The Moomin Ice Cave in Leppävirta, Finland, has again opened its doors to showcase remarkable ice sculptures based on Tove Jansson’s comics, bringing together worldwide pioneers of thematic ice sculpting. The icy fairytale world created in the ski tunnel of Vesileppis offers a jungle-themed experience filled with playful lights and sound.
In the 2023 Moomin Ice Cave, scenes from Tove Jansson‘s comic strip Moominvalley Turns Jungle (1956) are at the centre of the experience. Visitors can explore the jungle-themed wonderland, complete with carnivorous plants, wild jungle animals, the Hobgoblin and other traditional Moomin characters.
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“Our goal was to provide sculptors with a wide range of spectacular and recognizable scenes, so the storyline is not strictly chronological, but the jungle remains a prominent setting,” says Esa Salmiheimo, Managing Director of Leppäkerttu Oy. “This year, the lighting and sound play an even bigger role than in previous years”, Salmiheimo adds.
The 2023 Moomin Ice Cave is the fifth Moomin-themed exhibition in Leppävirta, with world-class sculptures made from ice blocks weighing up to 1200-1500 kg and crafted by Finnish and international ice sculptors. This year, the traditional team of sculptors was joined by experienced artists from the Snow Village in Kittilä Lainio, making this exhibition even more special.
The Moomin Ice Cave sculptures are on display until September 2023
Apart from the stunning ice sculptures, the 2023 Moomin Ice Cave also offers a range of winter activities, including a sliding track, a snow tube track and a pole sled. The cave is divided into the ice sculpture exhibition and the activity area, making it perfect for families and visitors of all ages.
This year’s Moomin Ice Cave is a must-see attraction for anyone who loves art, nature and adventure. The exhibition runs until September 3rd 2023, and it’s open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. During the summer months, the entry ticket will also include a hire of winter overalls to make the icy visit more enjoyable.
Visiting the 2023 Moomin Ice Cave is an opportunity to escape the summer heat and experience the wonder of winter underground. Don’t miss your chance to see these magnificent ice sculptures and immerse yourself in the world of Tove Jansson’s Moominvalley.
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The new ice sculptures and fun activities of the Moomin Ice Cave charms both adventurous and winter enthusiasts
The new ice sculptures and fun activities of the Moomin Ice Cave charms both adventurous and winter enthusiasts in an underground cave 30 meters below.