Guided Ice Music Festival Tours
Behind the midnight concert Ice Music Festival stage in 2015. Photo: Emile Holba

Behind the midnight concert Ice Music Festival stage in 2015. Photo: Emile Holba

New for 2018 - guided Ice Music Festival tours! 

Pål K. Medhus will guide you safely through the backstage areas of Ice Music Festival 2018.

Pål K. Medhus & Terje Isungset co-founded the Ice Music Festival and staged the first one high up on the mountains overlooking Geilo in early winter 2006. As the Director of Tourism for Geilo, Pål has long worked at the heart of Geilo’s thriving community and commerce. He knows the festival inside out, and so will you after this guided tour! You will see how the arena is built, watch the construction of the ice instruments and meet some of the hard working, irreplaceable crew. 

The tour will last approximately 50 minutes, so be sure to wear comfortable, warm shoes and warm clothes! 

The tours will take place on Thursday 1st Feb & Friday 2nd 2018 at 14:00 and 18:00. NOK 275,- pr adult & NOK 175,- pr child. A maximum of 20 persons per group, so please book early to avoid disappointment. You can buy your tickets over at our dedicated Ice Music Festival 2018 shop at Tikkio.

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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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-22ºc freezes our great sponsors

Yet another glorious start to our day in Geilo. A steady -22ºc with more bright sunshine. Our opening concert starts at 20hrs. Check the performance times here. Looking forward to welcoming everyone!

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit. 

#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 onFacebook.

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Soooo close to the opening of #icemusicfestival2016

Tomorrow people, tomorrow 😎 👌 🎼 ⛄️

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit. 

#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 onFacebook.

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Just what is being created at Slåttahølen?

You can discover by booking tickets for our legendary midnight concert. We look forward to seeing you there under the first full moon of 2016. Check out #icemusicfestival2016 performances times here

Peekaboo!

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit. 

#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 onFacebook.

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Ice 'Henge' found near Slåttahølen

Yet another beautiful, -20ºc start to our day here in Geilo.

The main arena teams were working until late last night and continue to make great progress shaping 2016's flower & forest themes and motifs. Down by Slåttahølen, the team from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB) are creating something quite magical, with final details to be discovered at the launch of our legendary midnight concert this Saturday night. 

A perfect -20ºc view of a mini ice 'henge' ❄️⛄️

We love this daytime temperature...forecast for the weekend is warmer though. 

We love this daytime temperature...forecast for the weekend is warmer though. 

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo andTicketmaster shop to organise your visit. 

#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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Just sayin'...

#icemusicfestival2016 

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit.

#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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Day 3 Preparations for #icemusicfestival2016

Bill Covitz creating one of our many ice horns ⛄️

Good morning Ice Music Fans of the world! A sublime -16ºc with still air and crystal clear skies here in Geilo. 

Day 3 of preparations are well underway, gradually transforming Geilo's central amphitheatre into a unique musical experience > #icemusicfestival2016

We have Bill Covitz's cut team carving up 1500kg ice blocks into ice instruments and our ice music stage creator Helder Neves and his team are rapidly constructing the stage wall, based on this year's visual theme of 'flowers & woodland'. And we love Helder's efficient solution to making intricate snow pillars with his ingenious 'pallet moulding process' (we think he should put a patent on it lol). 

The first round of artists & musicians arrive tomorrow. Their arrival heralds the start of the most detailed part of the Ice Music Festival process, refining the ice instruments to the musicians' needs. Each instrument is a 'one-off' and the early failure rate is often quite high, at least until the 'sweet spot' of usability, longevity and musical prowess is formed. 

Every artist and musician enters our festival with a strong spirit of discovery and a desire to perform well outside the boundaries of conventional studio and concert spaces - the 11th annual Ice Music Festival is soon upon us.  

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit.

#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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1500kg Ice Blocks Ready to Carve

Another beautifully cold, bright day here in Geilo. We've got 6 x 1500kg blocks of lovely natural ice ready to carve into the amazing range of #icemusicfestival2016 instruments. 

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit.

#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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Not long now...

Our #icemusicfestival2016 crew start arriving on Friday and will be in full swing creating this year's icy magic by Sunday morning. If you're in Geilo, pop by and say hello. You won't miss the snow stage construction and the sound of chainsaws ❄️😄  

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit.

#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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#icemusicfestival2016 Flyer

Feel free to download these flyers showing our key times and artists. For more in depth information about the musicians and artists participating in #icemusicfestival2016 please see our 2016 Artists & 2016 Performance Times pages. 

Save me on your smartphone in your warm pocket 😎

Spar meg på smarttelefonen i varm lomme 😎

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit.

#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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Fancy cross country skiing too whilst visiting #icemusicfestival2016?

Cross country skiing in Norway is free of charge, and Geilo proudly boasts more than 550 km of prepared trails to suit all abilities from first timers to competitive athletes - after all, cross country skiing is a national obsession. 

Geilo's cross country trails are maintained to a high standard throughout the winter and you can track the trail preparations each morning by visiting www.skiporet.no and seeing where the 'Løypemaskin' (Track Machine) is. Skiporet also have Apps available for Apples & Androids.

There are a number of shops in Geilo centre that offer rental packages, including all you need to hit the trails - take a look at our partner Visit Geilo for more information. 

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit.

#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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How to get to Geilo to witness our unique Ice Music Festival

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.

Air 

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. 

Train

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.

Car

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.

Accommodation 

Geilo has nearly 5,000 beds available and the town’s status as one of Norway’s premiere and largest snowsport resorts, means there is a wonderful choice of accommodation available. From traditional family run hotels, to spa resorts, private apartments and woodland luxury cabins. 

A comprehensive list of the accommodation available (for most budgets too) can be viewed through our dear friends at Visit Geilo.

Ice Music Festival co-founder Pål Knutsson Medhus 😎

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit.

#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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Just 10 days until #icemusicfestival2016

Ice Music Festival co-founder Terje Isungset tuning ice (yes, you read that correctly - tuning ice) ❄️

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit.

#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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Huge thank you to our #icemusicfestival2016 sponsors!

#icemusicfestival2016 could not exist without generous support from our local 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.

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. Please be sure to head over to our sponsors page, as you'll find hotels, supermarkets, ski schools and even building suppliers if - assuming you fall in love with our gorgeous mountain scenery - and want to build your own hytte (enjoy...) 

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit.

#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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Mary Anne Hobbs is spell bound by Mamadou's Ice Balafon

For our 10th anniversary year in 2015, DJ / radio presenter / producer / journalist and high quality music filter Mary Anne Hobbs made a pilgrimage to Geilo to experience ice music in its live, emotive form. Mary Anne was wowed and rapidly fell under the spell of what she heard. 

One of the stand out performances was that of Africa's Mamadou Diabate - one of the world's leading balafon players. Hailing from Burkina Faso, Mamadou created the world's first ice balafon with ice carving god Bill Covitz. The result was utterly sublime, with Mamadou playing with rare virtuosity and passion.

We are really chuffed that Mary Anne has included Mamadou's debut at the Ice Music Festival in her round up of musical highlights of 2015. You can hear this list on her BBC 6 Recommends show. And Mamadou is rolling with fierce company too - Kendrick Lamar, Aldous Harding, David Bowie and Nils Frahm, to name a few! 

Such was the success of Mamadou's ice balafon, he's returning to #icemusicfestival2016  😀❄️

If you are intrigued and fancy experiencing the world's first and only Ice Music Festival, where all the instruments are made from locally sourced fjord ice, then head over to our About / Where Is Geilo and Ticketmaster shop to organise your visit.

#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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