From Deventer we drove to Groningen to catch a ferry to one of the small islands up north: Schiermonnikoog. Let's try that again. Schiermonnikoog. With less than a thousand people residing there, it's the least densely populated part of Holland.
The ferry ride from Groningen is about 40 minutes but I was busy queuing up to buy snacks on board so it felt more like 15 minutes. And there's wi-fi, too.
It's the fourth island north of Friesland. (map courtesy of EuropeETravel.com)
From the pier, there are buses to take you to the center (about 7 minutes).
....while others prefer biking....
.....to get to the beach.
Schiermonnikoog is a popular destination during summer so expect the island to be packed with sun worshippers, sharing the beach with seals. But in winter when it's too cold to swim I guess there's this instead?
Time for a break and hot chocolate...
...to end a beautiful winter's day.