The Norðlýsið is the second ship that was built by the shipyard in Tórshavn. It was finished on the 5th of May 1945. On the second world war ended. The ship was rigged as a smack with main and mizzen masts.
Until the late 70s, The Norðlýsið was used for fishing with handline, longline, jigging reel and nets. It served it's owners well and was the trailblazer of the great hearing adventure, that sustained the Faroe Island fishery in the 60s.
In the 80s the Faroese artist Tróndur Patursson acquired the retired ship and rebuilt it into the fantastic blue schooner that we know and love today. He considers Norðlýsið among his greatest works of art.
Here you see the original drawing that the artist made of his vision of how the ship was going to look. His inspiration came from the beautiful schooners built in Marstal in Denmark.
Naturally, the artist was not alone. The work went on during the 80s and a group of enthusiasts formed around the project. We think that everyone with skills or money at the time was participating. It is not far from the thruth.
Since the 90s Norðlýsið has offered its services in the tourist trade. The well-known skipper Birgir Enni, who was one of the main characters in the 80s rebuild, has made the ship an icon of Faroese hospitality. He retired in 2019, but the tradition of hospitality and good seamanship is embedded in the oak planks forever. New able hands are on the steering pole and the purpose is unchanged. To give you a unique experience of the Faroe Islands in a safe and friendly environment.
From January 2020 to May 2021 the ship went into dry dock for major restoration and improvements. The engine was replaced and new sails fitted. Improvements have also been made to the general conditions for our guests and crew. Two modern toilets are onboard and the large salon has modern ventilation and heating. The kitchen has been upgraded to restaurant standards.