The Northern Light Boat
It's light, luxurious and located in a cool marina in Amsterdam North: welcome aboard the Northern Light Boat
- Very light and bright houseboat
- Next to the buzzing NDSM Wharf
- Just minutes away from the free ferry to Central Station
- Many good restaurants and hip bars around
- free car parking available
And now for something different: meet the Northern Light Boat! This brand new houseboat is designed to provide you with an unforgettable nautical experience in Amsterdam. It is located next to the bustling NDSM wharf, just a few minutes' walk from the free ferry to Central Station. Perfect for families and friends up to 6 people. The ship's name refers to the northern lights that can be seen both from the roof terrace and through the window in the 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 nuisance, nor use of the roof terrace is allowed after 10 pm in the port. No drugs of any kind are allowed in, on or around the boat. Please note that violation of these rules will result in you being removed from the boat and forfeiting your deposit. Sorry, but we have to be strict about this.
The boat is located along the NDSM wharf, a vibrant and artistic area along the Northern bank of the IJ. Here you will find many useful amenities, bars and restaurants. We highly recommend Loetje, our neighbor who officially serves the best steaks in town in his floating restaurant.
Now a little more about our boat. The main elements are light and luxury. That is why we chose to have large windows around the living room and even in the ceiling. This creates a very special atmosphere, with a wide view of the many ships and yachts in the marina. From the lounge's roof terrace, the view is even better - a lovely place to chill in the summer. Just outside the marina you will find the NDSM wharf with the most energetic music and art events, trendy restaurants and bars and a good connection to the city center. The free ferry leaves every few minutes and takes you to Central Station in just 7 minutes.
In total we can accommodate 6 people, quite unique for Amsterdam standards. You stay in a modernly designed floating apartment. Just look at the photos for a good impression.
The boat has central heating and a boiler powered by a small diesel engine. This is useful for short showers, but we recommend taking advantage of the comfortable marina bathrooms located around the corner as the boat is equipped with a 400 liter fresh water tank. The toilet is equipped with a pump and is flushed with outboard water, so this has no effect on the freshwater supply on board.
We offer free parking (very unusual for Amsterdam standards) and there is a bicycle rental where you can rent bicycles for 10 euros per day. During the warmer period we provide large cushions for 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 any noise after 10pm as we want to maintain a good relationship with our neighbors - I'm sure you understand ;-)
And you may have seen the wheel on board - we're sorry to say we don't offer houseboat sailing trips!
uitgezonderd Marina gebied
Heating / cooling
Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking
Cycling / mountain biking
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.
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.
19 Reviews - The Northern Light Boat
Antoine M - France
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!
Anja E - Germany
Virginie T - Belgium
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.
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.
Marcus - Germany
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!
Kiran G - Germany
Interesting accommodation, highly recommended
The houseboat is very nice and recommended highly - sufficient space for 4-6 adults - toilet is pretty small. Information to be made transparent - detailed information was also there from you. It could be better structured and sent - more transparent information on parking required. Or else it might be a problem for tourists. Should be very clear that no free parking available and some nearby paid parking areas should also be made aware