Whilst Ortelius and Plancius are perfectly suited for expeditions into the polar regions, S/V Noorderlicht is a schooner vessel specifically adept at navigating its way between small islands such as Spitsbergen and through shallow waters. Originally built with three masts, this small vessel was re-rigged in 1994 and now sails as a well-balanced two-masted ship.
The word ‘Noorderlicht’ is Dutch for northern light and so it goes without saying that this ship has given more than a few people a great view of the Aurora Borealis; there are even trips aboard her that are dedicated to catching sight of this natural phenomenon. She is usually found navigating her way through the Svalbard archipelago and has no problem traversing waters that are filled with ice. Two inflatable Zodiacs are also brought along for the journey, meaning that even the most remote areas can be explored in the search for amazing wildlife and beautiful panoramic views.