Ice-skating in the Dutch countryside

It’s that time of year again when temperatures drop to and stay below freezing for a prolonged period. You can quite literally feel the excitement build up throughout the Netherlands, a country of ice-skating enthusiasts. Ice-skates are sold out in stores, scenes of ice-skating marathons along frozen canals and lakes fill television screens every evening, and the country looks to the northern province of Friesland in anticipation of the legendary Elfstedentocht (an ice-skating marathon along 200km of canals and lakes past eleven Frisian towns). This is a photo I took near the town of Leiden of people skating on a frozen waterway.

Read the accompanying post: “The Dutch Winter Frenzy“.


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