Hurtigruten Fleet

Hurtigruten Fleet

  • The Ships Servicing the Norwegian Coastal Route
  • MS Midnatsol
  • MS Trollfjord
  • MS Finnmarken
  • MS Polarlys - newly refurbished
  • MS Kong Harald - newly refurbished
  • MS Nordlys - newly refurbished
  • MS Nordkapp - newly refurbished
  • MS Nordnorge - newly refurbished
  • MS Richard With - newly refurbished
  • MS Vesterålen
  • MS Lofoten
  • MS Spitsbergen
  • MS Fram - refurbished 2020
  • MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • MS Roald Amundsen
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  • The Ships Servicing the Norwegian Coastal Route

    The Hurtigruten fleet consists of fourteen ships with eleven operating on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage route at any one time.

    Take a tour of the refurbished MS Polarlys.

    Nine out of 11 ships travelling along the Norwegian coast now have their own on-board Expedition Team and serve as a university at sea. Interesting lectures inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters they sail in. The Expedition Team will host a lecture programme and evening gatherings daily.

    Out on deck you can participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, you can take part in hikes and activities during the journey. The dedicated Expedition Teams have one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage.


    MS Midnatsol

    MS Midnatsol took her maiden voyage along the Norwegian coast in April 2003 and has become a favourite. The ship has similar capacity and facilities to her sister ship MS Trollfjord with large panorama lounges, cafés and bars; an ideal blend of traditional and 21st century design. Her light public rooms are perfect for viewing the scenic coast. The sun deck is equipped with two Jacuzzis and a fitness room.

    Special features:

    • Two-story panorama lounge
    • Top deck and other bars
    • Cafe
    • Library
    • Sun deck
    • Restaurant
    • Separate a la carte dining room
    • Conference rooms
    • Playrooms
    • Sauna and Jacuzzi
    • Expedition Team on board

    Click here for the Midnatsol Deckplan.

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    MS Trollfjord

    MS Trollfjord is a magnificent ship deservedly bearing the name of one of the most dramatic sights on the voyage. The interior design was influenced by the coastal scenery and the wide windows in the panorama lounges provide excellent viewing. Cafés, bars, a conference area, Jacuzzi and exercise room are all equipped to a high standard. The latest technology ensures the ship’s propulsion system produces the minimum of noise and vibration.

    Special features:

    • Expedition Team
    • Two-storey panorama lounge
    • Bars
    • Café
    • Library
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Separate á la carte dining room
    • Playroom
    • Young Explorers (in 2017)
    • Sauna
    • Jacuzzi
    • Fitness room
    • Shop

    Click here to see the deck plan for MS Trollfjord.

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    Image above - Suite M, Room 782, Expedition Suite


    MS Finnmarken

    MS Finnmarken was built in 2002 and belongs to the same class as the MS Trollfjord and MS Midnatsol. She is the only ship with both a swimming pool and a jacuzzi on deck. Another unique feature MS Finnmarken is the accessibility of her bow - you can walk all the way to the front of the boat. The ship is beautifullly appointed and decorated in an Art Nouveau style.

    Special features:

    • Expedition Team (from 2018)
    • Swimming pool and Jacuzzi on deck
    • Top deck features a panorama lounge
    • Fitness room
    • Sauna with a view
    • Babettes Café with sitting space both inside and outside
    • Bar
    • Wi-Fi
    • Library
    • Conference room
    • Playroom
    • Young Explorer Programme
    • Café
    • Shop
    • Restaurant
    • Á la carte restaurant
    • Lift
    • Car deck

    Click here to see the deck plan for MS Finnmarken.





    MS Polarlys - newly refurbished

    There are unparalleled views from almost every quarter of this stylish vessel. Polished brass and wood, sculptures, carvings and a fine selection of Norwegian contemporary art are found alongside the comfort of the bars, café, conference rooms and restaurant.

    Special features:

    • Expedition Team
    • Refurbished in 2016
    • Three restaurants
    • Multe bakery and ice cream bar
    • Explorer bar lounge
    • Wi-Fi
    • Sauna
    • Fitness room
    • Lift
    • Conference room
    • Car deck
    • Jacuzzi

    Click here to see the deck plan for MS Polarlys.

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    MS Kong Harald - newly refurbished

    Named after the King of Norway, this majestic ship also pays tribute to other famous Norwegians and includes the Nansen club bar and Amundsen café. True to tradition, many local artists have put their own individual stamp on this elegant vessel, with distinctive works displayed throughout.

    Special features:

    • Expedition Team
    • Refurbished in 2016
    • Three restaurants
    • Bar
    • Panoramic lounge
    • Wi-Fi (for payment)
    • Sauna
    • Fitness room
    • Lift
    • Conference room
    • Car deck
    • Jacuzzi

    Click here to see the deck plan for MS Kong Harald.


    MS Nordlys - newly refurbished

    Nordlys translates into Northern Lights in English, and it is only natural that décor inspired by the Northern Lights should be apparent in a ship of this name. Artists from this part of Norway have used wood and brass fittings and textiles to create an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. In May 2019 MS Nordlys was refurbished. All cabins got a makeover, while new cabin grades were added.

