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Ice Skating in Copenhagen

Every other outing in winter leads to a skating rink and Copenhagen also has a few nice places for this winter joy

Best time: December–February

Ice Skating

Nowadays ice rinks operate year-round in a range of shopping centres, and Copenhagen is not an exception. But these will never equal authentic outdoor ice rinks. As winter arrives in the city, several genuine rinks pop up here and there. Some winters are cold enough to freeze Peblinge Sø. The council defines whether it's appropriate to skate, and also indicates the skateable area. It's strongly recommended to avoid the ice patterns that look as if they were wet. Night skating is also not a good idea, as well as skating all alone.

Another good place for winter outing is Havnegade Opdateretare. It's located on the edge of the harbour, to be more precise some 3 meters away. It's not a flat surface, but actually a slope. For skilful skaters, it might be a new, truly breathtaking experience, whereas those less experienced will probably live through a rather nerve-racking adventure. It really requires much practice to take control over the blades while skating downhill right next to frigid waters.

There're a few more seasonal skating rinks, including Blågårds Plads surrounded with a range of cosy cafes, and also traditional Frederiksberg Runddel. And the most pleasant moment: all of those ice rinks are completely free if you have your own skates.

Practical info

Where can you find the best outdoor ice rinks in Copenhagen?

There are several outdoor ice rinks in Copenhagen that you can try during winter. You can go for Peblinge Sø, Frederiksberg Runddel, Blågårds Plads, and Havnegade Opdateretare. All of these locations offer free skating experiences and stunning views of the city. Visitors can get an opportunity to experience authentic outdoor skating rinks that would make a lasting impression. Show more

What is the recommended time of year to visit Copenhagen for ice skating?

The best time to visit Copenhagen for outdoor ice skating is between December and February. While indoor ice rinks are available throughout the year, the outdoor ice rinks are operational only during the winter months. Skating against the backdrop of the city's beautiful architecture can be truly mesmerizing. However, one should keep tabs on the weather reports to know if the rinks are open as weather conditions can vary. Show more

What are some of the safety precautions that you need to take while ice skating on Peblinge Sø?

Peblinge Sø is an excellent venue for outdoor ice skating in Copenhagen. However, visitors need to take necessary precautions before heading out. One should check the website to find out if the ice is skateable or not. Skating on wet ice patches should be avoided as it can be dangerous. Moreover, it is also advisable not to skate alone or at night to ensure that no mishaps take place. Show more

What distinguishes Havnegade Opdateretare from other ice skating rinks in Copenhagen?

Havnegade Opdateretare is a unique outdoor ice rink located in Copenhagen that provides the skaters with a distinct experience. It is located on the harbor's outskirts and is a slope rather than a primarily flat surface. Skaters can try their luck skating downhill and control their skates while facing the risk of falling into the harbor's waters. Only experienced skaters should try this, as it requires skill and balance. Show more

Do indoor ice rinks exist in Copenhagen?

Copenhagen features several indoor skating rinks that are accessible throughout the year. On the list of places, you can visit are Kødbyen and Østerbro Stadion Center. Skating indoors provides a comfortable, controlled environment irrespective of any weather outside. These rinks guarantee an enjoyable time, but compared to the outdoor rinks they may not offer the unique view they offer. Show more

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Authors: Olha Savych