Cruising Across Ijsselmeer
Between stops at the iconic Dutch capital of Amsterdam and the historic city of Hoorn, experience a cruise across the shallow waters of the Ijsselmeer – the largest lake in the Netherlands and Western Europe.
This 1328 square-mile artificial lake was created in 1932, when the impressive 32 Kilometre-long Afsluitdijk dam was built to close off the southern part of the former Zuiderzee bay from the Waddenzee and North Sea. A freshwater lake, the Ijsselmeer is fed by several rivers including the Amstel, Rhine and Ijssel – which the lake is named after – and is popular for fishing and various watersports. Look out for the typically Dutch flat landscapes which surround the lake as you sail across.