light my ride – tonight in Amsterdam

Light my ride

Tonight at 19:30 the Light my ride tour will take place, as part of the Amsterdam Light Festival, starting at the Nieuwmarkt.
It’s a 10 km tour for skaters, bikers and skateboarders that have in some way used lights to illuminate themselves and their meaning of transport. The tour will follow the Amsterdam Light Festival route. This video shows all you want to know. You can still sign up here!

Start: 19:30h – 9th of January 2014
Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam, 19:30h
Admission: Free (if you don’t have skates, a skateboard or a bike, you can rent a Yellow Bike on the spot)

wetlands safari – this is how Amsterdam looked ages ago

wetlandssaf

It’s right outside of Amsterdam. The bus takes you in 20 minutes to the wetlands; but it’s like going back in a time machine.

This is how Amsterdam looked ages ago. Over here, water is dominating the landscape. The ground is just slightly higher than the water level. Lots of ditches, canals and of course bridges to cross them. In fact, most houses and farms are standing on their own separate island, surrounded by lots of water. Transport here was (and still is) easiest over water.

That’s why the tour through the wetlands is by canoe or silent motorboat. You will visit the reed lands and quake moors (is this land or water or what!?) And you will enjoy the view over the authentic Dutch landscape, like many famous Dutch painters did, while encountering many, many water and singing birds.

The canoe trip takes about 5 hours, the silent motorboat trip too, both include a pick nick. The trips start right at the Amsterdam Central Station, where the guide will pick you up.

sup your way through Amsterdam

sup

For sportive tourists there’s a new way to wander about the city: sup.
Sup = stand up paddling. Sup is trendy, good for your body and it let’s you get a great view on Amsterdam from the water. And that’s how Amsterdam looks best, from the water!

Sup tours through the city centre are for skilled sup-ers only. If you’re not, you can’t make a canal-tour, but taking a lesson at one of the sup centres can be fun too.

Sup is a great addition to the list of sportive sightseeing tours in Amsterdam:
the running tours and the skating tours.

Sup-info:
Rates are about € 20,- per hour.
Check the website for details on tours and classes.