HERE’S THE SKINNY
Late fall, winter
Skating seasons are normally short and it’s hard to predict when the ice is at its best. The lake can freeze as early as October and the period between the first ice and heavy snowfalls are the best season.
The small village of Ånn in western Jämtland, located between Storlien and Åre. Head towards the lake Ånnsjön, towards Fiskbodarna.
Go by train to Ånn and walk down to the frozen lake, or by rental car from Åre/Östersund airport or Trondheim/Vaernes airport.
Ice skating is suitable for all ages and Ånn is recommended for families as there are picnic areas and benches right at the lake.
Touring skates (or regular skates for children), together with safety equipment (ice spikes, ice-picks and safety line) are requirements. Helmets, knee and elbow guards can be good to have. A backpack with a change of clothes in a waterproof bag is recommended. Backpacks also work as a good flotation device.
The Lundhags outlet shop in Järpen offers touring skates for rental, together with the prescribed safety equipment.
Camp Ånn (in Ånn and not far from the lake Ånnsjön) is the perfect place for skaters, especially if you like to skate for more than one day. Otherwise take a daytrip from Åre, Storlien or Östersund.
If there is any uncertainty surrounding the thickness of the ice then extreme caution should be taken. Rather err on the side of caution and don’t head out. Contact local tour skaters to be sure on the various social media forums to be extra sure.
FOLLOW SOMEONE WHO KNOWS
If you are interesting is trying tour skating, join an organised tour. Åreguiderna arranges tours. For more information check Åreguiderna.
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