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MS Fridtjof Nansen

About MS Fridtjof Nansen

Embark on an immersive expedition with MS Fridtjof Nansen, launched in 2020. This vessel, with a capacity for 530 passengers and a substantial gross tonnage of 20,889 T, pays homage to the legendary Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. Revered for his groundbreaking Arctic exploits, such as the inaugural crossing of Greenland, Nansen's spirit of exploration is intricately woven into the very essence of this ship.

Every expedition voyage is led by a dedicated Expedition Team of specialists and modern-day explorers, ensuring your safety, imparting knowledge on sustainability, and guiding you through a voyage of discovery. The vessel's rich and comfortable interior design reflects the stunning surroundings, featuring Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch, and wool in relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas.

MS Fridtjof Nansen boasts three restaurants offering a diverse culinary experience drawing from Norwegian, Nordic, and international traditions. The Explorer Lounge & Bar provides an elegant space to relax and enjoy breathtaking views, while the Science Center is the heart of the onboard experience, fostering a deeper understanding of the areas explored through state-of-the-art technology.

In addition to standard outside cabins, 50% of which have private balconies, aft suites feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views. The wellness center offers rejuvenating treatments, and the fitness room ensures you stay active. The Pool Bar and various specialty restaurants, including Lindstrøm, Fredheim, and Aune, cater to all tastes, complemented by the option to enjoy a meal in your cabin.

Join us on board as we navigate the polar regions and embark on a journey inspired by the spirit of exploration and the legacy of Fridtjof Nansen.

Hurtigruten

Extra Large Corner Suite with private balcony. Ship’s most spacious cabins with large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofabed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Sample Cabin Image for Category Code MB (XL Suite)

Extra Large Corner Suite without balcony. Aft corner suite with sofabed, flexible sleeping arrangements, large windows, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

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Corner Suite w/balcony

Aft Corner Suite with private balcony and hot tub. Various sizes, large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

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Large suite w/balcony

Large Corner Suite with private balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofabed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, espresso maker. Adapted for guests with wheelchair. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

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Suite w/balcony

Suites with private balcony, different sizes, top-high decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

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Corner suite

Corner suite with large windows. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

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Outside cabin

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

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High deck cabins with balcony.

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Accessible cabin with balcony. High deck, broad balcony, double bed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

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Large cabins without balcony. Middle decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Sample Cabin Image for Category Code TY (Outside cabin)

Large accessible cabins without balcony. Middle decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

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Outside cabin w/ balcony

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee. With limited view.

Sample Cabin Image for Category Code RR (Outside cabin)

Larger cabins on middle decks. Most 20 square meters, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Sample Cabin Image for Category Code RS (Outside cabin)

Cabins on lower/middle decks. Double bed, TV.

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Lindstrom Restaurant

Lindstrom Restaurant.

Fredheim Restaurant

Fredheim Restaurant

Fredheim Restaurant.

Aune Restaurant

Aune Restaurant

Aune Restaurant.

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Running Track

Running Track.

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Observation Deck

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Observation Deck.

Explorer Lounge & Bar

Explorer Lounge & Bar

Explorer Lounge & Bar.

Sauna

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Lecture Halls.

Library

Medical Center

Medical Center.

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Expedition Launch

Expedition Launch.

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Review: MS Fridtjof Nansen

Reviewed by Karen Gardiner

What is the line? Hurtigruten Expeditions

Name of ship? MS Fridtjof Nansen

Passenger occupancy? 530

Itinerary? Disko Bay: The heart of Greenland

Start out with the big picture—what is this cruise line known for?

In 1893 Hurtigruten first linked northern and southern Norway by steamship. Three years later, the company kicked off expedition cruising when it first ventured to Svalbard. Today, Hurtigruten Expeditions is one of the world’s leading expedition cruise lines that takes adventurous travelers to some of the most remote and thrilling corners of the planet—from Antarctica to Alaska and the Galapagos to West Africa—and even a 93-day “pole-to-pole” itinerary from the High Arctic to Antarctica.

