Ice Music Festival Geilo

The world’s only Ice Music Festival. Experience a unique festival where instruments are made from natural ice in Geilo, Norway Jan 31 to Feb 4 February 2018.

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Unique Musical Experience


Creating a truly unique aural experience, the world’s only Ice Music Festival will return for a trailblazing 13th year from Jan 31st  to 4th February 2018.

Tickets are already on sale over at Tikkio and the full artist line up will be announced on October 1st 2017. Please also note that 2018's exact address for the venue is not yet settled, but it will be in the vicinity of the town centre, like previous years.

Stay tuned for news and updates via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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.

Constructed and formed exclusively from naturally harvested ice and snow, the Festival is a tribute to art, the environment and one’s of the world’s most vital resources - water. Frozen water. Conceived and developed in 2006 by ice music pioneer Terje Isungset and Pål K Medhus, the Ice Music Festival is an annual celebration of collaborative music and expression performed by specially invited artists, curated by Terje. 

So seek out your warmest clothing, pack your bags and join us in Geilo for 3 nights of wondrous music. All the information you need to arrange your trip to Geilo is found on our Location + Travel page. If you have any additional questions or enquires, please do not hesitate to contact us:


Location + Travel



Geilo is situated almost exactly halfway between Oslo and Bergen in the southern, mountainous part of Norway and easily accessible by car, train or bus.


The Bergen Railway is one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world, according to Lonely Planet, the Norwegian National Public Broadcaster NRK, and the national Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten.  So be sure to book your journey in daylight hours! The train takes 3.5 hours from Oslo S (Oslo's central / main station) and about 3 hours from Bergen. The NSB (Norway’s National Rail Company) train runs through some of the most beautiful, wild and unspoiled nature in Norway - vistas abound! The train from both Oslo S & Bergen has 5 - 6 arrivals / departures daily. 

Booking online is very simple and we recommend paying the little extra for a Komfort seat. 


The shortest route between Oslo and Bergen is Rv 7. The Rv 7 over Hardangervidda and along the Hardanger Fjord is a national tourist route. You can also follow the Rv 50 over the mountains from west to east with the scenery between Aurland and Hol particularly magnificent. From Hol, it is another 10 km to Geilo. Alternatively, if you arriving from south of Norway into Larvik via ferry, then the quickest route to Geilo is the Fv 40 running through north via Hvittingfoss, Kongsberg and Rødberg. 

Please note: if you are arriving from a different country and intend to drive to Geilo, we recommend you reference Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Their English website offers clear information regarding tyre and chain, route planning and legal requirements. 


No direct air link to Geilo however numerous airlines, both low cost / budget and premium carriers connect with Oslo’s 3 airports, Gardermoen, Torp, Rygge and Bergen International airport. 

Skyscanner is a good reference point for flight availability. 




Geilo offers a wide range of hotels, cabins and apartments to suit families, couples and large groups - from the very simple to the luxurious. With over 5,000 beds to choose from, Geilo is ready to welcome you to the Ice Music Festival 2018. 

Please pop over to Visit Geilo for all the information you choice the best accommodation for your needs and budget.  

Other Ice Music Activities


Internationally famous for its ski slopes, hundreds of miles of cross country skiing and supreme snow parks - Geilo also offers many other winter based exciting activities for those who want to break free of the ski slopes.

Why not try dog sledding, tobogganing, snow shoeing, fat biking, sleigh Rides, winter paintball, tenpin bowling, snow kiting, airboarding and even ice driving… details of all these activities and more by either clicking the cute huskies or here.