Man demonstrates how to make boat out of ice in viral video


An ice builder in Finland wowed the internet with a video showing how he made a working boat out of ice.

The architect, whose first name is Aleksi, shared TikTok videos of his project under the username @visityllasjarvi. The first video, viewed more than 200,000 times in one day, showed him carving the shape of a boat in a frozen lake. He began to hollow out the hollow center under his horizontal seats. By the end of the video, he could row the boat through a section of melted ice and enjoy fishing in front of a friend.

In a second video, Aleksi showed a hole he dug in the seat of the boat, where a tractor was able to hook and lift the structure out of the water. He was eventually led into a huge freezer and put away safely.

According to his social media, Aleksi is a professional ice, snow and house builder in Ylläsjärvi, a village in Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland. The ground in Lapland is covered in snow and ice for about six months of the year.

Aleksi is a professional ice, snow and house builder in Ylläsjärvi, a village in Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland. Here, a view of Aittajarvi in ​​Lapland.
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His viewers were thrilled with the perfectly executed feat.

“Hard work pays off,” wrote one fan. “Great job guys.”

Another comment joked, “Men have [a] uncanny ability to make this sort of thing happen, but the socks stay on the floor forever.”

“Meanwhile in Finland,” joked another viewer.

The Finnish province of Lapland is known for its snow and ice architecture, including the SnowCastle in Kemi, the world’s largest snow fort which has been rebuilt with new architecture every year since 1996. SantaPark, a park on the Christmas theme in Rovaniemi, contains a gallery of ice sculptures. Many hotels in the area offer guests the option of sleeping in an igloo.

In southern Finland, architect-designer Pasi Widgren uses a snow shovel to draw a large animal on a frozen lake every year, according to the Associated Press. In December 2021, he traveled to Lake Pitkajarvi, near Helsinki, to draw a fox measuring 295 feet. He’s been drawing animals on local lakes since 2016, though each has disappeared in new snowfalls or melting ice.

During World War II, the British concocted a plan to make aircraft carriers out of giant icebergs for use against German submarines, according to the Royal Naval Museum Library. The “Habacuc Project” was approved by Prime Minister Winston Churchill himself and a prototype was created and tested on Patricia Lake in Alberta, Canada, although the project was eventually abandoned.

Newsweek contacted Aleksi for comment.


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