Magic Ice Lofoten
Magic Ice Lofoten
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12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Magic Ice, in Svolvær – 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.
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  • Li S
    Ely, United Kingdom922 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very very ice
    Very, very Ice! One of the conditions of us travelling half way round the world was my insistance that we go to an ice bar. We chose Svolvaer over Tromso as we knew it's be quieter and more authentic. The staff were really patient with us choosing a package and putting the capes on our SEN child. Fantastic ambience in the bar / gallery; nightclub style lighting with house music. Some fantastic sculptures and fun installations. I LOVED the temperature. Even our 7 year old was happy with it in the supplied cloak. After 30 mins my partner and son left for the warmth of the gift shop. I removed my cloak and enjoyed another drink while embracing the coolth. I had a Jager, and you will need the (supplied) grippy glove to hold a slippery shot glass. It was pure bliss. If I wasn't here with my family I could spend hours in here! It is expensive, but it's a unique gimmick, so I had no problem paying it. Definitely recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • David A
    West Bridgford, United Kingdom1,030 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underwhelming visit
    This is housed in a warehouse just off the quayside and looks nothing from the outside. Inside you enter a shop/reception area where the sole staff member (when we visited) was based. WWE got a discount on admission. The admission was 300NOK per adult although as we from a cruise ship we got a discount to 200 each. For this you get to wander round the ice sculptures and an alcoholic drink at the ice bar. You are provided with a warm cape and gloves to keep some of the chill off during your visit. You enter through a typical warehouse door into this space full sculptures. The sculptures all looked to have been there for some time. Personally was underwhelmed and rather than the suggested hour we spent about half that time.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Paulomen
    Sao Paulo, SP130 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and cold.
    Interesting ice sculptures and tables in a cold environment. Drinks are not so good and price to enter is high (Euro 30). After a while is god to accept the overcoat they offer as minus 5 with no movement is too cold very quickly.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2024
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Bethan23
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Well worth it so long as you're going with the right expectations. We visited during our 40min stop on the northbound Hurtigruten ship as it is right next to the port. We did a little online research and got a deal which included a welcome drink (which is crowberry wine and very nice) and then a drink of our choice off the menu ( we both had very nice cocktails). But it is also discounted if you buy on the day if you are from the ship - and in hindsight we probably didn't need the second drink in the time we had, but did enjoy it!

The prices are not cheap but considering the cost of alcohol it was totally reasonable and you're mainly there to see the sculptures not use it as a bar. 30-40mins was about right to walk around and admire everything, have a couple of goes on the ice slide (100% suitable for adults) and enjoy our drinks. It was pretty much empty when we were there so not much bar atmosphere but being quiet was much better for seeing everything. I would really recommend it!
Written 4 December 2021
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David A
West Bridgford, UK1,030 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is housed in a warehouse just off the quayside and looks nothing from the outside. Inside you enter a shop/reception area where the sole staff member (when we visited) was based. WWE got a discount on admission. The admission was 300NOK per adult although as we from a cruise ship we got a discount to 200 each.
For this you get to wander round the ice sculptures and an alcoholic drink at the ice bar. You are provided with a warm cape and gloves to keep some of the chill off during your visit.

You enter through a typical warehouse door into this space full sculptures. The sculptures all looked to have been there for some time. Personally was underwhelmed and rather than the suggested hour we spent about half that time.
Written 20 October 2023
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,470 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
An interesting but expensive experience. Is the inside cool? Absolutely. There are not a lot of ice bars to go visit, but the temps of course required to keep all of the furniture and sculptures intact do make it a little uncomfortable as well. At $25 for one adult entry and a drink, the price is a bit steep for an experience that for most will last about half an hour before you’re ready to go outside to warm up. It’s a one-of-a-kind style experience so you just need to decide if the cost is worth the short time.
Written 5 September 2022
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809erika
Matran, Switzerland25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
If you want to experience the definition of a tourist trap - go here, otherwise, no reason to go. Very expensive. Some machine made glass ”sculptures” in a industrial building with music that does not at all fit the interionn (?) of showing the local culture and history. Horribly expensive for basically nothing.
Written 6 August 2023
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Paulomen
Sao Paulo, SP130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Interesting ice sculptures and tables in a cold environment. Drinks are not so good and price to enter is high (Euro 30). After a while is god to accept the overcoat they offer as minus 5 with no movement is too cold very quickly.
Written 18 March 2024
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Li S
Ely, UK922 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Very, very Ice!

