Ice skating in St Petersburg is one of the best ways to enjoy the cold this winter season
Are you dreaming to swim in the ocean, sunbathe in a tropical island and drink a fresh cocktail on the beach? If so, wake up, because you are probably living in cold St Petersburg and the Finnish Gulf is far from tropical paradise. Not to worry, here we offer a more fitting recommendation with five ice skating rinks to keep you moving during this long, cold winter.
This artificial island in the heart of St Petersburg has reopened its doors with 2000 m² of a slick new ice rink. As a part of a bigger project, additional buildings will continue to open in the next years. The big ice surface is located in front of a stage, where winter event programming also takes place.
Location: 2 Admiralteyskogo Kanala, St Petersburg, 190000
Price: 100-450 roubles (varies depending on the day and time)
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm; weekend 11am-10.30pm
Weather in St Petersburg is crazy, and in the Moskovsky Victory park south of city, the organisers have taken advantage of the early white blanket thrown over St Petersburg this year. The ice rink opens on 2 December. The big park offers various snow activities during the winter, just wear warm clothes and enjoy the cold!
Location: 25 Kuznetsovskaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 196105
Price: 150-300 roubles (varies depending on the day and time)
Opening hours: Opening hours vary everyday. Check it here
For all the Christmas fanatics, the name Laplandia, should get your Christmas spirit jingling. Located on Krevstovsky Island at the entrance of the St Petersburg’s Primorskyy Victory Park, Laplandia will offer you a chance to skate and enjoy the North Pole––complete with an excursion to a reindeer farm and the opportunity to feed the animals. The outdoor ice rink is a must-visit to spend a winter day in St Petersburg’s Santa Claus land.
Location: 9 Ryukhina Ulitsa, St Peterburg, 197110
Price: 300-400 roubles
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 11am-10pm; weekend 11am-11pm
Elagin Island is one of St Petersburg’s many islands, giving way to its pet name of Venice of the North. The entire island is a natural complex and is accessible through three Yelagin Bridges, which you can arrive at by taking the purple metro line (Line 5) up to either Krestovsky Ostrov or Staraya Derevnya. Throughout the year, different cultural events from music to theatre take place in the park. During the winter, a large, lighted Christmas tree is set up in the central square along with an ice skating rink in the north-east corner of the island.
Location: Elagin Island, St Petersburg, 197110
Park Opening hours: winter 6 am-12 am
5. Ohta Park
If you’re looking to get away from the city, Ohta Park hosts all your active winter needs. Located 30 km north from St Petersburg’s city centre, this resort has everything you need to relax and enjoy a short or long weekend: cross-country and nordic skiing, snowboarding, restaurants, cafes, an amusement park, Russian banya and of course an outdoor ice rink. Through 1500 metres in the forest, you can skate amidst nature, surrounded by trees and soft music. Enjoy a real winter fairytale.
Location: Vsevolozhsk district, Syargi, Leningrad region, 188664
Price: 350-650 roubles (variables depending on the day and time)
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 11am-10.30pm. Weekend 9 am-10.30 pm