In fact, Friesland is synonymous with water. You can sail here, go paddleboarding, canoeing or experience an invigorating sailing regatta with ‘skûtsjes’. Every summer, these races between sailing traditional inland freight vessels provide lots  of excitement. In winter, all Frisians unite in their hope for a sustained spell of freezing weather – the indispensable requirement for the 11 cities ice skating marathon the Elfstedentocht. The population of this northern province truly comes to life in icy weather conditions, which provides a great opportunity for many to engage in endurance skating races on frozen canals and lakes.