What is an Explorer Cruise?
Five Stars of Scandinavia's exclusive explorer cruises embark to isolated areas in Antarctica and the Arctic Ocean. Discover the pristine and mysterious polar planet with the "World's Leading Polar Explorer Cruise Operator". Venture to otherwise unreachable locations with modern small ice-strengthened vessels with high international safety standards, exceptional service and intimate and informal atmosphere. Explore isolated wilderness, spectacular scenery, pristine nature and abundant wildlife of the world's most stunning shorelines, above and below the oceans, at sea and on land. We provide you with all the supplies necessary to engage in close relations with arctic wildlife; our fleet of inflatable zodiacs are ready for cruising in dramatic fjords, among ice-flows and local wildlife. Our voyages are primarily defined by an exploratory travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible, combined with educational lectures on board. Welcome aboard!
With the accommodations of a cruise ship, our Explorer Ships provide comfort and entertainment for all passengers. In addition, equipment to venture off the ship is included.
Our Sailing Ship, the Noorderlicht, was originally built in 1910. In 1991 it was re-rigged and refitted, and now has a well-balanced two-masted schooner rig capable of sailing the seven seas. Providing accommodation for 20 travelers, the Noorderlicht has a crew of three expert Dutch sailors, a cook, and an expedition leader.