Hurtigruten has announced the names of two of its four expedition ships after two of the most influential Norwegian pioneers.
Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen are due to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, boasting state-of-the-art Scandinavian design, and the latest environmentally friendly technology.
The 530-passenger ships will be able to sail under electrical propulsion for around 30 minutes and CO2-emissions will be reduced by 20 percent.
“It is exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole; 128 years since Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland; and 120 years since Richard With, Hurtigruten’s founder, first started exploration tourism in the Arctic. What could be more natural and appropriate than to name our new ships after these inspiring trailblazers,” said Hurtigruten’s CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
The vessels will have three restaurants, a pool deck, with infinity pool, as well as several bars offering scenic views. Other expedition features will be announced at a later date.
The ships will have large observation platforms on several decks for guests to get up-close to nature and wildlife. A majority of cabins will have their own balcony, whilst a small number will be suites.
2018 and 2019 itineraries for Roald Amundsen will be announced in November.