Nearly 3000 years ago a new kind of activity was originated in Finland which occurred on ice surfaces on naturally frozen water. Originally ice skaters were sharpened flattened bone strapped to the bottom of the foot. The first ice skater was invented by the Dutch in the 13th century. Already in the 17th century, it was brought to Britain where first skating club formed in 1740. A little later was developed the movements and the official rules of ice skating․ Figure skating became a sport in the first skating Congress in 1871.
Still, the ancient times this kind of activity was in the center of attention, people started to make the rinks for the sport, exercising and leisure. Till nowadays it remains the favorite activity in a cold weather. Armenia is not an exception we love to skate when around is chilly winter.
The lovers of ice skating can find either open-air or closed rink right in Yerevan. The center of the pink city decorates a small Lake Sevan or the Swan Lake. Near one of the beautiful buildings of Armenian architecture, Opera and Ballet Theatre situates the artificial lake which has the shape of Armenia’s blue pearl. Swan Lake is surrounded by trees, benches, and different cafés. It is considered the best place to pass hot summer evenings just sitting on the grass or one of the open cafes and enjoying the beautiful view.
In summers the lake has black and white swans which make the view more fascinating. But when the summer ends and comes the cold winter, Armenians use half of the water area for the skating rink. It is the first open-air skating rink in Yerevan. Their working day starts from 11:00-16:00 and 18:00 till 23:00. If you have your own skates the cost for the rent is 500 AMD (1 USD / 0.87 EUR) for an hour if you don’t have for an hour 1000 AMD (2 USD/1.75 EUR).
The second skating rink is Karen Demirchyan’s Sports and Complex center. This is the biggest closed rink which is situated inside the building of Sports Complex. It is the most favorite winter leisure activity for the locals and tourists. For inspiring and motivating the skaters the stuff turns the different types of music which encourages everyone. The rent cost for the skaters is 2000 AMD (4.12 USD/ 3.51 EUR) for an hour and the working day starts from 12:00- till 24:00.
The third fairy newly-opened place is the Winter Park. In the area of the park works the biggest open-air skating rink in Yerevan. This place is a place where you feel yourself in a fairy tale. The cost of the skate rent is 1500 AMD (3 USD / 2 EUR) for an hour. Winter Park has also ice-bar, café, Santa’s Post office, Ice slides, Elf School, Trolls’ House, Miss Claus’ Pies and Northern Deer.