Iceland Cruise 6 – Leaving The Port of Amsterdam, The North Sea Canal, A New Sea Lock & Stormy Seas

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We hadn’t seen anything of the North Sea Canal when we arrived in the Port of Amsterdam, as the ship had docked early in the morning while it was still dark.  I hadn’t even realised we had gone through a lock at the start of the canal, so I wanted to see when we went through on the outward journey.  A few hours later I got my wish, and watched as the ship went through the lock.  I took a few photos to pass the time, while waiting and enjoyed the nice weather, as we had been warned that we were heading into rough seas, once we left the shelter of the canal. 

History…….The North Sea Canal (Dutch: Noordzeekanaal) is a Dutch ship canal from Amsterdam to the North Sea at IJmuiden, constructed between 1865 and 1876 to enable seafaring vessels to reach the port of Amsterdam.  I took photos of the new large sea lock which is being constructed at the entrance of the North Sea Canal at IJmuiden that will provide access to the Amsterdam port region. The new lock will be 500 metres long, 70 metres wide and 18 metres deep, making it the world’s largest sea lock.  

                Views of the new sea lock in the making.

Going through the sea lock.

The other side of the sea lock.

Once through the sea lock and into the North Sea, it was like entering another world, stormy seas and dark skies for the next 10 days……apart from every port of call, the sun would come out, even it was freezing, the sun would shine, thank goodness 🙂  So a few stormy shots, they aren’t the worst seas, but I could’nt get photos of those, as we were not allowed on the decks when it got really rough, but I did manage to catch an oil rig.

Next post is about a fortress, at the mouth of the North Sea Canal.

12 Replies to “Iceland Cruise 6 – Leaving The Port of Amsterdam, The North Sea Canal, A New Sea Lock & Stormy Seas”

  1. That’s a very busy canal! You certainly saw a lot of ships. It would be something to live along there and see all those ships going by. At least for a while. 🙂 What is the tower with the clocks? Do they have a control tower for the port? Obviously my nautical experience is severely limited. 🙂

    1. I forgot to say the tower in IJmuiden is or was a water tower, but has now been turned into a home, big home 🙂 Yes a very busy canal, was lovely to watch all the boats going along. I guess they do have a control tower, but I’m not sure I caught it on any photos, but the next post will be on the lighthouses at the end of the canal 🙂

      1. I guess that tower probably isn’t actually much bigger than some castles. Just more vertical. I wonder if they have tours. 🙂

    1. Well, we had 5 days at sea and then night sailings from port to port, all in rough seas. We had to leave Iceland 4 hours early to try and beat a storm, but we got caught. The worst time was from Orkney to home, one night and day in 6 metre waves…. i loved it 🙂 husband did not, hence we will never sea cruise again.

  2. Enjoyed seeing the canal,and the homesteads along the way with some folks watching you sail by. It would not have been a pleasant ride for those who get seasick. My hubby would have enjoyed every minute of it!

    1. The canal was very interesting, it took about 4 hours to sail along it, but so much to see. No it wasn’t pleasant for some, lots of people got a nasty virus, we were ok, one person was taken of by helicopter on night, and our poor neighbours on one side, never came out of their cabin and left the ship when we reach the Orkneys on the way home. But I really liked it 🙂

    1. Yes they have use all the good bits of land for growing, so good to see. I was a little worried about the weather, but luckily I didn’t get seasick and quite enjoyed it 🙂

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