13 Mar '18, 1pm
Fun on the frozen canals of Amsterdam
It doesn’t happen very often – the last time the canals of Amsterdam froze was in the winter of 2012 – so when it does, locals and visitors alike venture out onto the ice in full force to experience something truly unique: walking or ice-skating on the frozen canals of Amsterdam! The Dutch have a special relationship with the ice, probably because the country is full of lakes, rivers and canals. Every winter, as soon as the temperatures drop below freezing, excitement about the prospect of skating on natural ice builds. During a prolonged freeze, websites and news items begin to focus on the safest places to venture out on the ice. In Amsterdam, various locks are closed and canal boats are barred from cruising along certain canals to allow the ice to build. Once it’s deemed safe, locals organise all sorts of activities on the frozen canals: from speed-skating competitions ...