World's coolest snow castle hotel
17:30 AEST Sat Mar 2 2013
One of Dermott's more exotic assignments took place a snowflake south of the Arctic Circle. A 1.5 hour flight north from Finland's capital, Helsinki, and he was in the little town of Kemi on the Gulf of Bothnia.
Each year it becomes magical with the opening of LumiLinna SnowCastle. It is enchanting for children and adults and attracts visitors from around the world. Children love snow-tube sliding and performances by clowns, magicians and musicians. The SnowCastle has a constant temperature of minus five degrees celcius.
Building SnowCastle takes around five weeks and begins in December. It's a source of great pride to locals and is an excellent example of architectonic snow-work. The first castle went up in 1996 and there's a new one built each year with a different theme, made from nothing but ice.
The first one was a gift from UNICEF and the City of Kemi to the children of the world. It made the Guinness World Records for the world's first SnowCastle with the longest ever snow walls.