The Northern Light Boat

It's light, luxurious and located in a cool marina in Amsterdam North: welcome aboard the Northern Light Boat

Excellent! 4.8/5 (16 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Very light and bright houseboat
  2. Next to the buzzing NDSM Wharf
  3. Just minutes away from the free ferry to Central Station
  1. Many good restaurants and hip bars around
  2. free car parking available

Houseboat summary

And now for something different: meet the Northern Light Boat! This brand new houseboat is designed to give you an unforgettable nautical experience in Amsterdam. It's located next to the buzzing NDSM Wharf, just a few minutes walking from the free ferry to Central Station. Perfect for families and friends up to 6 persons. The name of the ship refers to the Northern Light that can be seen from the roof terrace, as well as through the window in living room ceiling. And the boat is docked in the Northern part of the city. So what's in a name!

Important note: this is not a party boat. No noise, nor use of the roof terrace is allowed after 22.00 is allowed in the harbor. No drugs of any kind are allowed in, on or around the boat. Please note that on violation of these rules you will be removed from the boat and you will lose your deposit. Sorry, but we have to be strict about this.

Houseboat description

The boat is located along the NDSM Wharf, a buzzing and artistic area along the Northern shore of the IJ-river. Here you will find many convenient utilities, bars and restaurants. We highly recommend Loetje, our neighbor who is serving officially the best steaks in town in his floating restaurant. 

Now something more about our boat. The key elements are light and luxury. So we have chosen to have large windows all around the living room and even  in the ceiling. This creates a very special atmosphere, with panoramic views over the many ships and yachts in the marina. From the lounge roof terrace the view is even better - a wonderful place to chill out during the summer period. Just outside the marina you find the NDSM Wharf with the most energizing music and art events, hip restaurants and bars, and a good connection with the city centre. The free ferry leaves every few minutes and takes you to Central Station in just 7 minutes.

In total we can accommodate 6 persons, quite unique for Amsterdam standards. You will be staying in a modern designed floating apartment. Just take a look at the pictures to get a good impression.

The boat has central heating and a boiler, powered by a small diesel engine. This is convenient for short showers, but we recommend to use the comfortable marina bathroom facilities that are located just around the corner since the boat is equipped with a 400 liter freshwater tank. The toilet is equipped with a pump and is flushed with outboard water, so this does not affect the fresh water supply aboard. 

We offer free parking space (very unusual for Amsterdam standards) and there is a bike rental where you can rent bikes for 10 euro per day. During the warmer period, we provide big pillows to use on the roof terrace.

Please note that our boat is not a party boat and no drugs or loud music are allowed in or on board. Also we kindly ask not to make noise after 22.00 since we want to keep a good relationship with our neighbors - I'm sure you'll understand ;-)

And you might have seen the steering wheel aboard - sorry to say we don't offer sailing trips with the houseboat!

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 13:00 and 00:00.

Check out before 11:00.


2 Bedrooms, 6 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 2
Number of single beds: 2


The bathroom has a sink, toilet and shower. You can use the shower for short showering, but we recommend to use the shower facilities in the marina. 


Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Holiday Resort
Lake / Riverside


Fully Equipped Kitchen
Microwave / Oven

Linen Provided
Towels Provided
Dining Table & Chairs


Satellite / Cable Tv
WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating

The heating is powered by a small diesel engine during the day and electric heating during the night. This is quite different from regular houses, but we provide clear instructions so nothing to worry about.


Panoramic Views

City Views

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking




20 km


0 km


20 km

Ferry port

0 km

Motor way

2 km

Night club

0 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

1 km

How to get there

From Central Station you take the free ferry to the NDSM Wharf. This is a 7 minute boat ride, and from there it is a few minutes walking to Amsterdam Marina. You can also come by car. In that case you can use the free parking facilities around the corner.

About the area

The NDSM Wharf is the cultural and musical centre of Amsterdam North. Here you can enjoy many great restaurants and bars (we provide a full list on arrival) and the city centre is just one free boat ride away. 

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Houseboat owner


I am a b&B owner already for 11 years, Also I was a nurse for 33 years so I think I know what people need to feel happy. I am a good listner and I am fast when for example the electricity stops on one of my boats.

Response time
Normally within 4 hours
Language spoken
English, Dutch, German, French

16 Reviews - The Northern Light Boat

Excellent! 4.8/5

  1. Anna S - England

    02 Aug


    absolutely epic stay on the northern light. The NSDM Wharf is a BRILLIANT location, super tranquil at night but an urban paradise away from the crazy tourists during the day. The ferry is a pleasure to ride, parking is easy and getting daily supplies from the supermarket and coffee shops etc a breeze. 

    The house boat is great, had everything we needed. The washing and showering facilities are TOP CLASS. We stayed with our 3 young kids and it was perfect. 

  2. Antoine M - France

    30 Sep

    Great week on a classy boat

    Hello, my friends and I went on the Northern Light and we had a wonderful week. Indeed, the rooms are big enough for a boat, with really comfortable beds, kitchen with equipment and whatever you could need once on the boat. The marina is quiet and next to the ferry station, so it's easy to go to the center
    Thank you, Arthur, for the trip, maybe we will come back one day!

