Introducing Hurtiguten’s newest explorer vessels

We are excited to announce the release of further information on Hurtigruten’s revolutionary new adventure travel ships, sailing from 2019. The MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen will combine cutting-edge maritime construction with timeless Scandinavian interiors and environmentally-sound hybrid technology.

In the name of great explorers

In honour of the Norwegian pioneering tradition, these two ships are to be named after Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, the first man to make it to the South Pole, and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who skied the length of Greenland in 1888, respectively. It seems only fitting that these men, innovators of their time, should lend their names to two of the most trailblazing ships of our time. These new vessels will have a huge impact on sustainable travel solutions well into the future.

“I am so thrilled that Bentours and Hurtigruten are in a strategic alliance with shared values and a shared purpose to deliver extraordinary travel experiences,” says Damian Perry, CEO of Cox and Kings, specialist operator of Bentours and GSA of Hurtigruten. “This will truly revolutionise the way people explore.”

Environmentally-friendly innovation

Front runners in sustainable adventure travel, Hurtigruten is using a design created in collaboration between Rolls-Royce and the famous Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino. The result is interiors with an emphasis on comfort and quality of materials and, as to the ship as a whole, a huge reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Through the use of hybrid electric propulsion technology, the vessels will be able to glide alongside glaciers almost silently. This technology results in a 20% reduction in fuel consumption compared to traditional ships. In total the ships will have a 6400 metric tons reduction in emissions – this is the equivalent to the yearly emissions of over 5500 modern cars!

The natural world – inside and out

The interior of the new vessel takes inspiration from the breathtaking surrounds that the ships will be sailing through, with an emphasis on natural materials mostly sourced from Norway. The simple, clean design is classically Scandinavian and allows the beauty of nature to take centre stage.

“The new vessels will enhance the experience of our customers. Bentours and Hurtigruten together are 100% customer focused and understand travelling to such mesmerising and unique destinations requires that special and tailor-made touch,” says Perry.

Adventure cruises in style

This new class of ships will feature large observation decks, infinity pools and Jacuzzis where guests will be able to relax and embrace the beauty of the nature around them. Six of the ten cabins will be equipped with balconies for those who want to be as close to nature at all times, while two of the cabins will be superior suites.

With a strengthened hull specifically designed for breaching ice, we’re sure the yet to be revealed expedition features will promise the ultimate adventure for guests.

There will be three restaurants with diverse menus reflecting local flavours and a number of bars where guests can relax.

Aboard the MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, guests will enjoy comfort, discover their inner adventurer and keep their conscience clean with the sustainable innovations. And it’s not just us who are excited about these new ships – just last week, the new vessels were listed by GQ as one of the ‘Coolest things in the World’.

At Bentours, we are excited for these Hurtigruten ships to begin sailing in 2019 so that we can help you plan the ultimate holiday adventure!

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Friluftsliv: an ancient way of life

 

Friluftsliv (n.) direct translation ‘open-air-life’; a Scandinavian philosophy of outdoor life.

As the midnight sun casts a soft glow on the fir trees around us, we lean in close to the warmth of the camp fire. Warmed to our core with a cup of coffee in our hands, it is impossible not to be overcome by a sense of serenity, a feeling of symbiosis with our natural surrounds. As the evening draws close, we lie down in the heather and sigh, ‘This is the life!’.

The Norwegian philosophy of outdoor living

It’s hard to capture in words the Norwegian connection to nature – so much so that the great playwright, Henrik Ibsen, coined a new term to describe this yearning to connect with Mother Nature on both a spiritual and physical level. That concept is “friluftsliv”, a deep ingrained association Scandinavian’s have with the natural world around them. In any Norwegian’s closet, you’ll find a backpack, a sleeping bag, a fishing rod and a tent ready to go at the drop of a hat. And during the holidays, they are more likely to meet their neighbours by a mountain stream than in the street they live in. Their urban shopping strips are quiet as they venture out into the great outdoors to live their best lives and take their best pictures.

This longing to be outside is an essential element of their very DNA – they are brought up to believe that they will be happier outdoors. Come every Friday afternoon and long queues of cars snake their way out of the cities, heading off to the family cabin or for a hike in the wilderness.

Although Norwegian in origin, Friluftsliv is not a feeling unique to Norwegians – it is that longing that has you looking back at a map and planning your next adventure, even just after the previous one has finished. At Hurtigruten, we share with you this experience of getting back to nature – after all, not so long ago, we were all hunter-gatherers. This philosophy really embodies the Hurtigruten vision to have every one of our guests connect with their inner explorer.

Cruise your way into the heart of nature

Norwegian national hero Fridtjof Nansen told King Haakon that the best way he could win a place in the hearts of our people was if he learnt to love skiing. Skiing, hiking, fishing – anything outdoors endears you to everyone of us.

Slowing down and embracing nature is an essential Norwegian trait and holds endless appeal. Nansen believed in it and so did Norwegian philosopher, Arne Naess – connecting friluftsliv to our origins, to our health and to our very sense of identity. We want you to embrace your inner sense of friluftsliv and directly experience the natural world; nature for nature’s sake. Hurtigruten wants to bring you along for a uniquely Norwegian experience with our coastal cruises; we want to satisfy that restlessness or longing we all experience at some point in our lives.

As more and more of us live in the comfort of city life, reviving our connection to nature takes on an even greater importance. Although we cannot guarantee clear skies and perfect weather, we can guarantee that with Hurtigruten you will be genuinely immersed in Norwegian outdoor activities. And we’re sure you’ll find that once you experience friluftsliv for the first time, you’ll be coming back for more.