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Zuiderzeeroute - Zuiderzee Route

Amsterdam - Amsterdam

400 km


Update: The LF Zuiderzeeroute is one of the first new LF icon routes on which we will focus in the coming years. The routes are given a strong theme, the signposting will be updated and an app and special LF website will be created for additional up-to-date information.The signs of the LF21, LF22 and LF23 will disappear in the coming months and will be replaced by LF Zuiderzee signs. The transformation of the Zuiderzeeroute will take place in the first months of 2020. Major changes will take place between Blokzijl and Kampen. You cycle though the mystery of the Noordoostpolder: the former island of Schokland. A place between land and water, where people lived for centuries, engaged in a constant struggle against nature. The new route will be available spring 2020 and measures 440 km.

One particularly popular long-distance route is the Zuiderzeeroute (Zuider Zee Route). As you cycle this route around IJsselmeer, previously known as the Zuiderzee (Zuider Zee), you get to experience the rich history of what is sometimes referred to as the ‘Gouden Cirkel’ (The Golden Circle). You will discover fishing villages bustling with activity, the tranquillity and wide open spaces of the Wieden-Weerribben National Park, the vast woodlands of the Veluwe region, as well as the wide panoramic views of the polder landscape of Flevoland.

The Zuiderzeeroute consists of three LF routes: LF21 (Amsterdam-Afsluitdijk), LF22 (Afsluitdijk-Kampen) and LF23 (Kampen-Amsterdam). Simply follow the relevant rectangular signs with green lettering, signposted in two directions. The route is approximately 400 kilometres long in total. However, there are different ways to shorten the route, for instance, by choosing an alternative route through Flevopolder or by taking the ferry between Enkhuizen and Stavoren or Urk.

Current Information!
The Afsluitdijk bicycle route will be closed to cyclists from 1 April 2019 to 1 April 2022. The closure is required so Rijkswaterstaat can complete maintenance on the Wadden Sea side of the Afsluitdijk. 

Free bus transport is available during this maintenance period. The bus departs hourly and can carry about 15 bicycles and 25 passengers.The maximum size of the bicycles allowed on the bus is 0.80 m wide and 1.90 m long. Bus stops are at Den Oever, the Monument, Breezanddijk and Kornwerderzand. Please see the bus schedule below for further information.

Please Note
Provision can be made for bicycles that are too large to use the bus. Cyclists for whom this applies should contact the Service Desk of the Afsluitdijk at least two workdays ahead of time. Likewise, if a larger group of cyclists is planning to use the Afsluitdijk, you may want to contact the Service Desk. The service desk can be contacted at loket@deafsluitdijk.nl or +31 800-6040.