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Noorderlicht has a well-balanced two-masted schooner rig and accommodation for 20 passengers in comfortable twin cabins, all of which have upper and lower berths, a cupboard and wash basin.

Originally built in 1910 in Germany, the Noorderlicht was a three-masted schooner that sailed mostly in Baltic waters. In 1991, the hull was completely re-rigged and refitted. Its 10 twin cabins have frosted glass in the ceiling instead of portholes so that daylight can shine through, and the shared showers (four) and toilets (five) are conveniently located. While sailing in the Arctic, passengers are actively encouraged to participate in handling the sails, taking the helm, and being on night watch.

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Key info

  • Length: 46 meters (153 feet) metres
  • Passengers: 20 in 10 cabins
  • Crew and staff: 5

wildlife trips

Noorderlicht offers the following cabin class:

Twin with shared facilities

  • Location: Inside
  • Beds: 1 upper/lower berth
  • External view: None
  • En suite facilities: Wash basin

Wildlife trips

This cruise vessel is featured in the following itineraries:

Around Spitsbergen

Sail through a wonderland of mountain and glacial scenery and enjoy spectacular wildlife encounters in this polar bear and birdwatchers paradise. Highlights include an exhilarating ride along the spectacular 14th of July Glacier, where large numbers of kittiwakes and Brunnichs guillemots nest on the nearby cliffs.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 10-11 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,785 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Central Spitsbergen

This one week voyage combines Spitsbergen’s rich wildlife and impressive glaciers. Some trips depart during the onset of winter, when you can observe the extraordinary phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, when the night skies glow green and red with one of Mother Nature's finest displays.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £1,870 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

North Spitsbergen

This one week voyage provides an intoxicating mix of astonishing landscapes, stunning coastline and spectacular wildlife, including huge colonies of seabirds, walruses, whales, Arctic foxes and polar bears. The long daylight hours offer maximum time to appreciate this breathtaking land of ice to the full.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour