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Nordic Skating in the archipelago, two hours price/person

33,00 €

Nordic Skating is a recreational form of long distance skating on natural ice that forms on lakes, rivers and seas. For safety ice claws, a boyancy aid in the form of a rucksack, throwing line and ice poles for probing the ice are used. To protect against the cold and possible immersion also a set of exchange clothing is carried. Tour leaders develop their probing and route evaluation skills by participation in teory training and practice over the years. 

Yesterday tuesday morning was the first time this winter that I probed the ice. Generally I found ice from a few centimetres upto a maximum of 6 cm between Gullö and Ekenäs. The direction from Vedaberget or Paddlingsfabriken towards Källviken was not strong enough for safe journeying the the other shore. Today the 5th a couple of cm have been added and with proper probing and a skilled guide safe routes exists. I went to buy my forgotten butter from Vedaberget to Ekenäs by skating. Groups of 4 people would be safe, while bigger groups should spread out. The ice would have some cracking noice, but again, a guide can keep you safe. Please use the general map here on the website that marks generally weak spots and avoid those spots if you decide not to go guided.

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Ice thickness varies a lot. This video demonstrates ice which is only a couple of cm thick. Jöns carries a boyancy rucksack, and is connected with a throw line to the shore with which to pull back in case he floats and has no other method of turning back.

 

P1070372s.jpgThis winter has been different from previous winters. We had snow earlier than during the latest 10 years, and it has been colder. On top - the water has been frozen since before mid December. As it happens there is no skating ice yet. We are expecting some later on in the winter. However something we call double ice has developed.

Double ice is formed by one layer of ice against the see having a layer of water on top and then that layer has a second layer of ice. There is really water in between the two ice layers. SnoBlue sky seen through the Igloo top w acts as insulation on top of the upper ice and prevents the water between the layers from freezing. Without the snow we would have had strong compact ice able to carry a car, but now we only posess two fairly weak layers of soft ice. It does however carry a human being in most places.....   as always there are weak spots too.

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A few videos from skating tours primarily in the Ekenäs neighborhood.