Natural Ice Skating Rinks in the Netherlands
Where to find Dutch Ice Rinks and how to prepare
If you sit with the Dutch crowd, you will hear all sort of stories of the Elfstedentocht. It is more of a historical ice skating event for them, perhaps because it rarely occurs. Journalists from all over the world traveled to Friesland to catch a glimpse of this race.
So, what is The Elfstedentoch exactly? The Elfstedentocht is a long-distance skating event, almost 200 kilometers long, which is held both as a speed skating competition and a leisure tour. All this happens on natural ice! It takes place in the province of Friesland in the north of the Netherlands. The tour is held at most once a year, only when the natural ice along the entire course is at least 15 centimeters. Unfortunately, this race is a rare one. It has just been done 15 times since its official start year of 1909. The last one to occur was in the year 1997. Efforts were also made for a race in 2012, but due to safety issues, the event was canceled…