WINTER STAY IN A YURT- LIVING OFF THE GRID IN THE NETHERLANDS

Prisca left Rotterdam to find peace and quiet in a yurt on the Veluwe.

My life as a photographer contains a lot of sitting behind my desk and staring at my screen. However, I am actually more of an outdoor girl. Every once in a while I need to be outside with only nature and fresh air around me. This weekend, I slept in a yurt, a traditional tent from Mongolia. No electricity, no warm water, only an eco toilet and a groundwater pump. Nope, I didn’t fly to Mongolia for the weekend. This yurt was just a one hour drive from my hometown in the Netherlands. In just one hour drive from Rotterdam, you’ll find the Veluwe. A huge forest with breathtaking sand dunes, little villages and purple flowering heath. Positioned at a nature campsite between high pine trees, two yurts are hidden.

We booked the smallest one, nice and cosy. Outside the temperature was about nine degrees but in the round tent, it was pleasantly warm. There were no windows, only a big wooden door and a whole in the coping of the tent. This was the only tear that allowed daylight to come in. During the wintertime, this gap is covered with canvas to keep the rain outside. In the middle of the tent is a wood stove. Well, that explains why the yurt is nice and warm! This little oven was our kitchen for the weekend. Split pea soup, hot coffee and warm milk were all made in the middle of our home for the weekend. Who needs electricity when you have this?

How can I describe the feeling of waking up by whistling birds fluttering by. Around the tent we see squirels hopping from one branch to the other and many little mice are enjoying their (or your if you don’t keep an eye out) breakfast. The forest invites you for a long walk. If you are lucky you can spot wild animals like a wild boar, dear or all different birds of prey.

The nature camping is a private area but free for hiking, biking and horse rides. Offcourse you’ll find the campsite, a few open spots between the oaks and needle-leaved trees. Warm water showers are in front of the road. Other than that you’ll have to use eco-toilets and groundwater pumps. For me, this is the perfect outdoor living experience – back to basic and finding connection with other things than your phone and laptop.

 

If you want to check out this area and sleep in a yurt too. Check these sites:
The Yurt Project – http://www.gerbnb.com/

 

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