth scenes was filmed at Finse.

The venue location will be approximately 100m from the world famous Finse 1222 Hotel which itself is situated right next to the train station platform - very important, as Finse is only accessible by train during the winter months. Be aware that there are limited numbers of tickets for each concert!

The weather in Finse can be very cold, easily reaching -20ºC. 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. So seek out your warmest clothing and join us on a truly exotic aural journey ❄️

Please note that accommodation in Finse is limited in winter. If you cannot book rooms at the fabulous Finse 1222 Hotel, we strongly recommend staying in Geilo, only a few train stops from Finse (with extraordinary views in daylight). Please use the very efficient NSB to see to buy your train tickets and the good people at Visit Geilo will cater for all the information about accommodation and other winter activities in both Geilo and Finse.

Train Times Geilo - Finse

Friday Feb 2nd
15:41-16:19
19:20-19:57
Saturday Feb 3rd
11:56-12:32
15:41-16:19
19:20-19:57

 

Train Times Finse - Geilo

Friday Feb 2nd
18:20-18:56
19:40-20:24
Saturday Feb 3rd
01:34-02:14
18:20-18:56

 Geilo Train Station

Geilo Train Station

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Line Up for Ice Music Festival Finse 2018

❄️ You can buy the tickets over at our Tikkio shop now...see you in Finse 😎

We're really pleased to announce the line up for our mini Ice Music Festival 2018 in our new location of Finse, Norway. Anchored by the Ice Music pioneer Terje Isungset, the ice ensemble includes Anders Jormin, Berit Opheim, Peter Paelinck and Maria Skranes. We can't wait to welcome you in February 2018.

Emile Holba

Friday Feb 2nd

17.00hrs

Winter Songs: Terje Isungset (Ice Percussion) Anders Jormin (Ice Bass), Maria Skranes (vocals). Music based on Isungset's genre defining Ice Music album “Winter songs”. Duration 1 hour.

21.00hrs

Igloofonarium! What is this? An igloo made out of frozen water, and ice horns connected to the igloo from the outside. Inside the igloo you will find the audience only! Duration 20 minutes, as the weather gets very cold.

24.00hrs

The purest sound of ice - Ice Only!

A little meditation using Ice Percussion only. Expose yourself to the wintery sonics of Finse's frozen lake, Finsevatnet - performed by Terje and some of his stellar students from talented Grieg Academy in Bergen. Terje will try the first sample of Hardangerjøkulen glacial ice too...

Duration 30 mins as the weather gets very cold. Will the glacial ice make its debut? Book your tickets to find out.

Emile Holba

Saturday Feb 3rd

17.00hrs

Glacier Speaks: we will try to make instruments out of the amazing 350m thick Hardangerjøkulen Glacier that overlooks the Finse plateau.

The amazing singer Berit Opheim (of Trio Mediaeval fame) will be performing with Anders and another Ice Music Festival favourite - Belgium's Peter Paelinck, who will be teasing sound from an Iceridoo (yes, you read that correctly) and Iceflute. Duration 45 minutes. 

To quote Peter "Sound was before everything, we are part of sound"...

The venue location will be approximately 100m from the world famous Finse 1222 Hotel which itself is situated right next to the train station platform - very important, as Finse is only accessible by train during the winter months.

Please note that the weather in Finse can be very cold, easily reaching -20ºC. 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. So seek out your warmest clothing and join us on a truly exotic aural journey!

Prices & details about accommodation will be posted in next few days, so please watch out on our Facebook pageTwitter & Instagram feeds ❄️

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VICE News Tonight HBO

Each year, our unique Ice Music Festival receives a lot of media attention - with visits from many of the world's leading TV, radio, newsprint and news organisations from the BBC, Deutsche Welle, NRK and CNN International to ABC Good Morning America, Mashable, CCTV, Russia One and The Guardian to name just a few.

2017's festival witnessed the arrival of the VICE News Tonight HBO team from New York City. They covered all aspects of the festival's stage construction, ice instrument creation and, of course, the live performances. If you've not viewed their film yet and fancy a peek into the world of Ice Music, then check out their broadcast earlier this year. 

If you like what you see and are tempted to make plans to visit the Ice Music Festival Geilo in 2018, then our website has all the information required to make your trip to Norway a fantastic experience. Plus tickets are already on sale over at our Tikkio online shop

Here's the VICE News Team standing proud just after they had interviewed Terje Isungset. Photo: Emile Holba

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Ice Music Festival 2018

Still air, a full moon and -20ºc = a perfect Ice Music Festival. Photo: Emile Holba

We're as excited as ever to present the 13th annual Ice Music Festival in Geilo, Norway from Jan 31st  to 4th February 2018.

Creating a unique aural experience, the world’s only Ice Music Festival defines a truly original musical genre solidly cast from ice, snø and the astounding mountain scenery that engulfs the small and welcoming town of Geilo. Tickets are already on sale over at Tikkio and the full artist line up will be announced on October 1st 2017. Stay tuned for news* and updates via our TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

We look forward to welcoming you to the frozen north early next year ❄️

*Please note that this is the first news post for 2018's festival. After deciding to rest this service for 2017 with all announcements going out on Facebook, Twitter, we felt that having a central blog of the news items here on the Ice Music Festival site acts as easy reference - instead of scrolling through endless timelines.   

