For some, ice skating is part of a day of ice sports.Safety is a concern when ice skating on lakes. Since wild ice is so dependent on weather, it’s hard to know exactly when any given lake is skateable. Small lakes freeze faster than large lakes and are a better bet for safe skating.

When asked to one of the all time ice skating enthusiast Mr. Mårten Ajne , "The simple explanation is it’s the most efficient non-mechanical way to get around. It’s really leisurely, unlike running. But I think the main driver behind it, in a more philosophical sense, is the urge to push yourself, because it’s a challenge."

We travel vast distances in a day. The average would be 40 to 50 kilometers [25 to 30 miles] on a typical day, but 100 kilometers [60 miles] would not be unusual. If you have a tailwind, you can do even more than that.

A photographer and filmmaker based in Stockholm, Trygg has made an art of capturing both the clear, black appearance of the ice, and the laser-like symphony of sounds created when an ice skater’s bodyweight passes over it.

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Ajne is a mathematician who has written books on the art and science of Nordic skating, featuring Trygg’s photographs. Both men have been skating for decades.For the video posted on this page, Trygg filmed Ajne skating on 45-millimeter-thick ice on Lissma Kvarnsjö, a lake outside Stockholm, Sweden.

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