All images used in this post are from Ledena Šuma (Ice Forest) Facebook page.
Location: Dunavski Park, Novi Sad
Ice Forest is the largest winter event in Serbia that takes place in Novi Sad each year from December to January.
The main attraction of the Ice Forest is a large and beautifully decorated ice rink that covers an area of 1300m2 (13993 sq. ft.). With a portion of the rink covered, you’re able to go even with harsher weather. But if you get good weather, there is also a trail that is set around a small pond in the center of the park. This building represents the most modern ice rink in the region, where visitors can enjoy recreation on ice even at temperatures up to 15°C (59°F).
In addition to the rink, visitors are also able to enjoy a café-restaurant. There’s also a “Snow Town” at the entrance to the Ice Forest, which is a Snow Bazaar where local artists and craftsmen present and promote their work, as well as gastronomic specialties and winter delicacies of Vojvodina.
Open Hours: The Ice Forest has 7 different time slots from which you’re able to skate.
- Time Slot 1: 9:00 am-10:30 am (free on week days for 12-year-olds and younger kids)
- Time Slot 2: 11:00 am-12:30 pm (7 days a week)
- Time Slot 3: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm (7 days a week)
- Time Slot 4: 3:00 pm-4:30 pm (7 days a week)
- Time Slot 5: 5:00 pm-6:30 pm (7 days a week)
- Time Slot 6: 7:00 pm-8:30 pm (7 days a week)
- Time Slot 7: 9:00 pm-10:30 pm (7 days a week)
Time slots are necessary because the ice rink has a maximum capacity is 400 people.
Ticket prices on weekdays is 200RSD ($1.90) and on weekends it’s 250RSD ($2.40). One ticket admits one person and can be used until the end of the shift which you choose to attend.
If you have your own skates you may bring them with you, but you can also rent them for 200RSD ($1.90). Available sizes to rent range from 25 to 47 European (9 kids – 14 adult US). It’s also possible to rent a pusher for kids so they have an easier time on the rink for 250RSD ($2.40).
The best way to get to Dunavski Park and the Ice Forest is to walk, as the pedestrian zone and the city center lead directly to the park. In case you’re staying far from the city center, you can always take a bus. The bus lines that stop in front of Shopping Mall Bazar, Serbian National Theater and Orthodox Church will all lead you to the city center and are numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17 and 18. If a bus won’t work for you, you can always take a taxi (best taxi app) or drive. There’s a parking area next to the Orthodox Church, but it requires payment.