On board with the Den Oever's fishers
Interested in a sailing adventure around the Wadden Sea? Climb aboard a fishing boat. For example, you can set sail from the old fishing port of Den Oever with a crew of experienced fishers. They know every stream, sandbank and movement of the water and they can show you what lives above and below the water. A nice opportunity to get some fresh air and enjoy all of the beauty that the Wadden Sea has to offer.
April - October
Set sail with the Guild of Wad Fishers
Den Oever is a traditional fishing village right before the Afsluitdijk. This point in Noord-Holland is a paradise for nature lovers. You can go wadlopen or mudflat walking, biking, hiking and bird watching. The observation tower in the harbour offers a magnificent view of the flats and the Afsluitdijk. The harbour is also where the fishing boats belonging to the Waddengildevissers ('Guild of Wad Fishers') are moored. These experienced fishers can take you on an unforgettable tour of the sea. Using a trawl net, they bring up the sea's hidden bounty, from squirming crabs to glassy prawns. There is so much for you to see. This includes above the water, where you will observe dozens of birds and maybe even seals, too. By the time you return to the harbour you will undoubtedly be craving some fresh fried fish.
The forest is calling you
Prefer to sleep on solid ground? Pitch your tent at camping site Het Bos Roept ('The Forest is Calling'). It is a delightful, scenic and surprising eco-campsite nearby Den Oever. Fish used to swim here; today it is a forest where you can walk around and where hiking tents are secured using pegs. The truly hardy are welcome to camp here in winter, too.
Wieringen: an island on dry land
Den Oever is situated on the former island of Wieringen. In the 20th century, the land surrounding Wieringen was impoldered or drained, and the island was left high and dry. The contours of the island with its high boulder clay mounds are still visible. The best way to discover the historic villages and enjoy the impressive views is by walking across the flats or going biking.