Liveaboard Review

SV Noorderlicht - Review 2023

The Noordelicht is the perfect choice for guests going on an adventurous sailing trip around some of Norway and Svalbard’s iconic scenery. What the vessel lacks in luxury, she makes up with coziness, character and charm. Guests of the Noordelicht have the opportunity to see reindeers, polar bears, walruses, seals, Arctic tern and others.

With a well-trained and professional crew, passengers of the Noordelicht are guaranteed to have a pleasant and unforgettable journey.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Some people stated that the liveaboard was beautifully handcrafted and had modern finishing's.
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    Many divers said that the crew were friendly and presented themselves as very knowledgeable of the ocean and surrounds.
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    Many people were happy with the diving instructor as he knew where to find those perfect diving spots.
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    The chef served food according to the requirements of the passengers if you were allergic to anything he would prepare something else for you.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome of the divers noted that not all of the crew members were familiar with their native language and that caused a barrier.
  • check-markSome people were taken back by the fact that no-one had entertainment planed for the night.

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Diving on the SV Noorderlicht in the Arctic

Originally named “FS Kalkgrund II” and built-in 1910 as a three-masted schooner in Flensburg, Germany, the Noordelicht has served most of its existence as a light vessel on the Baltic. The boat served as a gunship in World War II and was purchased and refitted by its current owners to serve Arctic cruises and polar expeditions. This unique boat has now a well-balanced two-masted schooner rig and can sail the seven seas.
The Noordelicht takes 20 passengers in 10 well-furnished cabins to the most remote Arctic locations, particularly Svalbard’s Islands in Norway. Apart from cabin six that has a small locked porthole in the ceiling and ventilation slots in the door, all cabins on the 153feet/46 meters boat have a small hatch in the ceiling which vary in size. Depending on weather conditions, the hatches are opened by the crew to allow fresh air ventilation of the complete lower deck while passengers go ashore. The Noorderlicht offers four shared showers and five shared toilets, all conveniently located. Electrical outlets aboard are with 220 volts. U.S. passengers may need a 220v/110v converter.

Boat features

The Noordelicht has a spacious open deck that allows guests to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. Due to the boat’s small size, the assistance of passengers is often required for handling the sails, taking the helm and night watches. All in all, it’s a fun and unforgettable experience.

Guests can relax in the indoor bar or the lounge. The Noordelicht has a cozy dining area where guests are served a mix of International and local meals prepared by the boat’s cook. Guests are served meals three times daily. The meals are served buffet-style, and snacks, as well as drinks, are available. Guests with special dietary requirements are also attended to by the boat’s dedicated crew.

Depending on ice and weather conditions, passengers of the Noordelicht go on land excursions. These landings take three to six hours daily over untracked areas. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes), the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography, and history. For the daily excursions on land or water exploration, the two zodiacs enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas. The crew consists of three Dutch sailors, a cook, and the expedition leader.

The two inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) on the boat enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas. In terms of safety, the Noordelicht is equipped with fire alarms, fire extinguishers, life jackets, life rafts, emergency oxygen kits, first aid kits, satellite & mobile phones, bilge pump alarm, and others to ensure guests enjoy a relatively safe experience.

The qualified captains have a great knowledge of the oceans. Together with the rest of the crew, they will do everything possible to ensure that you have a marvelous and unforgettable journey.

Best time to go

The best time to go on an expedition on the Noordelicht is when the Antarctic Peninsula has a warmer and wetter climate (above freezing temperature) which is usually in the summer months of May- July.


Noordelicht is based at port Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway) with itineraries within the archipelago, Lofoten islands and to mainland sites, all within the polar regions.

The Noordelicht is frozen-in on purpose during the winter at Svalbard’s Tempelfjorden to provide base-camp accommodation for Arctic voyages.


Itineraries on the Noordelicht range from 8days/7nights to 16days/15nights for Aurora Borealis, whale watching, snowshoeing in North Spitsbergen in the spring or autumn and ski-mountaineering at the Alpine peaks of Spitsbergen.

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