Expedition 2022/2023

European Tour 2023

In beginning of June 2023, Götheborg of Sweden will play an important role in the 400-year jubilee of the ship's home port, the city of Gothenburg. Starting at the end of March, the European Tour 2023 will take the ship from Barcelona to Gothenburg with several port stops along the way. More information about the planned sailing schedule will be released shortly. 

400-year anniversary

Beginning of June 2023, Götheborg will return to its home port Gothenburg to play an important role in the 400-year jubilee of the city of Gothenburg! The Swedish East India Company and its ships played a central role in the development and history of the city of Gothenburg – and the ship Götheborg of Sweden is a symbol of the era that laid the foundation of what Gothenburg is today. We are delighted to be part of the celebrations.

A great expedition

Götheborg of Sweden had been laying still for six years, when she left the keyside in August 2021, sailing from Gothenburg to Stockholm and back. This sailing adventure was just the warmup for a longer sailing expedition, and in June 2022 the ship headed out again.

In 2022 Götheborg of Sweden completed a very successful expedition around Europe, making twelve different portstops. More than 50,000 people visited the ship, and close to 500 people experienced what it is like sailing on an 18th century ship while sailing as deckhands between the various ports. 

The original plan when the ship set sail in 2022 was to sail to Asia and arrive in Shanghai in September 2023. Read more about why this plan has been postponed.

Will you join us?

During the expedition, hundreds of people will sail with us as deckhands, joining different sailing legs for a once in a lifetime experience of sailing an 18th century ship. Deckhand are not required to have any previous sailing experience to join us.  

The ship will make stopovers in exciting ports and cities along the route. We will invite thousands of visitors from the public on board to experience our 18th century ship.

The ship's history

Good stories are worth to be told, particularly the story of Götheborg of Sweden. The Swedish East India Company, one of Sweden’s most successful brands in history, was founded in the year of 1731. The Trade Company traded with China and completed a total of 132 voyages with 37 ships until it ceased in 1813. In 1993 the Swedish East India Company was re-established in order to revive, manage, operate, and develop the art of Swedish shipbuilding and seamanship.

About the ship

It’s not easy to build an 18th-century ship in full 1:1 scale without the help of any original drawings. It doesn’t make it any easier when solely using the tools, building methods and materials of that time. In addition to that, the ship has to fulfill today’s safety requirements from authorities. However, sometimes, impossible dreams grow wings and take flight. Götheborg of Sweden is today the largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship in the world.

About the company

The ship Götheborg is owned by SOIC and bare boat chartered by Rederi Götheborg AB. SOIC and Rederi Götheborg AB are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Greencarrier AB. Greencarrier Group is a family-owned Swedish company with over 40 years of history specialising in logistics solutions. 

Sail with us!

Did you know that you can sail on board Götheborg as a paying deckhand? Anyone can apply! Experience life on board and learn how to sail an 18th century ship. Join us on a unique sailing adventure!   

Visit us!

Come on board and visit the ship! Learn about the history of the East India Companies and the adventures of the original Götheborg that sailed three times to Asia. Hear modern tales of sailing an 18th century ship, and about the exciting expedition to Asia. Feel the authentic atmosphere, including the smell of tar, and listen to everything from captivating stories, to the tremendous art of shipbuilding.

Latest news

Opening hours in February

02 February 2023

In February and the first week of March we are open on Saturdays. We offer guided tours in English with one of our crew members. Please make sure to prebook your tickets online to save your spot! 

Sail for free on board Götheborg

26 January 2023

We now offer a unique opportunity to sail for free on board the Götheborg during the first six weeks of this year’s sailing adventure. Sign on in Barcelona mid-March and sign off in the Brittany/Normandie area right at the end of April. This is a bucket list sailing adventure that you don’t want to miss!

First stopover: Sète, France

26 January 2023

The first stopover on the European Tour 2023 will be beautiful Sète in the south of France. Between 24–27 March will be moored at Quai d'Alger at the heart of Sète. With the release of the first sailing destination of the European Tour 2023, the first and last stopover are now official.