Glamping Friesland

Glamping Friesland

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Glamping Friesland

Do you dream of a night under the stars, a peaceful morning with nature surrounding you, a day filled with the undisturbed sounds of birds and wild animals? Then you have probably considered camping for a while. However, if you, just like us, find the lack of basic amenities rather disturbing sometimes, then wonder no more, because we have a solution. This type of accommodation is known as glamping – glamorous camping. When you go on a glamping trip, you will experience serene nature at its best, while enjoying all the comfort of a hotel or a luxurious house.

One of our most favorite locations for glamping is the province of Friesland in the Netherlands. This province is located at the northern part of the country and is the only province throughout it to have its own official language – West Frisian. In Friesland you will find not one, but 4 national parks, as well as a UNESCO WORLD Heritage Site – the Wadden Sea area.

Natural resources in Friesland

A heavenly place in terms of nature, Friesland has a lot to offer to nature enthusiasts like yourself. We could spend a whole day telling you about the parks, rivers, meadows, etc., however here is a summary: The Wadden Sea, one of the most famous natural sights in the Netherlands, is an intertidal zone of the North Sea. It is a combination of tidal flats and wetlands and an important area for the biological diversity, especially of birds. The unique biological area created here, has become a breeding ground for numerous species – plants, shells, and even a few types of seals and porpoises.

The Alde Feanen National Park, also a nature 2000 area, is covered in meadows, forests, lakes and more than 100 bird species, as well as a favorite place for storks to build their nests. In the park, you will also find almost 500 different plant species, as well as the Shetland ponies (you can even pet them on some spots).

Schiermonnikoog national park is in fact located on one of the 14 West Frisial Island on the edge of the North Sea and part of the famous UNESCO Heritage Site – Wadden Sea. What is interesting about this location is that Schiermonnikoog was in fact the first Dutch national park. There is only one town on this island, which is practically car-free, as most residents prefer not to use a motor vehicle for their daily commutes. To get to this island, there is a regular ferry line, but you could also go by yourself in a smaller vessel. On the island, make sure to bring your bike with you, or rent one, because the whole area is crossed by numerous bike paths and cycling is the best (and also very healthy) way to experience this national park.

Another national park is the Drents-Friese Wold – a region with history dating from the Stone age. Here you will find beautiful forests in a unique natural combination with heath lands and drift-sands.

Last but not least, is the Lauwersmeer national park, consisting of a lake of the same name and its surrounding landscape. This park is jointly managed by the Friesland and the Groningen province municipalities. The lake itself is in fact an estuary for the river Lauwers flowing into the Wadden Sea. In this park you may find more than 100 bird species and even watch them breed in the forests, grasslands, or even in the water. The area is also home to the hibernating geese and a favorite place during spring and autumn for those who want to watch the bird migration from Iceland.

Activities

In the Alde Feanen National Park, start at the visitor center in order to pinpoint locations you wish to visit along the route and get the most information about the area. The park offers possibilities for walking, hiking and cycling. For hikers, grab a map from the visitor center for the Wikelslan Walk – a 3 or 5-kilometer route to enjoy the best views by foot. Undoubtedly, the best way to experience this park is by boat – there are numerous options – tour boats, local sailors with a skitsje (traditional boat for the region).

In the Drents-Friese Wold national park, take a bike across the relatively flat area and enjoy around 50 kilometers of cycling routes and cross the colorful landscape of forests, fens and sand-drifts. On top of that, and if you prefer a slower way to enjoy nature – there are more than 130 kilometers of walking routes. Take a map from the visitor center and choose among 30 routes! If you choose to take one of the two nature trails, along the way you will come across many information boards and learn about the flora and fauna, as well as history, of the park.

The Lauwersmeer national park has also been proclaimed as an official Dark Sky Park since 2016. Due to its location, the natural darkness here is preserved, therefore making it the perfect place for spotting nocturnal animals or stargazing. In clear weather nights, you can clearly see the Milky Way and during summer, you can always see a light on the horizon – to the north where the sun doesn’t set at all.

If you or your kids enjoy learning about animals, there are two places to do this in Friesland. The AquaZoo lets visitors learn a lot about aquatic animals while enjoying their company – polar bears, otters, sea lions and everyone’s favorite – penguins. In the Frisian Nature Museum on the other hand, you will learn mostly about the local flora and fauna, and there are also interactive tours for children.

When to visit

Having in mind the specific characteristics of Dutch weather, planning well for this trip is important. Any part of the Friesland province is known for its significant numbers of rainfall, so having an umbrella or a raincoat at all times is your best strategy. Best time to visit in order to enjoy all the activities we kindly presented to you, would be anywhere between spring and autumn. Temperatures during this time are moderate – from 20 to 30° C.