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Driving forces

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During this cycling tour you will be amazed by the ingenious solutions people came up with in the past. We look at what drove people to this region and how they lived. Even back in the distant past, those who inhabited this part of the country were extremely innovative and enterprising. They cut peat into turf and sold it as fuel. They also built sailing barges known as skûtsjes. Drachten, where the tour starts, is one of the places where skûtsjes are still made. The people who reside here are clearly very inventive. The prevailing mentality in the region is to roll up sleeves and build new things. This cycling tour takes you to several remarkable places where passion, innovation and enterprise are inextricably linked. 

Please note! To…

During this cycling tour you will be amazed by the ingenious solutions people came up with in the past. We look at what drove people to this region and how they lived. Even back in the distant past, those who inhabited this part of the country were extremely innovative and enterprising. They cut peat into turf and sold it as fuel. They also built sailing barges known as skûtsjes. Drachten, where the tour starts, is one of the places where skûtsjes are still made. The people who reside here are clearly very inventive. The prevailing mentality in the region is to roll up sleeves and build new things. This cycling tour takes you to several remarkable places where passion, innovation and enterprise are inextricably linked. 

Please note! To complete this route, you have to cross the De Grietman and Hin en Wer ferry bridges. Be sure to check the opening times before you set off.

There are a few places that serve refreshments along the route, but it is a good idea to bring some snacks with you. 

At each stop you can listen to fascinating stories told by Frisian skûtsje expert and sports commentator Age Veldboom. Simply download the izi.TRAVEL app. 

Sights on this route

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Museum Dr8888

Museumplein 2
9203 DD Drachten
Museum Dr8888
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Passantenhaven

Passantenhaven
Moleneind Noordzijde 56
9203 ZR Drachten
Passantenhaven
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Werf: Van der Werff

werf: Van der Werff
Buitenstvallaat 8
9204 WX Drachten
Werf: Van der Werff
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Voormalig klooster Smelne

Klooster Smelne
Kleasterkampen
Smalle Ee
Voormalig klooster Smelne
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Nieuwe Noordergemaal

Nieuwe Noordergemaal
Butendiken
Veenhoop
Nieuwe Noordergemaal
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Wind Engine at De Veenhoop

Windmolen de Veenhoop
Binnenringfeart
Veenhoop
Wind Engine at De Veenhoop
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Bezoekerscentrum Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen

Koaidyk 8 a
9264 TP Earnewâld
Bezoekerscentrum Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen
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Sluis Veenhoop

Sluis Veenhoop
Hooidammen
De Veenhoop
Sluis Veenhoop
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Veerpont De Grietman (De Veenhoop)

Veenhoop
Passagiers stappen aan boord van De Grietman
Veerpont De Grietman (De Veenhoop)
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Romsicht

Aan de Headamsleat
9264 TP Earnewâld
Romsicht
Romsicht
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Veerpont Hin en Wer (It Wiid)

Eernewoude
De Hin en Wer maakt een draai op het water voordat het oversteekt.
Veerpont Hin en Wer (It Wiid)
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Beeld schaatsers 'Marathonriders'

Op het water, tegenover de haven
9264 TM Earnewâld
Beeld schaatsers 'Marathonriders'
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Skûtsjemuseum Earnewâld

De Stripe 12
9264TX Earnewâld
Skûtsjemuseum Earnewâld
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Nijega Skieppekamp Pumping Station

Nijega Skieppekamp gemaal
Skieppekampen
Oudega
Nijega Skieppekamp Pumping Station
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Oudega Courthouse

Rechthuis Oudega
Fabrykswei
Oudega
Oudega Courthouse
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Opeindervaart Canal

Opeindevaart
Legauke
Opeinde
Opeindervaart Canal
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