When traversing through some of the world’s great oceanic wildernesses, sometimes it’s made all the more special by doing it in style. That’s exactly the spirit that the Noorderlicht, our German ship built in 1910, represents. It’s a three-masted schooner that spent many years serving as a light-vessel on the Baltic. That was until 1991, when it was bought by the present owners and given a makeover inside and out. But the Noorderlicht hasn’t lost any of its traditional charm, as you’ll see when it becomes the subject of many of your photographs in the voyage to come.
|Passengers:||20 in 10 cabins|
|Staff & crew:||5|
|Length:||46 meters (153 feet)|
|Breadth:||6,5 meters (22 feet)|
|Draft:||3,2 meters (11 feet)|
|Ice class:||Strengthened bow|
|Propulsion:||360 hp diesel|
|Speed:||7 knots maximum|
The Noorderlicht is relatively small compared to some of the other vessels we use for photography tours, but that means that we can offer a more versatile adventure, gliding effortlessly through narrow passages and around islands. The deck offers fantastic panoramic views, even when the sails are flying. The Noorderlicht is complete with two zodiac crafts, giving all passengers on board easy access to the land and opportunities to get closer to areas that would otherwise be too difficult to reach. These will be key when it comes to our wildlife photography, as the zodiacs allows us to move soundlessly through the water and around the coastlines.
No ship is complete without a skilled crew, and the Noorderlicht is no different. Our nautical crew consists of three expert Dutch sailors, and we will also have with us a cook and an expedition leader. The sailors will take care of everything to do with our voyage, and will also be the ones to guide us ashore in the zodiacs. Because we have a relatively small crew, we actively encourage passengers to get involved and help out where needed, from handling sails to taking turns to man the watch during the night. Our crew is highly qualified and experienced, and will do their utmost to ensure that all passengers have a photography adventure to remember.