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Sailing on the Frisian lakes

The Frisian lakes are situated in the province of Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands. They were created by the removal of layers of peat, peat fires, peat extraction, drainage for the purposes of agriculture and the closure of an arm of the sea. The lakes are interconnected by means of canals of various sizes, giving rise to an expansive sailing area and making it easy to sail from one lake to another. From the water you’ll have a fantastic view of the varied landscape and you’ll be treated to some unique vistas.

Discover a different city around the Frisian lakes each and every day

Nature, art, culture. Friesland has plenty to offer. Lonely Planet even ranked the province as number three in its top ten ‘Best in Europe’ places for 2018. During your sailing trip you’ll be able to visit a different Frisian town every evening. There are plenty of historic cities lining the water. These include Sneek, one of Friesland’s eleven cities, with its magnificent historic centre. It’s also famous for Sneekweek, the largest sailing event on inland waters. But you could also moor in the city centre of Leeuwarden, European City of Culture 2018. A variety of events are being staged, a visit to the Museum of Friesland is definitely worth the effort, and there are plenty of cafés and restaurants in the old city centre.  

Stop off for a swim in the countryside en route

The Frisian lakes also have a lot of berths available out in the countryside, such as at Konijneneiland in Lake Fluessen. You can moor at this uninhabited island for a swim or a quick kickabout with the football. But you could also spend the night in these berths. That way, you’ll experience Friesland at its best, and find peace and quiet surrounded by nature.

NAUPAR: a suitable ship for everyone

NAUPAR has the largest fleet of ships affiliated with HISWA. Whether you’re looking for a sporty sailing trip or would prefer to relax or go for something a little more luxurious, we’ll find the right vessel to suit your needs. With in excess of 16 different harbours from which we set sail, there will always be a harbour near you. Whatever your choice, with NAUPAR you can rest assured that you’ll have an unforgettable trip.