Nordlys (Northern Light) Possibly the worlds oldest cargo ship (1873)

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As part of the Fairtransport Revolution, she is powered only by the wind through her sails.

Nordlys sails without an engine and is possibly the worlds oldest cargo ship (1873) still working. Nordlys operates in the European coastal trade. Originally built as a fishing trawler, she has been refitted and is able to carry a maximum of 30 tons of wine, olive oil, cider or other goods.

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Cargo Under Sail: VivoLoVin organic wines

Cargo Under Sail: VivoLoVin organic wines

30 Years ago we made our way to France. We were looking for wineries that gave as much importance to craft and organic farming as we did. Because good wine is created in our eyes with nature, not against nature. Luckily we found what we were looking for, so on our...

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Nordlys blog: As we dance this handcrafted wooden ship

Nordlys blog: As we dance this handcrafted wooden ship

Sailing cargo with the Nordlys. A happy crew on a happy ship. We sail from the Netherlands to Portugal and England, from France to Germany and Denmark. Sometimes storm, sometimes calm, sometimes sun, sometimes rain. "Une grande ballet" on the oceans waves. The flow of...

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Nordlys blog: Sailing between the stars

Nordlys blog: Sailing between the stars

Everything is moving in circles, everything is rhythm. The waves of this rhythm are the universal heartbeat. Life on Nordlys - living the rhythmic pulse of the sea. This rhythm of life is moving forward in spirals. The sun, the moon, the stars and the planets are all...

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Sailing Schedules

European Route

Nordlys' Route will take her around Europe. She will travel from Norway to Portugal, from France to England, Scotland and Germany. Take regular cargoes of local organic Wine, Stockfish, Olve Oil, Ale, Whiskey and other goods.A regular, dependable service is the number one goal with this ship.

Sign onFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr.
November 3 2019Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, PT988€2.040,- 24P0919 Sign on
November 28 2019Porto, PTSanta Cruz de La Palma852€1.360,-16P1019 Sign on
Entire first legDen Helder, NetherlandsSanta Cruz de La Palma€3.200,-40Leg 1Sign on
December 16 2019Santa Cruz de La PalmaBridegetown, Barbados2640€2.635,-31P1119 Sign on
January 19 2020Bridegetown, BarbadosFort-de-France, Martinique132€ 425,-5P1219Sign on
Entire second legSanta Cruz de La PalmaFort-de-France, Martinique€2.880,-36Leg 2Sign on
January 26 2020Fort-de-France, MartiniqueSanta Marta, Colombia810€1.785,-21P1319 Sign on
February 18 2020Santa Marta, ColombiaKingston, Jamaica438€ 765,-9P1419 Sign on
February 28 2020Kingston, JamaicaBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.428€1.190,-14P1519 Sign on
Entire third legFort-de-France, MartiniqueBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.€3.520,-44Leg 3Sign on
March 17 2020Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Horta, Azores2.504€2.465,-29P1619 Sign on
April 17 2020Horta, AzoresAmsterdam, NL1.638€1.530,-18P1719 Sign on
Entire fourth legBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.Amsterdam, NL€3.760,-47Leg 4Sign on
Entire AtlanticRound Voyage2019/2020€10.020,-209EARSign on
If time, weather and cargo allow it, we cansail to more destinationsthan scheduled.

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Discount: To learn the true skills of seamanship it is recommended to stay for longer periods on board. To encourage you to make this decision the ship offers a discount on trainee fees of 10 % if you stay for two voyages and of 25 % if you stay for four voyages or more. (this discount does not apply to voyages in combination with daytrips or the full season) Full season: If your intentions are to become an experienced seaman and to get the thorough taste of life at sea, this is your trip! During the journey you will acquire adequate seatime to file for a certificate of competency as an able-bodied seaman. (If you officially want to obtain this certification you also have to pass the “Basic Safety Training” at a registered nautical college.) 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. Route 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 captain and the  first 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, depending on freight and weather. NM / Direct distance This is the shortest possible distance between two harbors. The Nordlys 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. Fee 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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