The official opening of Magic Ice was carried out on 22 March 2004 by IOC board member Gerhard Heiberg. Magic Ice is Norway’s first ice bar and gallery where everything is made of crystal clear ice. Here, you can see ice art and coastal culture, sculptures and installations made of ice, dramatically lit and presented together with sound, music and images. Life in the Lofoten Islands forms the framework for your experience. The exhibition, bar, glasses and tables are all made of crystal clear ice.
Imagine You Are Looking at the Island Realm of Lofoten Through a Crystal Ball…
Magic Ice, in the capital of Lofoten, offers you the pleasure of browsing ice art and coastal culture while enjoying a variety of refreshments. Sculptures and installations made of ice, dramatically lit and presented together with sound, music and images, tell the story of nature, traditions and the life of the fisherman in this abundant island realm.
Magic Ice has an atmosphere that has to be experienced from the inside! It is more than just an ice bar, it is a crystal clear reflection of a distinctive community built on the riches of the sea – in the heart of the landscape where it all came to be.
Welcome to an enchanted atmosphere, a magical adventure! You will find Magic Ice in the colourful quayside environment of Svolvær. You enter a 500 square metre hall with walls and exhibitions made from transparent ice. The room is filled with music and the glow of candlelight. Wearing a warm “penguin coat” you can enjoy the ice art while sipping at your drink.
Discover Lofoten and It’s Traditions – Illustrated in Crystal Clear Ice
Life in Lofoten forms the framework of the Magic Ice experience. The story of the people of Lofoten is also the story of time-honoured cultural traditions, extraordinary hauls of fish and tragic shipwrecks; of a people living in fishing villages wedged in between precipitous mountains and the mighty ocean; of control, belief and superstition, and of the ghost of the sea, the trolls and the wood nymphs that have also found their place at Magic Ice – the story of a fairy tale world.
This gives us a new approach to the natural surroundings and resources that have formed the basis of settlement and economic growth here since the Middle Ages.
The cry of gulls lingers in the air. You can feel a storm brewing on a winter’s day, join the fishermen as they discuss their catch around the gutting bench, hear the Coastal Steamer as it sounds its approach. Surrounded by birds, fish and fish racks sculpted in ice, you can sense the toil and delights of fishermen past and present. The mountain of Røstfjellet with its puffins, cormorants and seals comprises, as such, a natural part of the exhibition.
World Famous Ice Sculptors
Snow and ice art embrace various means of expression such as sculpture, installation art, scenography, landart and architecture, indoors and out. Enhance your enjoyment of this by exploring the incredibly varied forms of expression created by snow and ice.
This is world class ice art. Seven artists from different parts of the world have created “art below zero” at Magic Ice. For centuries, artists from all over the world have made their way to Lofoten because of the light and colours, the sea, the people’s openness and the mountains. Magic Ice expresses this bond between Man and Nature in a unique way, forming an arena among ice crystals, authenticity and purity.
Ice Blue and Refreshing – Without You Getting Cold!
– We Wish You a Warm Welcome!
Magic Ice welcomes individuals and groups and also caters for special events, whether you are looking for a unique setting for your kick off, or just a plain old get together.
Welcome to a magical experience with 500 m2 of ice art created by artists from all over the world. Don a warm “penguin coat” and enjoy the ice art as you sip your drink from a glass made of ice.