- Name: SORLANDET
- Class: A
- Nationality: Norway
- Year built: 1927
- Home port: Kristiansand, Norway
- Rig: Ship
- Height: 34.44 m
- Length: 56.70 m
- Entered by: Stiftelsen Fullriggeren Sørlandet
- Areas of operation: Northern Europe, Baltic
- Number of trainees: 70
- Number of permanent crew: 20
- Blue Flag Member: Yes
The Sail Training Ship SORLANDET is owned and administrated by a non-profit foundation. The objective of the ship’s sailing activities is to offer the general public an experience in traditional life on board a tall ship, as well as maintaining the ship by active use. SORLANDET is open for charter cruises, participating in hired port festivals and related specialized projects as well as welcoming individual trainees to join attractive prearranged summer cruises of various lengths against a set cruise fee. People of all ages between 15 and 70 of both sexes and all nationalities are welcomed to participate as trainees. No previous sailing experience is required. Detailed instructions will be given on board. You will learn new skills, such as: being a helmsman, lookout, safety, and participating in active sail manoeuvres. To climb the masts is voluntary but proper instructions will be given by the ship’s professional crew. We offer the individual participant an unforgettable tall ship experience with lots of challenges. The ship’s permanent crew of 15 will do their utmost to please new and old hands.
The SORLANDET was built in Kristiansand, Norway, in 1927 as a full-rigged ship for training young people for the merchant marine. As the demand for regular training of young seamen decreased in the seventies, she extended the activities to welcome the general public on board. The name SORLANDET comes from the southern region of Norway – it means the southern land.
The SORLANDET keeps 1A1* class in DET NORSKE VERITAS and has all necessary certificates for world wide trade. Her capacity is 70 trainees. No serious accidents have happened during her many years of existence.
•In local waters: 150 passengers
•Alongside: 200 guests
•The oldest full-rigged ship in operation in the world
•First Norwegian training ship that crossed the Atlantic in 1933
•First tall ship in the world to offer sail training for women (1981)
•Participated in the first international race for tall ships in 1956
•Participated in several port festivals in Europe and in the USA
The SORLANDET’s High protector is HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.