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The Northern Light Boat

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

Good 4.4/5 (31 reviews)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

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. parking is not free, except on the computerweg close by

Houseboat summary

And now for something else: get to know the Northern Light Boat! This brand new houseboat is designed to give you 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 name of the ship refers to the northern lights that can be seen from both 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 pollution, nor use of the roof terrace is allowed after 10 p.m. in the harbor. No drugs of any kind are allowed in, on or around the boat. Please note that if you violate these rules you will be removed from the boat and your deposit will be lost. Sorry, but we have to be strict about this.

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Houseboat description

The boat is located along the NDSM wharf, a bustling 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 at his floating restaurant.

Now a little more about our boat. The main elements are light and luxurious. That's why we chose to have large windows all around the living room and even in the ceiling. This creates a very special atmosphere, with a panoramic view of the many ships and yachts in the marina. The view from the roof terrace of the lounge is even better - a lovely place to chill out in the summer period. Just outside the marina you will find the NDSM wharf with the most energetic music and art events, hip 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 modern designed floating apartment. Take a 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 making use of the comfortable marina bathrooms which are just around the corner as the boat is fitted with a 400 liter fresh water tank. The toilet is equipped with a pump and is flushed with outboard water, so this has no influence 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!

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Registration number

uitgezonderd Marina gebied

Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

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

King size beds: 2
Single bed: 2


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

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Number of bathrooms: 1
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


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


0.1 km


20 km

Ferry port

0.2 km


2 km

Night club

0.5 km


0.1 km

Super market

0.2 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

31 Reviews - The Northern Light Boat

Good 4.4/5

  1. Hamid K - Germany

    05 Jul

    Short break on Northern Light Show original

    It was a very nice time on the boat. Nothing was missing in the boat. The area is great and relaxing, the ferry to the city is practical and quick. The kids had a lot of fun.

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  2. Gilles F - Switzerland

    08 Aug

    Very nice stay on the boat Show original

    Pleasant stay on this comfortable boat for 5 people (3 children and adolescents). The atmosphere of the Marina is pleasant.

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  3. Imme H - Germany

    10 Apr

    Nice boat, okay Service

    We expected a bit more for the price. The boat is nice, but we missed things like wine glasses or cushions for the chairs at the rooftop. The description of how to get there was unnecessarily complicated, why didn't they just show us the gate right in front of the boat? Plus the code for the gate was wrong, so we had to ask around for the right combination. In addition, the communication was not very friendly.

  4. Maike H - Germany

    29 May

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    We (4 adults) had a lovely weekend here. The kitchen is well equipped and the beds are comfortable. Water in the kitchen very warm, unfortunately we couldn't manage that in the bathroom, but that's what the sanitary facilities in the marina were for. Arthur sent all the information and pictures in advance that helped us on board. We would book again if we come back to AMS.

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  5. 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. 

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