The Netherlands
Microadventure in the Wadden

On an adventure through a UNESCO World Bioreserve in the Netherlands. Explore the unique ecosystem of The Wadden for three days. 

The busy Netherlands has a lot of natural beauty to offer. During this Micro Adventure we wander for three days through the most dynamic nature reserve of the country, the Wadden. With an experienced “Wadloop” guide and an experienced nature guide we make the crossing from the mainland to Schiemonnikoog.  

With your guide you will cross from the dike at “Kleine Huisjes” to Schiermonnikoog. It is a beautiful and adventurous crossing where we can see many birds. At Schiermonnikoog we do a beautiful day hike and stay in comfortable safari tents. This is the Netherlands at its best. 

Here you can feel the rhythm of the tides and the overwhelming beauty of the Wad. Schiermonnikoog is one of the smallest Wadden Islands, and the peace is deafening. Here you only hear the murmur of the sea and the thousands of breeding birds that fly around here. We roam the island in search of the small wonders of nature and we sleep in beautiful safari tents.  

Three days on the border between land and sea

DAY TO DAY PROGRAM 

Day 1 | About the Wad. We gather at the ferry port of Lauwersoog. From here we are taken by taxi to the dike at Kleine Huisjes. We are in the land of endless horizons and straight lines. When we walk over the dike, we see a faint gray line at the horizon.

Our ultimate goal today is: Schiermonnikoog.  And so, we step into the mud of the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage. The shelducks, spoonbills and eiders are flying around us.  

After more than four hours of struggling, we take the first steps on Schier.  This area is the largest and most dynamic nature reserve in the Netherlands. We walk across the island to our accommodation, simple tents but with a good bed and running water to have a shower. We enjoy a delicious dinner and dive into bed tired and satisfied. 

Day 2 | Exploring Schiermonnikoog. After a delicious breakfast, we have a full day to discover the natural beauty of Schiermonnikoog.  Animal life follows the rhythm of ebb and flow. We stroll through the Kobbeduinen via Cape Willemsduin to the Balg, the eastern tip of the island.  

If the weather permits, we will find a wind-free place at the end of the afternoon. From our backpacks we get salads, a barbecue and (vegetarian) meat. There we enjoy a nice meal. Later, in the dark we walk back to the tents. There we can enjoy a glass of wine or a beer before sleeping.  

Day 3 | Westerstrand and the ferry to the mainland. After breakfast we pack all our stuff in our backpacks. We cross the island to the North Sea and enjoy this vast world. Via a beautiful route we walk to the village of Schier with its characteristic old houses. In the village we eat a quick bite of fresh fish for lunch. We walk via a beautiful route to the boat that takes us back to the mainland. 


Trip Details

  • Days: 3 days 2 nights 
  • Date: for 2020 is September 18-20 (guaranteed departure). 
  • Accommodation: Tented camp in Schiermonnikoog 
  • Guide: Professional Wadden guide and an experienced guide from our partner 360Explore 
  • How to get there: We meet on Friday afternoon at the ferry port of Lauwersoog. You can travel here by bus from Leeuwarden. Leeuwarden is 2 hours by train from Amsterdam Airport.  You can also come by car; in which case we encourage you to travel together. On Sunday afternoon we will be back at the ferry port of Lauwersoog. 
  • Languages: English and Dutch 

PRICES

€390,- per person 

The price includes: experienced Wadloop guide. 360º Explore nature guide. Two nights in luxury Safari tents. Taxi transport from Lauwersoog to starting point Wadloop trip. Boat crossing from Schiermonnikoog to Lauwersoog. All meals and drinks from dinner day 1 to lunch day 3. Basic first aid kit. Complete climate compensation of your trip via Trees for All 

The price doesn’t include: Transport to and from Lauwersoog. Personal expenses on drinks, phone calls, and other meals or snacks. Travel insurance and possibly cancellation insurance. 

What to bring: We recommend you to dress in layers. Biking pants/shorts. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, daypack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito/tick repellent and camp shoes (sandals). Binoculars, personal toiletries/medicines and a sense of adventure! 


OUR RESPONSIBILITY

Our partner 360Explore does climate compensation of your trip via Trees for All. 

We work with small groups as to not cause a detrimental impact on nature. All our guides know their way in nature and how to approach wildlife with the uttermost respect and consciousness. 

Supporting The European Safari Company always means supporting small entrepeneurs who give back to nature. 

 

CONTACT OUR SAFARI EXPERT


Aukje Van Gerven