How to Visit the Ship

Come aboard and see the historic Arctic Sunrise for yourself! Here you'll find details on setting up public and private tours, accessibility, FAQs, and where to find us.

© Jung Taekyong / Greenpeace


San Francisco: Free Public Tours Saturday September 1st , Sunday September 2nd, Saturday September 8th, and Sunday September 9th from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Pier 19
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tours will occur continuously throughout the day. Depending on the number of visitors, the wait could be up to 30 minutes. Any cancellation of tours will be listed on and on the Facebook event.

Private or Group Tours

Private group tours can be scheduled for groups of 12 or more. Let us know if you are interested in an educational tour or have a community group interested in visiting the ship. Please email your inquiry to


For those visiting the ship, please keep in mind that the Arctic Sunrise is a working vessel. There is a steep and narrow gangway to cross in order to board the ship. Please remember that there is inherent instability to a ship in water, and there will be steep stairs involved in the tour. We recommend wearing close-toed shoes. Arctic Sunrise crew members will be prepared to provide an equivalent, virtual tour experience for those wishing to visit the ship but who are unable to complete the tour. Service animals are allowed on board.


What should I wear?

The Arctic Sunrise is a working ship. Please wear sturdy and flat shoes, and dress appropriately for outside weather.

Is the ship wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, the Arctic Sunrise is not wheelchair accessible, however we want all visitors to be able to tour the ship. Arctic Sunrise crew members will be prepared to provide an equivalent, virtual tour experience for those wishing to visit the ship but who are unable to complete the tour.

Are there bathrooms on the ship?

There are no public restrooms on the ship, however porta-toilets will be available.

Do I need to make a reservation?

No reservation is needed to attend an Open Boat tour of the Arctic Sunrise. Tours will take place September 1st and 2nd and September 8th and 9th from 10:00 AM PT- 5:00 PM PT and are on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to schedule a group tour, please send an email to

How long will the tour last?

Tours of the ship will last approximately 30 minutes. However, there will be Greenpeace staff and volunteers on the pier to continue answering your questions and talking about the important steps being taken to stop plastic pollution in our oceans. We’ve also been a part of a growing movement in California to protect our climate and local communities by calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to be a REAL climate leader and phase out dirty oil and gas extraction in the state.

What will the tour include?

Each tour group can take up to 20 visitors, and four tour groups can be aboard the Arctic Sunrise at a time. Tour groups will move through five “stations” – on the pier to view the whole ship, on the outside rear deck, the bridge, the bow and into the hold of the ship. Visitors will hear from the ship’s crew, Greenpeace staff and learn about the important steps being taken to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to be a REAL climate leader.

Note: Living quarters, galley, and engine room are not included in the tour.

What’s the best way to get to Pier 19 on The Embarcadero? Is there parking?

There are several ways to get to Pier 19 on The Embarcadero. Public transportation is always best, but if arriving by car, there are several pay lots in the area. The closest parking lot to Pier 19 is the SP Parking lot. If coming by public transportation, Pier 19 is located by the The Embarcadero & Green St. light rail stop and The Embarcadero & Greenwich St. light rail stop.

Can I buy a Greenpeace T-Shirt at the ship?

No, we will not have t-shirts available for purchase.

Will there be tours available in Spanish?

Yes, we will be offering tours in Spanish and English. 

Can I bring my pet(s)?

Animals are not permitted aboard the Arctic Sunrise. Service animals are permitted.

Is it family/kid friendly?

Absolutely, families and children are more than welcome to visit the Arctic Sunrise. Strollers are difficult to handle on the tour, as there are a lot of stairs in the tour itself. Our quayside volunteers can mind strollers while you are on board.

Can I volunteer on the ship while the Arctic Sunrise is in Seattle?

Yes, please fill out this form.

What is the purpose of the Arctic Sunrise coming to San Francisco?

In most ports we visit around the world, Greenpeace invites the public on board our ships to learn about maritime operations, the history of the environmental movement and our organization, and to get involved in the environmental campaigns that we work on.

The focus of the Arctic Sunrise’s visit to San Francisco in September 2018 is to urge California Governor, Governor Jerry Brown to use his upcoming Climate Summit to be a true climate leader and commit to phasing out fossil fuels.

Where to Find Us After San Francisco


Dates and info for Hawaii to come soon.

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