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Rembrandt van Rijn Arctic Cruises

A sailing cruise ship built for close wildlife interaction and adventure

A polar cruise on board the Rembrandt van Rijn

Sailing vessel Rembrandt Van Rijn has a wonderful history. She was originally built as a herring lugger in 1947. In 1994 she was rebuilt as a three-masted passenger sailing schooner in the Netherlands. She then sailed in Spitsbergen between 1994 and 1996 and in the Galápagos from 1998 to 2001. She then underwent another complete rebuild and interior refurbishment before her relaunch in 2011. Her communication and navigation equipment has always been updated according to the latest SOLAS regulations. She is a well-traveled and beautiful intimate arctic cruise vessel.

An arctic cruise aboard Rembrandt is an intimate experience, with a maximum of 33 passengers accommodated in 16 cabins. She has one Triple Private cabin (with shower and toilet and porthole), six Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), and nine Twin Private cabins (with shower, toilet, and porthole). Her experienced crew of 12 includes 2 expert guides, and they will ensure your arctic sailing adventure is memorable.

Rembrandt Arctic cruises are active and immersive. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather, and ice permitting. You’ll spend between three and six hours per day exploring untracked areas. Because the Arctic weather and sea and ice conditions are variable, the program of excursions will be adjusted to maximize your chance of wildlife and landscape encounters.

Can there be anything more adventurous than exploring the wild Arctic under sail?

Pictures and Deck Plans of the Rembrandt van Rijn

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Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you, and you can confirm with a payment later. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, include taxes, and can be subject to fluctuation and change. The routes are fixed, but can be changed due to weather or breeding behavior of the animals. Could not find your preferred date?

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Cabin Categories on board the Rembrandt van Rijn

Twin Private Porthole Cabin
  • 1 porthole
  • 1 upper / lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space
Twin Private Inside Cabin
  • 1 upper / lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space
Triple Private Porthole Cabin
  • 1 porthole
  • 1 upper/lower berth + 1 lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space

All expedition cruises on board the Rembrandt van Rijn

Amenities on board the Rembrandt van Rijn


Observation Deck

zodiac fleet

Zodiac Fleet

Rembrandt van Rijn's take on sustainable traveling

Reducing the impact of tourism on the Arctic ecosystem is foremost among Rembrandt’s sustainability goals. That’s why this traditional vessel will hoist sail and use the wind for power whenever conditions permit.

Waste onboard is limited by recycling as much as possible as well as banning single-use plastics. This ship does not use straws, plastic cups, or any individually wrapped butter, yogurt, and jam. This vessel has a water treatment and desalination system that uses reverse osmosis, eliminating the need for plastic bottled water. Bathrooms are equipped with biodegradable shampoo and soap in recycled packing, further limiting the use of plastics.

More info about the Rembrandt van Rijn


Mid Range Ship


Motor Sailboat


Ice Class 1C


49.5 m

Crew members


Gross tonnage

435 Tons

Cruising speed

6.5 knots






Year built


Food & Drinks on board the Rembrandt van Rijn

Three simple and tasty meals of international cuisine per day are served buffet style in the restaurant and prepared by our cook.

Reviews of Rembrandt van Rijn

Peter Tadin


We just got back from Norway and I just want to say how satisfied I was with Oceanwide Expeditions for a fantastic cruise of Spitzbergen on the s/v Rembrandt van Rijn sailing ship where we chartered the ship for our Spitzbergen expedition cruise from June 9th to June 16th, 2017. The ship holds 33 passengers plus 12 crew. My experience on that sailing expedition was that they run a first-class well-run company. For a beautiful sailing “tall ship” that was originally built in 1924, the ship was in first-class condition and updated for modern comforts. Although the cabins are small and all have bunkbeds, they were quite adequate. In fact, most of the cabins had a bottom bunk that was a small double-bed. There is plenty of lounge space, a bar, lots of windows and portholes, and plenty of deck space. We loved the sails that were put up on our last full day of the journey when there was finally a breeze in the air. From the ship’s captain, Ali, to Lars, the ship’s chef, to Bogdan, the hotel manager, to Jordi, our expedition leader, to Ali, our assistant expedition leader, and to the rest of the crew that many times were unseen but working hard, they gave us a wonderful journey. (Copied from Oceanwide Expeditions)

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