Holidaymakers looking for a fun packed island vacation in Northern Europe should pay a visit to Ameland Island. This wonderful place is located off the north coast of Holland and has many things for holidaymakers to see and do. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments and B&Bs.
Ameland Island has a beach making it a pleasant spot for sunbathing and taking a swim in the North Sea. Some watersports are popular off the island such as windsurfing and sailing. There are some very scenic areas for hikers and cyclists to explore on the island including the beaches, dunes and woods. Golf fans will be pleased to know there is a nine-hole course on Ameland Island, while visitors can also try fishing, tennis, roller blading and mountain biking here. There are a few bars, cafes and restaurants with a variety of dining options including local dishes and some international cuisine too. Several stores are open for self catering holidaymakers to purchase food and drink as well as gifts and souvenirs.
For a relatively small island there is a surprising amount for visitors to see here. On the west coast at Hollum is the lighthouse, which visitors can climb and get a great view from the platform just below the light. Holidaymakers may like to visit the two museums located in Hollum, which are the Sorgdrager museum and the Abraham Fock rescue museum. Another museum is located in the main village of the island, Nes. Guided tours of the island are available where visitors learn more about the animals, plant life and dunes on the island. Nature lovers should visit Hon, het Oerd and the Lange Duinen.
The warmest time of the year in this part of Holland is July and August when the average high temperature is 21 degrees centigrade. Winters are cold with January and February averaging just a high of 6 degrees centigrade and a low of 1 degree. October is usually the wettest month of the year with an average of 100mm rainfall, but rain can fall any time of the year.
Holidaymakers can fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). Flights arrive in Amsterdam from many international cities via various airlines including the largest one based here, KLM. Those cities include Athens (ATH), Beijing-Capital (PEK), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Geneva (GVA), Lisbon (LIS), London-Heathrow (LHW), Madrid (MAD), Moscow-Sheremetyevo (SVO), New York (JFK), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO), Tokyo-Narita (NRT), Toronto-Pearson (YYZ), Vienna (VIE) and Washington-Dulles (IAD) amongst many others. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National Car Rental and Sixt are the car hire firms located at Schiphol Plaza behind the arrivals halls. From the airport holidaymakers will need to take a journey to Holwerd, which takes approximately two hours by car. From Holwerd a ferry service takes passengers to Ameland, which in turn takes about 45 minutes.