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Waiting for the Canals to Freeze

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 by

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There’s a lot of excitement in the Netherlands: the recent drop in the temperature could make skating on natural ice possible again! On Friday (yesterday), chilly air from Siberia entered the Netherlands and the temperatures dropped to -8C in some parts of the country. The following days will be even colder, with as little as -10C expected on Monday next week, and a real feel of -15C due to the wind. Given these conditions, canals and lakes around the Netherlands will certainly freeze (some already had).

Frozen canals

But will the Amsterdam canals freeze again? Last time when I saw them frozen was in 2012, and it was a great sight. In case you didn’t know, Dutch people are obsessed with skating on natural ice and they take every opportunity they have to do so. It’s beautiful, and, although I can’t skate, I can have fun watching the skaters, maybe take cool pictures and walk on the ice a bit.

Here are some photos I took in Amsterdam in 2012, right before the canals were completely frozen. Maybe we can see this again soon.


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