Every year for the past 14 years, an ice track is prepared in the Port of Luleå. It starts at the northern harbour, goes around Gültzauudden and further out to the island of Gråsjälören, and finishes back at the southern harbour. The track varies in shape and distance but is normally around 12 kilometres, connecting the city centre with the archipelago and surrounding residential areas. The 20-metre-wide ice track is popular for ice skating, of course, but also for typical kick-sleds and walking on the snow pavement alongside the tracks. Along the route are several spots for barbecuing, eating a packed lunch and getting some shelter from the wind.