Mud Flat Walks

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Mud Flat Walks

Do you enjoy adventure? Then you’ll love mudflat hiking. Walk across the sea floor to the Wadden islands.

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From the northern provinces of Friesland, Groningen and North Holland, it is possible to go mudflat hiking to various Wadden islands such as Ameland, Schiermonnikoog, Rottumerplaat, Terschelling and Texel.

  • A unique way to discover the Wadden Sea: walk from the mainland to one of the islands.
  • Choose a mudflat hike of your level and book a guided hike.
  • Mudflat hiking is possible all year round.

The Wadden Sea has been declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO since 2010. There is a very special way to enjoy this marvelous nature reserve. Arrange a mudflat walk and you can explore the tidal flats, wetlands and biological diversity by foot. Professional guides will take you for a wander around the flats, or even escort you to one of the Wadden Islands. There are various walks to choose from: beginners, advanced and expert.

Beginners

For a first introduction to mud walking, a ramble across the mud flats is the most suitable option. The various mud walk organizations offer trips which take approx. 3 to 3.5 hours. During these walks will take you across mud flats, salt and tidal marshes, sandbanks, gullies and point out the various plants, birds and fish. And if you are lucky you might even spot some seals.

Advanced

Advanced walkers can choose from various crossings, ending on an island or on a sandbank.

Engelsmanplaat: This is a sandbank between Ameland and Schiermonnik. This interesting walk is not too strenuous. Duration approx. 4 hours.
Rottumeroog: A small uninhabited island and national park. We recommend you take warm clothes on this trip. The return trip is by boat. The total duration of the trip is approx. 8 hours (4 hours walking and 4 hours on the boat).
Simonszand: A sandbank between Schiermonnikoog and Rottumerplaat. This trip takes you to a part of the Wadden area which is practically undisturbed, accounting for a large variety of birds. Seals are quite a common sight here as well. The return trip is by boat. The tour takes approx. 8 hours (4 hours walking and 4 hours on the boat).

Experts

Ameland: A beautiful walk on a varied mud flat, however, in inclement weather this trip is more strenuous than the other ones. The return trip is by ferry. The trip takes approx. 3.5 hours.
Schiermonnikoog: This is the longest walk, approx. 20 kilometers.

Editors’ tip: Make sure you are well prepared to go mudflat hiking and read our tips!

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