There is little doubt about the most remote place in the Netherlands. That is Horsbornzand, located East of the island of Rottumeroog at the shore of the Oude Westereems. Huge sea ships are passing quite near you. With good visibility, the contours of Rottumeroog can be seen and the German Wadden Sea island of Borkum looms up to the east. This makes you feel like a small dot in an immense environment.
Horsbornzand is a protected breeding area and access is prohibited between 15 May and 1 September. The Vrije Wadlopers offers this unique trip outside the breeding season.
The hiking tour starts at the Emmapolder, at the same spot as the tour to Rottumeroog. Similarly to the trip to Rottumeroog, the first hour of the tour goes through muddy terrain. By-passing land reclamation areas, we arrive at a tidal creek called Zuidoost Lauwers after a bit more than an hour. Another two hours and 10 kilometers further, we arrive at Horsbornzand, a beautiful elongated sandbar full of shells. If the tide is OK and we feel OK as well, the tour can be extended further to the most Northerly part of the Netherlands. Full of impressions, we can choose to hike back on the same route or make an extra loop through alternate, barely visited terrain Southeast of Horsbornzand.
This is a trip for sports enthusiasts. A good pace must be maintained on this more than five-hour trip.
• Departure point: Emmaweg 64a, 9981 VC Uithuizen (Emmapolder). The Emmaweg is reached by taking the Lauwersweg from Uithuizen.
• Distance: 20 km (can be extended with an extra loop of up to 23 km)
• Duration: 5 - 5½ hours
• Level of effort: Heavy
• Price per person € 12.50
Dates and times
Saturday september 15 at 06.30
Tours by appointment for at least 6 participants: date and time after consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org .