Vuurtoreneiland (literally: Lighthouse Island) is a little fort island off the coast of Durgerdam, near Amsterdam, and is still relatively unknown. It’s an exclusive monumental location in a unique part of Holland. On this fort island you are surrounded by water, tranquillity, light and air. With its wooden houses, the picturesque harbour town of Durgerdam is a special location. Only a stone’s throw from the Dutch capital, it offers unobstructed views over lake IJmeer. Every last Sunday of the month, a ferry leaves for Vuurtoreneiland from the harbour at Amsterdam IJburg and from Amsterdam Centre near the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ (a concert hall).
Upon arrival on the island visitors receive a guided tour by the forester, who tells about the history, culture and nature on and around the island. You also have the opportunity to walk around on your own and enjoy the quietness and the beautiful views of the Amsterdam skyline, lake Markermeer and the town of Durgerdam. Don’t forget to bring along a flashlight and binoculars, to help you find your way in the bunkers!
Ferry crossing to Fort Island IJmuiden
This boat is used to transport groups to the Fort Island from the Kop van de Haven, De Noordpier and the Seaport Marina. The ferry crossing to the island takes approximately 10 minutes.
Travelling to Fort Island Pampus by ferry, canoe or private boat
People who want to visit Pampus by canoe can land it on the small beach next to the breakwater during opening hours. If you only want to make a stop here to take a breather and don’t want to visit the island, you won’t need to purchase an entrance ticket.