In keeping with this spirit of exploration and adventure, Hurtigruten Expeditions has named several of its ships after Norway’s most celebrated explorers. Fridtjof Nansen was (arguably) the greatest. One of the more enlightened explorers of his era, Nansen not only made the first crossing of Greenland across the ice sheet in 1888, but also was a scientist, diplomat, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate—a combination of adventure, science, and innovation that befits Nansen’s namesake ship.

Tell us about the ship in general.

Custom built in 2020 for the polar waters of the Arctic and Antarctica, MS Fridtjof Nansen and her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen are the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ships and pioneers in Hurtigruten Expeditions’ growing fleet of smaller, more sustainable expedition cruise ships. The ship is powered by four engines and two large battery units, which reduce its fuel consumption by approximately 20 percent and cut CO2 discharge by more than 3,000 tons a year. Following an assessment of 400 ships, Scope ESG Analysis—the leading European provider of environmental, social, and governance analysis—named the Nansen the safest and most sustainable cruise ship in the world.

Hurtigruten Expeditions is known for its industry-leading science and education program—it’s the first and only cruise line with a Chief Scientist and the first cruise line with Science Centers onboard. The Nansen’s Science Center features museum-style exhibits and activity areas giving guests hands-on experiences to complement the lecture program. Guests are also encouraged to participate in the various citizen science projects that run during their expedition.

Who is onboard?

European, North American, and Australian retirees were the typical demographic on my trip, although there were quite a few younger traveling couples, groups of friends, and singles in the mix. Guests were typically an adventurous bunch, likely to swap stories about sailing to Antarctica, backpacking across India, and more.

Describe the cabins.

I stayed in a spacious upper-deck Expedition Suite with a roomy balcony (from where I watched a whale breach below me one evening). My bathroom had a heated floor and the cabin’s mini bar and wine rack were fully stocked with a complimentary first round. All cabins are outside and half have private balconies—aft suites additionally feature private outdoor hot tubs. Throughout the cabins and ship, interior design takes inspiration from Scandinavian nature and makes use of materials such as granite, oak, birch, and wool. The result is a calm, quiet sanctuary where you can relax and watch the landscape slide by or watch streamed and recorded lectures in privacy.

Tell us about the crew.

The crew is international, well-traveled, and a very impressive multi-skilled bunch. An example: One day Ursula, an assistant expedition coordinator, gave a talk about her experience following Nansen’s route across Greenland’s interior. A couple of days later she conducted an Icelandic language lesson in simultaneous English and German. Whether serving dinner or navigating guests around icebergs on a kayaking excursion, everyone is enthusiastic and energetic. While you’ll hear a lot of “madam” and “sir"—especially in restaurants—interactions are always friendly and relaxed.

What food and drink options are available on board?

The ship has three restaurants, as well as a lounge bar and (when sea conditions allow) a pool bar. Meals at top-tier Lindstrøm are included for suite guests (and dinner is available for all other guests at a surcharge, which is worth paying at least once). Lindstrøm is an elegant spot with Scandinavian-influenced decor—think muted colors, lots of natural light from big windows, wood accents, and contemporary artwork. The menu, too, has a Nordic influence as many of the ship’s suppliers are based in Norway. A reindeer carpaccio starter and grilled Greenland halibut were a couple of my favorite dishes.

Bright and always bustling, Aune is the main venue serving a buffet breakfast and lunch and à la carte (and occasional buffet) dinner. Favorites here were a musk ox shepherd's pie and a seafood buffet dinner, which included sushi, sashimi, king crab, and Greenland-sourced caviar and shrimp. I liked that buffet dishes were all presented in small sizes so I could graze without worrying about food waste.

Freidheim is the most relaxed option and, because it's open all afternoon and evening, often the quietest. An eclectic mix of international dishes, street food-style bites, and comfort classics are served here, from tacos to steamed buns and hamburgers. Save room for a blueberry milkshake or chocolate cream waffle.

Continuing the Norwegian theme, the bars offer aquavit tastings as well as an extensive list of Norwegian spirits. Several times during the voyage chefs served samples of Greenlandic dishes on deck, such as caviar, lumpfish roe, kalaalit kaagiat (Greenlandic cake), and musk ox salami sourced during our stop in Nuuk.

