Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Have An "ICE" Day!

With a population of 35,000, Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska. It is known as the Golden Heart City and lies about 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle. We headed upstate for the weekend in the hopes of seeing the Northern Lights. Although we missed out on the Aurora, we still had a lovely time exploring the city along the banks of the Chena River.

We visited the World Ice Art Championships, home to the most amazing ice sculptures carved by teams from America, Japan, China, Norway, Spain and many other countries. Below are some pictures of the remarkable works of art.

In the Single Block Classic teams of two sculpt a 90cm x 150cm x 200cm block of Arctic Diamond Ice weighing 3,500kg.

In the Multi-Block Classic, teams of four are given ten 90cm x 100cm x 180cm blocks of pure Alaskan ice weighing in at 2,000kg each to create their crystal masterpieces.

There were also a few ice sculptures just for fun. We got lost in the incredible ice maze, played in the kids' park, made a phone call and read about the history of the World Champs on an ice wall!

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