Cruise line Hurtigruten is to reintroduce one of its expedition ships to its fleet - the MS Finnmarken - after the vessel undergoes a full refurbishment.
After an extensive fleet upgrade, MS Finnmarken will reemerge as a new expedition cruise ship.
From 2021, the fully refurbished vessel will explore handpicked destinations along the Norwegian coastline on year-round expedition sailings.
About the ship transformation
The ship will be renovated to include all the comforts, facilities and expertise required for its guests.
All cabins and suites will be fully refurbished, using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool, this will create a relaxed and stylish look and feel.
Restaurant Aune, Hurtigruten’s new main restaurant concept, will be social and informal with the use of natural elements in design and interiors, and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, based on a Scandinavian identity.
Restaurant Lindstrøm, a speciality restaurant named after the favourite chef of the Norwegian polar heroes, will be added too. Lindstrøm will be a fine dining restaurant with strong roots in traditional Norwegian cooking.
The informal eatery, Fredheim, named after a legendary 1920s hunting station in Svalbard, will be added on deck seven. In addition, a new grill venue will be added outdoor on deck eight.
Hurtigruten’s signature Science Centre will be added on deck four which will feature ’state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets’ such as touch screens, science equipment and other interactive features.
The new larger wellness area will be added on deck seven, and will include a lounge, treatment rooms, gym and panoramic sauna.
The outdoor pool area will be fully refurbished too, the shop expanded, and the car deck will be replaced by the launching area for Hurtigruten explorer boats and other expedition equipment.
MS Finnmarken’s extensive art collection will be preserved during the refurb, which will take place in the first quarter of 2020.
For more information, visit www.hurtigruten.co.uk.