For those of you who don’t know me, a couple of years ago I left my life at sea as a Cruise Ship Photographer, where I was able to explore the world with my trusty little sidekick each step of the way; my beloved camera. Since I’ve returned home I realised that there is so much out there that others haven’t seen that I imagine they would just love to, and having been to some rather wonderful places myself I wanted to share these places with you. I hope to give you incredible wanderlust and inspire you to take a trip to these places yourselves!
The place in which I’d like to share with you today is an Ice Bar. I was lucky enough to visit one myself on my journeys in the Leknes Lofoten Islands on a P&O Cruise, and would go back again in a heartbeat. This isn’t the only place that has Ice Bars; I know of one in Amsterdam and one in Las Vegas, so wherever you are looking to travel to next, check if there is one nearby – You’ll be in for a treat!
In preparation for the trip I made sure to put on plenty of layers. Upon entering the Ice Bar we were all given an extra coat, which actually came in handy as it turns out I didn’t have nearly enough on! I set my camera to low light settings before we went inside, as it was quite dark and therefore very difficult to see what I was doing.
Once inside, there were ice walls surrounding us, and ice sculptors everywhere. There were candles lit to set the mood and coloured low lighting to create wonderful displays on the sculptors. It’s safe to say that everyone there was going photo crazy – and who can blame them? It’s not like this is your every day trip or local hangout.
After gazing at the sculptors and taking a gazillion photographs, I managed to find the Ice Bar itself. Complimentary shots were handed out to us in little ice cups, and chilled bottles of alcohol were lined up at the back of the bar for those who fancied a little more.
I truly loved my Ice Bar experience, and plan to track down others to take my family and friends to. It’s an experience that no-one should miss, and that not many people actually seem to know about, so I encourage you to get your coat on and go find one. You’ll be in for a treat, and it’s always good to try something a little different from the norm.
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