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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

Museum Dr8888
Museumplein 2
9203 DD Drachten
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Passantenhaven

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

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

Voormalig klooster Smelne
Klooster Smelne
Kleasterkampen
Smalle Ee
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Nieuwe Noordergemaal

Nieuwe Noordergemaal
Nieuwe Noordergemaal
Butendiken
Veenhoop
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Wind Engine at De Veenhoop

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

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

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

Veerpont De Grietman (De Veenhoop)
Veenhoop
Passagiers stappen aan boord van De Grietman
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Alde Feanen - Romsicht - Uitkijktoren

Alde Feanen - Romsicht - Uitkijktoren
9216 Oudega Gem Smallingerlnd
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Veerpont Hin en Wer (It Wiid)

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

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

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

Nijega Skieppekamp Pumping Station
Nijega Skieppekamp gemaal
Skieppekampen
Oudega
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Oudega Courthouse

Oudega Courthouse
Rechthuis Oudega
Fabrykswei
Oudega
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Opeindervaart Canal

Opeindervaart Canal
Opeindevaart
Legauke
Opeinde
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