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The Meander was built in 1946 at a German shipyard in Hamburg, which at the time was known for building strong ships. Equipped with an ice-reinforced hull, the ship is ideally suited for the Arctic. The Meander functioned as a fishing vessel until the 1990s before being converted into a luxury sailing ship for passenger transport in 1995.

Today, the Meander can carry 12 passengers and five crew members. The ship sails at a good speed and offers comfort and cosiness. The Meander is built according to Dutch regulations and equipped for unlimited sailing areas. Modern navigation equipment, generators and even solar panels ensure that we can be self-sufficient for a long time. Central heating and a sauna keep things nice and warm on board.

The traditional rigging and robust underwater hull make this two-masted staysail schooner a particularly seaworthy sailing vessel. Thanks to its hull shape and length, the Meander moves smoothly in a seaway. The easy handling of the sails and the good sailing characteristics mean that even people without sailing experience can actively participate in sailing.

Our finest spot on board is the great seating and dining area on the Meander’s campaign deck. If necessary, shelter from the sun or rain. Furthermore, the front and middle decks offer additional seating areas. There is air conditioning on the ship for warm regions and if it is cold, we have a good central heating system. A small sauna is available for enthusiasts.

The deckhouse has a cosy saloon with a separate kitchen and all-round views of the surroundings. A beer tap and central fridge with soft drinks and wines are available. Below deck are the comfortable double cabins, each with a washbasin. Two separate showers and three separate toilets.

Book a trip in northern Norway or even Spitsbergen on the Meander. You will find all the co-sailing trips further down the page

Ship Type
Staysail schooner
Ship type
Sailing area
Polar region


  • 6 x double cabin
  • Sink in all cabins
  • 220V European sockets
  • Incl. bed linen
  • Cooker
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Coffee machine
  • Kettle
  • 2 Comfort cabins with toilet & 2 toilets in the corridor
  • 2 Comfort cabins with toilet & 2 showers in the corridor
  • Sauna
  • Central heating throughout the ship
  • Beer tap
  • Airco
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer


Ship Type

Stag sail schooner

Year built/shipyard

1946, Hamburg(D)

Home port



30,00m / 6,40m / 2,85m



Sail Area

max. 400m²

Standard Sails

Schooner sail, foresail, inner and outer jib, 2 staysails


MAK (300PS)


Ice class , deck benches, gangway, rain canopy

Expedition Sailing Tours

Are you looking for an active sailing trip in a breathtaking area such as Spitsbergen or the Lofoten Islands? Then join us on an Arctic sailing expedition on the motorised sailing ship Meander. Help set the sails and steer the ship. Go on unique hikes, observe the Arctic wildlife and listen to many interesting lectures on board. The focus of these voyages is on the overall Arctic experience and exploration of the area rather than the sailing itself. Sailing is of course always organised when wind and weather permit.

11 November
 to 18 November 2024
€ 2185
  7 days
  Polar region
Aboard the motorsailer Meander in November, we have the rare pleasure of exploring the coast of northern Norway in the glow of the northern lights. This is the ideal time of year to observe orcas and humpback whales.