Why we like the Noorderlicht

  • A unique ‘hands-on’ Arctic sailing experience aboard a 2-masted schooner built in 1910
  • Travelling with like-minded, adventurous travellers with a penchant for exploring remote regions
  • With a maximum of only 20 fellow passengers, the strong on-board camaraderie is the main highlight for many
  • Capable of sailing speeds of up to 10 knots, the Noorderlicht sails beautifully
  • A shallow draft means she can get into places larger motorised ships can’t, making her ideal for exploring Svalbard’s smaller islands
  • Wide choice of voyages almost year round, mainly in and around Svalbard

Trips aboard Noorderlicht

Technical Specifications

  • Passenger capacity: 20 Passengers
  • Ice class rating: Reinforced bow
  • Size : 46.0 m long x 6.5m wide
  • Built in /Refurbished in : Netherlands, 1991
  • Other key feature: 3 Masted Schooner

Cabin Categories

*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary

Twin Shared

  • Upper/lower berth and a wash basin with both hot and cold water.
  • Toilets (5) and showers (4) are shared
  • All cabins have a small hatch in the ceiling for ventilation, apart from cabin 6, which has ventilation slots on the door.

Deck Plan

Onboard Communication

If whilst in the Arctic you wish to stay in touch, there are a number of options to choose from:

  • Use of Iridium Telephone (calls): EUR 2.50 per minute
  • Ship-based email: EUR 2.50 per minute

Due to the remoteness of the location, the options available are only suitable for light data traffic, meaning that internet access or the uploading of images is not possible. Email access, however, is still available. 

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