The Rembrandt Van Rijn

On Board the Rembrandt Van Rijn

There are few better ways to glide through Greenland’s serene waters than on board the Rembrandt Van Rijn. The ship was built in the early 20th century, but was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger schooner in 1994. Luckily for us, none of that old world charm was lost in the renovations. Although state of the art communication and navigation equipment lies on the inside along with comfortable cabins and charming communal areas, the Rembrandt manages to blend seamlessly with the Greenlandic scenery, so you feel a part of the environment, not separate from it.


Passengers: 33 in 16 cabins
Staff & crew: 12
Length: 56 meters (168 ft)
Breadth: 6.65 meters (22.9 ft)
Draft: 2.8 meters (8 ft)
Ice class: Suitable to sail in the Svalbard and Greenlandic waters.
Displacement: 435 tonnes
Propulsion: 2 cummins engines together totalling 550 KW
Speed: 9 knots maximum

The Perfect ship for agile and scenic sailing

The Rembrandt Van Rijn is a quick and nimble vessel, more than capable of maneuvering around the narrow waterways and islands of Greenland. The spacious viewing areas on deck mean it’s ideal for photography expeditions, and its two zodiacs allow passengers easy access to dry land. With the zodiacs we’ll be making daily landings for wildlife viewings and explorations of remote areas.

Sailing in style

The Rembrandt Van Rijn offers an intimate, cosy adventure, with a small crew and a small enough number of passengers so that everyone can get to know one another during the voyage. There’s a restaurant and a bar/lounge area below deck, and 16 well-furnished cabins for accommodation. These cabins mean that there’s a guest capacity of 33. The cabin situation is as follows: 1 Triple Private cabin with shower, toilet and porthole. 6 Twin Private Inside cabins with shower and toilet. 9 Twin Private cabins with shower, toilet and porthole.

Your fellow adventurers

We’re often asked what about the makeup of the passengers that attend our photography voyages. The truth is that we are generally a diverse bunch from all around the world. Passengers are usually aged between 30 and 80, and the majority fall in the middle of those two numbers. The close-knit companionship of the Rembrandt allows for everyone to get to know one another, and spending time with like minded travellers is often one of the biggest highlights for those who join our expeditions.


Every day you will be well fed, with three meals prepared by our cook and served in a buffet style in the restaurant.

What to wear

We ask that you bring clothes for two purposes on this adventure: comfort and practicality. First of all, we must stress that this is not a formal expedition - suits and ties can stay at home! Instead, bring casual and comfortable clothing suitable for relaxing in the lounge and exploring the shorelines. One vital thing you will need is appropriate footwear. This is for two reasons. First, the deck can often be slippery and wet, so some non-slip shoes would be ideal. The last thing we want is for you and your camera to take a fall. Second, you will need supportive shoes suitable for clambering in and out of zodiacs and exploring dry land. One final thing: Bring layers. There’s a big temperature difference between the ship’s interior and the crisp weather on deck. Layers help you adjust quickly.

Electric Current

You’ll be happy to know that we have electricity on board the Rembrandt. The supply on board is 220 volt 50hz, and the plugs are of the standard European variety. Passengers from the States should bear in mind that they might need a 220v/110v converter.

Excursions & Landings

We will spend as much time exploring the land as the weather allows us. To this end, there will probably be excursions on every day of the voyage. We expect that each landing will last for between three and six hours, as we spend plenty of time capturing the spectacular scenery with our cameras.

Smoking aboard the Rembrandt

We have a strict no-smoking policy on board our vessel. This is for the safety and comfort of your fellow passengers. Should you wish to smoke, you may do so in one of the designated areas.

The crew

Our crew may be small, but what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in experience and dedication. We have nine experienced and international crew members, along with two expedition guides and a cook. The sailors will also be responsible for handling the zodiacs when we make our trips to and from the shore.

Your physical condition

Although this isn’t the most strenuous or demanding of voyages, it’s important that your general health is good, and that you can comfortably walk for several hours every day. To join our excursions on the zodiacs, you’ll need to be okay using the ladder that goes from the deck down to the water. The crew will be on hand to assist you, and it will become easier with a little practice. During our excursions on dry land the ground can be unstable and slippery, so we ask that you bring appropriate footwear. Lastly, it goes without saying that in this part of the world we may well be hours, of not days, away from sophisticated medical facilities. If you have a life-threatening condition or expect to need treatment on a daily basis, this probably isn’t the trip for you.
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