Walking on the mudflats
Discover the breathtaking natural spectacle of mudflat hiking
Are you ready for a unique adventure that brings you closer to nature? Then come along on one of our unforgettable mudflat walks! Wadlopen is an extraordinary experience where you get the chance to explore the beautiful Wadden Sea, one of the most spectacular and dynamic natural areas in the Netherlands and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Twice a day during low tide, the bottom of the Wadden Sea comes dry for a few hours, allowing you to walk there safely and reasonably dry. When it is low tide varies from day to day. Therefore, tidal excursions always take place at different times.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A mudflat walk is a great but also physically challenging way to get away from the daily routine and enjoy the peace and beauty of nature.
Do you like to walk in small groups? Then you’ve come to the right place. During our mudflat trips, we take you in a group of 6 up to 12 people on a voyage of discovery through the special world of mudflats, gullies and sandbanks. You surrender to the elements. Occasionally the water reaches your waist and sometimes you sink to your knees in the mud but mostly you walk through the water up to your ankles. Arie, our experienced and certified mudflat walking guide will tell you all about this unique ecosystem along the way and André will provide translation into English or German where necessary. this amakes the trip accessible to those who don’t speak any Dutch.
After the trip, you can rinse yourself off at a water point and put on dry clothes. Of course, you can return by boat the same day. No need for a ticket, your return trip is paid for. But the crossing can also be perfectly combined with an overnight stay on the island, after which you only take the boat back to the mainland the next day.
We offer different routes, depending on the date the crossing goes to Ameland or to Schiermonnikoog. Whichever trip you walk, we promise you a challenging adventure full of fun, wonder and new discoveries.
So put on your sneakers, brace yourself and get ready for an unforgettable mudflat walking experience! Contact me today to reserve your spot and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of mudflat walking. We look forward to exploring the Wadden Sea with you!
Wading is very rewarding and our mudflat trips are suitable for both beginners and experienced mudflat walkers. But as it can be a physically quite challenging activity, it requires a good level of fitness. If you are dealing with obesity or joint problems, the guide unfortunately cannot take you. Walking through the sucking mud and wading through water channels can be very tiring. It is therefore important that you are really in good shape and able to walk for several hours at a time in tough conditions. There is no opportunity to sit down and take a good rest along the way, the rising water does not wait.
WHAT TO BRING
To make the trek a successful experience, you will of course always follow the guide’s instructions. Not only good fitness is important but also bringing the right clothes and day luggage.
Wear clothes that are allowed to get dirty. Because you have to wade through gullies, you can get cold faster.
A wind and waterproof jacket is mandatory, as well as layered clothing, such as a shirt, t-shirt, sweatshirt. Furthermore, shorts and a cap against the sun.
Wear high shoes that do not fall out or sag, even if you have to pull your feet out of the mud. Think high basketball shoes that close above your ankles (All Stars or other brands) or scuba diving shoes. Surf shoes are not suitable. Choose shoes that you won’t be economical with and make sure they can take a beating, that you won’t lose a sole in no time, for example. Walking without shoe soles is not possible with all the sharp shell edges, the guide will not take you.
Backpack with easy-to-eat and drinkable provisions for the road.
Dry clothes and shoes, waterproof packed.
Be careful with cameras and mobiles, make sure they are waterproofed.
Rubbish bag for your dirty clothes.
If staying overnight: an extra set of clothes, toiletries (small, light hotel pack) and possibly swimwear for a beach day.
Interested? Contact us for new dates
Mudflat walk to Ameland. Meeting point for departure at the harbour of Holwerd at 4.45am. Departure 5am. Distance: 15 kilometres. Duration of trip: over 4 hours. An early morning trip, but still having the opportunity to enjoy the island all day, even if you only want to stay one day. We hire a bike for you in advance. This tour is an open group, for up to 12 people. You can sign up with your own group but also walk in the company of people you don’t know yet.
Parking is available at the assembly point. The location is difficult to reach by public transport at the departure time. It is recommended to stay overnight in the area, for example in Holwerd. Transport to Holwerd is not included in the programme.
Sometimes bad weather conditions or high tides prevent the trip from going ahead as planned. In that case, you will cross over by boat with the guide and make a trip around the island on the mud flats to still give you this unforgettable mudflat walking experience. Occasionally, this is also not possible and the trip will have to be cancelled. You will be informed about this the day before the trip.
Tidal walk in small group with Arie, our guide and André as facilitator, providing translation into English or German where necessary: €70,00 including bike hire, place to rinse off and change clothes, and return trip by ferry.
It is possible to stay overnight on the island. There are all kinds of options for this, from group accommodation to hotels. You can arrange this yourself and the costs are at your own expense.
You can sign up via the contact form on the site. Please include the following details in the mail: Name, address, postal code and city, telephone number, emergency phone number, e-mail address.
After your registration, we will contact you. Your registration is not valid until we have received the amount on our account. As a participant, we ask you to complete, sign and send us an Own Risk Declaration in advance.
- If you unsubsribe, a € 10,00 administration fee will be charged
- If you cancel within 24 hours before the trip, you will be charged the full amount.
One of our staff will contact you by phone the evening before the trip. If the tour is cancelled by the guide, the booking fee will be refunded. If the crossing is replaced by a mudflat walk from the island, no money will be refunded.