About This Line
Ships of the Line
Twelve vessels comprise the Hurtigruten fleet, categorized as three Millennium-class, eight Contemporary and Traditional, and the singular Explorer ship.
Millennium Ships. Hurtigruten’s three Millennium ships offer 21st-century creature comforts and safe sailing while en route to the dramatic glacial peaks of Antarctica and Greenland. The first Hurtigruten ship to bear the MS Finnmarken name was introduced in 1912, and her worthy successor designed in 2002 reflects the elegance of the past. The ship's art nouveau-style interior is complemented by modern panoramic lounges, bars, bistro, conference facilities, and a salon. A swimming pool, fitness room, sauna, solarium and outside hot tub are also on board. The other two Millennium ships include the MS Midnastol and MS Trollfjord (both 2003).
Contemporary and Traditional Ships. The eight contemporary and traditional ships in the Hurtigruten fleet represent an armada of historical working vessels that have been refitted and refurbished in a variety of styles. Each ship exudes a particular character and carries between 400 and 700 passengers. While amenities and entertainment are sparse on many ships, comfortable facilities, stylish decor, and modern technology have been added to the newer ships for a more aesthetically pleasing, albeit casual, journey. All vessels are multifunctional, carrying cargo and passengers from port to port daily. The fleet consists of the MS Nordnorge, MS Nordkapp, MS Polarys, MS Nordlys, MS Richard With, MS Kong Harald, and MS Vesterålen. For a real vintage feel, hop aboard the old-time favorite MS Lofoten, which was christened in 1964.
Explorer Ship. Named after the ship used by famous Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen, MS Fram has a glass-enclosed observation lounge and excellent leisure facilities, including a gym, sauna, and two heated outdoor hot tubs. The Fram is a purpose-built 12,700-ton vessel that incorporates all the best of both practical and traditional design. Built in 2007, Fram has a capacity of 400 passengers.