Aurora Ice Museum at Chena Hot Springs, Alaska with Colorado Traveling Ducks

Today is a nice day, in the 50’s, but we are going into the Aurora Ice Museum at Chena Hot Springs, near Fairbanks, Alaska.   Chena Hot Springs, located 60 miles from Fairbanks, is a year round destination.   Today we will show you the Aurora Ice Museum.

Aurora Ice Museum

Made of over 1,000 tons of ice and snow, all havested at the resort, the Aurora Ice Museum opened in January 2005 and is still frozen.   You can visit with a guide only and the inside temperature is 25 degrees F (-7 degrees C).   For much of the year, inside the Aurora Ice Museum is warmer than the outside temperature.   Our guide opened the door, admitting us and our group to a small room.   Here we put on parkas, free for our visit inside.   Opening the next door, we are ready to go inside.

Entering through second door

There are many ice sculptures.

Ice sculpture

Most of them are lit, colors reminding us of the Aurora, or Northern Lights, visible only in the winter.   The lights in the sky are not visible in the summer, as it does not get dark enough.  The interior ice walls are also carved.

Interior ice wall

The walls, everything within the museum and the museum itself are all made of ice.   There are many ice sculptures.

Ice sculpture. Jousting

Jousting forms in ice here.   Face of ice.

Ice sculpture

Inside the ice museum are a few bedrooms to rent.

Entrance to bedroom

Let’s enter one of the rooms.  Intricate bed.

Ice bedroom

Yes, that really is a bed made of ice.   Lots of furs and blankets needed to sleep here.

Another bedroom. Ice bed

And another room.

Ice bed in different light

Let’s see this bed without the effect of colored lights.  We loved seeing this place, but we don’t want to sleep here.   It could be exciting, but we think it might be too cold for small ducks.   Heading back toward the entrance, we stop at the ice bar.

Aurora bar with ice bar stools.

Of course the bar is of ice.   The bar stools also are ice, but with fur cushions for more comfortable sitting.   Appletinis are available from the bar.   They are served in these ice glasses.

Martini glass made of ice. Yours with purchase of martini

You purchase the drink and the glass is yours.   To leave, we must be escorted back to the small room where we return our parkas, and then out the front door.   The Aurora Ice Museum is fascinating, but pretty cold.   The doors must be kept locked at all times to insure the proper temperature to preserve the ice.   There are world recognized ice sculpturers on staff here.   They are usually making new sculptures and also making many ice glasses.  You really should see this when you are in the area.   This is a great Alaska place to see.

Christmas in Ice from North Pole, Alaska with Zeb and Eider

Zeb the Duck here with more from North Pole, Alaska.   Last time we showed you Santa’s house.   Well, behind Santa’s house, near the reindeer herd, is a Christmas in Ice park.

Christmas In Ice

These ice sculptures have been here since mid December, without melting.   The ice does have new snow, some added almost every day.   Santa’s reindeer are pulling the sleigh here.

Reindeer pulling sleigh

We also liked this one, but we are not really sure what it is.   Maybe a present with a bow.

We like this

Same here, but again, we like it.  An elf?

We like this one

This appears to be an ice sculpture of a globe, with a picture inside.   We appreciated the added colors.   Zeb and Eider joined this family, maybe heading for outdoor fun.

Family heading for winter fun

A moose of ice provided a resting place for Zeb and Eider Duck.

Moose chair

This bear continues guarding an igloo.

Bear guarding igloo

An igloo?   Let’s go inside.   Zeb and Eider like this igloo.

Inside an igloo

Did you know, people in Alaska do not live in igloos.   But sometimes it makes a good story.   Here we go.   Zeb and Eider gliding on ice.

Graceful on ice

You might correctly guess that after sitting on all that ice, I, Zeb the Duck and cousin Eider Duck are getting cold feathers.   We told mom and her friend that we wanted to sit in Santa’s chair.

We are in Santa’s chair

And that was enough ice for today.   We loved seeing the ice sculptures and we are happy that nothing melted or fell down in this ice park.   The winters here can really be cold.   We have another Alaskan adventure to show you next time.

