I wish I could say I downplayed my excitement at my plans for Wednesday night. When I actually did (casually) mention to my colleagues that I was going to an event called Lap Land In London to take part in some ice sculpting I feel that I may have sounded more like a kid getting a present at Christmas than the smooth, uncaring way I intended.
The evening was fantastic, one of the best blogger events I have been too. There was plenty of mingling, good organisation and that all important goodie bag to take home.
After meeting some bloggers, including my friend Emma Sparks who had met over two years ago in Koh Phangan for the full moon party (small world!), we were led to the Reindeer Lounge. Grouping up in small teams our ice sculptures were revealed. An impossibly good example, that I can only assume was created by lasers and years of dedication, showed us exactly what we were aiming for. A quick demo later and we were ready to start sculpting.
Armed with a chisel and a strangely confident team of true artisans we started work. After carving for a while you see the difficulty is not only trying to make the polar bear look less like Spongebob Square Pants and have curves of natural definition that perhaps showed the viewer it was indeed a creature of this world.
Needless to say with people like Laura Dale shouting encouragement and chiseling shards as big as fists from the block it soon became the masterpiece you see here. We were victors in this tournament (especially since some of our competitors had shaped their bear into a gentlemen’s appendage) but, I would not like to come head to head with a true ice sculptor.
We were then lead into the actual ice bar, a freezing cold room with a bar made from ice. The delicious drinks were served in glasses that were also made from ice and actually quite reasonably priced.
Given that due to the low temperature you get inebriated much faster, this is an ideal night out in London, for pre-drinks or an interesting special night out with mates. I would have liked to stay longer in the ice bar as I got used to the cold, but the -5 Degrees Celsius conditions mean your slot is 45 minutes, my toes appreciated this sensible rule.
After warming up back in the Reindeer Bar, we were given a brief outline of what makes Lapland such an amazing place to visit. In summary, Lapland is the iconic region of Finland (and home to Santa) that goes from zero sunlight in the winter to 24 hours in the summer. A great place to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) Lapland has the pleasure of receiving some of the clearest skies and brightest lights. At any rate I was sold, Lapland for me represents the childlike dream of escaping to a pure white land inhabited by reindeer, Santa and huskies.
To conclude this brief little summary, I am very grateful to Cosmos Holidays for the invite and I feel that the evening was a perfect example of how to host a blogger event, conversations were flowing, the organisation was great and networking was easy.
So, I am sold, race to Lapland anyone? First one to touch Santa’s beard wins!