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

North Svalbard Sailing Expedition

Truly escape the modern world and explore Svalbard onboard a schooner. Sail north through the melting spring ice, spot wildlife and learn about the archipelago’s rich history. Highlights include the Monaco Glacier, 17th century whaling settlements, close encounters with megafauna…

  • 8 or 11 Days
  • $3,100
Northern Lights, Fjords and Whales

Sail onboard a historic vessel inside the Arctic circle through beautiful channels and past spectacular islands. Watch for humpback whales as they search for squid and then relax on deck in the evening, waiting for clear skies and the Northern…

  • 8 Days
  • $2,230

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 & Facilities

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

  • Satellite phone calls: EUR 2.50/min
  • Ship-based email: EUR 2.50/min

This is for light data traffic only.

Other facilities:

  • Plugs: European 220V two-round-pinned sockets
  • Bathrooms are shared between passengers
  • There is no laundry service

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