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Vlieland is one of the West Frisian Islands in the Netherlands.


Vlieland is one of the West Frisian Islands in The Netherlands. It is neghbored by the islands of Texel and Terschelling. It is wonderfully peaceful and natural, as it is car-free.

The island measures 4.052 hectare, of which the largest part is a desert-like area in the west, the Vliehors. There is one village on the island, Oost-Vlieland. On the empty plain on the west used to be another village, West-Vlieland, but it was taken by the sea in 1736. The plain is now used for military exercises.

The island has a population of approximately 1100 people and is well-known for the beautiful landscape, the large and various bird population and the peacefulness. In summer, many tourists come to visit the island.


Vlieland was divided from the mainland of Friesland in a flood in 1287, which formed the Waddenzee.

It used to count two villages, West- and Oost-Vlieland, but the former was evacuated after repeatedly being flooded.


Vlieland is an island of dunes. It has the North Sea to the north and the Waddenzee to the south. The north coast has beautiful, peaceful beaches.

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To get into Vlieland, you have to take the ferry from Harlingen. The average travel time from Harlingen to Vlieland is one hour thirty minutes by normal ferry. The ferry is operated by Rederij Doeksen. Timings and prices are available on their website. There is also a "fast ferry" service available. There is a train that goes to Harlingen Harbour from Leeuwarden, and also by car, this is easy to reach. People planning a return tour by train from Leeuwarden can opt to buy a "Waddenretour" (€ 33,00) ticket that is inclusive of the train ticket (Leeuwarden - Harlingen Haven trajectory) and the ferry ticket. This is a cheaper option than the normal ticket.


Get around[edit]

  • Vlieland is a small island, you can if you choose walk from one end of the island and back in a day.
  • You can choose to rent a bicycle. Three major rental shops on the island provide a selection of bicycles from city bikes, mountain bikes to "bakfiets".
  • There is a bus service on the island and it touches almost all the major landmarks on the island. You can catch the bus from the ferry drop off point.

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  • The Vlieland lighthouse . € 2.50 to visit inside, timings restricted.

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  • The Vliehors Express takes you to the westernmost part of the island, the vliehors. The old military area contains only sand and you will visit the most western tip of the island with views towards Texel and an old safety hut with a large selection of flotsam. Tours run between daily and weekly depending on the season and take around 2h, with music and storytelling during the ride. Tickets can be bought online or in the Primavera shop on Dorpstraat.

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  • Studio Arma is a family run studio, quiet and comfortable for 2 people. It is located appox. 500 meters from the ferry drop off point.



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