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Jun Jul Aug Sep
IJsselmeer Culture Nature
price from € 490
Northern Lake IJssel Tour
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Northern Lake IJssel Tour


Bike Tour: Northern Lake IJssel Tour - 6 days

Ride your bike on the loveliest and quietest roads and bike tracks a cyclist could possibly hope for. The historical landscape around the former Zuiderzee, the many old fishing and trading towns on its shores all have a story to tell. The diverse and attractive scenery on this tour will never cease to surprise and delight you. As on all our carefree cycle tours, we provide luggage transfer and excellent accommodation.
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Day 1: Arrival in Harderwijk
Day 2: Harderwijk - Enkhuizen
Day 3: Enkhuizen - Oudemirdum
Day 4: Oudemirdum - Zwartsluis
Day 5: Zwartsluis - Harderwijk
Day 6: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Harderwijk

Arrival in Harderwijk

Day 2:    Harderwijk - Enkhuizen
61 km

The first leg of your tour will take you through Flevo Polder, the newest part of the Netherlands, reclaimed from the sea! The route takes you through woods and farmland to the town of Lelystad, named after the architect of the Zuiderzee Works, Mr. Cornelis Lely. Museum Nieuwland explains how the Flevo Polder came to be and how it affected the people who used to live by the sea.  A 32-km dike will take you across the waters to the lovely town of Enkhuizen, steeped in history. 

Day 3:    Enkhuizen - Oudemirdum
38 km

For a history lesson go to ZuiderzeeMuseum in Enkhuizen. It boasts a recreated village of old, complete with craftsmen in traditional costume. You can also learn about the trading routes sailed by seafaring villagers from the shores of the Zuiderzee: For centuries, dried fish and Edam cheese were exported all over Europe; grain from Poland was shipped to Italy; wine shipped back to Amsterdam etc. After that, all aboard the ferry to cross Lake IJsselmeer in 1 ½ hours, from Enkhuizen to the pretty town of Stavoren. The lake was created in 1932 when a closure dam was put in place to cut off the Zuiderzee from the North Sea. This was necessary to stop the sea from flooding towns and villages on its shores. Once the dam was in place, the sea had become a lake. You will disembark in Friesland province which has its own official language, bi-lingual road signs and its own specialties such as “Fryske Dumkes” (hazelnut biscuits). The length of this daytrip includes the boat.

PLEASE NOTE: In 2020, you must book the ferry in advance. You can do this yourself online on the ferry website ( or you can book the ticket via Dutch Biketours.

Day 4:    Oudemirdum - Zwartsluis
65 km

In the morning, you will cycle through Gaasterland, undulating and woody, to your first port of call, the picturesque town of Lemmer, a favourite with boaters in summer. Next, it’s full steam ahead to a World Heritage Site - if you are a steam enthusiast this is your lucky day... Wouda steam-driven pumping station has been operational since 1920 and was used to drain a lake. For centuries, windmills took care of water management in the Netherlands before steam engines took over. Nowadays most of our 1600 pumping stations are electrically powered.  In the afternoon, nature lovers will bask in the beauty of Weerribben-Wieden National Park where water and reeds dominate the landscape. It is said to be the most valuable marshland of north-western Europe. 

Day 5:    Zwartsluis - Harderwijk
62 km

After exploring Zwartsluis, popular with boaters and other water sports enthusiasts, you will set off atop the old Kamperzeedijken (Kampen sea dikes) to the beautiful town of Kampen. It has one of the best preserved town centres in the country. Check out the town gates on the River IJssel side of town. Then hop back on your bike and follow the fringes of Veluwe Forest down to Harderwijk. 

Day 6:    Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

Starting dates:
Daily from May 1 till September 25.
Prices €
Per person in a double room
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 5) 150,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 5) 150,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 5) 60,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 5) 125,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 5) 13,75
Extra night 70,00

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 490.00
Single room, breakfast 640.00
Dinner 150.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Rental bike
Child bike 50.00
Hybrid 60.00
Ebike 125.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 5 13.75
Child seat € 5.00 x 5 25.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 5 15.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 5 25.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 5 87.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
Boat tickets per piece 20.00

Starting point:


Below are the accommodations that we book as standard for this trip. They are carefully selected by us for cyclists. All rooms have a shower or bath and toilet. If one of the hotels is fully booked, we will reserve a comparable alternative.

Best Western Hotel Baars **** (Harderwijk)
Hotel de Koepoort **** (Enkhuizen)
Hotel Boschlust *** (Oudemirdum)
Hotel Zwartewater **** (Zwartsluis)

If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear. You can find all the information regarding our rental bikes below.

You will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel. The hotel reception staff will give you the keys for your bikes and direct you to the bicycle shed. All bikes are provided with chain locks. 

Why the Dutch don't wear helmets! 

Instruction video hybrid bike and e-bike



practical info

5 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

Detailed roadbooks with maps and tourist information

The possibility of renting our bikes

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel


Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The train from Schiphol to Harderwijk departs 2 times per hour. Travel time is about 1.5 hours. A single ticket costs approx €16- per person excl. bicycle.

For timetables and tickets, go to For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check:



...Every hotel was expecting us and the baggage was handled without mistakes. We loved the week and had no issues with the company. Definitely loved the week and would love to come back and do it all over again...

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