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The ice skate runners show it every year (if the water freezes in winter deeply enough), how pure infinitely webbed is Friesland from rivers, canals and seas. With the legendary eleven towns tour “Frisians on ice” they put back a marathon of 200 kilometers. If it did not go humanly possible, the distance could be three times. Everything embedded in this almost infinitely flat scenery.

Should the full charm develop for yachtsmen, it must be summer, the reed belts wave in the wind, the black-colored must stand on her full pastures. Then it seems as if a few white sails went in the distance directly by green meadows. Then this is Friesland to which the label “aquatic sport paradise” sticks on it like a burdock. And this, although the sober-minded Frisians do not incline to overstatements. Probably, they hold their flat land and their own language in honour and they love the water above all.

What puts out the charm of every sailing trip through Friesland? Well, here you can always choose between calmness and turbulences. You can anchor in a lonesome pool to enjoy silence and nature or you stay in an ultramodern guest's harbour and visit a disco at night.

Who does want, this Friesland, not the Ijsselmeer harbours, nor the Watteninseln, should have the right boat. To 1.20 meters of draft nearly everything goes. From 1.40 meters it becomes difficult. Desperately you can barely get stuck in the alluvial mud. You also shouldn’t shrink back for the serval ingots which have formed in the crossing of canals in seas, but rather take an warm-up.

Therefore, for the first sailing trip you should look for free and deeper water. Our first starting point should be Heeg. Here there is a brand-new harbour directly by the Heeger sea, in addition seven further Marinas. And there is “De Eendracht” near the village with its own harbour bar and good infrastructure. Generally you will find in Heeg all kind of service around the boat. And with "Jonas in de Walvis" the village has begun to offer - still carefully - high ambience in the rather substantial friesian kitchen scenery.

The entry to the free water is Heegs rushing success. The Heeger sea in front, to the southwest passing over in the Fluessen and from there you can sail undisturebed to the Oorden, until the first bridge is reached in Koudum. There near the aquatic sport center "De Kuilaart" on the aquatic terrace you can find a little place for yourself and eat a few croquettes or french fries special completely after Dutch lunch manner. Who still rasps in his bridge tactics, gets the nicest observation lessons for free: the bridge of Galamadammen is turned untiringly, because here the waterway is a part of the "highway" from and to Stavoren into the IJsselmeer.

However, we turn the bow back in the direction of Fluessen and Heeger sea where you quietly can leave the fairway for a few blows and where Elahuizen with its nice "Kroegje" is worth for an excursion.

Above all, it is the narrow and sociable boat activity. One greets each other on water of Friesland. And believe me, therefore you have a lot to do on Groote Gaastmeer and Zandmeer.

Who searches for night loneliness and absolute calmness dream-anchor bays, you will find it here. There is only one thing you should never make on such spaces, like everywhere in Friesland: be carefully, don’t go with the bow of your boat into the reed. The precious reed belts recover only slowly.

Another dream-anchor bay is completely on on other side of the Heeger sea (direction Sneek) - the Goingarijp. With a thick ship you should not get lost there, but who dares by the narrow, mostly open sluice, you find yourself suddenly in the deepest friesian idyl and even bump into a place of interest: one of the rare belfry, with which one managed one day, if the money was not enough for a steeple. This belfry gave his name to the restaurant "De Klokkestoel", which I can recommend not only because of its seaview.

  • Last visit to Provincie Friesland: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • rickyvilla81's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2005 at 2:36 PM

    I want to go to Friesland, and learn some Frisian. Looks pretty peaceful!

  • MURRA's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2004 at 10:58 AM

    interesting perspective north holland happy birthday

  • FOotFetish's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2004 at 8:03 AM

    NIce little pages of Province Friesland..sounds like the Fries..land of Fries (from McDonald's) kidding*

  • KaiM's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2003 at 1:32 AM

    Good page! You´re right a walk in the Watt is fun. Kai

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2003 at 11:59 AM

    Ja, ich schame mich schon, Sandra. Friesland ist der einzige unsere 12 Provinzen die ich noch nieh betreten habe )-: Und du hasst gerade davon ein grossartige Seite gemacht. Grus aus Arnhem, Paul(chen)

  • Nov 12, 2003 at 12:12 PM

    Nice tips. I need to explorer this region a bit more deeper.

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2003 at 9:59 PM

    Great introduction. A Walk on the seabed would be great... lots to see. Interesting little villages to visit.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2003 at 11:35 PM

    diese friesischen Kuehe gibts hier auch...very nice page with good tips. thanx for sharing

  • AnnaWb's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2003 at 12:37 AM

    Great, you went sailing there!!! Need to do it some day. Pictures describe it best!!!

  • zeeshanrahat's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2003 at 8:34 AM

    Hey Good Job


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