  3. Bernadette C - Ireland

    10 Jul

    Northern lights

    Beautiful houseboat. Myself and my husband loved the whole area- my 2 boys preferred the city!! The location of the houseboat may not suit everyone- this should be made clear prior to booking, on the initial description I think. We really enjoyed the local pizzeria and pllek. Good weather would have helped! I would book again. Enjoyed the trip. Ferry crossing  always on time etc it would be useful to have some information on local facilities on the boat for guests.  Bernie

  4. Christian K - Germany

    01 Oct

    Schöner Wochenendtrip in Amsterdam

    Gemütliches Hausboot, Ausstattung ist Gut.

    Gute kostenlose Verbindung mit der Fähre in die City.

    Sowie gute kostenlose Duschen / WC im Marina Building

  5. Marcus - Germany

    20 Apr

    Unforgettable stay in Amsterdam

    We stayed at this houseboat in April, and it was superb. It was really hot for the time of the year and we could sit at the roof terrace all day. The city was just on the other side of the water, for which you can take a free ferry. We knew the inner city already, but were surprised about the Northern party of Amsterdam. This is where the boat is docked and we really enjoyed the cool restaurants. You must go to PLLEK for sure, this is an super relaxed beach kind of place, but also 'Noorderlicht' was just perfect to chill out. The boat itself is very light and luxurious. Please note that there is a separate shower in the Marina, very comfortable but not on the boat itself (there is a shower, but water supply is limited since the boat is not connected to the regular water system. For us it was not a problem at all and we can only recommend staying here!

  6. Penny M - the United States

    25 Jul

    Great stay!

    I stayed on the boat with two friends for three nights. The instructions on how to arrive and get access were very clear and it is a short free ferry ride from Amsterdam Central. The boat was well equipped and right next to a lovely restaurant and convenience store. The showers in the marina were wonderful!. It was nice to be on north shore and away from busy city but with easy access when you wanted to visit sites. I would stay again. 

  7. Anja C - France

    02 Jun

    Amazing place

    Excellent holiday we had a great stay.

    The house boat is on a top location easy to go to the center of  Amsterdam and at the same time after a busy day a great place to relax.

    Thanks to the owner for all the information en help. 

    Hope to come back one day.



  8. Georg S - Germany

    27 Aug


    We had two great nights on the houseboat and we enjoyed it very much. It's very nice and modern and a great location for a trip to Amsterdam, especially because of the distance and reachability to the City. Only negative point was the heat in the houseboat at day. Temperatur till 40 degrees.

  9. Hamid K - Germany

    05 Jul

    Kurzurlaub auf Northern Light

    Es war eine sehr schöne Zeit auf dem Boot. Es fehlte nichts im Boot. Die Umgebung toll und erholsam, Fähre in die Stadt praktisch und schnell. Die Kinder hatten viel Spaß. 

  10. Virginie T - Belgium

    16 Aug

    Peaceful and luminous, close to city center

    Very nice boat house, luminous with all the windows with views on the marina. Well equipped. Very easy to reach Amsterdam center.

    Thank you.

    PS : As improvement, I would add metallic add-ons inside of the 2 doors, in order to be able to close them also from inside, much more easy.

  11. Michelle N - England

    05 Nov

    Great option for staying in Amsterdam

    Boat is nicely situated just 15min boat ride from central station. Clean & all we needed for our family trip to Amsterdam. Heating is abit noisy at night time in the back bedroom but this would noy be a problem in the summer months

  12. Edwina J - Canada

    27 Apr

    Perfect spot for our family

    We were 2 kids, 4 adults and the houseboat was perfect for our use! A lovey unique alternative to hotel accommodations. 

    Conveniently located a short ferry ride from Centraal Amsterdam. Only the short bridge from the marina to the ferry wharf was under construction so the walk was extended ever so slightly. The free ferry to the city was a nice bonus. There is a Hema located just next to the marina for supplies as needed. Just heed the hours as we often arrived back at the houseboat and the hema was closed.  

    Also there are laundry facilities at the marina but they operate on tokens that must be purchased from the marina office that also has specific hours. 

    The houseboat is outfitted in a lovely modern aesthetic. There are 2 bedrooms and a pullout couch. The kitchen is complete with fridge, stove, kettle, toaster coffeemaker, pots, pan, utensils, everything you would need . The bathroom is very snug; but the bathrooms and showers in the marina are spacious, clean and only a short walk away. 

    The marina has a very busy restaurant that we tried out. It was a long wait but luckily they managed to for us in. The marina is otherwise very quiet and an adjacent parking lot was convenient for us. 

  13. Daniel M - Germany

    26 Aug

    Nice boat, great location for the festival we went

    It was a nice weekend. We enjoyed the stay.The boat was very clean and comfortable. Just the sun got a little problem. The temperature was above 40 degrees in the living room.

  14. - the Netherlands

    16 Apr

    Attention: Owner recently cancelled a 3-night booking.
  15. Anja E - Germany

    22 May


    Helles, sauberes Hausboot, Toplage, große, saubere Duschkabinen in der Marina. Wir haben das Wochenende zu viert sehr genossen, gerne wieder!

  16. Patrick L - Germany

    15 Aug

    Great weekend overall

    We had a great weekend and really enjoyed the houseboat. The rooftop was ideal for the evening and the marina provided enough showers in the morning. During daytime we explored the city of Amsterdam which was easily accessable with the free ferry. We will most definitlely come back!

  17. Laura R - Germany

    03 Oct

    Unique Place!

    We had a great time on the House boat. Check in and out was easy, the boat was cosy and clean! A unique place to stay. Thanks!

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