    Special features:

    • Expedition Team
    • Outdoor explorer deck
    • Large panorama and observation lounges with great views
    • Bar
    • Shop
    • Restaurant
    • Separate à la carte option restaurant
    • Fitness room and sauna
    • Wi-Fi
    • Lift
    • Conference room
    • Car deck

    Click here to see the deck plan for MS Nordlys.

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    MS Nordkapp - newly refurbished

    MS Nordkapp is named after the famous North Cape, which is a cape on the island of Magerøya in northern Norway, in the municipality of Nordkapp. The varied and exciting themes from coastal culture illustrated in works of art throughout the ship make it a floating art gallery that complements the changing scenes, which may be seen from the panorama lounges and elegant restaurant.

    Being one of our expedition ships she comes fully equipped with panorama lounge, sun deck, observation deck, and her own expedition team. In her role she also serves as a university at sea, with interesting lectures inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck. Topics will depend on season and the waters we sail in.

    Special features:

    • Expedition Team
    • Refurbished in 2016
    • Three restaurants
    • Multe bakery and ice cream bar
    • Explorer bar lounge
    • Panorama lounge
    • Wi-Fi
    • Sauna
    • Fitness room
    • Lift
    • Conference room
    • Car deck
    • Jacuzzi

    Click here to see the deck plan for MS Nordkapp.


    MS Nordnorge - newly refurbished

    The name of this beautiful ship is taken from the most northerly area of Norway. Artists responsible for the décor are associated with this region. Modern facilities are balanced by a style which is influenced by Art Nouveau and Art Deco ensuring adherence to true Hurtigruten tradition, while producing a light and airy atmosphere. To complete the relaxing on board experience two outdoor Jacuzzis were added in 2005.

    From January 2017, MS Nordnorge will be part of the Coastal Expedition Sailings with an expedition team on board.

    Special features:

    • Expedition Team
    • Refurbished in 2016
    • Three restaurants
    • Multe bakery and ice cream bar
    • Explorer bar lounge
    • Wi-fi
    • Sauna
    • Fitness room
    • Lift
    • Conference room
    • Car deck
    • Jacuzzi

    Click here to see the deck plan for MS Nordnorge.

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    MS Richard With - newly refurbished

    More comfort, new technology and better views of the spectacular Norwegian coast. The single largest upgrade project in Hurtigruten’s history will see the MS Richard With emerge as a brand new ship as she returns to sail the Norwegian Coast on 6 December 2018.

    • The major upgrade of MS Richard With – which will operate Hurtigruten’s legendary and original Bergen – Kirkenes voyage – will see a number of new features being added to the ship:
      Special features:
    • All staterooms and suites will be fully upgraded to match Hurtigruten’s new standards. On deck 6, a number of cabins will be merged into 14 larger suites, some with large bay windows and spectacular views.
    • In addition to a full makeover, the aft-facing Torget main restaurant will be fitted with large deck-to-ceiling windows.
    • The Brygga bistro found on other Hurtigruten ships will be replaced by an upgraded and larger arcade and a brand-new Activity Center, which will act as the on-board headquarter for Hurtigruten’s Expedition Team.
    • Kysten Fine Dining - serving innovative dishes based on high quality, local produce such as ultra-fresh seafood - will appear slightly different from other Hurtigruten ships, and also be open for a la carte lunch.
    • The gym on deck 7 will be enlarged, the sauna upgraded and two aft-facing outdoor hot tubs will be added.
    • Two new lecture halls will be added forward on deck 4, in conjunction to the open Kompass information and shopping area, where guests can enjoy exclusive offers on outdoor clothing and other items.
    • On deck 7, the informal and hugely popular Hurtigruten venue Multe Bakery - serving freshly baked cakes and pastries, smørbrød (open sandwiches with generous amounts of topping), smoothies, a large assortment of local ice cream with homemade toppings, premium coffee, organic herbal tea, and premium juice will be added.
    • The forward-facing Explorer Lounge and Panorama Bar will offer a unique atmosphere and the best views on the ship – with front-row seats for enjoying the Northern Lights, Midnight Sun, wildlife and nature as it passes by.

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    Click here to see the deck plan for MS Richard With.


    MS Vesterålen

    Vesterålen was the name of the first coastal ship and is carried proudly by her modern counterpart. Refitted in 1995, she is characterised by bright and cheerful public areas and features works of art by artists with links to the north Norwegian landscape.

    From April 2017, MS Vesterålen will offer you a unique insight into the Hurtigruten operations along the Norwegian coast. Go behind the scenes on an educational journey whilst journeying along the coast. There will be different presentations from behind the scenes of Hurtigruten offered as well as practical courses on topics such as navigation, sailors knots and points of interest along the way.

