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Welcome!

Welcome to the website of the Eilander Balgeexpres. You can go here for information, prices, departure times, reservations and the latest news. In the photo gallery you will also get an impression of what you can experience during this unique trip. Please inquire about the possibilities without obligation via our contact page. 

Op de Eilander Balg is het heel goed mogelijk dat u zeehonden tegenkomt. Ze liggen daar uit te rusten van het jagen en doen nieuwe energie op. Het is uitermate belangrijk dat u afstand houdt om de zeehonden niet te verstoren. Dit filmpje is gemaakt door een professionele videomaker, bij het filmen ervan vond geen verstoring plaats. Het zeehondje dat u dichtbij de bus ziet komen, kwam zelf uit zee naar ons toe gekropen. Het filmpje is gemaakt door Anne Schumacher

When does the Eilander Balgexpres run?

Departure times will be available here, as soon as we start driving again! (that will be mid-March 2023)

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Balge express hire

You can also hire the Balgexpres for private groups, such as:

-  Company outings

-  Team Building

-  Family weekends

- Weddings

- School trip / work week

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Contact & Prices

Contact:                                                                      
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Chamber of Commerce: 87419009

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Prices

Adult: € 23.50
Children: € 16,-
Members of Natuurmonumenten: €21.15 (including a 10% discount)
Children OERRR:  €14.40 (including 10% discount)

Renting: on request

The Eilander Balgeexpres partner of Natuurmonumenten.

Because rare and vulnerable nature needs a good protector, the Natuurmonumenten association manages the nature of Schiermonnikoog National Park. The Eilander Balgeexpres has permission from Natuurmonumenten to organize activities in the National Park. As a partner of Natuurmonumenten, we donate part of the income from our excursions to the preservation of this beautiful nature. Will you also help to preserve the nature of Schiermonnikoog? You can make a donation atwww.nm.nl/donatie/schieror become a member of Natuurmonumenten viawww.nm.nl/leden/hb

Partners Eilander Balgexpres

De Eilander Balgexpres werkt samen met Natuurmonumenten én is gastheer van het Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog. 

De Eilander Balgexpres partner van Natuurmonumenten.

Omdat zeldzame en kwetsbare natuur een goede beschermer nodig heeft, beheert vereniging Natuurmonumenten de natuur van Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog. De Eilander Balgexpres heeft toestemming van Natuurmonumenten om activiteiten te organiseren in het Nationaal Park. Als partner van Natuurmonumenten schenken wij een deel van de inkomsten van onze excursies terug aan het behoud van deze mooie natuur. Help jij ook de natuur van Schiermonnikoog te behouden? Je kunt een donatie doen op www.nm.nl/donatie/schier of lid worden van Natuurmonumenten via www.nm.nl/leden/hb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

De Eilander Balgexpres is gastheer van Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog.

 

 Schiermonnikoog is één van de meest wilde plekken van Nederland. Het eiland is gevormd door sterke zeestromen, straffe winden en stuivend zand. Nog altijd is de natuur op Schiermonnikoog voortdurend in beweging. Op de Oosterkwelder en het strand gaat alles vanzelf. Mensen sturen hier niet in de ontwikkelingen. Zulke plekken zijn er in Nederland niet veel. De natuur vaart er wel bij als wind, water, zand en zout hun gang gaan. Dieren en planten vinden hun eigen plek in het gebied. Tegelijk is er de verantwoordelijkheid om soorten en leefgebieden waar het slecht mee gaat te ondersteunen. Natuurmonumenten beheert en beschermt de natuur van Schiermonnikoog zodat iedereen ervan kan blijven genieten. Sinds 1989 is Schiermonnikoog een Nationaal Park. Het hele Waddengebied is in 2009 door UNESCO erkend als Werelderfgoed.

 

Klik op het logo van het Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog om naar de website te gaan, deze staat vol tips, weetjes en mogelijkheden.

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A unique experience!

