Monday, 22 June 2015

Noorderlicht: The Ice-bound Ship Hotel

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The Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) is a Dutch two-masted schooner that spends the summer taking tourists around the Arctic region, particularly the Norwegian islands of Svalbard, and other remote places in the archipelago searching for wildlife.

Then just before the winter sets in, the Noorderlicht is sailed to Tempelfjorden, a fjord at Spitsbergen, and allowed to freeze in the sea ice where it becomes a unique ice-bound hotel. The ship has 10 cabins that provide accommodation for up to 20 passengers. Two inflatable boats are carried aboard that enables landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas.

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