Pub crawling – on ice

Every year – if the ice is thick enough – there is a skating race that starts right on our lake and finishes 30 km further south at Stockholm. The race track follows ancient winter trading routes that the Vikings used to take when going from Stockholm and back hundreds of years ago.

Here’s Oscar waiting for the first group of skaters… (You can always click the pictures to see a bigger version.)

The race is called The Pub Race because when the Vikings followed this winter trading route, there used to be lots of inns where they could stop and warm themselves up or spend the night.

And here they come!

Nowadays, the 30 km race takes place without a pause… although at  one point, the skaters have to take off their skates, cross a road and then run down a field in order to get to the next body of water.

Some people take it very seriously…

…While others are in it for the sheer fun of skating.

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52 responses

  1. That is so cool! Literally and figuratively!

    February 16, 2010 at 06:15

  2. That’s terrific! And I agree with Kristina — it is cool — literally and figuratively! I love it! And your photos are marvelous! Thanks for sharing the fun! Hope you have a great week!


    February 16, 2010 at 06:23

  3. What an interesting story. Really like the shot of Oscar best. I have weak ankles and roller skated instead of ice. But I like the idea of going from pub to pub.

    February 16, 2010 at 07:09

  4. That sounds like quite an adventure, but nothing tops the shot of Oscar anxiously awaiting the skaters!

    February 16, 2010 at 08:12

  5. Fabulous motion shot of the skater in blue! The blurry back ground and focused subject…so good!

    February 16, 2010 at 08:13

  6. looks like fun. i love your worlds eventhough it is different from my tropical world and the nearest i have come to snow is through a snow cone:)

    thanks for sharing your world.

    February 16, 2010 at 08:29

  7. Looks really fun! Great shots!

    February 16, 2010 at 08:35

  8. I can’t stop looking at how perfectly at attention Oscar sits. He has the posture of a show dog!

    February 16, 2010 at 08:48

  9. must be so much fun!

    February 16, 2010 at 09:06

  10. Oscar looks so handsome sitting at attention

    February 16, 2010 at 09:14

  11. that would be so fun to watch! and oscar is adorable:)

    February 16, 2010 at 10:04

  12. I wouldn’t mind having a go but I’d like to stop at the pubs along the way…

    February 16, 2010 at 10:51

  13. Wonderful shots. Looks like lot of fun.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:58

  14. Amy

    I just love it when men can pull off wearing tights/spandex!! Hahahahaha! Was this just a male skating contest or why weren’t you strapping on your spandex and skates and joining them my dear??😉

    February 16, 2010 at 11:39

    • There were plenty of women too.. I just didn’t manage to get any good photos of them…

      I don’t know how to skate…

      February 16, 2010 at 12:29

  15. I swear that Oscar cracks me up – what does he do when he sees the skaters?

    I’m glad all that ice is put to good use, like 30km races. Yes, why didn’t you race?

    February 16, 2010 at 11:46

    • Well, I don’t know how to skate… Is that a good answer?

      February 16, 2010 at 12:28

  16. What a workout that would be! Great tradition!

    February 16, 2010 at 11:48

  17. What fun! I can’t believe Oscar doesn’t chase the skaters for fun as they go by. Unbelievable that a race for 30 km can be entirely on ice! Neat!

    February 16, 2010 at 13:17

  18. I’d be out there in a parka like the Eskimos–I couldn’t wear their little outfits!!! I’d need 19 layers of clothing!

    February 16, 2010 at 13:34

  19. You have a great blog!
    Best of luck!😉

    Follow me if you want on

    x Valentine

    February 16, 2010 at 14:02

  20. Gosh, I bet they’ve got thighs like steel. Do you skate? I’ve never skated or skied in my life.

    February 16, 2010 at 15:19

  21. rolgit att du gillade mitt snöfall.:)
    Skridskpr är ju inte min favoritsport preis. Även om det ser skönt ut.

    February 16, 2010 at 16:53

  22. you have your own “olympic” race right in your backyard. how cool is that?

