The Story behind Norðlýsið   

The translation of the faroese name "Norðlýsið" is "The Northern Light".

Norðlýsið is the second ship built at the Tórshavn Shipyard. They started building on the 20. of april 1943. The material is canadian oak and the design was a sailship with a helping motor. The ship was delivered to the first owner on the 5. of may 1945. The day when World War II ended. Too late to participate in the dangerous but lucrative wartime activities for which it was built. 
The following years Norðlýsið was used for fishing vith both handline, long line and jigging reel. But in 1948 there was a shortage of bait and the ship tried fishing for heering with nets. This was a success and the start of the great heering fishing industry that was crucial for the faroes in the 50s and 60s. 
I 1956 the ship was sold to owners in Klaksvík and reregistered as KG386 Norðlýsið. The ownership returned to Tórshavn and the registration to TN24 Norðlýsið in march 1965

In june 1984 the ship was bought by Aurora Borealis Ltd. The ship was renovated and got the scooner rigging it has today. The famous artist Tróndur Pætursson was primus motor of this transformation.
The ship has since then focused primarily on the leasure industry. The now retired skipper: Birgir Enni has made the ship famous with his special brand of seamanship, hospitality and storytelling.

Our primary mission remains to let you experience the Faroe Islands from the sea. Onboard Norðlýsið you are not a passenger, but a guest. You will feel the difference.

And what better vessel than a vintage wooden sailship?

Lugar (Lu-gaar)

Forecastle (Fo'c'sle)

The room where the crew can shelter from the elements, eat, sleep and socialise.

Originally the room was in front of the cargo hold. Eight berths with benches in front and a small table.

Later the cargo hold was added. Adding six berths with benches and a large table.

Today we can offer fourteen berths. The table seats fourteen people.

The room is designed and built by the faroese artist Tróndur Paturson.