Even more memorable than the sight of lake Pielinen as a vast expanse of ice is the incredibly beautiful sound. To hear the distant (and near) groans of the ice as it wakes from its frozen state is a wonderful experience. The physical power of the ice is both beautiful and terrifying. This phase of changing states is unpredictable and this makes the experience all the more precious: It may not continue much longer, perhaps days, perhaps weeks. What is certain is that it should not be missed, and whatever happens next will also be beautiful.