MS Polarlys

Polarlys is Norwegian for `polar light´, and refers to the natural Arctic phenomenon we pursue in winter.

MS Polarlys a beautiful winter day in Kirkenes

About the Ship

  • Year built 1996
  • Year of refurbishment 2016
  • Shipyard Ulstein Mek. Verk. (N)
  • Passenger capacity 619
  • Beds 503
  • Car capacity 26
  • Gross tonnage 11,341
  • Length 123 m
  • Beam 19.5 m
  • Speed 18 knots

MS Polarlys was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. On board are three different restaurants, the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two hot tubs. We have a comfortable bar at the front of the ship where you can enjoy a nice traditional drink. The vessel also has a large compass area where you find the reception, the expedition team, conference room and shop.

 

Expedition team on board

MS Polarlys has her own on-board Expedition Team and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures, presentations and activities inside as well as out on the sun deck of the ship make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team will host a lecture and presentation programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you may participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, 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.

The dedicated Expedition Team has one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage. Read more about our Expedition Teams here.

 

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Special features: 

  • Expedition Team
  • Refurbished in 2016
  • Three restaurants
  • Multe bakery and ice cream bar
  • Explorer bar lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna
  • Fitness room
  • Lift
  • Conference room
  • Car deck
  • Hot tub

Car space on board

Please note the following dimensions for vehicles:

  • Max Length: 650 cm/ 21.3 ft
  • Max Width: 245 cm/ 7.8 ft
  • Max Height: 225 cm/ 7.3 ft
  • Max Weight: 5000 kg/ 11,023 lbs
    Campervans, minivans and trailers cannot be accepted.

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Cabins

  • Expedition Suite

    Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the upper decks of the ship, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/WC, and double beds. Some suites have more facilities than others. 

    An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

    • Suite on upper deck

      These elegant suites on the upper deck have one or two rooms and a seating area. The suites also have a TV, Wi-Fi, and a great view.

      Cabin grade: M4

      • 28 - 30 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • TV
      • Double bed
    • Mini suite on upper deck

      These comfortable suites for up to two people on the upper deck have double beds, and most have sofa groups as well. The suites also have a TV, Wi-Fi, and great view.

      Cabin grade: Q2

      • 16 - 19 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • TV
      • Double bed
    • Mini Suite on upper decks

      These comfortable suites for up to four people on the upper deck have double beds, and most have sofa groups as well. The suites also have a TV, Wi-Fi, and great view. 

      Cabin grade: Q4

      • 16 - 19 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • TV
      • Double bed
  • Arctic Superior

    Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, the cabins all have bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities and TV. Most have double beds, and some have bunk beds. All the cabins have individual specifications.

    (Note: All Arctic superior cabins on deck 5 have the promenade deck outside.)

    • Upper deck for 2 travellers

      These comfortable, newly refurbished cabins for up to two people on the upper deck have double beds.

      Cabin grade: U2D

      • 10 - 12 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • TV
      • Double bed
    • Upper deck for 2 travellers

      These comfortable, newly refurbished cabins for up to two people on the upper deck have double beds.

      Cabin grade: P2D

      • 10 - 13 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • TV
      • Double bed
  • Polar Outside

    Our Polar outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. The cabins also have bunk beds and individual specifications.

    • Middle deck for 2 travellers

      These comfortable, outside cabins for up to two people on the middle/lower decks have bathroom with shower/WC, and single beds (or bunk beds), one of which converts into a sofa

      Cabin grade: O2

      • 8 - 11 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
    • Middle deck for up to 3 travellers

      These comfortable, outside cabins for up to three people on the middle/upper decks have bathrooms with shower/WC, and bunk beds, one of which converts into a sofa

      Cabin grade: O3

      • 8 - 11 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • Varied bed types
    • Middle deck for up to 3 travellers

      These standard outside cabins for up to three people on the middle decks have bunk beds and separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa, and bathrooms with shower/WC.

      Cabin grade: N3

      • 10 - 12 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
    • Middle deck for 2 travellers

      These standard outside cabins for up to two people on the middle decks have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa, and bathrooms with shower/WC.

      Cabin grade: N2

      • 10 - 12 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
    • Lower deck for 2 travellers

      These comfortable, outside cabins for up to two people on the lower deck have bathrooms with shower/WC, and bunk beds, one of which converts into a sofa. The cabins have portholes, some with limited or no view.

      Cabin grade: L2

      • 8 - 12 m2
      • Porthole
      • Bathroom
    • Upper deck for up to 3 travellers

      These comfortable, outside cabins for up to three people on the upper or middle decks have bathrooms with shower/WC, and bunk beds, one of which converts into a sofa. The third bed is an upper berth. The cabins have limited or no view.

      Cabin grade: J3

      • 8 - 12 m2
      • Limited view
      • Bathroom
      • Twin bed
    • Upper deck for 2 travellers

      These comfortable outside cabins for up to two people on the upper or middle decks have bathrooms with shower/WC, and double beds. The cabins have limited or no view.

      Cabin grade: J2D

      • 8 - 12 m2
      • Limited view
      • Bathroom
      • TV
      • Double bed
  • Polar Inside

    Our cosy Polar Inside cabins can be found on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/WC. All of the cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa, while some are equipped with upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

    • Upper deck for up to 3 travellers

      These superior inside cabins for up to three people on the upper deck are newly refurbished and have bathrooms with shower/WC. The cabins have TV and separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. The third bed is an upper berth.

      Cabin grade: K3

      • 8 - 9 m2
      • No window
      • Bathroom
      • Twin bed
    • Lower deck for 1 traveller

      These comfortable, standard inside cabins for one person on the lower deck have bathrooms with shower/WC, and separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa.

      Cabin grade: I1

      • 8 - 11 m2
      • No window
      • Bathroom
      • 1 bed/1 couch
    • Lower deck for 2 travellers

      These comfortable, standard inside cabins for up to two people on the lower deck have bathrooms with shower/WC, and separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa.

      Cabin grade: I2

      • 8 - 11 m2
      • No window
      • Bathroom
      • Twin bed

Decks

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
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