Hg2 : The Hedonist

Ice Skating

Several outdoor skating rinks appear each winter in the city, but there are also year-round places to skate indoors. However, if it gets cold enough the waters around Stockholm will freeze. Skating lanes and even coffee stands appear on the ice. Suddenly you can take short cuts between islands by walking across the frozen water. In a good, cold winter, it’s possible to take skating trips around the archipelago or head inland on Lake Mälaren.

Each year (weather allowing) there is a famous skating race, the Vikingarännet, which covers 80 kilometres (50 miles) between Stockholm and Uppsala. It usually takes place in February. It attracts around 4,000 participants.  You can learn more and sign up for the race at the website: www.vikingarannet.com

Kungsträdgården, Östermalm

Tel: 08 789 2490
This outdoor rink is set up each winter and is most fun at night when you skate under floodlights. Popular with children. Skate hire is available for 30kr. Call the Swedish tourist office for further details.

Medborgplatsen, Södermalm
Tel: 08 789 2490

Outdoors and tiny, this is mostly full of families and amateur skaters, as there isn’t much room for the more adventurous. Skates are reasonably priced. Winter only.

Stockholms Skridskoseglarklubb
(The Stockholm Ice Skate Sailing and Touring Club)

This website has an introduction in English to ice skating in the Stockholm area.

Zinkensdamms Idrottplats, Ringvägen 12-14, Södermalm
Tel: 08 668 9331

You’ll find games going on here most of the day, which are fun to watch and, if you’re feeling brave, you can take part. It’s open all year and the admission is free.

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