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  • The best outdoor ice skating rinks in the world

    Toronto, photo by santaz_elv on Flickr

    In temperate regions, it’s already the beginning of winter, and if you’re lucky to be in the middle of a cold winter with snow and ice, like in the good old times, then people have probably already started enjoying the wonders of frozen water.

    Staging snowball fights or ice skating outside are the best parts of winter, especially if you have a whopping huge ice skating rink at your disposal. Even if the technicalities of a double loop jump escape you, ice skating is good fun for everyone (especially if you don’t mind a few scraped knees and elbows). So if you want to ice skate in style, check out some of the best outdoor ice skating destinations in the world.

    Somerset House, London, UK

    As soon as the infamous British weather turns from wet to cool and icy, the skating rink in front of Somerset House opens its doors to amateur skaters. This stately 18th century home is the perfect setting for a British skating tour de force, especially in the evening when the whole venue glitters under the light of a gigantic Christmas tree.

    Yosemite National Park, California, USA

    Somerset House, photo by Chris March

    The spell-binding Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. So what better backdrop for an ice skating rink set up outdoors? Ice skating in the park has been a winter tradition since the 30’s, November through March. Perfect your skating technique in the shadows of the Glacier Point and Half Dome!

    Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

    Eiffel Tower, photo by Tinou Bao

    The Eiffel Tower sure is impressive from a distance, but you can’t possibly grasp the sheer size of the structure unless you climb it.

    But spend some time on the skating rink on the first floor and you’ll feel extremely tiny, as well as weightless. In the evening, the lights of Paris create a magical atmosphere in a rather intimate setting – the rink is rather small and can take only about 80 people at a time.

    Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada

    Icy Canada has more than enough ice skating rinks to go around, but one of the gliztiest and most memorable rinks is the one set up in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. The rink is huge so you have plenty of space to avoid collision with other skaters, and in the evening the light display is positively distracting.

    Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia

    Gorky Park, photo by James Duncan

    As soon as the long Russian winter begins, water is poured on the alleys of Gorky Park, the most popular park in Moscow and an year-round quaint place. There are several more outdoor skating rinks in the Russian capital, but nothing beats the experience of skating full speed on the alleys of the famous park.

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