Best nature trips trails in Friesland, Netherlands

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Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Friesland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of nature trips trails in Friesland, Netherlands
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#1 - Appelscha - Aekingerzand
Drents-Friese Wold National Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
This trail takes you from the center of Appelscha through the beginning of the Drents-Friese Wold National Park. The route largely runs over the Aekingerzand, a vast area with sand drifts.Show more
#2 - Bolswardertrekvaart via Hoptille and Huns
Hilaard, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
From Hoptille, walk along the Bolswardertrekvaart to Huns and back to Hoptille. The Bolswaardertrekvaart is a 22 kilometer long canal which was built in 1638. Nice walk through the Frisian countryside.Show more
#3 - Ameland
Ballum, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 24.6 mi • Est. 10 h 10 m
Ameland as one of the Wadden Islands is known for its tranquility and nature. According to some the island is bare, others can enjoy the extensive dunes with distant views and the birds as the only air traffic. The villages on the island are intimate and old. Characteristic of Ameland is the lighthouse, which you can see from almost every point on the island. Wagenborg organizes the ferry service to Ameland: https://www.wpd.nl/ameland/Show more
#4 - De Alde Feanen Circulaire
De Alde Feanen National Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 12 m
Note: The ferry does not run during the winter season, so you must take a detour at the waypoints on the map. The Alde Feanen is a contiguous low peat bog complex with a total surface area of around 2500 hectares, of which more than 1500 hectares are owned and managed by It Fryske Gea. The area consists mainly of lakes, peat lakes, petholes, reed lands, scarce lands, roughlands, thickets and swamp forests. There are also trilvenes, peat moss cane lands, blue grass lands and dotterland haylands. The latter types of landscape are rare from a national perspective and are threatened in their survival. Low peat bogs are counted among the richest and most varied nature reserves in North-West Europe. The variety of species of plants and animals is particularly large, as is also the case in De Alde Feanen. There are about 450 different plant species in De Alde Feanen. That is more than half of all plant species occurring in Fryslân. Due to its location and variation, De Alde Feanen is enormously important for water, marsh and meadow birds. Many birds breed in the summer half year. More than 100 species have been observed so far. The wet area is an indispensable stopping place for numerous migrants and winter guests. Characteristic of De Alde Feanen are the wide ponds and the intimate waterways and passages. Almost all waters bear witness to the past dyeing activities; in some watercourses you can still recognize the situation prior to painting. The face of De Alde Feanen is largely determined by reed land. Most are mowed annually.Show more
#5 - Delleboersterheide - Diakonievene
Nijeberkoop, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
A varied trail through mixed forests and over heathland. Beautiful views, little lakes, animals (cows, horses, foxes) and many birds. The route is completely unpaved.Show more
#6 - Bakkeveense Duinen Green Trail
Bakkeveen, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
This trail follows the green markings through the Bakkeveense Duinen and nature reserve 't Mandefjild. A varied route through dunes, heaths and forests, with here and there a small fen.Show more
#7 - Second World War Trail
Schiermonnikoog National Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
Although the island Schiermonnikoog always looks peaceful, that was not always the case. During the Second World War, the Germans occupied the island. They built several bunkers on Schiermonnikoog. This route takes you past the memorial sites on the island that commemorate the war, the Bunkermuseum Schlei, housed in a bunker, and the Wassermann.Show more
#8 - Vlieland Loop
Vlieland, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 18.9 mi • Est. 7 h 58 m
The group of islands on the north coast of the Netherlands are called the Wadden Islands, and Vlieland is the smallest of the lot. Still, you can find nearly any Dutch landscape mingled together on this tiny island: forst, heath, dune, wad, sea and the tiny old village. Vlieland is perfect for a day or two of hiking or cycling all around the island. To get to the island you can take the boat from Harlingen, which takes around 1,5 hour. There’s several campgrounds and hotels on the island if you wish to stay the night. IF you need more information about Vlieland or the boat there, check out: https://vlieland.net/enShow more
#9 - Beetsterzwaag - Olterterp - Wite Mar
Beetsterzwaag, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
Stroll through the Frisian Woods and the peaceful forests around Beetsterzwaag and Olterterp. The walk takes you along the lake Wite Mar, where many aquatic animals live.Show more
#10 - Lemmer - Mirns
Southwest Fryslân National Landscape
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 6 h 37 m
Start this trail in the old harbor town of Lemmer. Some houses and harbor parts date from the Middle Ages. Lemmer's fleet consists of almost 150 ships, so a good port is necessary. After picturesque Lemmer, the path runs along the coast of the IJsselmeer. First you pass the Ir. Wouda pumping station, one of the most famous pumping stations that keeps the Frisian country dry. In Gaasterland you can see the highest hills of Friesland, with 12.7 meters. During the goose breeding season you are not allowed to get too close to the coast. You walk through a number of forests to Mirns.Show more
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