    February 16, 2010 at 19:17

  23. Your story reminds me of “Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates” which was a favorite of mine as a young girl. Does Oscar do such a fine sit/stay when the skaters whiz by?

    February 16, 2010 at 19:30

    • Oscar sits at attention just as he does in the photo and watches them whizz by.

      February 17, 2010 at 06:14

  24. Lovely action shots, especially the perspective of the second!

    February 16, 2010 at 20:02

  25. Now that is the way to enjoy the winter..something so many people in the US aren’t used to. It looks like it was a lot of fun even for the canines….Michelle

    February 16, 2010 at 23:48

  26. Lucy

    Doesn’t matter what type of competition it is, someone will always spoil it and take it serious! Your dogs are too cute! At least with my cat, nobody expects her to mind!

    February 17, 2010 at 00:03

  27. That would have been a really fun race to see. They are certainly putting everything they have in strength and passion to flow towards their goals.

    February 17, 2010 at 01:47

  28. How awesome! LOVE the picture of Oscar awaiting the action!

    February 17, 2010 at 02:30

  29. looks like a blast!

    February 17, 2010 at 02:37

  30. Nice pictures. Does Oscar chase the skaters? Maybe that will make them go even faster!

    February 17, 2010 at 03:24

    • No, he doesn’t chase the skaters. He’s too sweet and kind for that…

      February 17, 2010 at 06:15

  31. how cool is that…bet it is fun to watch…

    February 17, 2010 at 03:47

  32. I’m just worried about Oscar’s butt getting chilled!!!!

    February 17, 2010 at 04:07

  33. Love your motion shots! Looks cool and fun.

    February 17, 2010 at 05:51

  34. sorry but the image of skating, then running across a field, a road, is hilarious.

    February 17, 2010 at 06:35

  35. Jo

    Oh wow, Ladyfi;) I love the picture of Oscar waiting for the skaters. And I love [for some] of this race. Imagine taking off your skates, crossing the freezing road and field barefoot and continuing with the next section. What a fascinating post. Warm hugs. Jo

    February 17, 2010 at 07:47

  36. kelli

    These pics are great, but I admit…my fave is Oscar sitting there so patiently…..

    February 17, 2010 at 14:40

  37. I’m so glad Oscar’s feeling better. He really is a beautiful dog, isn’t he! This race looks great fun! Did you follow to the nearest inn when all the skaters had passed?

    February 17, 2010 at 14:51

  38. I’m so glad you asked me questions. No one else is!

    February 17, 2010 at 18:47

  39. Oscar just sits there!, that ‘s amazing.
    And this looks a little more like how the Olympics should.

    Thanks for sharing this peek at your world, I loved seeing something unique like this.

    February 17, 2010 at 20:18

  40. You were in a good position to get such good pictures!! Do you skate as well?

    February 17, 2010 at 23:55

  41. Fascinating to see Oscar sitting in the snow waiting like this … methinks Molly might find it too cold to park herself😉
    Love the whole series from your wintry world! Folks SURF here ya know?
    Hugs and blessings,

    February 18, 2010 at 00:45

  42. I can’t get over how straight up Oscar is sitting! I find the so fascinating at his attention.

    And those skates look so different from the ones I’m used to. How fun!

    February 18, 2010 at 03:53

  43. Lady Fi — what fun; thank you for sharing the tradition! I can see that Oscar loves observing the race. I should think that the participants today would want to stop at a pub! They definitely deserve to do so. Maybe they finish up at one at the end! Those are great pictures. Thanks

    February 20, 2010 at 07:23

  44. I used to go bar hopping on roller skates – but that was in Florida😀 I love Oscar… so sweet.

    February 20, 2010 at 14:19

  45. Oscar’s a good boy. :-)

    Loved the glimpse into your world.


    February 20, 2010 at 21:16

  46. That sounds like fun! I love the picture of the dog out there waiting, so classic.

    February 21, 2010 at 00:24

  47. I think Oscar is clearly the winner in this race (-;

    February 21, 2010 at 02:32

  48. It must be a fun sight to see, great photos!!:)

    February 22, 2010 at 02:26

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