A unique adventure on the North Sea beach of Schiermonnikoog: The Eilander Balgexpres has been a household name on Schiermonnikoog for more than half a century; the characteristic tractor with bus car, which will take you all the way to the easternmost tip of the island during this ride: the Eilander Balg. The Eilander Balg is traditionally a channel that flowed through the south side around the east side of the island towards the North Sea. Since the landscape we drive through is always changing, this gully has shifted over the years. The ride is different every day, the wind, the weather and the water ensure that the beach has a different character every day. Between high and low tide, nature gives us the space to make a journey that takes us right through the elements. We let you look at these circumstances with different eyes, so that the huge sand plain changes into a dynamic landscape in which all sorts of things happen….
Low tide and high tide cause the beach to flood twice a day. One day there is more water, for example due to spring tides or strong winds from the north, the next day less water, for example under the influence of an easterly wind. If there has been a lot of water at high tide, this is clearly visible on the beach. Gullies and puddles form, causing water to flow back to the sea. If the weather is, or has been, this can always be seen on the beach. With calm weather, the beach is also quiet, beautiful and smooth. But this can be completely different within one tide or weather change... A tide can both smooth and fold the beach. For example, pay attention to the row of dunes at the beginning of the tour, where the sea knocks enormous amounts of sand off during storms, which are thrown onto the beach elsewhere or disappear into the sea. The wind also blows a tune; dry sand goes 'for a walk', it dusts over the beach in buckets at the same time. A completely dusty beach is a true spectacle; the entire beach is in motion and forms sandbanks and eventually also dunes. It is precisely this interplay of elements that makes the beach of Schiermonnikoog so beautiful and varied.

                                             

 

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During the trip

During the trip there is also attention for life on the water and on the beach. Because everything is happening. If you pay close attention to everything that flies, swims, walks and crawls on the water, in the air and on the beach, you will see how varied this is. The sea and the beach are beautiful and unforgiving at the same time, it is a place where the law of the fittest prevails, where a battle for food is fought by a number of rough and raw customers, such as the seagull, the cormorant and the seal. These coastal dwellers are made to withstand wind and weather, they are real hunters who will stop at nothing. 
The North Sea and the Wadden Sea are rich in food, which you can notice by the presence of many species of birds, the seal population that continues to grow and the many porpoises that are observed off the coast.
The seal is the most famous inhabitant of the North Sea and Wadden Sea, with its beautiful shiny fur and its large, shiny black  eyes. Under water he is a fast hunter who has to outwit five kilos of fish every day with his razor-sharp teeth. Above water, you'll see  softer side as it warms up, rests, and dries up at low tide, ready to hunt again at high tide. It is quite possible that we will encounter seals on the beach during the trip. If it is resting and if it is not visibly injured, it is best to leave it alone. During the stop on the Balg, the following also applies: keep an appropriate distance (40 meters) and do not chase the animal. During the ride we can encounter both the common and the gray seal. You will also see all kinds of seagulls foraging for food along the coast. Seagulls catch fish and search the fresh ashore for small sea creatures, such as crabs and shrimps. But you also see Terns, they hunt in groups along shallow water for fish. A group of seabirds above the water indicates the presence of a school of fish. You will also encounter cormorants, which let their wings dry in the wind after a hunting party at sea. Did you know that a colony of dwarf terns breeds on the Eilander Balg? During the breeding season, a number of them nest in the vegetation on the bellows, if you come too close they will sound their alarm call, asking you to keep your distance. 

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Beach finds

Beautiful finds can be made on the beach of Schiermonnikoog. Everything washes ashore: items from the shipping industry, beautiful pieces of wood, special sea creatures, pieces of rope, helmets, bones and teeth of prehistoric animals, amber and bags full of shells. If you look closely, you can really find anything. The true beachcomber sees a story, a second life or even trade in every object. On the beach of Schiermonnikoog you can encounter special shells such as the whelk, the northern crotch and the wide mantle, it is really a moment of happiness if you find one. During the stop you can encounter all sorts of things; we are always very curious about your beach finds and the story behind them. Everything on the beach has a story, beach finds often have a long or special journey behind them. Your driver is always available for clarification, strong beachcombing stories or other questions. We also offer the possibility to collect waste that is on the beach, which you can then deposit in the village bin, because a better environment still starts with ourselves.
In the summer months we hold a so-called 'shell stop' during the rides. About a kilometer from the terminus, you can disembark and look for beautiful shells along the coastline. For those who do not want this, the bellows express then continues to the terminus.
The drive to De Balg takes about 45 minutes. Along the way there is explanation in Dutch, German and English. When you disembark, you are completely absorbed in the landscape, which feels like the end of the world. You can contact the driver with all your questions, he also has a telescope with him, so that you can view the surroundings even better.
It happens regularly that seals come to see what we are doing there. The stop on the Eilander Balg takes about 45 minutes and if you have had a good look at everything, we will return to the village with an experience richer.
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