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Elfstedentocht by kayak

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Every winter, a lot of people hope we will get enough ice to ride skates. And not just a bit on a frozen pool, or even a tour: we hope for the skating tour: the Elfstedentocht (tour along eleven cities). The Elfstedentocht  is about 220 kilometres long, a challenge for the skaters and a festival for the watchers. The Elfstedentocht isn't very often held, last time was 1997. However, if there isn't enough ice, you can also do it walking, by bike, on horseback, on roller-skates, by any motorised transport ... and, of course, by boat.

Since we started kayaking to practice for our trip to New Zealand, we got the idea of doing the Elfstedentocht by kayak. In June 2006 we got our kayaks on the car and went to Friesland for 9 days. As some of the pictures were made from the kayak, through a watertight bag, there are water stains on it sometimes.

Part 1
Day 1 to 3

From Workum to Franeker

Part 2
Day 4 to 6

From Franeker to IJlst

Part 3

From IJlst to Workum

Our Route

You can see our route on the map below. If you want to see it a bit larger, just click on it.

Google Earth

If you want to see our route in more detail, open out the Google Earth file on the right. You must have Google Earth installed to view this file.

in Google Earth

GPS waypoints

We navigated the Elfstedentocht using a GPS (Magellan eXplorist 600). If you want to do the Elfstedentocht by kayak too, you might want to download our waypoints. You will find all Elfstedentocht GPS waypoints in the Excel file on the right.

GPS waypoints

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