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Coming out on clear ice to enjoy the open spaces is one of the kicks in this picture. In the winter is very important for me to find the little light there is, this picture is taken at 2 pm and the sun is already low. This was our last coffebreak before heading home.
The other kick is the vehicles, they are in swedish called "spark" which means "kick" because that is how you drive them. You stand on one of the runners, hold on to the handle and kick with the free leg. On flat ice and with spikes on the shoe you can easily reach the same speed as a bicycle on a flat road.
We used to skate on the lakes for a few years, that is a big winter sport here, but we are poor skaters. The risk of getting hurt is quite big on skates and the demands on the ice surface limits the number of possibilities, therefore we bought "sparks".
The "spark" is a traditional vehicle, it has been used for a few hundred years at least, and its main use is transportation of small goods and children in winter time, but it is a fine toy too. It is common in Norway, Sweden and Finland but I don´t know about the rest of the world. And it is still manufactured in at least two places.
The pole laying on the ice is a special tool to check if the ice is thick enough. If both steps in the stepped end goes through the ice when you hit the ice with it you should have turned long ago and are about to get very wet ;o)

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