Rembrandt van Rijn Arctic Cruises | Polartours

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

Amenities on board the Rembrandt van Rijn

Zodiac Fleet
Symbols SVG Binoculars
Observation Deck

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

Gross tonnage

435 Tons



Cruising speed

6.5 knots



49.5 m

Year built




Crew members



Ice Class 1C

Food & Drinks on board the Rembrandt van Rijn

Food onboard is simple and unpretentious but filling. Three good meals of international cuisine are freshly prepared by our cook and offered in an informal buffet style.

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