Iceskating on the canals of Amsterdam

(161 reviews)
Canal District, Amsterdam, Netherlands
45 mins

About the tour

What is more traditional than ice skating in the Netherlands? Due to climate change, it is very rare that we can skate on natural ice in Amsterdam. Only 2 times in the last 12 years it was cold enough to skate on the canals. Now in February, there will be a cold snap, which means that we can skate on the ice for a few days. That is unique. Join me on the ice on one of the most famous canals in Amsterdam. Learn about our skating culture and see how Amsterdammers come out en masse to try out the ice. **Unfortunately, it has not been cold enough in Amsterdam in recent days. The ice in the canals is not thick enough and it is dangerous to skate or walk on the ice. This means that we make an alternative 'canals of Amsterdam' tour through one of the most beautiful parts of the city. **

Meet your local guide


Stephan is a real Dutchie, he was born in Delft (the city of Vermeer), grown up in Gouda (the cheese city), studied in Leiden (city of Rembrandt) and he lived in Rotterdam (the harbour city) before moving to our capital Amsterdam in 2006. After a career in technology as an Online Strategist, he decided to leave behind the corporate world to start guiding visitors of Amsterdam and started his own private tour agency, Amsterdam Experiences. He found out that walking and cycling around the city with international visitors is a lot more fun than a desk job! As a host, Stephan loves to show his virtual guests, the hidden gems in Amsterdam through the eyes of a local. He has a passion for telling stories about Dutch history and culture. So join him on the bike or by foot, and see the highlights of Amsterdam.

Stephan has been guiding since Jul 2016

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Amsterdam with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Amsterdam. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Margaret P.

18 February 2021

Stephen made us feel we were in Amsterdam with him:

Paul C.

18 February 2021

Enjoyable tour. Even got on the ice!

Geraldine S.

17 February 2021

Thought we were going to be disappointed reg

Tish B.

17 February 2021

Great tour! Really enjoyed it and looking forward to more tours in Amsterdam!!

Mary M.

17 February 2021


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