The Noordsvaarder, one of the most beautiful and diverse natural areas of Terschelling, includes beaches on the west side of Terschelling, as well as the entire dune area north of the bicycle path to Marker 8.

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At first this was a separate sandbar, but in the 19th century the Noordsvaarder connected with Terschelling. Here you find humid valleys, shifting dunes, and endless sandbanks. Various rare plants grow here, such as the fen orchid, bog stars, button sedge and the flesh-colored orchid

Nesting birds like the avocet, piping plover, ringed plover, curlew, western marsh harrier, and hen harrier can be admired here. The Noordsvaarder is reached by walking from West Terschelling along the Noordsvaarder beach. Not many trails are available, and those trails become all but impassable in wet weather.

Up to 1996, part of this area was a military training ground for the air force.



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As the boat turns into the harbour, you meet West-Terschelling, the gateway to your destination Terschelling. The Brandaris lighthouse, which stands as a beacon here in the middle of Terschelling’s biggest village, has been greeting seafarers since 1594. It is a lively place, with museums, shops, bars, dance halls, restaurants, hotels, wellness, a swimming pool, and the VVV Tourist Office.

In West, all the elements literally come together; it is where the sea licks the land. Then there is the ‘fire’ in the manned Brandaris lighthouse, which lights up the skies, surrounded by the scents of the mudflats. Every flavour and taste imaginable can be found in the shops and restaurants. 

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