One day on the beautiful and interesting island of Ameland or Schiermonnikoog
Ameland is one of the 5 inhabited Dutch Wadden Islands. Separated from the mainland by 10 kilometers of shallow sea, it is a small paradise with white sand dunes, yellow beaches, woods, meadows and small villages. On the south side of the island the Wadden Sea stretches out. On the horizon you can see the towers of some Frisian churches. We will go to the ferry by car. On the island we will travel by bicycle and we will walk. An exact day programme can be designed on demand, but it will surely include a ferry trip across the Wadden Sea, a visit to the North Sea beach, dunes, meadows and two or more villages. In one of the pubs we will try a 'Nobeltje', a local liquor.
Also available by car. If Schiermonnikoog or Borkum (Ger) is preferred, this can be done.
Basically: just traveling around to see the different aspects of the island. Interesting geography, bird life, beach combing, etc. Nice restaurants and pubs, also serving local dishes. Optional (extra costs): round flight in a small plane, watching seals, beach sailing, trip on the Wadden Sea in a small boat. Trip can be made any time of the year, but best off season (september - may).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at your hotel or at one of the railway stations in Groningen or Friesland, if not more than 80 kilometers from Holwerd (the place where the ferry to Ameland leaves).
End location: We will return to the same location as we started.
Duration: 9 hours
Travelling times vary, depending on the ferry schedule. In the summer season (april - october) and during winter holidays the ferry travels more frequently. If you want do a tour to Ameland in the weekend, just ask if that is possible.
Traveling to the ferry by car (Toyota Avensis Wagon, 2010, air-conditioned, comfortable for 3 passengers, 4 persons at maximum). A larger car can be rented at additional cost; then it is possible to do the trip with up to 8 passengers.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 EUR - Needed for lunch in one of the restaurants and pub visit.