Ice Skating

Wild skating in several parts of Europe is a big deal.  In Minnesota our snow usually comes so quickly that skating for long distances on (safely) frozen lakes is an ephemeral sport.  In the Netherlands skating on the lakes and canals is a big deal but climate change has reduced the possibilities for them.  On the other hand, Varmland has historically gotten good snow but has gotten less and less in the past 20 years, but often gets cold enough that, at least, the smaller lakes freeze every year.  This is a skater’s paradise.
Kyrkviken, with it’s easy access from the Arvika city harbor, looks like a park, with people skating everywhere.  We even saw people in ice sail boats, ice fishing and on kick sleds.  
On a second visit to the harbor, Betsey and Lily saw and overheard a small group of people, speaking heavily accented English, who were just driving through Arvika and purchased new skates just to be able to skate on that day.
The best skating ever.

 

Ice skating on the Glasfjorden bay, Kyrkviken, is a real treat.  The ice is smooth and our colder weather has ensured safe conditions.

Ice skating, last week, on the Glasfjorden bay, Kyrkviken, is a real treat. The ice is smooth and our colder weather has ensured safe conditions.

Arvika from the middle of the bay.

Arvika from the middle of the bay.

 

A refrozen crack.

A refrozen crack...as far as the eye could see.

 

Wish you were here.

Wish you were here.

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2 Responses to “Ice Skating”

  1. Jocelyn Says:

    That first one is such a killer family photograph. It looks like the lead-in credits for your own one-hour reality tv show: “Mead Smackdown: Arvika.”

  2. Blind Squirrel Says:

    What? No pictures of food?
    And speaking of bandwidth. have you considered going to a second page on this blog? The download time is increasing with every picture and your fans living in the armpit of the internet, e.g. Finland MN, might not be inclined to casually click on your blog if it is going to tie up the computer for an extended length of time.

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