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. 

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:

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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. 


2017 Line Up



Thursday 9

20:00 *Acoustic Icemusic* + Important Message Alert!

Intimate Icemusic concerts in igloos.

The students from the Bergen Academy of Art & Design (KHiB) have built a village of Igloos and snow art. This day you will be invited in to a unique atmosphre in the world of ice and snow.

Everything will be made out of ice and snow except for the audience and the musicians 😎 Have you ever heard ice instruments acoustics inside an igloo?

Part one: percussion supremo Ivar Kolve returns for his second year and will perform on his Iceofon (solo concert).

Part two: Amazing joik singer Sara Marielle Gaup performs with Terje Isungset and his complex Ice percussion.

We also have a started a new collaboration with the Grieg Academy of the University of Bergen. The GA's students will be making their own ice instruments during the week and will perform them as part of these concerts!

Please note that there will a maximum of 40 people for these 2 intimate ice igloo concerts - so book early to avoid disappointment!


To those planning to join the Acoustic Icemusic concert on Thursday Feb 9 at 20.00 - the interest in the opening concert is higher than expected, so we have decided to put up an extra Acoustic Icemusic concert Thursday at 21.00.

For those of you who have bought a full festival ticket, please send an e-mail to to reserve seats on the preferred concert by Tuesday Feb 7 12.00 PM.

This includes those of you who have already contacted us, as you now can choose between two times. We are so sorry for the inconvenience. Tickets for the concert will be out for sale after 12.00 on Tuesday 7th.

*More Details*

Bergen Academy of Art & Design

Grieg Academy University of Bergen

Ivar Kolve

Sara Marielle Gaup

Terje Isungset 

Acoustic Icemusic concert ticket kr 325,- child kr 150,-  

Full festival ticket Thursday 9th - Sunday 11th kr 1250,- child kr 525,-

Day ticket Friday 10th kr 600,- child kr 300,-

Day ticket Saturday 11th kr 800,- child kr 400,-

*Remember your warmest clothes*

Friday 10

20:00 *North Pole - South Pole*

Polish sax whizz Grzech Piotrowski will try to create the world's first Ice Saxophone! We dont know if this is possible or how it might sound or look like, but with the legendary ice carving skills of Bill Covitz, we have high expectations for this concert.

Joining Grzech from Norway will be the amazing double bass player Steinar Raknes on Icebass, accompanied by rhythm king Snorre Bjerck on his frozen Icedrums.

Norwegian guitarist Thomas T Dahl who will be playing an ice string instrument - very close to a Norwegian Langeleik!

22:00 *Finish Moods*

Ice Instrument of the year - the Icekantele!

Kantele master from Finland, Minna Raskinen and singer Anita Lehtola-Tollin (know from Swedish group Hedningarna) will perform music from the cold wintery Finish forests.

The only professional Icemusician in the world: Mr Terje Isungset will join with his Icepercussion.

*More Details*

Grzech Piotrowski

Bill Covitz

Steinar Raknes

Snorre Bjerck

Minna Raskinen

Anita Lehtola-Tollin

Thomas T Dahl

Terje Isungset

North Pole - South Pole concert ticket kr 325,- & child kr 150,- 

Finish Moods concert ticket kr 325,- & child kr150,- 

Full festival ticket Thursday 9th - Sunday 11th kr 1250,- child kr 525,-

Day ticket Friday 10th kr 600,- child kr 300,-

Day ticket Saturday 11th kr 800,- child kr 400,-

*Remember your warmest clothes*

Saturday 11

15:00 *Family Concert* + Volcanic Ice Science!

The ever popular Bill Covitz show. Joining us from Connecticut in the USA, master ice sculptor Bill will perform his ice carving magic. What surprise theme will he work on in 2017?

Terje Isungset & Maria Skranes will perform Icemusic whilst Bill shows the tricks of his trade.

Performing wintery songs from Finland's heartland, Minna Raskinen & Anita Lehtola-Tollin return with the ice instrument of the year - the Icekantele and lush vocals.