One of the conditions of us travelling half way round the world was my insistance that we go to an ice bar. We chose Svolvaer over Tromso as we knew it's be quieter and more authentic.

The staff were really patient with us choosing a package and putting the capes on our SEN child.

Fantastic ambience in the bar / gallery; nightclub style lighting with house music. Some fantastic sculptures and fun installations.

I LOVED the temperature. Even our 7 year old was happy with it in the supplied cloak. After 30 mins my partner and son left for the warmth of the gift shop. I removed my cloak and enjoyed another drink while embracing the coolth. I had a Jager, and you will need the (supplied) grippy glove to hold a slippery shot glass. It was pure bliss. If I wasn't here with my family I could spend hours in here!

It is expensive, but it's a unique gimmick, so I had no problem paying it. Definitely recommend.
Written 27 August 2023
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1968jaw
Nottingham64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had written off our day in Svolvaer (between Hurtigrute boat and hire car) as a necessary evil, having got the impression from books that the town was rather drab. However, we both found the place charming - although maybe the weather (warm and sunny, ideal for fish soup and pasta on the quayside at "Bacalao" - one of the best meals we had in Norway) had a lot to do with it.

Magic Ice has recently opened - apparently the world's first permanent exhibition of ice sculpture. It's not cheap (what is in Norway?) and has strange opening hours (presumably in line with Hurtugrute visits) but is well worth the money. Ponchos, gloves etc are available - but wrap up warm anyway!

We had already done the Trollfjord on the Hurtigrute - but boat trips are available from Svolvaer. It is certainly worth seeing.
Written 12 August 2006
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photoguy66degrees
Huntington Beach, CA7,432 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The Magic Ice is one of two quick visit options when arriving in Svolvaer on the Hurtigruten (Hurtigruta) ship for its scheduled one hour stop from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m. I visited here three times between late February and the end of March 2010. On disembarking from the ship, go through the Havneterminalen, about 100 feet in front of you, and then bear to the left, following the large signs reading "Magic Ice". During the dark hours, there were flares out front of the building to lead the way. On entering, there is a cashier where you pay the entrance fee of 98NOK and pre-purchase a mixed drink from a limited menu (if you choose to have a drink). Obviously, the staff knows that the time for patrons from the ship is limited and they collect all fees up front to solve the payment issue at departure. The "ice bar" is just that, a frozen solid bar of ice with a nice array of glasses and liquors on display. Service is quick so that you will have time to wander around and look at the ice sculptures on display. While I didn't count them, there are about 50 or so ice sculptures of varying sizes on display. On some, you can recline or sit while you take in the frosty atmosphere.

Be certain to take your jackets when you visit! In the winter time, be very careful walking to the Magic Ice. For my three visits, there was glazed ice and strong winds on the first, ice and cold water up to 3 or 4 inches deep on the second and dry pavement on the final visit. It is an interesting place to while away the time in Svolvaer before continuing on the ship.

For visitors with time, and interest, to shop, there is a gift shop outside the bar area. Don't be late for your return to the ship if you are traveling southbound! The other option? The War Museum.
Written 17 April 2010
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B0ring0ldfart
Letchworth Garden City, UK146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Small, expensive, obviously freezing cold and I couldn't think of a better way to spend 1/2 hour off the ferry. The sculptures are very good and the staff are friendly. Go in one door to the terminal, out the opposite and turn sharp left - you can't miss it.
Written 18 April 2018
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TravelTrooperX2
San Mateo, CA1,052 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Magic Ice is an ice museum that is built inside an old fish processing warehouse. I had been to the Ice Museum in Alaska which was outstanding, so there was no reason to think this one would be any different. It was disappointing in comparison. They might want to look how other ice museums are setup and displayed. Entrance was $20 per person and included a glass of blueberry wine in an ice glass. However, it's not a free standing sculpted glass, it is placed in a cup holder. In Alaska, we watched them sculpt our free-standing martini glass from the ice. We were wrapped in ponchos for the -6F chill inside. Bring gloves and a hat. The sculptures were not elaborate like those in Alaska. Two artists from Latvia come here 3 times per year and carve images into the ice slabs. They were interesting. It is not well lit and felt like slabs of ice were randomly set up around the room. The one bonus to this place was that they had an ice slide. The staff (Victor) was very friendly. Victor was the best thing about our visit.
Written 13 June 2019
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