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The day a *Tubice* rolled into town

Each year we are passionate about building a signature ice instrument that really shows off the dynamics of ice music and for our 11th Ice Music Festival, here in the heart of Geilo, the choice was a 'Tubice' - yet another world first 😀

World firsts require musicians of stature and within the 'tuba-sphere' Daniel Herskedal is forming a formidable reputation and now being part of the famed UK based Editions Records, his influence continues to grow.  

The world's only Ice Music Festival straddles the fine line of art and lunacy and the idea of a 7ft high step-through ice tuba certainly pushed that boundary to the limit. Taking 2 days to build with a team of 3 ice carvers and specific tuning input from Daniel himself, the Tubice took shape and was ready to assemble on the #icemusicfestival2016 stage in time for the opening concert of Day 2.

Accompanied by leading Nordic drummers Snorre Bjerck and Helge Norbakken, along with Burkina Faso's leading balafon player - Mamadou Diabate, Daniel blew into the Tubice and the ground shook. The intensity of the huge structure's sound was amazing, coupled with a surprising range of pitch and frequency. The audience was transfixed. 

We've got a jammed packed 3 day of performances both in the main arena at 15:00 & 22:00 and then down at 'Slåttahølen' by the lake shoreline next to Geilo Culture Church at midnight. For full details, please see our 2016 Performance Times page. Expect extraordinary musical exploration, as Gawain Hewitt and his bespoke 'under the ice' recording equipment will be performing with improv kings Arve Henriksen and Terje Isungset. Yes, you read that correctly -hydrophones and speakers deep in the water flowing under a ceiling of thick lake ice. 

This is also the second year the Art & Design School in Bergen (KHiB) have collaborated with us by designing and building the second concert arena. Born from artwork from KHiB, 14 students and teachers have created a sensational ice outpost at Slåttahølen.

Don't forget that we have loads of CDs and T-Shirts covering the entire history of our pioneering ice music - since the late 1990's. Geilo's Tourist / Information Centre is open through to late tonight and you browse the goodies there. 

 Ooooo, lovely sounding Ice Music to buy - yes please...

Ooooo, lovely sounding Ice Music to buy - yes please...

#icemusicfestival2016 will be a truly unique way to kick start 2016!

We look forward to seeing you in Geilo - and don't forget to pack your warmest clothing...❄️ Follow us on Twitter @icemusicgeilo and like us on Facebook.

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Our friends 'Los Wiaheros' published in Podróże Magazine

For 3 years, worldwide adventurers Andrzej Budnik and Alicja Rapsiewicz made a series of fantastic reports from Geilo, covering all aspects of making our annual Ice Music Festival come alive. 

Andrzej and Alicja are serious about their travel and have formed one of the largest travel blog portals in their native Poland. So serious in fact, that they hitch hiked from Poland to Geilo for their first visit and then proceeded to pitch their tent instead of booking into a hotel. Fine for most in summer weather but with nightly temperatures dropping below -20c, sleeping arrangements get cosy :-)

Check out their Facebook entry here and follow their worldwide adventures on Twitter

#icemusicfestival2016 will be a truly unique way to kick start 2016!

We look forward to seeing you in Geilo - and don't forget to pack your warmest clothing...❄️ Follow us on Twitter @icemusicgeilo and like us on Facebook.

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Martin Halla opens the 11th Annual Ice Music Festival in Geilo

Still, cold air surrounded the audience as Martin Halla (winner of the The Voice Norge) opened #icemusicfestival2016 in -22ºc - more than cold enough to tickle the vocal cords. Accompanied by Snorre Bjerck on ice percussion & Ivar Kolve on ice percussion & icephone (yes, these instruments exist 😎) the sound they produced was sublime. A super way to kick of all things ice music! 

Later this evening at 20:00 we open the first of 2 performances with 'Flower Power with African Ice & Groove' with Mamadou Diabate on Ice Balafon, Daniel Herskedal on 'Tubice', Helge Nordbakken & Snorre Bjerck working the Ice Drums and Kristin Voreland Ice Music Festival Artist for 2016.

Mamadou from Burkina Faso totally amazed the Ice Music Festival 2015 audience. Such was his popularity, we had to invite him back. For 2016, Mamadou will be interacting with two of Norway's master drummers! 

Daniel Herskedal currently holds the world record for playing dark tones on a tuba. Can he break the record with the Tubice?

This year’s Ice Music Festival artist: the wonderful Kristin Voreland from Atelier Flora. Winner of the European Champion of Floral Art and with flowers being the visual theme for 2016, Kristin's exhibition will add a beautiful finishing touch to the arena.

Then at 22:00, we finish off the evening's music with the 'Icelandic Ice Sessions' featuring Trio Mediæval on vocals, Arve Henriksen improvising with Ice Trumpet & ethereal vocal, accompanied by Terje Isungset (AKA The Ice Man) with his Ice Percussion and Johannes Lundberg playing Ice Bass (yes, these instruments exist 😎). 

Trio Mediæval's mesmerising ethereal harmonics combined with Arve's infectious improvisation wowed 2015's audience. They return with new work accompanied by Johannes on the Ice Bass and Terje's world of ice. Both performances will be in Geilo's outdoor Amphitheatre, slap bang in the middle of town.

#icemusicfestival2016 will be a truly unique way to kick start 2016!

We look forward to seeing you in Geilo - and don't forget to pack your warmest clothing...❄️ Follow us on Twitter @icemusicgeilo and like us on Facebook.

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