Ice skating on frozen lakes

Dalarna might have been made for skating on lake ice. The first enthusiasts are out on the ice as soon as it is thick enough. For much of the season there are marked, ploughed routes, varying in length.

Lake Runn, Lake Flosjön, Lake Brunnsjön, Pråmleden and Lake Ljustern are part of Skating Dalarna, which is a joint initiativ between a number of destinations in Dalarna. Skating Dalarna can help you find the best ploughed trails for trip skating on natural ice.
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Runn, Falun/Borlänge

Lake Runn – A delightful skating paradise for the whole family with 62.5 square km of clear ice and ploughed tracks ranging from 1 km to 50 km. Runn is ideally situated between Falun and Borlänge, and you have access to the sister cities’ large selection of lodging, culture, shopping, attractions, sports and outdoor life. The easiest place to start the trip is in Falun at Främby Udde or Roxnäs. You can hire skates here too. The Runn Winter Week is held annually in February, and as its name suggests, it is a week of skating contests and events.
Map of the tracks on Lake Runn

Flosjön, Dala Floda

Here the route is on Lake Flosjön. Start from Dala-Floda Värdshus in the south and follow the sparsely populated eastern shoreline. Take a break at Harpikön island in the northern part of the lake and bring your trip to a close at Dala-Floda Värdshus for a wood-fired sauna and the chance to swim through a hole in the ice.

Brunnsjön, Hedemora

Brunnsjön lake is some 2 km from shore to shore at its longest point. The lake lies west of Hedemora town centre and is easy to get to. There are no islands, but the area is lined with lush forest, fields and some built-up areas. Early season, the mouth of the Mässingsboån stream in the northwest provides open water, as does the run-off from theBroån stream in the south. Quite often a pressure ridge forms all across the northwest part of the lake; otherwise the ice is usually safe.

5.5 km track

If we have the weather on our side the track is prepared in a figure eight shape and there is a smaller trail that leads off to the northwest. The main trail is in the southwest part of the lake. The starting point, which has an information board and picnic tables, is on the eastern edge of the lake below the Brunnsjöliden sports facility. You can also park and pick up the track on the south side of the lake.

The trail is prepared by Brunnsjöns Vintervänner.

For current information on ice conditions contact Tourist information in Hedemora: +46(0)225-343 48

Pråmleden, Hedemora

This is a skating trip on the border of the provinces of Gästrikland and Dalarna where you can choose to start or finish in Stjärnsund, an area of cultural and historical importance. Pråmleden is a former shipping line used for transporting iron ore and iron at the end of the 19th century. The track runs through Silfhytteå, one of Sweden’s most northern locks, and around the area are remnants of the iron ore industry.

Tracks

Pråmleden stretches fromEdskens camping ground in the town of Hofors to the bathing spot in Stjärnsund. A one-way trip is 17 km over prepared track across lakes Edsken, Fullen and Grycken. Between Edskens camping ground and Fullen, the Börån canal very rarely freezes over enough to skate on it. There is a prepared path, roughly 300 metres long that bypasses this. Silfhytteå lies between lakes Fullen and Grycken and at the lock here there is a path some 100 metres long to lake Grycken and then you can head for Stjärnsund.

The track is prepared by Traktorns Vänner and SAIF (Stjärnsunds Public Sport Assoc).

For current information on ice conditions contact Tourist information in Hedemora: +46(0)225-343 48.

Map of the Pråmleden skating track.

Säter

The tail on Lake Ljustern is approximately 7 km long and circles a beautiful island that is popular stop off point. A good place to start is the sports hall in the Skönvik area, or the campsite Säters Camping.