Talk about putting a cool twist on a wedding — Finland’s most popular ski resort Ruka has opened a 100sqm chapel made from snow.
The snow chapel in Ruka, Finland
The snow chapel was opened last week in Ruka, a Finnish ski resort located in the proximity of the Arctic Circle. The full-size chapel has a floor area of approximately 6 by 17 metres and a height of 4 metres. Completed in five days, the structure required 300 cubic metres of snow to build.
The objective of the project was to offer locals and tourists a place of calm and quiet and, as the chapel is ecumenical, all are welcome regardless of religion or belief. It can also be booked for a variety of private ceremonies and the first reservations for services have been made and more are expected.
The snow chapel is expected to be open until mid-April when night-time temperatures will exceed 0 degrees Celsius. It is planned that the snow and ice building will increase in size and vary in shape over future years.
The snow chapel is a joint project between Naturpolis, the Finnish tourist board, Kuusamo congregation, city of Kuusamo and Metsähallitus (Finnish Forest Administration). The chapel was built by snow construction company SnowHow.
Further information please visit www.visitfinland.com/au.