We’re headed to Kemi Snow Castle.
Finland Road Trippin! Flying to Helsinki was the farthest North I’ve ever been and we were only headed North, North, and more North from there! Now we’re driving from Oulu to Kemi which is about a 2 hour drive from the airport, to check out the Kemi Snow Castle.
Have you ever thought about spending the night in a Snow Castle?
Started in 1996 with the first Snow Castle, Kemi has been producing a unique and wonderful castle for the past 20 years. At the end of each season the entire castle melts back into the lake right beside it and plans are drawn up for the next year where it will be reborn again. The 2016 theme was medieval.
In a side room there is a private table mostly reserved for people who have weddings or other private events at the castle while it is open. This year’s castle will be open from 23 JAN 2016 – 10 APR 2016.
Reminds me of “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe. You know, the story where Montresor is in an Italian city for carnival and he lures a guy dressed like a jester down to the wine cellar and builds him into the wall to seek revenge. Pretty morbid.
For the afternoon we headed over to the local spa which you will get a voucher for if you are spending the night at the castle (Don’t forget it when you go over or you’ll have to bring it back!). At the spa they have a wet and dry sauna for both men and women and a swimming pool. There’s just one thing about the sauna’s in Finland. You have to go into them naked! So get ready for that.
DINNER AT KEMI SNOW CASTLE
Overall the meal was okay, nothing special or overly fancy. This is mostly because they must bring the food from somewhere else to serve. In 2017, they plan to build the castle a couple of kilometers to the South, which will also include the facilities to make food as its ordered. I think this will help tremendously.
Climbing to the top of the spiral staircase you can see out across the frozen lake where the ice was taken from, to build this castle. They use chain saws to cut the ice and drag it to sure to use just like in the movie Frozen!
This might even be the song they sing when they are cutting the ice for the castle. 😉
This is the safe haven. If you get too cold in the castle you can come over and warm up at the lodge, buy some snacks or hot chocolate, tea, mulled wine, etc. The shop is open 24/7 so you’ll always be able to pick something up.
Thanks so much Noora for our tour of the Snow Castle and @VISITKEMI for hosting me and letting us run free in the Snow Castle. As always, I’m telling it how it is, like you could expect anything less!
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