Day 20 – Harlingen, Littenseradiel, Súdwest-Fryslân, Gaasterlân-Sleat, Skarsterlân, Lemsterland

Day two. I woke up to a lot of hail, and the morning dew frozen to my motorcycle. The tent was still moist, but it would take another 6 hours or so to get some proper (winter) temperatures and for the air to be dry.

Being the only camper on the camping, especially in this time of the year, the personnel was not prepared to me checking out. While the staff was finding out how to check out guests, I had some breakfast. With finishing my hot chocolate, I was on my way again.

Harlingen

Even though Harlingen has only a bit over 14k inhabitants, it is still the 4th biggest town in Friesland. The city gained its town priveleges in 1234, and is therefore even older than Amsterdam.

Interesting are the canal districts and the fortifications in the centre of Harlingen.

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Littenseradiel

Another typical Frisian municipality with many small ‘hamlets’, canals, ditches and other watercourses

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Súdwest-Fryslân

In terms of surface, both land and water, Súdwest-Fryslân is the largest municipality. The municipality is even larger now in 2014, since the municipality Boarnsterhim (which I visited on day one) joined Súdwest-Fryslân in January. In the near future also some towns of Littenseradiel will join this giant municipality.

Gaasterlan-Sleat

Gaasterlan-Sleat is only one of the many Frisian municipalities that arised after the 1984 merges. 20 years later, many of these ‘new’ municipalities again fall victim to the urge of fusing the local authorities.

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Skarsterlân

This town hall is located in a park, which looked really nice.

Skarsterlân’s main city is Joure, famous and inextricably linked to Douwe Egberts, a multinational coffee and tea company, because there they had their first store.

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Lemsterland

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km: 280
km total: 4599
done: 6 (123)
to do: 292

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Boarnsterhim: 53.095933, 5.834387
Heereveen: 52.961551, 5.920902
Leeuwarden: 53.202229, 5.796034
Gaasterlân-Sleat: 52.970399, 5.790391
Súdwest-Fryslân: 53.032497, 5.659043
Skarsterlân: 52.898839, 5.583474
Weststellingerwerf: 52.876321, 6.006827
Harlingen: 53.175066, 5.417971
Lemsterland: 52.844065, 5.711644
Leeuwarderadeel: 53.260631, 5.758453
Ferwerderadiel: 53.337674, 5.823678
Het Bildt: 53.277281, 5.661588
Menameradiel: 53.217420, 5.661253
Franekeradeel: 53.184876, 5.531771
Littenseradiel: 53.107787, 5.588033
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Menameradiel
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Harlingen
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Súdwest-Fryslân
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Lemsterland
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Littenseradiel
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Skarsterlân
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Gaasterlân-Sleat
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Weststellingerwerf
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Heereveen
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Boarnsterhim
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Leeuwarden
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Leeuwarderadeel
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Ferwerderadiel
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Franekeradeel

Day 19 – Weststellingwerf, Heereveen, Boarnsterhim, Leeuwarden, Leeuwarderadeel, Ferwerderadiel, Het Bildt, Menameradiel, Franekeradeel

Looking back at these pictures of a year ago is actually quite fun. It was actually quite difficult to find a camping that was open for campers in the off-season. Although the winter of 2013/2014 was relatively soft, no real cold or decent amounts of snow, this winter seems to be even warmer. The photos show a nice blue sky, but when I woke up in the morning, there were little ice pellets measuring over 6mm all around the tent. The sleeping bag (Ayacucho Ignition 1700) and inflatable sleeping pad (Exped Synmat 7M) I bought on my way to Weststellingerwerf have proven to be a good buy.

Weststellingwerf

Today and tomorrow are going to be all about the western Frisian municipalities. In Weststellingwerf they apparently have a Low Saxon dialect, Stellingwerfs, acknowledged by the government. It partly originated in the Society of Humanitarianism, a private organisation set up in 1818 to help poor families by granting them farming land. My grandmother and late grandfather lived there when they were young, so I’ve heard many stories about the organisation and about the conditions in which they lived there. Many times I’ve been to the museums and graveyards there, involuntarily unfortunately. But now, whenever I hear something of it in a different context, I cannot help but think that such an organisation to help the poor is not feasible anymore to maintain, and that’s a pity.

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Heereveen

I personally know Heereveen mostly from its ice arena Thialf, being one of the fastest tracks in the world. And reminisce about the times when there were parties with over 18k visitors such as Trance Energy (RIP).

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Boarnsterhim

The first municipality with a real Frisian name. Boornsterhem (its Dutch name) ceased to exist at the beginning of 2014, when it was divided over Leeuwarden, Heereveen, Súdwest-Fryslân and De Friese Meren, because of its poor financial status.

It is named after the river Boorn (cf. the Dutch bron, “spring”), and him, which means residence.

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Leeuwarden

Home (and start and finish) of the Elfstedentocht, a 200km long skating tour with over 16k participants, leading past all eleven historical cities of the province. Every winter it’s the same story: is it cold enough to grow at least 15cm of natural ice along the entire course? Sometimes years in a row the match cannot be held due to the lack of ice thickness; The last three races were in ’85, ’86 and ’97. But, if the ice is thick enough, you’ll surely hear it on every medium; the race is then announced and starts within 48 hours.IMG_5397_leeuwarden

Leeuwarderadeel

Over the years Leeuwarderadeel has been giving up villages to Leeuwarden. Since the middle ages Leeuwarderadeel has been independent from Leeuwarden, but in 2018 they will reunite.

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Ferwerderadiel

In 2008 the newspaper Algemeen Dagblad declared Ferwerderadiel to be the safest municipality of the Netherlands. The list of 2010 even contained 7 top-10 positions for municipalities from Frisia.

If I’m correct it’s the first municipality with a Wadden Sea coast line. Also, it’s the smallest of the province, in terms of population.

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Het Bildt

One of the eldest polders, and the name also refers to the reclamation (ca 1400) of land: it is derived from opgebild, which means something like dredged soil. In Frisia most place names are in Frisian, and in smaller font in Dutch. But in Het Bildt all place names are in Dutch and the Bild dialect.

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Menameradiel

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Franekeradeel

If you are ever around, visit the Eisinga Planetarium. It houses a 18th-century orrery, built by Eise Eisinga. It’s a small museum these days, but very interesting.

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This was day 1 of two days (remember, I went camping…). In the next post, there will be 6 more Frisian municipalities.


km: 264
km total: 4319
done: 9 (117)
to do: 298

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Boarnsterhim: 53.095933, 5.834387
Heereveen: 52.961551, 5.920902
Leeuwarden: 53.202229, 5.796034
Gaasterlân-Sleat: 52.970399, 5.790391
Súdwest-Fryslân: 53.032497, 5.659043
Skarsterlân: 52.898839, 5.583474
Weststellingerwerf: 52.876321, 6.006827
Harlingen: 53.175066, 5.417971
Lemsterland: 52.844065, 5.711644
Leeuwarderadeel: 53.260631, 5.758453
Ferwerderadiel: 53.337674, 5.823678
Het Bildt: 53.277281, 5.661588
Menameradiel: 53.217420, 5.661253
Franekeradeel: 53.184876, 5.531771
Littenseradiel: 53.107787, 5.588033
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Menameradiel
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Harlingen
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Súdwest-Fryslân
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Lemsterland
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Littenseradiel
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Skarsterlân
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Gaasterlân-Sleat
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Weststellingerwerf
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Heereveen
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Boarnsterhim
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Leeuwarden
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Ferwerderadiel
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Franekeradeel