Ice Music Festival Returns To Norway

The world’s only festival where instruments are made from natural ice will take place in Geilo, Norway, Feb. 9-12.

Emile Holba
– Norway Ice Music Festival

“Located in the idyllic mountain home of Geilo in Norway, under the watchful eye of the mighty Hallingskarvet Plateau – the Ice Music Festival’s aesthetics, music and nature, melt together under the first full moon of the year,” an announcement reads.

All instruments are crafted exclusively from naturally harvested ice and snow. Ice Music Festival was founded in 2006 by Pål K Medhus and ice music pioneer Terje Isungset, who is also booking the festival’s artists.

These include Polish saxophonist Grzech Piotrowski, who will try to create the world’s first ice saxophone. Joining him are Steinar Raknes on Icebass, accompanied by rhythm king Snorre Bjerck on his frozen Icedrums.

Since Isungset came up with a way of performing ice music indoors, not all concerts will require festivalgoers to dress up warm. Most, however, will want to.