MS Fridtjof Nansen: The Most Sustainable Cruise Ship in the World

As we enter a new era of adventure travel driven by sustainability, we are committed to setting and raising the standards for the industry to follow. Having introduced the world’s first hybrid electric-powered cruise ships, MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Roald Amundsen, we are taking industry-leading steps. Our hybrid electric-powered ships are equipped with large battery packs to significantly cut emissions. In addition, the ships are packed with cutting-edge green technology, environmental solutions, and improved hull and bow designs. From our state-of-the-art hybrid electric-powered cruise ships, our ban on single-use plastic, and our focus on environmental protection, our desire to drive change for good sits at the heart of our ethos.

Hurtigruten Expeditions is the world leader in expedition travel, offering unique, small-ship adventures that provide immersive experiences while respecting and protecting the wildlife, destinations, and communities we visit.

Since 1893, we’ve taken our guests to some of the most spectacular places on the planet, with visits to both pristine wilderness and genuine local communities. Journey to over 250 destinations across more than 30 countries, including

  • Alaska
  • Antarctica
  • The Galápagos Islands
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • The Northwest Passage
  • Norway
  • South America
  • West Africa

When you travel with Hurtigruten Expeditions, you’re not the typical tourist. You’re a modern-day explorer. You want to see pristine beauty off the beaten track and have authentic experiences of that certain place. Something different and spectacular. You like adventures. You are a knowledge seeker!

That we have an Expedition Team with hand-picked experts for your expedition makes you excited. You love that there’s a Science Center on board, lectures, and Citizen Science programs. You will enjoy the state-of-the-art expedition ship with superior cabins, fantastic food, and lots of wellness possibilities, but for you – the most important is to get a full perspective of a destination. You want to go ashore to experience wildlife, culture, nature, and history up close and in a truly authentic way. You want to join in on our passion and knowledge.

You want more information, to be challenged, get deeper insights, and learn mind-blowing things and at the same time be stunned by all the amazing and fragile beauty this world holds – and you want to do so in the most sustainable way possible. It is our hope that engaging with nature on our expedition cruise will inspire you to do all you can to cherish and protect the precious world we all share. That’s why you travel with us!

Main photo credit: Ashton Ray Hansen


The Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen is a next-generation expedition cruise ship, and the latest in our fleet of ice-class, custom-built vessels. Featuring our revolutionary hybrid electric-powered propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen combines state-of-the-art technology, a premium onboard experience, and our over 125 years of expedition cruising. Add in unparalleled destinations, and this ship ushers in the next generation of adventure travel.

In 2021, STERN awarded MS Fridtjof Nansen as the safest and most sustainable cruise ship in the world. In addition, Travel Weekly awarded Hurtigruten the Gold Award for Best Overall-Eco-Friendly "Green" Cruise Ship in 2021.

At home on their haven at sea, guests will experience an informal, welcoming atmosphere, comfortable cabins, luxurious suites, and stylish interiors made from natural materials.

Photo credit: Espen Mills

Accommodations

The stunning scenery isn’t just outside—it’s reflected in the rich and comfortable interior design. We’ve used Scandinavian materials derived from nature, such as granite, oak, birch, and wool, to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. All cabins are outside-facing, 50% have a private balcony, and aft suites feature a private outdoor hot tub with spectacular views.

Expedition Suite
The suites are spacious cabins with a fantastic layout, including expansive windows. Most have a balcony. Some have a private outdoor hot tub. The suites feature flexible sleeping arrangements with a comfortable sofa and sitting areas, as well as a TV and a bathroom with a shower. They can accommodate up to four passengers.

Expedition Suites are exclusively on the upper and middle decks, and include a bathrobe, an espresso-maker, and more. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Arctic Superior
Arctic Superior cabins are comfortable and roomy, and most have a balcony. Flexible sleeping arrangements and a sofa bed, as well as a TV and a bathroom with a shower. Arctic Superior cabins include a kettle and tea and coffee. They can accommodate two to four passengers.

Polar Outside
The Polar Outside cabins are primarily on the middle decks. Most are 215 square feet, with windows and flexible sleeping arrangements, as well as a TV and a bathroom with a shower. They can accommodate two to four passengers.

Photo credit: Espen Mills

Dining

MS Fridtjof Nansen's three restaurants host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from our rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international and locally inspired cuisine.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included, and complimentary tea and coffee are available at any time. In the onboard restaurants, our specially selected house wine and beer are included with lunch and dinner, as well as sodas and mineral water.

Aune – The main restaurant
Enjoy bountiful breakfasts with made-to-order eggs and omelets and freshly baked bread, a generous lunch, and a three- to five-course dinner—all the while marveling at the stunning views of the scenery outside.

