There’s a big future on the horizon for Hurtigruten, as it prepares its upcoming pair of hybrid-powered expedition ships, future itineraries and new U.S. headquarters.
The previously announced ships, scheduled to come online in 2018 and 2019, now have names: “Roald Amundsen” and “Fridtjof Nansen.” The names represent Norwegian polar explorers.
“On December 14th, it will be exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole,” noted Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten. “It has been 128 years since Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland and it is 120 years since Richard With, Hurtigruten’s founder, first started exploration tourism in the Arctic. So what could be more natural and appropriate than to name our new ships after these inspiring trailblazers.”
Exterior renderings exhibit bold new designs from Rolls-Royce and Norwegian yacht designer Espen Oino, and their Scandinavian interiors will be equally appealing with natural finishes and materials inspired by the sea and shore like granite, oak, birch, wool and more.
The 530-guest vessels will also feature three restaurants and a pool deck with infinity varieties, whirlpools and bars. And particularly conducive to adventure travel, there will be large observation platforms, and 60 percent of the cabins will sport a balcony.
The hybrid technology itself will provide the “Roald Amundsen” and “Fridtjof Nansen” the ability to run completely electrically and soundless for 15-30 minutes at a time and even longer for vessels in the future. More importantly, they will showcase a 20 percent overall redu
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