Urk is first mentioned in historical records dating to the 10th century, when it was still an island in the Almere, a lake that would become part of the Zuiderzee in the 13th century after a series of incursions by the Noord Zee. In 1939, a dike from the mainland to Urk ended the town’s island status, just as the Afsluitdijk project was changing the salt water Zuiderzee surrounding Urk to the less saline IJsselmeer. Later in the 20th century, seabed areas surrounding Urk were reclaimed from the sea and became the Noordoostpolder.
The mainstay of the town’s economy has always been fishing, and the products of the sea coming in through Urk’s harbour continue to be exported widely, although today Urk’s fishing boats must travel greater distances to gather them than was required in most historical periods.
The photos below were taken in Urk during the 2012/2013 period at the following locations:
- Klifkade and