Schiermonnikoog was separated from the Frisian mainland in St Lucia's flood on 13 and 14 December 1287. Since then the island has had a rather rocky relationship with the unpredictable water surrounding this narrow piece of land. It provided fertile soils and food but also destroyed entire villages. For a long time man attempted to reclaim the land from the sea. But the tides have turned. Man and sea are now working together to find a balance that will best benefit nature.
Secret of the Rif
The south-western part of Schiermonnikoog offers a safe haven for birds during high tide. Historians believe there was once a village located here.