Morning mood on the salt flats
Whether you are a morning person or not, this experience is well worth getting up early. Setting out at dawn means you really get to experience the beauty of the Wadden Sea. With birdsong, the bubbling of water and a chorus of other natural sounds in the background, the guide will take you on an exploration of the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to the peaceful soundtrack, the light is stunning this time of day so the creatures that live in and around the salt flats are even more photogenic than usual. You will be walking across the bottom of the sea, starting at the Wadden island of Texel. Here you will find traces of countless shellfish, worms, and other invertebrates that live most of their lives beneath the sand. The salt flats represent a veritable feast for birds so don’t forget to look up every once in a while. You’ll need a cardigan and solid hiking boots to get the most out of a Wadden hiking tour.
Wadden Sea, World Heritage Site
The Wadden Sea area runs from the Dutch Den Helder along the German coast up to Esbjerg in Denmark. Here, a chain of islands forms a natural buffer between the North and Wadden Seas. Together with centuries-old dikes, artificial mounds and hillocks and the regular ‘drying up’ of sand flats have given rise to an impressive cultured landscape beneath an intensely dark sky. It is the darkest sky in the Netherlands. The Wadden Sea area lets you empty your head of thoughts and then fill it back up with the myriad impressions you will experience in the northern Netherlands.