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Outdoor Ice Skating in Norway

Norway is famous for its love for winter sports with ice skating being one of the locals' favourite

Best time: November–early March

Outdoor Ice Skating

There are several ice skating places in the cities, such as Frogner Stadium in Oslo. However skating on frozen lakes is much more fun, especially in Oslo forests. Be careful, though, and remember that the ice must be at least 10 cm (4 inches) thick in order to be safe for ice skating.

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Where else can ice skating be done in Norway apart from city rinks?

Apart from city rinks, there are other great spots to enjoy ice skating in Norway, such as frozen lakes in forests. Hamar's National Skating Rink is another opportunity for both the public and competitors. You can also find outdoor rinks and even a glacier in northern Norway that offers this kind of sport. Show more

What is the best time of year to visit Norway for a frozen lakes ice-skating experience?

November to early March is the best time to go ice skating on frozen lakes in Norway while the ice is thick, which melts after this period. Not to mention, various other areas may have more stable ice, such as in the Oslo forests, but weather uncertainty may be a factor. To avoid unpleasant surprises, it's essential to check the weather forecast before planning your winter trip. Show more

Is skate rental available at Oslo's forested lakes for ice skating?

It's not possible to rent skates at Oslo's forested lakes, so you should rent from sports shops or bring your own rentals. Several sports shops in the city offer reasonable rental prices. To determine the closest stores near the lake, it's best to contact in advance or research online to prepare accordingly. Show more

What risks are involved when ice skating on Norway's frozen lakes?

Caution is crucial when enjoying ice skating, most notably on frozen lakes in Norway. Safety measures like checking the ice's width should be cautiously done, as thin ice can easily break and cause severe bodily harm or death. Besides, monitoring weather conditions like temperature and sudden shifts can lead to very thin ice layers, rendering the lakes impassable; also, carrying safety tools like ropes and spikes while skating with a group is advisable. Show more

Are there other winter sporting activities in Norway apart from ice-skating?

Norway is a haven for winter activities, with skiing, snowboarding, and sledding being popular sports. Cross-country skiing is equally popular and offers variations of Nordic skiing. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing are additional winter activities to consider for fun. Norway's winter season offers numerous opportunities for exploration and adventure. Show more

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