Holidaymakers looking for a fun packed island vacation in Northern Europe should pay a visit to Schiermonnikoog 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, B&Bs and a campground.
Schiermonnikoog Island has a delightful sandy beach making it a pleasant spot for sunbathing and taking a swim in the North Sea. The only way to get around on the island is by walking, horse riding or cycling and there are some very scenic places to explore here. Some watersports are popular off the island such as windsurfing, surfing and sailing. Visitors can also try out some fishing, roller blading and mountain biking here. There are a handful of bars and restaurants here with a variety of dining options including local dishes and some excellent seafood. A few stores are open for self catering holidaymakers to purchase food and drink as well as gifts and souvenirs.
This is a very small isolated island but was the site of the Netherland’s first national park, with the eastern side featuring a very important nature reserve. It is a great place to see wonderful flora and fauna as well as many different species of birds. One of the most striking buildings on the island is the red lighthouse. Back on the mainland visitors can take a 50 minute drive from the ferry to the province capital of Leeuwarden, where there are a couple of great museums and some fine buildings to see.
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 Lauwersoog, which takes approximately two hours and 20 minutes by car. From Lauwersoog a ferry service takes passengers to Schiermonnikoog Island, which in turn takes about 50 minutes. Tourists are not allowed to take their cars across to the island and must leave them at the Lauwersoog parking lot.