Sneak peak - total makeover for Hurtigruten ships in 2016

We are happy to announce that we are upgrading the vessels sailing the rugged and beautiful Norwegian coast. Out goes the cruise interior and furnishings typical of the nineties. In comes a modern Scandinavian interior, with inspiration drawn from the spectacular Norwegian mountains, fjords and nature.


The first step of the refurbishment program includes total renewal of four Norwegian coastal ships. Additionally, the new ship MS Spitsbergen is to be totally renewed inside and furthermore to undergo a major conversion for sailing under polar conditions.

The first ships to be renewed are MS Kong Harald, MS Polarlys, MS Nordkapp and MS Nordnorge, all of which will undergo a total makeover during 2016. MS Spitsbergen will be completed in the spring of 2016.

MS Kong Harald is first ship out in January 2016. For 22 days three shifts will be working around the clock to give her new interior.


MS Kong Harald 15.01.16-07.02.16
MS Polarlys 02.02.16-24.02.16
MS Nordkapp  27.03.16-19.04.16
MS Nordnorge 28.10.16-24.11.16



The interior will reflect the breath-taking coastal landscapes we sail past, stylish and yet unpretentious. The colors are earthy and from the coast and the sea. Many of the materials are natural, such as wood, slate and leather. Forms originate from nature, and guests will be welcomed by shapes that bear resemblance to for instance fire, waves and seaweed.

The new look has been named NEW ARCTIC INTERIOR.

The receptions, cafes, cabins, the bar and the aft deck, are all to be renovated. The same goes for the restaurants, where the food being served from now on will reach new gastronomic highs.

Check out the footage from our newly renovated MS Polarlys!


Furthermore, the transformation affects all restaurants and food being served on board the ships of Hurtigruten. With pride we serve you the best Norwegian food from Norway’s Coastal Kitchen – locally produced food served in cooperation with Norwegian producers and providers. The gastronomic experience is a journey in itself, served with a modern touch.

Locally produced ice cream from Lofoten and freshly baked goods from the new bakery on board, Multe Bakery & Ice Cream, is also a new addition to Hurtigruten’s culinary repertoire.

Take a seat and order your favorite drink or try a shot of arctic aquavit or Lyngen alp Vodka in our brand new Explorer Lounge. The centerpiece is a bar which aims at serving the largest collection of Norwegian spirits known to man. 


There are many explorers on board Hurtigruten. And regardless of age and interests, there are activities for everyone. While some prefer simply enjoying the view from the ship’s relaxing jacuzzi, the more active explorers can work out in the gym or participate in activities out on deck. And let’s not forget the more than 50 excursion you can choose from!

Feel like exploring in 2016? Get even more inspiration by looking at our selection of voyages

See you in the bar!