Tour skating, Sweden

Tourism Tour skating, Sweden
Tourism Tour skating, Sweden

Skating rinks, whether you zoom round them with poised efficiency or wobble your way along the barriers, are fine for a few sessions. But if you don’t want to be restricted to such a small area, there are alternatives.

Tour skaters use longer, thinner blades, often attached to skiing boots, which are far more stable than figure skates, meaning that even beginners can cover around 6 miles (10 km) on a lake, river, or canal.

Sweden presents a wealth of clubs that can point you in the right direction; for the more experienced, forays onto frozen stretches of the Baltic Sea are possible.

Tour skating is recreational long distance ice skating on natural ice. It is particularly popular in the Netherlands and the Nordic countries. It is becoming more popular in areas of North America such as New England, Southcentral Alaska, and Nova Scotia.

While Nordic skating usually involves tours over open ice on marshes, lakes, rivers, or sea, in the Netherlands skaters follow marked routes on frozen canals and connected lakes. Consequently, there are differences in equipment and skating styles between these two regions. Alaskans often include winter camping on longer journeys of a hundred miles or more.

Nordic skating is a popular activity in Sweden but is also becoming more popular in Finland and Norway, where it is called långfärdsskridskoåkning (in Swedish), retkiluistelu (in Finnish) and turskøyting (in Norwegian). In Canada and the United States this style is often called Nordic skating. Other names used are trip skating and wild skating. Wikipedia

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