Both Urk and Schokland were at one time island havens in the Zuiderzee. Both are now ‘beached’ in the young polder landscape. Urk is still a picturesque fishing village, whilst Schokland is a veritable treasure trove of archaeological gems. People lived here for centuries, in a perpetual state of conflict with the ever threatening water. These days if you stroll around you will rapidly recognise the clear contours of an island, whetting your imagination for what life must have been like in those far off days. A genuine highlight is the ‘ginkies’ guided tour of Urk. For more information contact Urk’s Tourist Information. Numerous walking and cycling routes start at the Schokland Museum.