In the Lauwersmeer area, the sea used to have free rein. However, the open connection with the Wadden Sea regularly caused flooding. The estuary was closed and the salty sea became a sweet water lake. The lake turned slowly into a rugged wilderness. And in return the wilderness offers peace and tranquility for humans and animals. This is how the Lauwersmeer National Park was created within fifty years. A true bird paradise with a great variety of landscapes. Vast grasslands and swaying reed beds. Sheltered deciduous forests and overgrown sandbanks. A huge area of shallow water under a clean horizon. And at night the area transforms into one of the darkest places in the Netherlands.