The Northern Lights, Laplnd

Lapland lands in London

With Christmas just around the corner, I’m enjoying getting wrapped up and keeping cosy in the cold winter air, so when the opportunity to visit London’s ICE Bar presented itself recently, I couldn’t wait to don my furry poncho and enter the ‘big freeze’.

The night was an event organised by Cosmos, and was everything you want from a wintry evening. Good food, people, getting cosy and carving out polar bears from ice. Wait, what was that last one? Yes, that’s right. We actually carved polar bears from ice. What an amazing idea!

You see, the night was to promote Lapland (which makes complete sense at this time of year as the confirmed home of Santa), and although polar bears aren’t technically from Lapland, there’s a lot more to celebrate about this northern territory of Finland. Most of Lapland is above the Arctic Circle, which provides the perfect opportunity to see the famed Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Plus summer months deliver 24 hours of daylight, as the sun never sets!

Midnight sun

But let’s talk about winter, shall we? Think snow, sleighs, husky dogs, igloos and roaring fires, and you’ve got just a glimpse of what Arctic Lapland can offer. I found out there is actually a castle constructed out of Snow in Kemi, Lapland. How crazy is that?

Lapland huskies sleigh

I’ve never actually set foot on the Arctic Circle (although it’s on my Bucket List), but learning about this place which I knew very little about has got me wanting to grab my snood and jump on the next flight! Check out these amazing pics of Lapland. OOOOOOH, EARTH PORN….



The Northern Lights, Laplnd

The Northern Lights

The Land of the eternal sun

The Land of the eternal sun

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Laino Snow Village in Lapland

Laino Snow Village in Lapland

So, if you’ve never heard of the ICE Bar in London, allow me to paint a picture. The upstairs bar promised plush velvet decor, along with comfy seating, and there are two other main areas to fall in love with. The first is the Reindeer Lounge, a cosy downstairs area where we had fun sculpting polar bears from blocks of crystal clear, pure ice from the frozen Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, Northern Sweden. My team and I soon got to work with our allocated ‘scrapey and stabby’ tools. To be fair, they weren’t bad at it. I was bloody terrible, despite my A in GCSE art, about 10 years ago 🙂

Here’s how it went:

The goal. Note: I did not do this one.

The goal. Note: I did not do this one.

Chipping away!

Chipping away!

My final effort. Looks more like a Warthog than a polar bear!

My final effort. Looks more like a Warthog than a polar bear!

The second bar is the main event – a bar kept at a steady -5 degrees, and full of ice sculptures, from blocks on the wall to seats and booths. Even your cocktail glass is made entirely of ice! Luckily you’re supplied with a big parka and a pair of super-strength gloves to keep you nice and toasty! The cocktails are ah-mazing and really brightly coloured, all set off by the neon lights all over the place.

ice bar london

Me wrapped up all warm

ice cocktails

Bright cocktails – and the glasses are made of ice!

cocktail ice bar london

You need these super warm gloves to hold your drink!

sitting on ice

Sitting on blocks of ice. My camera was a bit chilly by now and really playing up!

Cosmos Holidays were fantastic hosts and made sure we left with a full belly, an excited heart and a yearning to GET TO LAPLAND. Good job, guys!

If you’ve ever been to Lapland, I would love to hear from you. What are your top tips?

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Hayley is the author behind A Life of More, a travel and lifestyle blog with the goal of helping you to live a happier and more fulfilled life, whether you're currently travelling or happily settled.

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