    MS Vesterålen provides passengers an authentic heritage experience. Its exciting behind the scenes programme shares an inside look at the ship's maritime operations, logistics and hotel operations. The programme includes the following:

    • Different topics every second day, related to Hurtigruten's operations. Evening talks hosted by the ship's tour leader, including interviews with different crew members who share their insights about work and life on board.
    • A short `behind the scenes´ film and/or presentation during the evening talk programme about the engine room, bridge, galley, cargo deck, and more.
    • Practical courses within relevant topics, including navigation (map and compass), and sailor knots (due to limited capacity, these courses are available for a fee and can be booked on board).
    • Operational and historical `points of interest´/ fun facts presented on deck along the sailing route.
    • Digital and/or printed information on Hurtigruten's history, ship design and construction, route planning, navigational facts and operational development.
    • A logbook of the entire journey available for purchase at the end of the trip.

    MS Vesterålen has bright, informal public areas and lounges throughout. The extensive on-board art collection adds an air of sophistication. The ship's limited passenger capacity contributes to making a voyage aboard MS Vesterålen truly special.

    Special features:

    • Panorama lounge
    • Smaller lounges in the front and back of the ship
    • Café
    • Restaurant
    • Shop
    • Conference facilities

    Click here to see the deck plan for MS Vesterålen

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    MS Lofoten

    Our old favourite attracts many passengers to return on board time and time again. MS Lofoten is in operation on the Coastal Voyage during the winter months and voyages around the Svalbard Archipelago throughout the summer. Built in 1964 and refitted and refurbished in 2004, she has the distinction of being named a listed vessel by the Norwegian Director General of Historic Monuments.

    Special features:

    • Enhanced program offering unique activities and exclusive excursions
    • Four-course dinners inspired by original 1960's menus
    • Two sun decks
    • Panorama lounge
    • Saloon deck bar and cafe
    • NOTE: there are no stabilizers on this boat and cabins vary greatly.

    Click here to see the deck plan for MS Lofoten.
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    MS Spitsbergen

    MS Spitsbergen is named after the Arctic crown of Norway – the archipelago of Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to this destination, starting back in 1896 with the Sports Route.

    The vessel is painted in the classic Hurtigruten colors as a proud new member of our fleet. The ship features high standards with comfortable and modern public areas, guest cabins and upgraded crew areas. The ship is modern and environmentally friendly. She is equipped and adapted for sailings in polar waters. MS Spitsbergen's maneuverability and optimal size makes her very suitable for the operations we are performing today along the coast of Norwegian, and will bring Hurtigruten's guests even closer to amazing nature experiences.

    Year built: 2009, rebuilt 2015/2016. Passenger capacity: 335

    See below for MS Spitsbergen Standard and Suite Cabin.

    Click here for the deck plan for MS Spitsbergen.

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    MS Fram

    MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuvrability and guests’ comfort.

    With capacity for 276 passengers, you will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime lasting long after your return home.

    The cabins are comfortable and spacious, with several categories to chose from.. We recommend an outside cabin with a porthole or a window. A few cabins are adapted for guest with disabilities. The difference in price relates to the size of the cabin, on what deck level you are at and whether you opt to share or have a cabin on your own. Single supplement is available.

    Click here to view deck plan for MS Fram.

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    MS Fridtjof Nansen

    MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

    Featuring Hurtigruten's revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen will be a near identical twin to her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen.

    Special features:

    • Expedition Team
    • All cabins are outside, 50 % will have private balconies, aft suites will feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views
    • Infinity Swimming pool and Jacuzzi on deck
    • Fitness room
    • Wellness Area
    • Three resaurants: Aune Main Dining, Fredheim – the informal international meeting place, or the specialty restaurant Lindstrøm.
    • Bar
    • Wi-Fi
    • Nansen Science Center
    • MS Fridtjof Nansen will feature a variety of custom built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones and Expedition Boats for safe landings in remote areas.
    • Café
    • Shop
    • Young Explorer's program
    • Lift

    Read more about MS Fridtjof Nansen here.

    Click here to view deck plan for Fridtjof Nansen.


    MS Roald Amundsen

    In 2019, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

    MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten will add to its fleet over the next few years, cutting emissions by sailing with electrical propulsion. Hybrid technology, combined with the advanced construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board will reduce fuel consumption and CO2-emissions on the ships by 20 percent. The build of these two ships represents the largest single investment in the history of Hurtigruten.

    The future of shipping will be silent and emission free. MS Roald Amundsen will lead the way towards an even more sustainable way of traveling. Sailing on electrical power is not only a great benefit for the environment, but it will also enhance the impact of experiencing nature for the guests. The ship will be specially constructed for voyages in polar waters and serve as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

    Special features:

    • Expedition Team
    • All cabins are outside, 50 % will have private balconies, aft suites will feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views
    • Infinity Swimming pool and Jacuzzi on deck
    • Fitness room
    • Wellness Area
    • Three resaurants: Aune Main Dining, Fredheim – the informal international meeting place, or the specialty restaurant Lindstrøm.
    • Bar
    • Wi-Fi
    • Amundsen Science Center
    • MS Fridtjof Nansen will feature a variety of custom built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones and Expedition Boats for safe landings in remote areas.
    • Café
    • Shop
    • Young Explorer's program
    • Lift

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    Read more about MS Roald Amundsen here.

    Click here to view deck plan for MS Roald Amundsen.


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    Image credits: Agurtxane Concellon / Hurtigruten