Lindstrøm – For fine dining
Enjoy a rotating menu of exceptional, modern dishes inspired by the regions we explore. Ask for recommendations from the extensive wine list to complement your gourmet meal.

Fredheim – Bistro-style café
From the open kitchen, Fredheim’s chefs create interesting dishes throughout the day, from international favorites to local specialties. Treat yourself to chicken kebabs, steamed dumplings, New York–style all-beef hot dogs, or one of our plant-based meals.

The Explorer Lounge & Bar
Enjoy a specialty drink in a beautiful setting of large panoramic windows with ample and comfortable seats.

The Pool Bar
The perfect place to enjoy refreshments by the pool.

Photo credit: Agurtxane Concellon

Activities

On a Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise you’re not the typical tourist. You’re a modern-day explorer. We focus on active exploration with an emphasis on science, education, and sustainability.

The Expedition Team members are your expert guides
The onboard Expedition Team members make sure you have the best possible experiences. They’re handpicked specialists in their fields, selected for their depth of knowledge about your particular itinerary. Find them in the Science Center giving lectures and sharing their knowledge. With their help and direction, you’ll also have the opportunity to engage in a Citizen Science project. A variety of onboard activities and exciting off-ship activities and excursions are also organized by these passionate and knowledgeable hosts.

Activities on land and at sea

Your sense of adventure will really kick into gear when we head out on included activities such as small-boat explorer (RIB) cruises and onshore explorations. Whether we head into a fjord system on a small-boat explorer (RIB) cruise or trek through a forest in search of the perfect wildlife shot, the activities you take part in will immerse you in the remarkable environments you visit.

Aside from the included activities on the ship and ashore, there are a wide range of optional excursions in which to choose from—depending on the destinations you visit, your interests, and your activity level. These are at an additional cost. Here are just a few examples of the added fun and adventure you can experience on optional excursions. Snorkel sapphire waters in the Caribbean or explore the ruins of ancient civilizations in South America. Sleep in a tent close to a colony of penguins in Antarctica or see the Northern Lights on a dog-sledding trip or from a snowmobile in Norway, visit national parks, museums, or UNESCO sites, or join local food tastings, go on history walks and hikes, or enjoy kayaking all over the world.

Expand your mind in the Science Center
The Science Center is the heart of your expedition ship. Here, you’ll learn about wildlife, culture, and history specific to the destinations you visit. You’ll also have an opportunity to join lectures on sustainability, nature photography, and climate change. The Science Center is packed with research equipment, including high-tech microscopes and a library. The Science Center is also a great place to hang out, get some expert camera tips from our professional photographer, and broaden your mind with fellow explorers.

Photo credit: Dan Avila

Family

Young Explorers’ Program
The Young Explorers’ Program is a complimentary, year-round program on selected Hurtigruten ships for curious and active youth between 6-12 years of age.

The children will learn about other cultures, the importance of nature in our daily lives, and the impact humans have on our delicate and beautiful planet. The Young Explorers’ Program makes it easier to meet other children on board, bond over common activities, and form lasting friendships.

There will be daily onboard activities related to different Young Explorers’ topics. Through the program, children will get a deeper understanding of nature, climate, and culture. Depending on seasons and destinations, they will also be introduced to topics like wildlife, local food, environmental protection, and famous explorers. This will give the children a sense of what it is like to be a real explorer in beautiful, untouched surroundings.

Photo credit: Kristian Dale

Services

Relax and revitalize using the onboard facilities
Stay in shape and rejuvenate yourself with our onboard facilities. Take a dip in the heated Infinity swimming pool or work out in the indoor or outdoor fitness room or along the outdoor running track. Relax in a sauna with a view or in one of the hot tubs out on deck or visit the Wellness Center where you can relax with an aroma-therapeutic scrub and feel magical hands soothe tired muscles with a full-body massage.

Some little extras to make your cruise even better
As soon as you step aboard, you’ll receive a high-quality, complimentary, wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket, as well as a reusable water bottle that you can fill at the water stations around the ship. Enjoy free basic Wi-Fi whenever we sail within signal range. At the end of the cruise, you’ll be invited to a farewell event.

Equipment for nature walks and activities
We provide all the equipment you’ll need on your expedition. Grab walking poles and boots, snowshoes, a kayaking paddle, or a stand-up paddle board (SUP), depending on the destination in which you’re traveling and the activity. We want you to have the best experience possible, so we provide all the gear you need to enjoy exploring our remarkable destinations.

Shop
In our onboard shop you can buy clothing suitable for expedition cruises. Our Expedition Team will be happy to give you expert advice on how to dress properly according to the destinations. We offer a great range of both warm and practical clothing, and we focus on fabrics with natural fibers. We also offer souvenirs, handicrafts, and postcards, in addition to a small selection of soap, toothpaste, and other personal effects.

Photo credit: Agurtxane Concellon

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