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50 Most Outrageous Snowmen and Ice Sculptures Around the World


The objects on this list were created in cold-weather climes from all over the world, including Norway, Latvia, Canada, and China. Many of these snowmen and ice sculptures are whimsical, like a snowman lifting weights. Some are topical, such as the image of an internet sensation. Still others are magical products of creative minds, like the figure of a delicately rendered sculpture of a woman riding a mythical beast.

While the creation of snowmen requires little in the way of tools and is limited only by one’s imagination, ice sculpting is more elaborate and requires some skills.

Sculptures hewed from ice can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or just decorative. Sculptors try to use pure, clean water, which produces the best results. The time it takes to create a sculpture varies, depending on how elaborate it is. Sculpting in ice is also a challenge for sculptors because temperatures can be volatile, Sculptors use a variety of tools such as chisels, saws, and power tools to make their creations.

We also included on the list hotels created out of snow and ice that are located in North America and Europe, although these might not be extended-stay places. Ice hotels depend on prolonged sub-freezing temperatures and have to be rebuilt every year. These tony lodgings feature amenities such as saunas, ice-molded cutlery and dinnerware, views of the northern lights, and reindeer sleigh rides. These might be the only hospitality destinations where customers don’t complain about getting a room by the ice machine.

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