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This article was published on July 23, 2015

Google Street View now takes you to a frozen lake with giant ice sculptures

Google Street View now takes you to a frozen lake with giant ice sculptures
Owen Williams
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Owen Williams

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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Google’s Mongolian Street View driver has the coolest job in the world: driving around the country in a 4×4, documenting its beautiful national parks and cities.

Sometimes it gets even cooler, like when they jump on a horse and ride around a frozen lake filled with giant ice sculptures. Where do I sign up?

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Every year, visitors come from distant locations to visit the frozen Khuvsgul Lake and its Ice Festival held right on top of its frozen surface.

On display are enormous ice sculptures, ice-related sports, an enormous flea market and horse riding — even bonfires are held directly on the ice.

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Khuvsgul is the world’s second largest fresh-water lake and is more than 400 miles away from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.

Ariuntuul, Google’s Mongolian Trekker operator, carried, drove and rode around the Mongolian landscape with the company’s 18 KG camera so you can enjoy the sights from the comfort of your office chair.

This frozen lake is seriously cool — I just lost a good 30 minutes exploring the festival and riding in a cart attached to a horse across the ice.

➤ A journey of 5,000km begins with a single steppe [Google Lat Long]