Ancient glaciers, sprawling mountain ranges and more islands than you can count – taking in the sights from these outdoor ice rinks is an exhilarating experience.
Yosemite National Park in California, USA
The iconic Half Dome and Glacier Point are visible from the rink
The Half Dome Village Ice Rink is located inside Yosemite National Park and offers unobstructed views of two of the park’s most famous landmarks: the Half Dome and Glacier Point. When you need a break from skating, you can warm up at the rink-side fire pit, which shares the same amazing views.
Winter Wonderland is a cozy holiday home for bookers, located in Yosemite West. It’s a 40-minute trip to the rink, but the tree-lined mountain roads you’ll take there make for a beautiful drive.
Lake Louise in Banff, Canada
Skate through a handmade ice castle at Lake Louise
The glacier-fed Lake Louise is as spectacular during the winter as it is in the summer. Cleared daily of fallen snow, this natural skating rink offers a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. The rink is topped with a handmade ice castle which you can skate through.
Bookers should stay at Fairmont Château Lake Louise, just steps away from the rink and with skate rentals in the main lobby.
Lac de Joux in Switzerland
Lac de Joux is Europe's largest outdoor skating rink
When Lac de Joux freezes over, Europe’s largest free outdoor skating rink is open for business. Lac de Joux covers a span of 6 miles and as the entirety of the lake rarely freezes over, dedicated skating areas are marked where the ice is safe enough to skate on. Vendors set up shop along the shore selling hot chocolate and snacks.
Located on the shores of Lac de Joux, Hostellerie la Baie du Lac has an on-site restaurant and bar where you can grab a bite to eat after your day on the lake.
Lake Vänern in Sweden
Lake Vänern is ideal for Nordic Skating
The largest lake in Sweden, Lake Vänern is ideal for Nordic skating – recreational long distance skating on natural ice. As Lake Vänern is home to a staggering 22,000 small islands, it’s no surprise that skaters opt for long distance trails to maximize the sights they take in.
Stadshotellet Lidköping is a great option for bookers, being just a 5-minute walk from the lake.
Sokolniki Park in Moscow, Russia
This outdoor rink is just outside of Moscow's bustling city centre
Just outside of the Moscow’s city center, Sokolniki Park is a green space popular with residents that, d the winter, hosts a 5,400 m2 ice rink. The ice is lined with towering trees and decorated with lights and a large TV screen, making it Moscow’s most colorful and modern outdoor ice rink.
Less than 2 miles from the park, Cosmos Hotel offers an on-site spa with massage services in case bookers find themselves sore from all the skating.
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