22 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. Schiermonnikoog is one of the West Frisian Islands, and is part of the province of Friesland. It is situated between the islands of Ameland and Rottumerplaat. The island,16 kilometres (9.9 miles) long and 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) wide, is the site of the Netherlands' first national park, with the only village on the island also being known as Schiermonnikoog. Just under 1,000 people permanently reside on the island, making the municipality the least densely populated in the Netherlands. Because the island is small and flat, only 200 islanders have taken out the special licence allowing them to keep their own car, with the result that the few streets on the island are virtually car-free. Up to 300,000 people visit the island every year, staying in the 5,500 beds available in holiday homes, apartments and hotels. Most visitors, however, are day trippers (about 4,000 tourists arriving per day in July and August alone). This is noticeable when the last ferry leaves at 6.30 p.m, when calm returns to 'Langestreek', the village high street.
Have you ever walked across the sea? Walked in water? Ok, you can't really walk on water but you can cross the Waddenzee in North Holland. Maybe not your first destination or activity in the Netherlands but if you're here in spring/summer for an extended period it's a great day adventure. Walk from Nes straight out the the island of Schiermonnikoog (say that fast once) at low tide. You'll get muddy and messy but what do you expect, you just tread across the sea floor.
Small Island in the Waddenzee. You cannot drive your car up there but it's small enough to ride around on a bike (rentals available) or to hike around. From the ferry you can take the bus to the small town but you can also walk in about half an hour to the same town. Beautifull nature and lots of birds to see!