Sail aboard Nordlys!

Sailing along the European coast

Sail along the European coast

Cargo sailing

Sign on for a few months passing by approx 14 ports from Scandinavia all the way to Portugal.

7809 Nautical Miles
207 average days at sea /in port

Joining Nordlys on her sailing voyages around Europe is a great way to learn how to sail, navigate and create valuable friendships.

An unforgettable experience!

You can also join for a part of this journey. Check our sailing schedule for details.

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Check the sailing schedules for the dates, fees and booking number.

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Please be aware that places and dates can change due to weather circumstances or cargo requests!

Nordlys is being refitted Winter 2016-2017 in Den Helder

Schedule coming soon

Sign onFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr
Sept 10 th 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France531€ 935,-11P1917 Sign on
Sept 23 rd 2017Douarnenez, FranceSanta Cruz de La Palma1330€ 2.125,-25P2017Sign on
Sep 10 th 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsSanta Cruz de La Palma€ 2.880,-36E1Sign on
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Oct 16 th 2017Santa Cruz de La PalmaPuerto Plata, Dom. Rep.3164€ 2.635,-31P2117Sign on
Nov 15 th 2017Puerto Plata, Dom. Rep.Charleston, USA909€ 1.190,-14P2217Sign on
Oct 16 th 2017Santa Cruz de La PalmaCharleston, USA€ 3.600,-45E2Sign on
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Nov 29 th 2017Charleston, USAPuerto Plata, Dom. Rep.909€ 1.190,-14P2317Sign on
Dec 15 th 2017Puerto Plata, Dom. Rep.Horta, Azores2533€ 2.635,-31P2417Sign on
Jan 15 th 2018Horta, AzoresDen Helder, Netherlands1664€ 2.185,-25P2517Sign on
Nov 29 th 2017Charleston, USADen Helder, Netherlands€ 5.600,-E3Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round Voyage2017/2018€9.100,-151E1-3Sign on

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Date of signing on

On this day we welcome you on board from 8 pm onwards. A crew member will introduce you to the captain, the first mate (who will receive your passport and possibly your sample book) and the other members of the crew. We shall assign you a bunk and chest (usually in the fo’c’sle). Linen and sleeping bag are best brought from home. Before departure you will be assigned to the port watch (under the supervision of the first mate) or the starboard watch Incidentally the ship has not arrived in the port of departure; we shall let you know as early as possible if this is the case.



As a rule the ship departs on the day after signing on. With “all hands” the sail is set and the ship is made ready for the sea. You will be informed which watch stays on deck, leaving the other watch free to take a nap. The captain chooses the fastest and safest route to its destination. The first and second mate will instruct the crew. You will be involved in every aspect of seamanship from the moment you arrive; safety training, steering the ship, keeping watch, maintenance, setting sail and lots more. Depended on the weather, the distance and the kind of trip, the ship will arrive at its destination after a couple of days or weeks. This doesn’t mean the trip is at its end; the days after arrival are filled with instructive and interesting activities. The ship is prepared for port, cargo is taken in and out, there is some maintenance that can only be done in a harbour and the opportunity presents itself to go on shore leave.


The route may be altered, depended on freight and weather.


Direct distance

This is the shortest possible distance between two harbors. The Tres Hombres being a true sailing ship without an engine, this distance is rarely the actual sailed distance. In other words, the ship usually sails many miles more than the direct distance. At the end of a leg of journey, the captain will inform you how many miles have been covered in reality.



This is the price in euros for said journey per person. In exchange you sail along and acquire a practical education in seamanship. In addition to the journey fee, we expect you to take part in watches and chores such as maintenance, sailing, cleaning, steering and being on the lookout. In the fee are included the ship’s meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner and coffee and tea. Not included are transfers to and from the ship.


Average journey/port stay

This is the estimated time at sea or in a harbor. The ship being dependent for the duration of her trips on weather and wind, this period may vary. If the ship arrives ahead of schedule at its destination, the days in port ahead of schedule are part of the journey.


Booking number

This number is a purely administrative number used for keeping score of persons on board.

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