Winter is my favorite season and ice skating is currently my favorite sport. Sweden is one of the best places to do these kinds of activities! This weekend I explored the frozen lakes of Stockholm. The temperature was low enough to let the lakes freeze and let the ice grow thick enough to stand on.
I browsed on Stockholm’s official visitor guide and looked for this information and I got it indeed from http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/To-Do/Tips/Ice-skating/. There were 2 recommended places that have ploughed skating tracks which are Trekanten Lake in Liljeholmen and Norrviken Lake in Norrviken, Sollentuna. Based on some information that I got, skating on lakes are quite dangerous because there is a chance falling in it, in parts where the ice was weak. Therefore, one should have proper safety equipment such as the ice claw, whistles etc. Well, I didn’t have that, so I relied on another safety method: PEOPLE! If there are many people skating around, then it should be safe. Should I get so unlucky to fall into thin ice, there are at least people around me who can help me.
I went to Trekanten first and indeed I found many people skating, so I tried to skate as well and I enjoyed it. Beginners wouldn’t really enjoy it, because it has cracks on the track and the surface is quite uneven. However, skating on the lakes is quite an experience to try. Because I enjoyed it and some of my friends wanted to join me, today I went again to the other lake, Norrviken Lake. This second lake was much bigger and has a ploughed track of 14 km. We didn’t go all the way, 7 km was enough for us and we spent around 3 hours including taking pictures for that route. The weather was really beautiful and today’s activity was healthy and definitely enjoyable. I’ve uploaded a youtube video when I skated at Norrviken Lake, following the cracks here.
As I said before, the frozen lake is really an activity for many people. One could skate with different kinds of skates, but they can also ski on the sides of the tracks where there was enough snow. I’ve also seen people ice fishing in the middle on the lake, people letting their dogs out and children on their sledge pulled by their skating parent. One can just enjoy the nature with a cup of coffee by the fika stand or play with snow, making snowman or snow angel! Btw, don’t forget to follow my twitter account @nmakarios