Wild horses in Noarderleech

Wild horses in Noarderleech


Walking outside the dikes in the salt marshes

Hallum - When we park at the bottom of the Wadden sea dike, we actually have no idea what we will see on the other side. Is it high tide and do you see the sea? Or is it low tide and can you see the sea floor? How big is a salt marsh and is it muddy? We are going for a walk outside the dike in the salt marsh today, but as city dwellers we actually have no idea what to expect. Despite the beautiful weather, we put on boots just to be sure!

Yn loft en see skûlje wiere dreamen

True dreams are hidden in the air and sea

When we are on the dike we see Ameland and Schiermonnikoog in the distance. But right in front of us there is no water or silt... there is a vast summer polder of waving grass!
On the dike we read in Frisian language and in large letters 'True dreams are hidden in the air and sea'. With that in mind we start our walk and step from the dike into the vast salt marsh. On a sign we read that we are not the only ones who are surprised that there is no water here but land. For centuries, on the border of salt and fresh land has been mined. Brushwood dams attempt to retain the silt. Around 1600 the salt marsh along the coast of North Friesland was 14,000 hectares. Now only 3,000 hectares remain.

Bird watching Noarderleech

The area outside the dikes is an important place for birds. About a million birds come here every year to look for food; Among the 240 different species of birds you can see the sooty sandpiper, barnacle goose and curlew.

Noard-Fryslân Bûtendyks

There is an enormous salt marsh area against the Waddendijk of Friesland. The Noard-Fryslân Bûtendyks nature reserve extends from the small village of Zwarte Haan ('Black Rooster') to the Pier of Holwerd where the boat to Ameland departs.

Noarderleech photo gallery

  • There are not many places in the Netherlands where you can walk outside the dikes. We were there on a beautiful summer day and walked through the area without getting our feet wet. We would like to come back here at another time of the year; then it must be very different here!

  • Hallum trips in the area

      Adress and visitor information


      Address: Noorderleeg 5a
      Postal code and City: 9074 TG  Hallum
      Region: Wadden
      Province/Region: Friesland

      Visit: An average visits takes approx. 3 hours.
      The salt marsh area is prohibited from ~March 15 to ~July 15 because of the many nesting birds

      Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



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