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Wadden Sea & Schier Island
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5 days
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Wadden Sea & Schier Island
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Wadden Sea & Schier Island


Bike Tour: Wadden Sea & Schier Island - 5 days

In north Groningen Province, Pieterburen sits perched on the seawall surrounded by the UNESCO Wadden Sea heritage site known for its seal centre and the Pieterpad trailhead. Sink into peaceful space in the Hogeland, gawk at grand views of huge potato fields and rows of clay, with the eternal green seawall on the horizon. Do some beach bird-watching at the edge of Lauwersmeer National Park and take a boat over to the car-free island of Schiermonnikoog. Here, a completely different world awaits: dunes carpeted in beach grass, rustling pine groves and the immense North Sea beach. Plan your visit well as there’s a lot to see. A welcoming village, lighthouses, Westerplas spoonbills, beach pavilions, the Berkenplas and more! 

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Day 1: Arrival Pieterburen
Day 2: Pieterburen - Schiermonnikoog
Day 3: Schiermonnikoog Roundtrip
Day 4: Schiermonnikoog - Pieterburen
Day 5: Departure

Day 1:    Arrival Pieterburen

Arrive in Pieterburen and settle in at your accommodation. Then jump right in with a visit to the seal centre or bike to Noordpolderzijl, the Netherlands’ smallest seaport and a favourite with the locals. Get your first taste of Groningen at dinner in the village and stroll to the seawall to admire the ever-changing mudflats. 

Day 2:    Pieterburen - Schiermonnikoog

Wake up to the beauty of North Groningen where flat landscapes stretch out toward the Wadden, interrupted occasionally by scattered mound villages in the Wierden. Today’s short ride explores hamlets like Broek and the aptly named Kleine Huisjes while the brightly coloured Hornhuizen steeple juts up over trees in the distance. Glide along on a ‘sleepy’ section then move into the wide open Westpolder with views of the Zeedijk. Roll along the outer dike, breathe in the aroma of salt marshes and make it to Lauwersoog by 12:30 for the boat to Schiermonnikoog. 

We always try to book our standard hotel for the regular rate. However, due to the popularity of Schiermonnikoog, we may have to change to another, more expensive hotel on the island. This will be done in consultation. We therefore recommend booking early to avoid price increases.

Day 3:    Schiermonnikoog Roundtrip
24 km

Hear the seagulls’ call and take in the salty island air, with the Wad to one side and the North Sea beach to the other. The grey-green beach grass stretches out as far as the eye can see, broken briefly by a white or red lighthouse on the horizon. One sole tiny village can be reached only by bike and it will be a challenge to make up your mind, with much to do and so little time! Take a saltwater dip, stop for lunch at Paviljoen Paal 3, hit the beach for seal-spotting on the Balg, paddle in the Berkenplas, see the sun sink into the sea over dinner or browse at boutiques in the village. Still not tired out? ‘De Tox’ Bar stays open until late. Or curl up with a good book and rest up for tomorrow. 

Day 4:    Schiermonnikoog - Pieterburen
52 km

Take the morning boat back to shore and follow the lock system on a jaunt into the neighbouring province. Roll along with the open Lauwersmeer to your left, lush green meadows to your right and Scottish highland and Konik horses ahead. Then suddenly it’s all water, boats and white sails and you find yourself in Friesland! Lauwersmeer National Park leads to Zoutkamp Harbour, the Tea Factory in Houwerzijl and Verhildersum Borg in Leens. Back in Pieterburen, you’ll be grateful for a comfy bed and well-deserved rest! 

Day 5:    Departure

Oh no, time to go? Was your visit beautiful yet too brief? If you have time, extend your stay with a tour of the Hogeland via Borgen and Wierden.


Start on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday possible.

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 440.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Surcharge per person
Stay in Pieterburen on Friday 10.00
Stay in Pieterburen on Saturday 10.00
Rental bike
Child bike 44.00
Hybrid 52.00
E-bike 108.00
Extra services
Child seat € 5.00 x 4 20.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 4 12.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 4 24.00
Tag-along bike € 6.00 x 4 24.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 4 70.00
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
SGR per piece 5.00
Pieterburen - Gastenverblijf Waddenhoes
Pieterburen - Hotel Waddengenot ***
Schiermonnikoog - Hotel van der Werff ***
Practical info

4 overnights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included

Detailed roadbook with maps and tourist information

Rental bikes are available

7-day service hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel

CS Winsum

Parking available at the hotel

GPS tracks available

Ferry Schiermonnikoog included

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