Tidal flat walking
Walking where the land meets the sea
No recreational activity is more characteristic for the Wadden Sea region than taking a walk on the flat side. Reveal what is at the bottom of the Wadden Sea by taking a walking tour. Twice a day - in the hours around low tide, the Wadden Sea gets dry and you have the chance to actually get there and experience how it feels like to stroll on the sea bed..Professional guides will take you either on a discovery trip or from the mainland to one of the islands. Such a trip is an excellent opportunity for walkers to enjoy a ramble through the natural elements.
You feel far away from daily life - experiencing a vast space, open horizon, salty wind and clouds of birds. Cockles and worms under your feet cause movement in the water and sand. Prawns flash by your ankles and you can see flatfishes close by in the shallow water. Legions of small crabs, snails, mussels, starfishes and hermit crabs are revealed by the retreating sea. One needs to have a sharp eye to discover how smart they are to hide to survive during hours of dryness.
The phenomenon of the tides
The tide is a universal phenomenon. The movement of a water mass creates a high and low tide. A low tide means the water recedes back into the sea. And that is exactly the time to start the tidal flat walking adventure! Just be aware of the fact that some 6 ½ hours later high tide brings the water back. Go to 'Natural forces' to learn more about dynamics of the tides.
There are 2 basic sorts of trips offered:
- A trip from mainland to island or from one island to another: rather a long-distance trip (between 3 and 10 km). Get an impression of such trip when reading The New York Times reporter's experience!
- An educational trip: to experience the nature through learning all about the Wadden Sea animals and plants (normally not more than 3 km)
Keep in mind that...
Regional tidal flat walk tour offers:
The entire World Heritage area
Nearly 50 visitor centers offer various tours and trips.