Theme Week North Frisian Islands – Föhr

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Wyk - Frisian Museum © Daniel Ponten/cc-by-sa-2.0-de

Wyk – Frisian Museum © Daniel Ponten/cc-by-sa-2.0-de

Föhr is part of the Nordfriesland district in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. Föhr is the second-largest North Sea island of Germany and a popular destination for tourists. A town and eleven distinct municipalities are located on the island. The climate is oceanic with moderate winters and relatively cool summers.

Being a settlement area already in neolithic times, Föhr had been part of mainland North Frisia until 1362. Then the coastline was destroyed by a heavy storm flood and several islands were formed, Föhr among them. The northern parts of Föhr consist of marshes while the southern parts consist of sandy geest. Seafaring has long been the most popular trade, but farming and eventually tourism became the most important economic factors after the end of the Age of Sail. The harbour of Wyk hosts several mussel fishing boats.

Föhr is situated southeast of Sylt; it is the second-largest German North Sea island. Among those German islands which are accessible only by ship or airplane (i.e., no bridge, tunnel or causeway connects them to the mainland), Föhr is the most populous one and has the largest surface. Föhr is called “The Green Island” due to being sheltered from the storms of the North Sea by its neighbouring islands Sylt and Amrum, so that Föhr’s vegetation is thriving compared to other islands. North and northwest of Föhr the Reserved Area I of the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park is located.

Wyk - Frisian Museum © Daniel Ponten/cc-by-sa-2.0-de Wyk Harbour © Alice Volkwardsen/cc-by-sa-3.0-de Alkersum - Art of the West Coast © E-W/cc-by-sa-3.0-de Beach at Wyk © Pincerno/cc-by-sa-3.0-de Nieblum © E-W/cc-by-sa-3.0-de Oevenum © E-W/cc-by-sa-3.0-de
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Alkersum - Art of the West Coast © E-W/cc-by-sa-3.0-de
The island is accessible by a car ferry connecting the mainland port of Dagebüll and the town of Wyk (approximately 10-12 sailings a day, crossing time approx. 45 minutes). The ferry port in Dagebüll is connected to the German road and railway networks. There are also frequent car ferry services from Föhr to the neighbouring island of Amrum (approx. 1 hour crossing time) as well as seasonal pedestrian ferries to Sylt and the Halligen. A bus service connects Wyk to all of the island’s villages. Föhr can also be reached by small airplanes via an airstrip.

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