Fortunately winter appears to finally be behind us, so we can now enjoy Jason Paul’s icy parkour video without thinking about having to scrape frost off our car windows. The clip was shot at Harbin, China, which turns into a frozen winterland once a year.
In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and team set out to cross Antarctica by boat. They ran into ice, and were stranded for 634 days. He helped save his entire crew, but never finished his mission. 100 years later, his great-grandson completed the task in a tricked-out Hyundai Sante Fe.
We flew to Arjeplog, Sweden to drive some of Jaguar and Land Rover’s awesome cars on challenging ice circuits, and spent the better part of a week going sideways and doing donuts. Attend for yourself, and you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
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NOWNESS and photographer Ian Derry visited freediver Johanna Nordblad, the woman who holds a world record for diving under ice. Her fascination with the frigid, yet peaceful conditions came after she was subjected to ice water treatments for a serious leg fracture.
Freeskier and car enthusiast Jon Olsson outfitted his Lamborghini with studded tires and proceeded to drive it to the summit at Norway’s Fonna Glacier Ski Resort. It’s not the most practical way to traverse the snow and ice, but it might just be the most entertaining.
We’ve seen lots of fancy “making of” videos from blacksmiths making awesome metal weapons. But it turns out that with a mix of frozen water and layered toilet paper, you can make a sword that can also smash helpless fruits – at least until the sun melts it.
Munchies dropped down Ginza, Japan’s Bar High Five to get a look at owner Hidetsugu Ueno’s perfectly balanced and artful cocktails, and his ability to individually carve chunks of ice into glimmering diamond shapes. Ironically, Hidetsugu doesn’t even drink.
While we’d all love to have perfect ice cubes in our drinks, it’s not always feasible. Nate Cotterman’s glassware has a cube or sphere built in that resembles a crystal-clear block of ice. The highball gets a pair of cubes. While they don’t improve cooling, they don’t melt either.
Holland recently coined the term “straatsen” – a mashup of “straat” (street), and “schaatsen” (skating) – after ice covered the country’s roads, making them impassable. TasteLikePizza compiled this video of residents turning their frozen lemons into frozen lemonade.