Will ice-skating on natural ice in the Netherlands be possible now?

It’s freezing in the Netherlands. Can we skate?

Before you get all funny with me – yes we probably are going to be able to skate! In light of the freezing weekend and even colder next week (almost -10!), skating is highly likely to occur on flooded fields and shallow waters. Of course the canals will probably freeze, but it won’t be safe enough to withstand lots of skaters – so don’t try it please.

Open water skating is still technically possible, so although it’s not quite ‘ Elfstedentocht’ weather, it’s probably as close as we are ever going to get considering the rising temperatures every year! The East of the country is expecting at least 9cm of ice, whereas the West is expecting 6cm. Definitely thick enough to skate, but like I said, not quite Elfstedentocht.

Probably gunna be me

Siberian cold in the Netherlands

It’s true, it’s not just us making this up. This weather front is actually a Siberian cold. Currently weather in Eastern Europe has plummeted to as low as -27, actually causing fatalities. This chill coming to the Netherlands is chilling winds which are from this area. That’s why we are suddenly getting an influx of freezing temperatures which in turn will have all Dutchies going nuts for the prospect of ice-skating to work like they all do in the Netherlands.

” Quickly speed skate this commute in order to make it for my 9 o’clock cheese meeting at the weed factory’
Weather update

Temperatures this weekend and into next week will struggle to go above freezing, with some days not reaching any higher than -1. Temperatures will go as cold as almost -10, so it’s cold as hell. For a classic DutchReview weekly forecast, you can check it out here. 😉

Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.


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