The Northern Light Boat

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

Excellent! 4.6/5 (18 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 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.

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Houseboat description

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!

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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 showers, but we recommend that you use the shower facilities in the marina.

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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

Motor way

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

18 Reviews - The Northern Light Boat

Excellent! 4.6/5

  1. 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. 

  2. Christian K - Germany

    01 Oct

    Nice weekend trip in Amsterdam Show original

    Cozy houseboat, equipment is good.

    Good free ferry connection to the city.

    As well as good free showers / toilets in the Marina Building

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  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. - the Netherlands

    16 Apr

    Attention: the owner recently cancelled a 3-night booking.
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