Noorderlicht // Reade Swan

Sail with graceful schooner Noorderlicht // Reade Swan as she explores the fascinating coastline of northern Norway & ventures to the wilderness of Svalbard.

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Originally built in 1910, Noorderlicht // Reade Swan has a colourful history and has spent much of her life sailing the Baltic Sea and exploring Svalbard. With various refits, hull extensions and rigging reconfigurations, she now sails as a graceful two-masted schooner taking guests on bucket-list sailing holidays in the Arctic. She is transitioning her name from Noorderlicht to Reade Swan which translates into Red Swan as she starts her new life with Dutch owners.

With comfortable accommodation for up to 20 guests in private twin cabins, Noorderlicht // Reade Swan offers guests whale watching and wildlife expeditions exploring the Arctic waters of Northern Norway & Svalbard. Her size and draft mean she can reach some of the most remote areas of Svalbard so she is a great way to discover the hidden gems that this breathtaking part of the world has to offer.

Low impact and environmental travel go hand-in-hand with Noorderlicht // Reade Swan’s ethos. Her ability to set sail and explore this part of the world is the best way enjoy the beautiful unspoiled nature.

In the early 90’s she was refitted to become a charter vessel and so her accommodation below decks was given careful consideration. She has ten comfortable twin cabins that all share four bathrooms. The galley and downstairs seating area sits in the middle of the ship with another seating area and bar in the deck-house.

Noorderlicht // Reade Swan is sailed by her loving owners along with a friendly crew who are all well trained to sail the wilderness of Svalbard. They invite guests to get involved with sailing Noorderlicht but it is certainly not mandatory!

Noorderlicht deck plan
Accommodation
  • Number of guest berths : 20
  • Number of bathrooms : 5
  • Cabin configuration : 10 x Twin Cabin
  • Smoking policy : On deck only
Particulars
  • Port of Registration : Enkhuizen
  • Builder : SRF
  • Year built : 1910/1993
  • Length overall : 151'/46.2m
  • Draft : 10'5"/3.2m
  • Beam : 21'3"/6.5m
  • Number of Sails : 7
  • Rig : Schooner
  • Sail Area : 550mSQ
  • Engine : Caterpillar D343; 325PK
  • Crew : 4
  • Licensed for day sails? : Yes
  • Waterproofs supplied? : No
  • What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Noorderlicht?

    There are currently no Test & Sail policies in place for the 2022 season. Guests will just need to ensure they are following any international guidelines to travel to the boat.

  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    We can cater for vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free. We cannot cater for a vegan diet.

  • What language is spoken onboard?

    Dutch/English

  • Do I need to tip the crew?

    Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew (and can be paid by card or in cash €)!

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    10 x Twin Cabins with shared bathrooms

  • What is the difference between Standard and Plus size Cabins?

    The standard cabins are slightly smaller than the Plus cabins but all have a basin and storage space.

  • Are bedding and towels provided?

    All bedding is provided but please bring your own wash towels. Micro-fibres are great - quick-drying and lightweight for travelling.

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    4 shower rooms and an extra single toilet

  • Is there an age limit?

    Yes. No children younger than 11. Above aged 16 is fine, but ages 11-16 we must check directly with the boat on a case by case basis.

  • When is the best time to see the Northern lights in Norway/Svalbard?

    You have the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis from mid-late September through to mid-March.

  • How cold is it in Svalbard?

    Temperatures vary from April through to September. Depending on the time of year you can expect lows of -30 and highs of +10. It is hard to predict.

  • Are muck boots (similar to Wellington boots) essential?

    Yes 100%. Without them your Svalbard experience could be limited, as they will absolutely be required for a number of shore landings from the RIB/tender.

  • What luggage type is best for taking on a boat?

    Duffel type bag; made with water-resistant material is desirable. If you must take a hard suitcase (though we do not recommend it) it must be kept in your cabin.

  • Is there Wi-Fi?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/camera?

    Yes. There are power points in all cabins. Please bring 2-pin European adaptors.

  • Are life jackets provided?

    Yes

  • Are waterproofs provided?

    No

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.

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Noorderlicht // Reade Swan

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