For the time being, we do not have to count on the ditches and ponds to freeze up and we can skate on natural ice. But in a few places in the Netherlands you can still feel the feeling of ice skating under you and the wind through your hair. NU.nl makes an overview of artificial ice rinks outside in nature.

Flevonice - Biddinghuizen

The Flevonice ice rink is unique in the Netherlands. The course is 2.5 kilometers long and winds through the polder. There is also a 400 meter track. On the long track it looks like you are still skating a big tour and with a bit of luck you sometimes see deer walking on the edge of the forest. Along the route there are two resting points where you can relax with a cup of hot chocolate.

  • Where: Flevonice, Strandgaperweg 20, Biddinghuizen
  • When: until 1 March 2020
  • Price: 14 euros (day ticket)
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Flevonice has the longest artificial ice rink in the Netherlands. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Dutch Open Air Museum - Arnhem

On the 1,000 square meter ice rink at the Netherlands Open Air Museum you seem to travel a hundred years back in time. You skate between old mills, an antique tram and old-fashioned facades. Afterwards you can warm up with a plate of home-made stew or cake and zopie. In addition to the skating rink, there is also a large toboggan rink that you can ride down in a tire.

  • Where: Dutch Open Air Museum, Hoeferlaan 4, Arnhem
  • When: until January 20, 2020
  • Price: 18 euros (online) or 19.50 euros (checkout)
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Here you skate with a view of mills and old-fashioned houses. (Photo: Dutch Open Air Museum)

Het Loo Palace - Apeldoorn

The Stallenplein of Paleis Het Loo will be transformed into a winter village in December. Wooden chalets with Christmas lights and a skating rink appear among the trees, overlooking the coach houses. Skates can be rented for free.

  • Where: Het Loo Palace, Royal Park 1, Apeldoorn
  • When: until 6 January 2020 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Price: 7.50 (adults) or 5 euros (children up to 12 years)
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The ice rink is right on the coach houses of the palace. (Photo: Paleis Het Loo)

Reinaldapark - Haarlem

The striking Amsterdam fairground operator Frans Stuy transforms the tennis courts of the Reinaldapark in Haarlem into a large ice rink in the winter months. The ice rink is decorated with Christmas lights, mulled wine stalls and an après ski bar. The course is also a stone's throw from pancake house where you can eat a hearty pancake after skating.

  • Where: Reinaldapark, Reinaldapad 10, Haarlem
  • When: until 6 January 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Price: 5 euros
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The ice rink in the Reinaldapark. (Photo: Pancake paradise Haarlem)

Jaap Eden Ice Rink - Amsterdam

At the Jaap Eden Ice Rink they find it important that visitors still have the feeling that they are defying the elements of nature when they ride a round on the 400 meter track. Along the side are cake and zopecalls and more restaurants.

  • Where: Jaap Eden Ice Rink, Radioweg 64, Amsterdam
  • When: until 22 March 2020
  • Price: 7.80 euros (adults)
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Children are taught on the ice rink. (Photo: Jaap Eden Ice Rink)

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