Feel the wind in your face as you glide acros the water on your Grand Marais Hjordis Schooner Outing. The Hjørdis is a 1978 gaff-rigged schooner that bears the name of a Norwegian goddess. The schooner was used as a houseboat for 12 years in the Bahamas prior to its arrival in Lake Superior. In recent years it became part of the Lake Superior Education Program, which operates within the North House Folk School in Grand Marais.
LOCATION: On the Harbor 500 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604
| (218) 387-9762 | Website • 0.4 mi From Hotel
Originally, people sailed Lake Superior for utilitarian reasons: fishing and transportation. The Hjørdis is similar to the schooners used by the Scandinavians who settled this region but it sports some modern safety features and claims a completely different mission. The Lake Superior Education Program often works with organized groups but 80% of the participants in its Freshwater Studies Sail inquire individually at the dock in Grand Marais.
The flagship of the Grand Marais Harbor, Hjørdis shares the name of the mythical Norse goddess of war. Take a trip on this 50’ traditionally-rigged steel schooner and gain access to both the largest lake in the world and experience Grand Marais as it was approached in the centuries before Highway 61 — from the water.
Reservations: You can BOOK YOUR RESERVATION ONLINE up to one hour before the scheduled sail. Beyond that, call North House for availability. Per Coast Guard regulations, we can accommodate up to 6 guests per sail. Regardless of age, each passenger counts towards our 6 guest limit, and therefore must be registered. All youth up through age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. As the boat cannot simply return to shore upon request, North House recommends serious consideration before deciding to bring youth ages 0-5 aboard.
Each sail requires a minimum of 3 guests. If the minimum number of guests is not met, the captain may cancel that sail. Alternatively, if two passengers are registered and arrive to find that the minimum number of guests has not been met, they may “float the boat” by paying an additional $10 each which will allow the sail to happen.
Booking & Cancellation Policy
A credit card is required to hold your reservation but will not be charged until the sail. If you cancel your booking more than 48 hours in advance, you will not be charged. If you cancel fewer than 48 hours in advance or do not show up for your sail, your card will be charged the full amount.
More Reservations Detail
Our captains reserve the right to cancel a sail due to weather, equipment failure, or failure to meet the minimum number of guests. If we do cancel a sail, your card will not be charged. We will do our best to notify you ahead of time that your sail is cancelled by phone and email. If you do not get a call from us, assume that your sail is going ahead as scheduled.
Check-in and What to Bring
- Please arrive 15 minutes before your sail is scheduled to depart. Check in at the Yellow Building (School Store).
- Please dress warmly. Out on the lake, the temperature is often at least 10 degrees cooler than on land. Dress in layers and bring a jacket. Sunglasses, a winter hat, mittens, and scarf are recommended.
- You are welcome to bring snacks or beverages along. Water is a great idea.
- If you are bringing a young person who weighs less than 50 lbs, you will need to provide your own PFD.
- Dogs do not make good crew members, and are therefore not allowed on the schooner.
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North Shore & Grand Marais Major Attractions Guide
Our North Shore & Grand Marais Major Attractions Guide singles out a variety of things to do in the area that visitors have rated as ‘must see/do’. Don’t limit yourself to this list – be sure to browse the rest of the guide for a better idea of what the Lake Superior North Shore area has to offer.
Grand Marais is a small village built along Minnesota’s Lake Superior North Shore and situated on a doubled-harbor stone outcropping of the shoreline. It is found on Highway 61, an All-American road and national Scenic Byway that skirts the North Shore. Grand Marais offers something to do for literally all kinds of visitors.
Outdoor activities are plenty year-round. If outdoors isn’t your ‘thing’, you’ll enjoy shopping while your partner is outdoors, and you’ll both enjoy the variety of dining experiences. Be sure to keep in mind that many restaurants and shops are only open seasonally, so call ahead to check.
View North Shore & Grand Marais Major Attractions Guide Guide.