Winter means snow and ice, which also means it’s time for lots of shoveling, salting, and occasionally slipping. It doesn’t have to be all bad though.
From Hotels and castles to geometric drawings and trucks, here’s our list of the seven coolest things made of ice.
The Ice Hotel, Sweden
The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, is the world’s first hotel made completely of ice. Visitors walk through hallways of ice, stay in rooms of ice, and sleep on beds made of, you guessed it, ice! Each year the hotel melts and is designed again for the next year.
Constructed in 2008, The Ice Maiden is the largest ice sculpture ever created. It took 600 sculptors to make the 115 ft high and 656 ft long sculpture. It was made as part of the annual Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, China.
Lake Abraham, Canada
Each year when Lake Abraham freezes over in Alberta, Canada, it traps thousands of frozen methane bubbles, creating a surreal, dreamlike winter landscape. The gas comes from decaying organic matter deep beneath the lake’s surface trying to escape.
It may look like these drawings were made by aliens or flying saucers, but they were actually made by artist Simon Beck. Beck has been creating the intricate snow drawings for over ten years by walking across frozen lakes with snowshoes, a map, and a compass.
Eisriesenwelt, or world of the ice giants (German), is the largest ice cave in the world. Located in the Tennengebirge section of the Alps, the cave spans more than 26 miles and is made entirely of ice and limestone. This ice giant attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Midway Ice Castles, USA
Every year in Midway, Utah, Brent Christensen builds a giant castle out of ice complete with towering walls, tunnels, and slides. Each completed ice castle is made of more than 20,000,000 lbs of ice! The castles are illuminated every night by colorful lights that make the ice glow almost magically.
In 2014, Canadian Tire decided to make a car out of ice to prove that their new battery could work in below freezing temperatures. The finished product was fully operational, weighed 14,000 lbs, and reached a top speed of 12 mph.