Water Sports in the North Sea
Despite its feisty reputation, the North Sea region offers not only opportunities to test your mettle against wind and wave, but also -relaxing paddling in protected archipelagos and in waterways where the human traffic is limited but the wildlife runs rampant.
Kayaks and canoes are the way to a lot of fun in the waterways of Norway. Close to Bergen, the Nærøyfjord is perfect for paddling. Western Norway has dozens of fjords worth checking out but there great opportunities for canoeing and kayaking throughout the country. Paddling along the Telemark Canal or on Lake Femunden in the wilderness of Hedmark is especially popular. You can also go sea kayaking on the Oslofjord or on one of the many lakes in the forests that surround Oslo. Sea, river and lake paddling are three different experiences, but each one offers a special closeness to nature and the chance to observe bird and wildlife that motor noise would never allow. You also have the option for a variety of scuba diving; for the ultimate indulgence go above the Arctic Circle, where you might get the chance to dive with the magnificent killer whales during the winter season.
Denmark is the ideal destination for an active holiday in the blue element. Set sail in calm, deep fjords or the small sounds ringed by beach trees. Klitmøller and Vorupør are names that ring bells with surfers around the globe – there’s no need to wait for the wind to come up because it’s always windy in Denmark. If you spot a surfer with a sail caught high in the wind instead of fixed to the board then you’re looking at kite surfing, the latest trend in surf sports. Canoeing might appeal if you prefer calmer communion with water; Denmark has countless navigable rivers. Prefer a kayak? Then into the fjords and inshore waters you go, or at the other extreme, take a sea kayak in the Copenhagen canals for sightseeing.
Water is everywhere in Holland, with so many lakes, canals and estuaries, so boating is the way to go! Consider barging, traditional sailing or wind surfing. Angling is a popular sport since access to water is almost unavoidable and the fishing grounds are so good, and there’s always North Sea fishing for a bracing day offshore. Holland offers plenty of choices for catching the waves on a windsurfer. Try Zeeland’s delta, the lakes between Flevoland and Gelderland, or the Maas lakes in Limburg. If you tackle the North Sea, you should be reasonably experienced, as it can be quite unpredictable. Imagine water-skiing in Holland, gracefully working your way around the lakes or along the canals.
The North Sea is an ideal water playground off the coast of Belgium, where yachting, wind surfing and kite boarding are very popular. Discover a surprisingly different Belgium from underwater: don your wetsuit on and discover the flora and fauna below the surface. The web of canals, lakes, rivers and streams is prized for recreational navigation and water sports. Go canoeing and kayaking year-round, speed boating and water-skiing.
The Lesse snakes past medieval castles, a nature park, prehistoric caves, majestic rocks and two rapids. On the river Ourthe, the accent is on the rapids. Belgium a paradise for anglers; fishing is also very popular both at sea and for carp fishing inland.
Germany's North and Baltic Sea coasts and its lakes offer excellent windsurfing and kite surfing conditions for beginners and pros alike. Free your spirit serenely, canoeing or kayaking on still waters, or break loose nature’s forces shooting the rapids. With its great variety of lakes and rivers, Germany is the ideal place for paddle sports and offers great facilities for these waterborne adventures. Nature parks, idyllic biosphere reserves or entire cities can be explored from a totally new perspective, either alone or in a group with a canoe. In Brandenburg, which has an abundance of water, the entire network of rivers and lakes invites you to go on limitless water sport adventures. From waterway to waterway floating along the rafters and boatmen’s old trade routes through the pristine landscape – who would want to go ashore?