The Hurtigruten line was originally launched to transport people and goods along the coast of Norway. It was particularly prevalent in winter when infrastructure was still in its infancy and land travel was generally more difficult.
They are though, not traditional cruise ships and life on board a Hurtigruten ship is vastly different to what you might expect onboard a traditional cruise liner and offers less in terms of entertainment. However, as a majority of their ships are much smaller than traditional cruise ships (150 – 500 passengers as opposed to 1000s) it means that they can enter the fjords in both winter and summer. And because they stop at so many ports, you will get to see more of the coastline as opposed to just the highlights.
They also don’t fall short when it comes to comfort and amenities. The cabins are all elegantly furnished with a choice of cabin to suit all budgets.
The MS Fram, built in 2007 and refurbished in 2020, was the most famous explorer ship of its time. The newly refurbished edition brings on the heritage of the original Fram, whilst boasting the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyagers in Polar Regions.
The Explorer Lounge and Bar has comfortable sitting areas at the top of the ship and large panoramic windows, giving you all round views of the ever-changing landscape. The rest of the ship is equipped with restaurants, a well-fitted gym with panoramic ocean views to enjoy whilst you are exercising, a sauna and outdoor hot tubs.