Several days shoveling snow and cutting a huge circle of ice more than 300 meters in diameter with a chainsaw to rotate on a frozen lake: in Finland, a team tries this weekend to beat the world record for the largest round “ice carousel” “.
On the vast lake of Lappajärvi in the west of the country, the small group is led by Finnish inventor Janne Käpylehto, who claims to be behind the concept in a viral video posted in 2017.
At least one complete lap to be homologated
The beginning? Once clear and cut off, a boat motor connected to the immense circle of ice makes it turn on itself, like a charm in the middle of a beautiful frozen landscape.
Since then, the idea has been copied elsewhere with ever-larger “attractions,” to the point where Guinness World Records has created a category.
“It’s crazy,” confesses the fantastic Finn, whose team had to start by clearing 40 cm of snow in a circle whose perimeter exceeds 900 meters.
If Janne Käpylehto has had it four times, the record is currently held by an American in Minnesota, with a diameter of 228 meters.
To certify the performance, the merry-go-round must complete at least one full turn on itself, which its designers hope to be able to do this Sunday or Monday. The main difficulty is to form a perfect circle so as not to block the rotation.
The shortening of northern winters
“If it is not perfectly circular, the merry-go-round does not turn”, explains Thor-Fredric Karlsson, one of the assistants to the project.
Inside the Lappajärvi carousel, the team cut a smaller circle, which is powered by an electric boat motor when the large carousel requires a gasoline engine.
The municipality has supported the project to warn of shortening northern winters due to climate change, which means that the lakes freeze less often. In fact, positive temperatures have reigned in recent days in this remote corner of the Finnish forest.
Janne Käpylehto already has more than 60 trips to her credit.