stage 8: North Frisia

River Eider (DE) to River Vidå (DK)

Length: 370 km (230 miles) in 17 stages

Terrain: flat

From the Eider river to Vidå river (Widuu in North-Frisian language, meaning widow) marking the border with Denmark. During this stage you can still see old terps (Warften) at the Halligen of North Frisia (kreis Nordfriesland) in Germany in action when surrounded by sea during seasonal flooding or western wind storms in autumn, winter and spring.

Trail Directions

section 8.1: Tönning - Garding (PM)

section 8.2: Garding - SPO (PM)

section 8.3: SPO - Westerhever (PM)

section 8.4: Westerhever - Uelvesbüll (PM)

section 8.5: Uelvesbüll - Husum (PM)

section 8.6: Husum - ferry at Norderhafen (PM)

section 8.7: circuit Island Pellworm (PM)

section 8.8: ferry at Norderhafen - Bredstedt (PM)

section 8.9: Bredstedt - Bordelum (PM)

section 8.10: Bordelum - Stedesand (PM)

section 8.11: Stedesand - Dagebüll (PM)

section 8.12: Wijk auf Föhr - Utersum (PM)

section 8.13: Utersum - Wijk auf Föhr (PM)

section 8.14: Dagebüll - Neukirchen (PM)

section 8.15: Neukirchen - Rudbøl (PM)

section 8.16: Rudbøl - Morsum (PM)

section 8.17: Morsum - Rantum (PM)

section 8.18: Rantum - List (PM)


North Frisia is a colony of mainly East Frisian. The came in two migration waves. The first wave during the early Middle Ages and the second during the high Middle Ages. Both migration waves came from East Frisia or the southern North Sea coast. It was the second flow of colonists that started to build terps and dykes as familiar already in the salt-marsh areas of Mid Frisia and East Frisia.

This stage covers first the peninsula Eiderstedt where the North-Frisian language has been lost and replaced by Low-Saxon and German. From Eiderstedt you walk along the coastal strip and visit the islands and Halligen of North Frisia. Here it is still possible to find people talking one of the many North-Frisian dialects, if you're lucky. It's at the very brink of extinction, so go quick!

For an impression of this stage, click here.