Cycling around Lauwersmeer


"Vast rugged grasslands, overgrown sand and clay slabs and a huge surface with shallow water."

The landscape

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.

Bike with us

Route map

Start and finish near junction 89 on the Strandweg in Zoutkamp, the total distance of the route is approx. 48 km. However, this bicycle route is a round trip, so that offers you the ability to start at any desired junction.

Bicycle junctions
89 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 5 - 73 - 4 - 45 - 46 - 13 - 50 - 83 - 85 - 84 - 88 - 90 - 89

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Interactive overview map