Our Little Ship

Hjalmar Bjørge is a 23m ex-Norwegian ice-class rescue vessel purchased by us in 2002. Since undergoing an extensive refurbishment this outstanding small ship combines luxury and comfort with seaworthiness eminently suited to adventurous sea voyages for up to 12 passengers. The vessel is currently MCA “Cat 2” (60 miles from a safe haven). She has the capability if required, to have this coding up-rated to Cat 0 (unrestricted worldwide) and in summer 2005 completed a successful cruise of the Faroe Islands and northern coast of Iceland.

Hjalmar Bjorge is an ideal platforms from which both individuals and groups can explore beautiful North West Scotland or further afield. There are many thousands of miles of coast to explore in Scotland and beyond and we would like to show you some of the most remote parts of it. The beauty of a vessel the size of Hjalmar Bjorge is that it’s large enough to contain comfortable cabins and saloon but small enough to drop anchor in the most inaccessible and picturesque locations that sailors on larger cruise ships can only dream about. If you’d like to share this experience with a small number of like-minded guests (no more than 12 in total) then you’ve come to the right place.


The Northern Light Cruising Company has been proud to own and/or represent a number of other vessels since we began in 1995. Read more about Chalice, Poplar Diver, Elizabeth G and Hans Hansson.

What our customers say

Excellent company, friendly & helpful crew, lovely meals, exquisite scenery, marvellous sightings, I could go on...

Pam C, London


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