Winter fun on the ice

Winter fun on the ice

The Halden Canal has many small and large lakes, which are well suited for ice skating. Why not try hiking trails in the winter with lunch and hot chocolate in your bag. 

 

It is a fierce feeling to travel on a frozen sea and have the opportunity to skate fast and travel long stretches in a short time. Sowing over iced water provides a unique nature experience, and skating into narrow or close land gives a very special feeling of speed. The trees rush past and you see the surroundings from a different angle than otherwise.

 

Pack your backpack with lunch and hot chocolate and let it go!

People ice skating
People ice skating
Photo: Rolf Kristian Medbøe

 

 

A group of people ice skating
A group of people ice skating
Photo: Lars Lindland/@oslomarkalove

 

 

Safety is important!

If you are going out on iced water, you must take safety seriously! There is no safe ice, only safe skaters and it is not advisable to start with walking skating entirely on your own if you do not have prior knowledge of ice and safety. Skiforeningen tour group arranges courses. Read more about ice and safety here

 

 

Recommended equipment

Skiforeningen recommends the following equipment if you are going on a skating tour: 

  • Ice crampons with flute, around the neck. Used to pull up if you fall into the water.
  • Rescue line placed so that you can easily reach it yourself with the bag on.
  • Special poles with ice pig for skating. Used to check the ice but can also be used to travel more safely past the rapids or over areas of uneven surface.
  • Backpack with hip belt and strap under the crotch or around the thighs. The bag will then function as a buckle if you fall out.
  • Complete change of clothes and towel in waterproof bag, and plastic bags to cover over socks in wet boots.

(Source: Skiforeningens Turskøytegruppe)

 

People ice skating in the Halden canal
People ice skating in the Halden canal
Photo: Rolf Kristian Medbøe

 

 

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