Photos of the Frisian Wadden Islands, the Netherlands

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The Frisian Wadden Islands

The "Waddeneilanden", the islands off the Frisian coast, provide wide panoramas of beaches, sand dunes, valleys and forests. These islands are ideal for walking and cycling. There are picturesque villages, holiday homes and camp sites. The Waddenzee, the sea separating the islands from the mainland, has been declared a nature reserve. The two western islands, Vlieland and Terschelling, are accessible from the port city of Harlingen by daily ferries while the two eastern islands, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog, are accessible by ferry from resp. Holwerd and Lauwersoog.

Beach on Vlieland
Vacation homes, Vlieland
Restaurant, Vlieland
Dorpsstraat,  Oost-Vlieland
Shops, Oost-Vlieland
Sailing from Vlieland
View to West-Terschelling
Heather on Terschelling
Beach at Midsland
Midsland aan Zee
View to Formerumerbos
View to Midsland village
Dunes on Terschelling
Near Oosterend
Village of Oosterend
Café on Terschelling
Boschplaat beach
Boys of Terschelling
View on Terschelling
Dunes of Terschelling
Duinmeertje van Hee
Beach at Paal 8
“Het Witte Huuske”
Midsland church
Oosterburen, Midsland
In West-Terschelling
Leaving West-Terschelling
Accompanying the ferry
House in Ameland
Church of Nes
Cycling on Ameland
The Oerderduinen
Viewpoint, Ameland
De Hon, Ameland
Harpoon in Hollum
House in Hollum
Village of Hollum
Skateboarding, Nes
Boys from Ameland
 Willemshof, Schiermonnikoog
Homes, Schiermonnikoog
Old house, Schiermonnikoog
View to the village
Schiermonnikoog beach
Harbour, Schiermonnikoog

Vlieland (Flylân), the westernmost of the Frisian Waddeneilanden, is 12 kilometres long and on average 2 kilometres wide and cars are forbidden here. There are forests, protected bird nesting places and marked hiking paths. The only village is Oost-Vlieland, as the name indicates, is on the eastern point of the island, with picturesque 17th century houses.

Terschelling (Skylge in Frisian, but on the island itself "Schylge") is just to the east of Vlieland; it was ceded to Holland in 1615, and returned to Friesland in 1942. It is the largest of the Frisian Waddeneilanden (Wadden Islands), 19 kilometres long and on average 5 kilometres wide and very popular with holiday makers. The whole northern coast consists of a very wide sandy beach. There are forests, dune valleys and vast reed covered plains. There are many walking, cycling and equestrian riding paths. The Landerumerheide and Koegelwieck are beautiful nature reserves with dunes covered in heather. There are four villages: West-Terschelling, where the ferry docks, Hoorn, with its 13th century church, Midsland with its old houses that belonged to whaling captains and Oosterend in the east; beyond that is the Boschplaat, a lonely expanse of forested dunes.

Ameland (It Amelân), is a little over 15 kilometres long and has an area of 60 kilometres². The northern coast has dunes and lengthy beaches. The dunes are mostly easily accessible, except the protected nature area "Het Oerd" that occupies most of the east of the island and has a large colony of seagulls. In the three villages of Hollum, Ballum and Nes (where the ferry docks) can be seen the houses that belonged to whaling captains and in Nes is a museum that highlights the nature around Ameland.

Schiermonnikoog (Skiermûntseach) is the easternmost and smallest of the Frisian islands, only 10 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide. Its name derives from the "Schier" or grey-robed monks who used to live in a monastery here. No cars are allowed on the island. The island has large fir tree groves and, especially in the east, vast sandy beaches that are still expanding under the influence of sea and wind. Most of the island is a wildlife reserve and a haven for many species of birds: gulls, terns and ducks, among many others. During the time when the birds incubate their eggs, these areas are closed to the public.