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From culture to culinary highlights

Do you wonder what to expect on a Hurtigruten trip? Find all the information you need here, from cultural events this spring and what you may see on the menu to news about the refurbishment and the brand new ship MS Spitsbergen.

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Welcome MS Spitsbergen

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Facts about MS Spitsbergen

  • Built in 2009 by the Portuguese shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC).
  • Number of guests: 320
  • Gross Tonnage: 7025
  • Length: 97.53 m
  • Width: 18 m
  • Machine: Diesel Electric
  • Speed: 17.4 knots

Hurtigruten’s newest ship MS Spitsbergen is preparing to join the fleet this May, with a series of voyages that will give you more time than ever before to explore the Norwegian coast.

For her first summer season, she will plot a parallel route alongside her sister ship the MS Lofoten along the Norwegian coastline, but while MS Lofoten will follow her regular schedule as a working ship, MS Spitsbergen will not stop overnight, leaving you more time to spend in selected ports during daylight hours. Don’t worry though – all of the excursions offered by Hurtigruten will continue to be available on both ships.

MS Spitsbergen has been fitted out with a fresh Scandinavian design using the colour palette of the sea. Facilities on-board are similar to those already offered across the fleet, but she is the only Hurtigruten coastal ship to offer suites with a private balcony and full length windows, giving you your own private space from which to watch the northern lights or midnight sun.

She is also the latest ship to offer Hurtigruten’s new ‘Coastal Expedition’ concept. These voyages are ideal for those who want a more interactive experience arranged by the expedition team on-board. They will arrange regular guided hikes, giving you a chance to explore the local landscape by foot, as well as daily lectures about flora and fauna, fishing traditions, polar & viking history, geology, glaciology and climate.
The lectures will be included in the price while the hiking pass will cost extra and will be payable locally.

Hurtigruten's new look

Join a Hurtigruten coastal ship this summer and you may be among the first to experience the new look ships.

Four ships will be undergoing a makeover this Spring - MS Kong Harald, MS Polarlys, MS Nordkapp and MS Nordnorge will all be re-fitted with a modern Scandinavian interior. MS Spitsbergen, who joins the fleet in May 2016, will also feature the stylish new look.

The interiors reflect the breath-taking coastal landscapes that Hurtigruten sails past. They will appear stylish and yet unpretentious with earthy colours from the coast and sea. Many of the materials are natural, such as wood, slate and leather.

When you jump on-board the upgraded ships, you will see changes to all of the common areas of the ships, including the reception areas, cafes, bistro areas and the deck. 

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