Former islands in the polder
Distance: 40 km
Fishing village of Urk. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com
This route takes you through the Noordoostpolder, land that until 1942 was the bottom of the Zuiderzee. Find out how the so-called 'new land' was developed and see what remains of the past. Highlights of this route are the former islands of Urk and Schokland.
From the historic centre of Urk, you cycle through the 'new land' to the utopia village of Nagele, built by leading Dutch architects in the 1950s. The route continues through open polder land to the former island of Schokland - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this small mound surrounded by flat green polders it's not hard to imagine the green waving reeds were once blue roaring waves... Cycling back to Urk along the dyke, you get great views of the town of Lelystad across the water.
Urk Cycle Route
|Distance:||40 km (2h40)|
|Type of route:||Day trip, round trip|
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Ferry Enkhuizen - Urk
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