Okay, so it’s a funny-sounding name.  Spanning 126-years of maritime history, Hurtigruten is serious when it comes to new ships, protecting the environment and now, expedition cruising.

The MS Finnmarken, built in 2002 and carrying only 919 passengers will be reintroduced as a premium expedition cruise ship.

Hurtigruten expedition ship Finnmarken in a Norwegian Fjord

When the MS Finnmarken emerges from Hurtigruten’s most extensive redesign of any of their ships, she’ll be ready for year-round Norwegian coastline expedition cruises.  The extensive refurbishment plan includes redesigning the cabins and suites, installing low-emission engines, shore-power connectivity, a hands-on Science Center and new restaurants.

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MS Finnmarken new features

Hurtigruten Finnmarken Suite
Located on deck eight aft will be five luxurious suites.  Rendering: Hurtigruten
  • Five new suites will be added on deck eight
  • Modern Activity Center for enrichment activities with the Expedition team
  • Four new restaurants; Aune, Fredheim, Lindstrøm and a grill restaurant on the top deck for outdoor BBQs
One of four new restaurants, Aune will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner inspired by Scandinavian cuisine. Rendering: Hurtigruten
  • Wellness Center with two treatment rooms
  • Improved swimming pool, two hot tubs
  • Three gym areas, two outdoor and one outward-facing sauna
  • Forward observation deck
Hurtigruten Finnmarken Lounge and Bar
The renovated lounge and bar. Rendering: Hurtigruten
  • The renovated Explorer lounge & bar
  • Public areas, existing suites and cabins will be fully refurbished with Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, and birch
  • Car deck will be replaced by a launching area for Hurtigruten explorer boats and other expedition equipment

“We will transform MS Finnmarken into a fully-fledged, premium expedition cruise ship, with all the comforts, facilities, and expertise you need to create a perfect adventure,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.

Young Explorer Program

Children from 7-13 years old can join in the complimentary year-round, supervised Young Explorers Program. There will be daily on-board activities for the Young Explorers, relating to the different topics. Read more about it here.

Expedition Team on board

MS Finnmarken has her own on-board Expedition Team, and the ship will serve as a university at sea. The Expedition Team will host daily lecture programs and evening gatherings.  the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of ‘friluftsliv´, and encourage you take part in ‘friluftsliv´ hikes and activities during the journey.

In 2020, MS Finnmarken will return to sailing along the Norwegian coastline for Hurtigruten’s 6-, 7-, and 12-day Coastal Voyages.  In 2021, the ship will explore handpicked destinations along the rugged Norwegian coastline on year-round expedition cruises.

Read next:  Hurtigruten heads to Alaska in 2020

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