Is there a spa on board and is it worth visiting?

While there is no spa as such, the ship’s wellness center offers a small menu of services, including facials and massages. The trip is bookended by two sea days in either direction, which presents an ideal opportunity to visit. I opted for a hot stone massage on the second day of the trip, which got rid of knots lingering from my transatlantic red-eye flight. Opposite the wellness center, you’ll find a small but well-equipped gym. If the three treadmills are busy, you can head up to the top deck’s outdoor running track.

Activities and entertainment

The ship has a swimming pool, sauna, and two hot tubs but you won’t find casinos or movie theaters on board. Activities here lean high-minded rather than frivolous: think in-depth talks on icebergs, climate, and Norse history in the lecture hall and hands-on activities in the science center. More informal evening talks take place in the lounge bar and, on my trip, included traditional Inuit storytelling sessions.

Guests can also sign up to join the Science Boat for a taste of a scientist’s daily life. One afternoon I took part in collecting samples for the Fjord Phyto project. The project studies phytoplankton to better understand how they respond to water temperature changes in the polar regions, providing a key to help mitigate future environmental impacts. My expedition was the first in 2023 to collect samples in the Arctic.

How was the experience for families?

While there were a few younger travelers on board, and a few get-togethers for young explorers, there is not a lot of dedicated family programming. Traveling families should probably save this expedition for when kids are older.

Where did it sail and how were the excursions? Did anything stand out?

The ship sails from Reykjavik, Iceland across the Irminger Sea to southern Greenland then climbs north up the west coast until Disko Bay before heading back south and finishing in Reykjavik. Guests see a lot of the country: the 16-day cruise has the distinction of visiting every municipality in Greenland and—depending on which excursions you choose—all three Greenland UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The itinerary is almost evenly split between nature visits and community visits. On community visit days (to Qaqortoq, Maniitsoq, Sisimiut, Ilulissat, and Nuuk), guests can wander around freely or book optional excursions, which range from having coffee and cake in a local’s home to hiking part of the Arctic Circle Trail. True to its ethos of supporting local communities, Hurtigruten Expeditions partners with local guides for these excursions. I noticed, and appreciated, that cultural experiences are carefully curated to show both traditional and modern Inuit life. One of my favorites was an organized event held at the Katuaq cultural center in the capital, Nuuk, which featured a traditional drummer and mask dancers as well as contemporary pop singers. The event was followed by tastings of traditional dishes such as whale and seal blubber accompanied by beer from a Greenlandic microbrewery.

Expedition days typically consist of two Zodiac excursions in places of astonishing natural beauty. For example, our day in Kvanefjord—which is rarely visited by cruise ships—included a scenic cruise toward a sprawling, shimmering glacier followed by a landing on shore, inhabited only by old graves of Thule people, the ancestors of modern Inuit, dating back hundreds of years.

Are there any stand-out sustainability or green initiatives about this cruise?

As well as pioneering the world’s first hybrid battery electric-powered cruise ships, the company is in the process of converting the rest of its expedition fleet to hybrid battery power and plans to become the world’s first zero-emissions cruise ship by 2030. They’ve also enabled fleet-wide shore-power connectivity to eliminate emissions while in port and were the first cruise company to phase out single-use plastics onboard.

Each day that guests decline housekeeping, the company donates a small amount to the Hurtigruten Foundation, which supports environmental and community projects worldwide, including summer camps and activities for youth in remote Greenlandic villages.

Hurtigruten is a founding member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) , which promotes responsible tourism in the Arctic. Attendance at an AECO briefing is required for all guests and information sheets advising environmentally and culturally respectful best practices are displayed around the ship. As well as the basic stuff (leave no trace, don’t harass wildlife, etc.) guests are encouraged to “talk to, not about, the people you meet” and “work against prejudiced attitudes.”

Anything we missed?

