Riding the bike
The appropriate means of transport on Ameland is definitely the bike. The island is pretty flat and it's small enough for reaching any place by bike. Such a peaceful experience to ride the bike along the dyke by bike.
There are quite a few bike rental stores on the island. And if you have a problem with your bike, you can have it fixed for free in any of them. Be careful though, the Dutch bikes have usually no gearshift and no hand brakes. The latter can be dangerous if you're not used to it!
Ameland, island, so let's take the boat
It's obvious, when you want to go to Ameland you need to take a boat. The ferry to Ameland leaves at one of the most Northern mainland spots in The Netherlands: Holwerd. This Frysian village will already take some hours to drive when you come from the larger towns (A'dam, R'dam, Utrecht or The Hague) or other spots in the South or East of The Netherlands. Boats are leaving regularly, but in low season less frequent then in highseason. The fare is reasonable when you are on foot or by bike and let's be honest, whatfor do you need a car??? Distances on the island are very limited, the public transport is perfect and cars ruin in every possible way the landscape and views.
Boattrip fares and boat facilities
The boattours of the comapny "Wagenborg" are well suited. Below decks one will find a nice place to sit and enjoy a simple snack, lunch or coffee/tea. Outside it is (weather permiting) a joy to watch over the "Wadden"-sea and enjoy the waves, seagulls and views. The trip is about 45 minutes. The boats are specially equipped for the shallow sea and therefore suited with a flat under surface which makes it rather sensitive for waves. Travelling in a storm is quite rough.
The fares are always to and from and for one person around 10 euro. Bikes are not that much to bring along, but charges for cars are high (around 75 euro). This last is actually right, as cars do not belong on these beautiful islands, except for those who live here.
The bicycle will show you around the whole island
All "Wadden" islands are famous for their possibilities on bike. Everything is easy to reach and often there are far more bicycle lanes then roads (in kilometers). Ameland is about 27 kilometers long and at it's widest near Hollum (around 5 kilometers). Bikes are also nature friendly and do not ruin the scenery that much as cars. On top of that Ameland has around 20 bike rental shops.
Bikes in all sorts and shapes
A bike doesn't necessarily have to suite one person. Tandems like to bring couples closer together and are a lot of fun as well (especially for the one on the back, that now and then can relax letting the front one do the work). For children there is a wide range of products, variing from a seat on the steeringwheel, seats on the back, to a car behind the bike and for the somewhat older children, a bike-extension behind your own.
More then 100 km biking routes on Ameland
Ameland has a few beautiful biking routes that have been marked by the Dutch ANWB. These routes show you many of the pretty places as well go along al historical, natural and cultural sites of the island. Ameland is truely a bicycling paradise and with these signs guiding you around it's easy for all. Route booklets are available in the VVV in Nes (Veerdam) as well as the ANWB (contact them out front).
The famous mushrooms show you around
Throughout the whole of The Netherlands there are "mushrooms" telling you the way. These blocks on stone pedestals are ment for hikers and bikers and are often outside villages and towns in nature. The mark routes, as well as directions to villages and special items. On Ameland it is no different.
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