The Afsluitdijk is a 32kilometer long dike, which connects the province of North Holland with the province of Friesland. It was constructed between 1927 and 1933 as part of a larger plan called the Zuiderzee Works. With the completion of the Afsluitdijk the Zuiderzee (‘Southern Sea’) became the fresh water lake of IJsselmeer.
Truthfully, there is not a lot to see on this 32 km drive. On the right is the dike and it’s too high to view the North Sea while driving. To the left is the lake which does have many sail boats on it. There are a couple of pullovers to see the lake and the sea. We drove to the most northern part of Holland and crossed the dike and are now going south again. I think this area just north of Amsterdam is more interesting so far. There was also some free camping right where we got on the dike but a bit too chilly and windy for us.
This is a cheese and clog factory and store which puts on demonstrations. There are about 10 different cheeses to taste, plus strawberry wine, and cookies. We bought some of the yummy wine which reminds me of the sweet Iceberg Wine we had in Newfoundland last year. This is one of the few places that we know of where we can spend the night in Holland for free. Most of the Aires/Stellplatz charge a minimum of 7 EU and on up to 20 EU. I think we will hurry and see everything that we can and then go on to Belgium where there are more places to stay.
This is the area where the wooden clogs are made. There are shelves and shelves of colorfully painted clogs to buy.
And here’s a small part of the area where cheese is made. No demonstrations were going on while we were inside even though a bus load of tourists from the Czech Republic was here.