Explore North


Member of The Explorers Club, Jon Amtrup has been sailing and writing for most of his life – and intends to continue. He has sailed up and down the Norwegian coast in the last 15 years, and written two books about it.  

Nowadays Jon runs a podcast about sailing, runs his own yacht - S/Y Njord - and works as a captain and ocean activist.

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Interview with Jon Amtrup

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Jon studied political science, sociology and Eastern European studies at the University of Oslo, journalism in Bodø and PR and management at Norwegian Business School. He has worked as a journalist in newspapers and magazines in Norway, and as a freelancer contributing to SEILmagasinet and various international sailing magazines.

He has also written the sailing autobiography of HR King Harald of Norway.

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Sailing in Greenland. Photo credits Jon Amtrup

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Jon crossed the North Sea 13 times, the Atlantic twice, and competed in a number of short-handed regattas, both national and international.

He has assisted several high latitude sailing expeditions with advice and weather routing assistance, and delivered a number of yachts.

Jon sailed also in Greenland, circumnavigated Svalbard - and has written "Sail to Svalbard", a comprehensive guide that will help you preparing the boat and crew, providing guidance through the application process, available harbors and anchorages for the whole archipelago.


Vast majority of expedition sailors had a pleasure to read his book "High Latitude Sailing" co-written with Bob Shepton. With practical advice, stunning photography and first-hand accounts of voyages from world-renowned experts, this book offers hard-won wisdom on all aspects of sailing in cold waters!

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