Strange ice balls are currently covering a beach in Finland

Nov 6 2019, 12:47 pm

Hailuoto, Finland, is experiencing an influx of egg-shaped ice balls much to the delight of visiting tourists.

An island located in the Gulf of Bothnia, Hailuoto, divides Sweden and Finland at the northernmost point of the Baltic Sea.

The ice balls form as a result of cold, raging water crashing on the shore on to a layer of icy slush, according to CNN weather.

The slush bonds together and forms layers that continuously build upon each other in the frigid water. As the waves continue to crash on the shore, it causes the ice to rotate in a static position, smoothing them out and causing them to form into balls.

 

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Tarja Terentjeff, a resident of Oulu, Finland and regular island visitor, told CNN, “This was [an] amazing phenomenon, [I’ve] never seen before…The whole beach was full of these ice balls.”

Besides these weird and wonderful ice balls, Hailuoto is known for its sunny summer days and beautiful sandy beaches. In the warmer months, the weather is perfect for outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, and camping.

Visiting groups may choose to see the sites, trek on the many available trails, or sit back and admire the beautiful beaches and shoreline. To gain a comprehensive history of local history, tourists may wish to visit the Kniivilä Heritage Museum.

 

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For those willing to brave winter temperatures, travellers can participate in a multitude of snowy pastimes such as ice fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, and more. Unique wildlife also emerges in the winter months, including several bird species as well as the odd sunbathing seal.

The island itself began to form roughly 2,000 years ago as a result of a phenomenon known as postglacial rebound and continues to grow by approximately one centimetre per year. It has become a distinct attraction as a result of its unique landscape and wilderness.