Volcanic Ice science!

Professor of Climate Dynamics at the University of Bergen, Kerim H Nisancioglu is an expert in ice, ice's history and how climate change is affecting the polar regions and we're delighted that Kerim is returning for a 3rd year. 

Kerim will bring a freshly drilled piece of ice directly from the Greenland sheet. This can tell us exactly how the climate was in 1815, the year the world experienced the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia.

Kerim will explain more, and Terje will create his own aural science by playing music on the same piece of ice.What will is the sound of 1815 sound like?

21.00 *Ice Music Party*

Fieh, a fantastic upcoming singer with her ice band - Iceofon, Icebass, Icedrums and singers will channel the spirit of Erykah Badu & D'Angelo with R&B, hip-hop and jazz with tight and elegant beats.  

Supplying the rhythm section...

Snorre Bjerck: Ice drums

Ivar Kolve: Iceofone

Ola Øverby - Icedrums

Andreas Rukan - Icebass

Lyder Øvreås Røed - Icetrumpet

Sofie Tollefsbøl - Vocal

Put on your slippery dancing shoes!

24.00 *Full Moon Concert*

We are lucky to have the Full Moon himself around midnight. Magic light & Magic mood.

The music will be a mix of the duo Arvvas with their music from Lapland, icey sounds from Poland and Terje Isungset's Icemusic.

Sara Marielle Gaup Beska (joik), Steinar Raknes (ice bass) Grzech Piotrowski - Icesaxophone, Maria Skranes (voice) and Terje Isungset (ice).

Lookout for the Full Moon and bring your warm clothes!

*More Details*


Maria Skranes


Steinar Raknes

Sara Marielle Gaup

Grzech Piotrowski

Minna Raskinen

Anita Lehtola-Tollin

Bill Covitz

Terje Isungset

Family Concert ticket kr 200,- |child kr 75,- 

Ice Party concert ticket kr 325,-| child kr 150,-

Full Moon Concert ticket kr 500,-|child kr 200,-

Full festival ticket Thursday 9th - Sunday 11th kr 1250,- child kr 525,-

Day ticket Friday 10th kr 600,- child kr 300,-

Day ticket Saturday 11th kr 800,- child kr 400,-

*Remember your warmest clothes*

Ivar Kolve: Iceofone

Sunday 12

12.00 *Winter Songs*

Terje Isungset invented icemusic and has performed ice concerts since around the world since 2000. During recent years he has also pioneered how to perform Icemusic indoors. This is quite exceptional.

Together with Norwegian singer Maria Skranes, they will present the music from their successful tours. the indoor concert will be Geilo's iconic and architectural wonder - Kulturkyrkje. No warm clothes needed.

*More Details*

Maria Skranes

Terje Isungset

Geilo Kulturkyrkje

Winter Songs concert ticket kr 200,- & child kr100,-

Full festival ticket Thursday 9th - Sunday 11th kr 1250,- child kr 525,-

Day ticket Friday 10th kr 600,- child kr 300,-

Day ticket Saturday 11th kr 800,- child kr 400,-

*Remember your warmest clothes*






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 2017. 

Geilo Holiday can arrange your accommodation whilst in Geilo and they can also help you with activities, ski passes, ski rental and child care during your holiday in Geilo. 

You can book through Geilo Holiday's online booking or contact them via or call them on +47 32 09 00 00.

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.  

2017 Sponsors 


The 12th Ice Music Festival could not exist without generous support from our sponsors. Their collective support is so valuable and we really appreciate the commitment from each and every business who champion such a unique musical experience.

In particular we would like to thank our headline sponsor of #icemusicfestival2017 - Europe's leading work wear brand Engelbert Strauss. Click the vibrant Ostrich logo and discover Engelbert Strauss's amazing range of quality clothing. 

Geilo and the wider Hol Kommune is a warmly knitted community and every business highlighted below plays a key role in keeping the area alive and vibrant throughout the year.

Clicking any logo below will take you to the company's website.