Hurtigruten reveals new hybrid ships & 2019/20 polar adventures

Named after two of the greatest heroes in Polar history, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered expedition ships, will combine state-of-the-art-technology and premium on board experience with the line’s 125 years of experience to offer the next generation of adventure travel.

Currently under construction at Kleven Yard in Norway, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen will debut in 2018 and 2019 respectively – and have been branded as the world’s greenest, safest and most advanced expedition ships.

One of the design features will be two-level indoor/outdoor observation decks wrapped around the top of the ships’ raked bow. In an area behind this, guests will find the core of the onboard experience: Amundsen Science Centre/Nansen Science Centre, which features state-of-the-art technology and high tech gadgets such as touch screens and science equipment.

Both ships will feature a variety of custom built expedition equipment, including a fleet of Blueye underwater drones, kayaks and large inflatable Explorer Boats used for landings in otherwise inaccessible destinations.

Meanwhile, highlights of the line’s 2019/20 season include the first Antarctica voyages on MS Fridtjof Nansen; several expedition ships – among them MS Fram, MS Spitsbergen and MS Nordstjernen – operating four to 14-day Arctic voyages out of Longyearbyen; and selected Greenland expedition voyages on MS Fram.

For details see hurtigruten.co.uk


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