Since a couple of weeks we were thinking of possibilities to go packrafting in the Netherlands but we were struggling to find a suitable place to due the low water levels. We then jumped 2 weeks ago into the train from Leeuwarden in the Netherlands and arrived in Maastricht 5 hours later in order to explore the border of the Netherlands and Belgium - the Grensmaas!

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Packrafting Grensmaas alpacka raft belgium netherlands holland river

Preparing the Packraft and charging our solar panel battery
Packrafting Grensmaas alpacka raft belgium netherlands holland river
Getting into the Packraft

Packrafting Grensmaas alpacka raft belgium netherlands holland river

Packrafting Grensmaas alpacka raft belgium netherlands holland river Suunto Ambit 2, Aquapac Waterproof Camera Pouch, Petzl Attache 3D attached on HMG Porter

paddling day Packrafting Grensmaas alpacka raft belgium netherlands holland river> It’s going to be a long paddling day …

Packrafting Grensmaas alpacka raft belgium netherlands holland river> Konstantin is paddling far ahead</

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Having a break after 2 hours of paddling. On the picture our shiny new Petzl Meteor 3+ helmets.
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Passing Neerharen with our Packrafts
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Passing Geulle Aan De Maas
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Leftovers of a fun park - Looked really strange to us
Elsloo Packrafting Grensmaas alpacka raft belgium netherlands holland river
Passing Elsloo with our Packrafts
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E314 Bridge before the Juliana Canal (Julianakanaal)
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Same bridge with the moon
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Passing Stein
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Windmills to generate energy
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Our camp with our Hilleberg Tent the next morning
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Spiders made a net during the night
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This morning it was really foggy when we started Packrafting
fog Packrafting Grensmaas alpacka raft belgium netherlands holland river
We could hardly see anything ...
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And there was a rapid in front of us ...
fog Grensmaas river weather
We had no clue if the rapid will be very strong. However it was very noisy ...
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Berg Aan de Maas
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There is a ferry which is operating at Berg aan de Maas. Here we had to get out of our packrafts.
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After 200 meters of walking we were able to get back into our packrafts. But first we had a small break and explored the area nearby.
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Water gauge
fietsparadijs limburg cycling bicylcing
Limburg seems to be a paradise for bicycle trips ...
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Geologic description of the Maasvallei
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Water gauge
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Second World War Monument
berg meeswijk Grensmaas belgium netherlands holland river bridge
Ring the bell if you need the ferry.
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We paddled another hour before we finished our paddling trip
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There was another ferry operating between Millen and Grevenbicht
After we packed our packrafts and gear we walked around in Grevenbicht. The people were quite friendly and communicative. We went to a local bakery and to Albert Heijn to get some food while waiting for the bus to Sittards train station. In general, we enjoyed the second day much more since the Grensmaas had a stronger current and the weather was perfect too once the fog disappered in the morning.

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