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Do you Wanna Build a Snowman?

Family with snowman

A family portrait on the Pond. Egill, Ólafur, Eyja and Ester. We're not sure who the guy in front is. Photo: Jóhannes Benediktsson

Winters are perfect for a lot of things. It is pretty good for freezing, which helps if you want to go skating on the Reykjavík Pond. Building snowmen is another great thing that is hard to do in summer. Building snowmen on the Reykjavík Pond combines the two.

Actually it is not that common to build snowmen on Tjörnin, the pond in the heart of Reykjavík. At least we did not think so until Jóhannes Benediktsson took a walk downtown and literally crisscrossed the frozen pond to photograph some of the twenty-one (yep that’s 21) snowmen.

Some were for fun; others were inspired works of art. Let’s go and play:

Three Snowmen

Elíndís and a family of snowmen.

Snowman with a bottle nose

Snowman on the bottle.

Snowman as Grímur Thomsen

Karl and Melkorka build a snow sculpture of Icelandic poet Grímur Thomsen.

Jóhannes with his snowman

Jóhannes with Iceland Review's snowman. Jóhannes took the photos

Snowman by Menntaskólinn

This guy is actually not on the Pond but by Menntaskólinn, Reykjavík's Junior College. The builder is Baldvin Snær (snær means snow in Icelandic, true story) and the snowman Þorri.

Family with snowman

A Reykjavík family Egill, Ólafur, Eyja and Ester with a captive audience.

Two kids with snowman

Hallgerður and Elíndís with their snowman.

Airplane over the Pond

A plane over Althingi, Iceland's parliament.

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