Eider Duck’s Winter Activities

Eider Duck, our cousin, lives near Fairbanks, in the town of North Pole, Alaska.   During the winter there is an international ice sculpting contest in Fairbanks.   These are a couple ice sculptures from previous years.

Ice carving

Ice carving

That fish is probably my favorite.   This one is also great, especially with the colored lights.

Ice carving

Ice carving

In Colorado we ride snowmobiles.   In Alaska, Eider calls them snow machines.  They are similar to motorcycles for snow.

Eider heading down the snowy road.

Eider heading down the snowy road.

He and his dad ride snow machines.

Eider on snow machine

Eider on snow machine

Eider says it is a lot of fun.

Snow machine. Is Eider driving?

Snow machine.   Try to block some of the cold wind, Eider

Sometimes it is too cold to ride the snow machines.   But Eider is a tough duck and he likes his winter life in Alaska.

Loveland Fire and Ice Festival with Zeb in Loveland, Colorado

Fire and Ice Festival in a town named Loveland.

Loveland Fire and Ice Festival.

Loveland Fire and Ice Festival.

Romance and fun is in the air.   Smile and laughter from carousel riders add to the festival.

Such fun

Such fun

Let’s see some of the ice.   An ice heart symbolizes Loveland.

Ice Heart in Loveland

Ice Heart in Loveland

Loveland even collects Valentine cards from drop off locations in the Denver area, and adds their unique Valentine postmark.   Ice being in the name of this festival, let’s watch the carvers.   Ice flying into the group of spectators is certainly noticed.

Ice shavings fly

Ice shavings fly

More details, still with power tools.

More details created

More details created

This sculpture consists of many layers of ice.

Ice sculpture in levels

Ice sculpture in levels

Loveland Fire and Ice Festival was this past weekend, so Valentine’s Day was a theme.   A bench with Happy Valentine’s Day, even a heart and arrow.

Happy Valentine's Day Ice bench

Happy Valentine’s Day Ice bench

Humans won’t sit on ice very long, but we love it.   One of the many booths highlighted Larimer County Search and Rescue.   This working dog was so well trained.

Larimer County Search and Rescue Dog

Larimer County Search and Rescue Dog

Tolerant of humans and a great asset to the rescue team, he was an instant hit with the humans.   Search and Rescue teams are vital everywhere; this group receives many requests for mountain and wilderness rescues.   Let’s see the fire for the festival.

Fire

Fire

Metal and fire produce this great sculpture.   We like this one also.

Fire

Fire

For additional fire to the festival, there was a fireworks display each evening.   This bronze work, Lovers, is a great addition to Loveland.

Lovers in bronze

Lovers in bronze

The artist is Robin Starkey.   The Loveland Sculpture Group donated Lovers to the City of Loveland in 1998.    Several food booths and souvenirs were available for festival visitors.   We came home with Kettle Corn again.   Horse drawn carriage ride were also available.

Carriage ride

Carriage ride

This was  great festival and we enjoyed mild weather.   We want to go next year, also.

Ice Sculptures in Fairbanks, Alaska

Last time we showed you some snow sculptures from Breckenridge, Colorado.   My Alaska cousin, Eider Duck, sent us some photos of ice sculptures from the ice park in Fairbanks, Alaska.   We think these pictures are really great.

Eider Duck on ice train.   Cindy is also with Eider and his dad today

Eider Duck on ice train. Cindy is also with Eider and  dad today

Ice Bear

Ice Bear

 

Look behind you, Eider!

Look behind you, Eider!

 

Love this fish

Love this fish

 

Hope he is not mad

Hope he is not mad.  He is big!

 

 

This is carved from ice.  Wow!

This is carved from ice. Wow!

 

Such detail

Such detail

 

This are carved from ice blocks from a pond in Fairbanks.  The ice is so clear!

Lights of different colors really enhance the sculptures

Lights of different colors really enhance the sculptures

 

The first stage of ice carving is done with a chain saw.   The final stages with small hand tools, some power tools, for the perfect final touches.

Even an ice bridge

Even an ice bridge

 

We love this ice peacock

We love this ice peacock

 

Perfect details and great colors from the lights.

Perfect details and great colors from the lights.

 

And fun for young humans in Fairbanks, Alaska

And fun for young humans in Fairbanks, Alaska