Jerusalem’s 2013 Ice City – Under the Sea

Sing it with me:

“Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’
Under the sea”

(Read the full lyrics here).


Right after we visited the frozen Far East and right before we mingled with dinosaurs, Sabina the Solo Female Traveler and I went on a magical journey under the sea.

We didn’t go scuba-diving in the middle of Jerusalem because it is technically impossible (Jerusalem has no sea to go under), yet our eyes did devour the beautiful sea-related ice sculptures created by Israeli and Chinese artists for Jerusalem’s ice festival, better known as Ice City.

Through a hallway of ice we went and to an igloo with fish we arrived – our getaway to the great blue.

Inside, we got to imagine boarding a colorful submarine made of ice to see the vegetation and wildlife of the water.

The sign asks you not to step on the turtle.

My favorites were, of course, the dolphins – simply because I think they’re some of the most adorable beings of Earth.

It’s not easy for everyone under the sea….

…. yet some have a great view of palaces.


Would you like to pretend scuba-diving under the frozen sea? Which animal (or vegetation) would you hang out with?



  1. So cool!! It must’ve been so amazing down there, all glowy and cold and wonderful. 🙂 I’m a bit nervous about going underwater, to be honest, but I would love to see dolphins. 🙂
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    • Me too, which is why it was so wonderful to see this world included in the ice exhibition. Dolphins are some of the cutest beings on the planet, that’s for sure 🙂

  2. Which animal (or vegetation) would you hang out with? – I’d hang out with dolphins. They’re definitely among the most intelligent animals on Earth. Plus, there are several cases where they have

    I love those colorful ice sculptures. Feels like you’re really under the sea. How many days does an ice sculpture last?
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    • Thanks for your comment, Jemma! I’d hang out with dolphins too 🙂 Ice sculpture exhibitions vary. This one lasted a few weeks, yet I think last year’s exhibition was extended and actually lasted a few months. It’s not out in nature because Israel doesn’t get cold enough for natural ice, so it’s about ensuring the temperatures inside stay freezing, and that’s a lot of electricity consumption.

    • I love that they color the sculptures. Wish they invited the public to help them out 🙂

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