Explore the wonderful Frisian waters

For a real Frisian experience on the water!

Boating over the Frisian waters


With an area of water that is almost equivalent to the area of land we can conclude that Friesland is really a water province! This is also reflected in the activities and events organized on and around the water. For a real Frisian experience you should not miss the lakes of Friesland! There are different ways to explore the wetlands, for example by boat or canoe. If you have no boat or canoe, you can of course easily rent one!

Boating in Friesland

Say Friesland, say water! It is the province of Skûtsjesilen , and skating . So if you really want to get to know Friesland? Then get on the Frisian waters on the right place. You can make a route we have mapped out for your convenience. This can be for a whole day or for a few hours, it just depends what you prefer. The largest lakes are located in the south of Friesland, including the Sneekermeer IJsselmeer. However, there are also many opportunities in the rest of Friesland where you can both go by boat and canoe. You don’t have one yet? No problem, there are plenty of boat rentals where you can go.

Events on the Frisian water

Events are organized on and around the water where everybody is welcome, so you too! In early August the Sneekweek starts with a sailing regatta during the day, and various concerts can be attended in the evenings. A good combination of action and relaxation. Skûtsjesilen in July and August has also become a household name for Friesland. Sixty four beautifulskûtsjes compete for the championship on the Frisian lakes. You can witness this, both from the shore and from the water. The atmosphere is always fun and sporty; you just have to experience it! Are you just looking for information about boats, ships, engines and water sports? Come along in Leeuwarden at “Boot Holland”. As you can see, there is enough to do on the Frisian waters.

Rent a boat or canoe

Would you also like to experience the atmosphere on the water, but you do not own a boat? No worries, at various places in Friesland you can rent a boat or canoe. You will be on the water in no-time! Make your reservation on time, because the rental companies are very busy in peak season. You can opt for a half day, a day or several nights to rent a boat. Depending on the type of boat, you can overnight on the boat or spend the night in a hotel. Along the vaarroutes are many possiblities to spend the night. On the map you can find which location is most suitable for you. Beforehand, you can have a bite to eat at several places, from pizzerias to star** restaurants. Do what fits your mood and taste!

View the accommodation offers

Friesland is versatile and for everyone! When is comes to boating, Friesland has endless possibilities. The large number of waters in the province offer many opportunities for activities and events. At your own convenience you can take different routes and dock wherever you want! You can decide for yourself what you feel like doing. End your day with a delicious dinner or stay overnight along the waterfront? We gladly show you what opportunities the environment has to offer. Thus, you get to know Friesland really well and don’t have to miss a thing!

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