Frozen canals in Amsterdam and ice skating at the Zaanse Schans!

It has been so cold this week in the Netherlands that the canals in Amsterdam and even the Zaanse Schans has frozen.

Winter and ice at the Zaanse Schans.
Winter and ice at the Zaanse Schans.

When the temperatures drop below zero, the Dutch start dreaming of another frozen winter and the chance of ice skating on the canals. Weather forecasts are watched eagerly and skates sharpened and polished just in case. And this week it finally happened! The canals was frozen enough to be skated on, and therefore the Dutch was flocking to the icy canals to spend some time with family and friends or just showing of their ice skating skills.

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The weather totally turned and today it was 12 degrees celsius, so for those who missed the opportunity to spend some time on the frozen canals will probably have to wait until next year. I was lucky to get some photos of this special event that took place and want to share some of my best photos with you.

The best tip I can recommend for conditions with a highly reflective surface combined with direct sunlight, is to use a polarizer filter. With this filter you can easilyΒ reduce light reflections on for example metal, wet leafs or frozen water, like I did when I captured this image in Amsterdam.

Frozen canal in Amsterdam. I used a polarizer filter for this photo.
Frozen canal in Amsterdam. I used a polarizer filter for this photo.

 

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20 thoughts on “Frozen canals in Amsterdam and ice skating at the Zaanse Schans!

  1. Interesting view into another aspect of Amsterdam life. Amazing how those who do not get snow or ice frequently seem to look forward to its arrival, while we, here in Canada, can’t wait for it to leave. We are still a month away from getting to +12, but we await the spring with hope.

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    1. Thank you for your positive response! Yeah it’s fun to see how people in the Netherlands take advantage of the winter weather as soon as it arrives πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  2. Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like them πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  3. I like the composition and the colors in the windmills, how the cloudy sky and water seem to contain the image.

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    1. Thats great! Thank you for your positive response! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  4. I love your post and the photos of the bridge takes me back to what’s left of my memories of Europe.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m happy you enjoyed my post πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  5. lovely post! beautiful locations and pictures

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    1. Thank you! It was cold but totally worth it πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. That’s great! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  6. Your pictures are simultaneously calming and invigorating. I feel like I’m there!

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    1. Thank you so much for your compliment Amanda! I’m glad you like my photos! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  7. Amazing πŸ™‚
    and great pictures to document such event!

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    1. Thanks for your positive response! I really appreciate it πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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