SAILSHIP NORDERLICHT (nov 2014)
the sailship "noorderlicht" is over 100 years old. it was originally a german fire ship (that is, a ship working as a lighthouse) and positioned in the baltic sea. after it was discarded and about to get scrapped, two dutch captains bought it, and got it re-built as a passenger ship for small groups (up to 10 people). it also has a small engine, used if sailing is not feasible. the noorderlicht mainly operates in northern europe, including greenland. passengers live on the ship for one or two weeks.
regarding spitsbergen - as there are almost no piers available, a dinghy is used for excursions and landings.
the final picture: looking at the noorderlicht at night (actually: polar night).
postscriptum at the aug-2018 voyage, unfortunately about 100 of my photograhies got lost! so, for some of the topics presented here i had to pinch a few pic's from the internet!