Noorderlicht’s Owners

Floris de Waard and Mariëlle van Twillert are the proud owners of schooner Noorderlicht since 2017

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Both Floris and Mariëlle have a great love for the ocean and have grown up from childhood with sailing and life at sea. For many years they have sailed professionally with lots of passion for the sea, nature and the cooperation with people from various cultures.

Sailing on the beautiful two-masted schooner in the Arctic waters is a dream coming true for them and they love to welcome guests aboard to show the magnificent beauty of Svalbard and Norway.

Floris and Mariëlle sail the Noorderlicht together with an enthusiastic and committed crew which they met during their years working on sailing ships all over the world. The crew of every voyage consists of 3 qualified sailors and a ship’s cook. All of the crew have a broad experience at sea and are in possession of all the required diplomas and competences.

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Noorderlicht's Crew

With a friendly and professional crew, you couldn't be in safer hands

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Life onboard


Think cosy cabins, graceful sailing and bucket list locations.

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The History of


From a floating lighthouse to an ice hotel and now an expedition charter vessel...

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