Giethoorn: on foot or by boat in the Dutch enchanted village

Little has changed in Giethoorn over the years. Here it is possible to admire how a picturesque Dutch village has remained firmly in its origins despite the passage of time. In this village of Overijssel there is the whole story of a people used to living on the water in a country, Holland, which has always been used to living with water.

The inhabitants of Giethoorn were peat gatherers and everything here was built with the activities of the 18th and 19th centuries in mind: the wooden bridges connecting the islets and the beautiful farms built on them. Not even the boats have changed much: the punters are narrow wooden boats that can be pushed with long wooden poles, the punteraar. If tourist boats or those powered by electric motors are not for you, you can always look for a more traditional boat.

“The village of Giethoorn is part of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park and is accessible only by water or via the more than 170 quaint little wooden bridges.”

Visit Giethoorn

Giethoorn is about an hour and a half drive from Amsterdam or Shiphol Airport. It is possible to arrive by car and leave it outside the village then continue the visit on foot or by boat, or choose some tours directly from the Dutch capital relying on the knowledge of local experts.

Teriberka: the evocative photos and history of lost village acclaimed by the cinema

We are in Russia, in a village whose origins seem to date back to 1523. This was once a Saami fishing village, the Pomors.
Located in the Murmansk region, Teriberka had become a village well-developed by the end of the 19th century.

Thanks to cod and shark fishing, the village could boast a church, a lighthouse, a weather station and, between the 40s and 60s, also several livestock farms. In the 1950s, Teriberka had almost 5,000 inhabitants, a stadium, two hospitals, schools and became the administrative center of the district.

Abandoned houses against the Arctic sky. Old authentic village of Teriberka. Kola Peninsula. Russia.

But that all changed in the 1960s when the administrative center of the district was relocated. In the 1980s, the construction of two hydroelectric plants completely destroyed the migration of salmon into the river.

Today, a thousand people still live in Teriberka and this village became famous thanks to the drama “Leviathan” in 2015.
Shot in this village and on the coast by Alexei Zvyagintsev, the film won the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festivaland.

Since then more and more tourists visit this village in search of nature and screenshots of the film.