While there were no Greenlanders on the team, I was impressed by the collective expertise of the cultural interpreters and historians on the expedition crew. Their in-depth knowledge of Greenland covered everything from its earliest peoples—who arrived more than four thousand years ago—to its contemporary culture and challenges. I particularly enjoyed the talks given by Jimmy, a longtime Danish resident of Greenland, former school principal, and educational consultant for the government of Greenland. His talks on everyday life and teaching in Greenland provided a privileged peek into Greenlandic life. He also provided an introductory lesson in Kalaallisut , the Greenlandic language, which came in handy during our community visits.

As a solo traveler, I also appreciated the efforts made for single cruisers: There were scheduled solo traveler meetups in the lounge bar and a nightly designated solo traveler table at dinner in Aune. From time to time, the company also waives single supplement fees to ensure that a lack of companion doesn’t preclude adventurers from achieving their travel goals

Why is the cruise worth booking?

Greenland’s unique landscape—its sprawling ice sheet means its communities all lie around the coastline, none of which are connected by roads—makes cruising perhaps the best way to visit. This cruise visits a region that is environmentally and socially fragile and, with its commitment to sustainability and responsible, respectful tourism, I felt confident that it tries to do right by the people and places it visits.

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MS Fridtjof Nansen

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Ship overview.

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and represents the next generation of expedition ships. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

Featuring Hurtigruten's revolutionary, battery-powered, hybrid propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen will be a near identical twin to her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen.

Combining state-of-the-art technology and a premium on board experience with Hurtigruten’s 125 years of experience and unparalleled destinations, the two Norwegian built ships introduce the next generation of adventure travel.

On board MS Fridtjof Nansen

The stunning scenery will be reflected in a rich and comfortable interior design. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch, and wool will be used to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. All cabins are outside cabins, and 50% of all cabins will have private balconies. Aft suites will feature private outdoor Jacuzzis with spectacular views.

The core of the onboard experience is the Nansen Science Center, an edutainment venue where guests and crew members meet to foster a deeper understanding of the areas we explore. The Nansen Science Center will also be the onboard headquarters for the expedition team.

After a day of exploring new destinations, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the elegant Explorer Lounge , a large gym and Wellness center, or enjoy the scenery and sunsets on the massive in- and outdoor Observation Decks with the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as a couple of the highlights.

Each expedition voyage is accompanied by a hand-picked team of specialists and modern-day explorers. Highly experienced, passionate, and knowledgeable, the expedition team will be your guides and guardians on your cruise of exploration, instructing you on safety, sustainability, and science.

MS Fridtjof Nansen will feature a variety of custom-built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones, and expedition boats for safe landings in remote areas.

In the Footsteps of a Great Explorer

The newest addition to our fleet will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896).

Interestingly, after Nansen's Fram expedition, the ship was passed on to another great explorer who secretly planned an expedition to the South Pole - Roald Amundsen.

Featuring Hurtigruten’s revolutionary, battery-powered, hybrid propulsion system,  MS Fridtjof Nansen will be a near identical twin to her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen.

  • Gym and wellness
  • Observation lounge
  • Outdoor decks
  • Restaurant & Cuisine
  • Room service
  • Suite service
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  • Corner Suite with Balcony (MC)
  • Suite with Balcony (ME)
  • XL Suite (MA)
  • XL Suite (MB)
  • Suite with Balcony (MD)
  • Corner Suite (MF)

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  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Large windows
  • Storage space
  • Reading lamp
  • Writing desk
  • Mini-fridge
  • Lounge area
  • Amazing view
  • Coffee maker

 Deck 11  plan

MS Fridtjof Nansen's three restaurants will host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from our rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration.

Whether enjoying your meal at Aune Main Dining, Fredheim – the informal international meeting place, or the specialty restaurant Lindstrøm, you will indulge in low-key yet refined, modern Norwegian Nordic cooking – where our honest and delicious cuisine reflects our destinations.

MS Fridtjof Nansen Tours

Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears, and Aleutian Islands (Southbound) Tour

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MS Fridtjof Nansen: Life on board and Practical information

From entry requirements to onboard Wi-Fi - here's everything you need to know before travelling with MS Fridtjof Nansen.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION: MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN

The information and descriptions have been checked by our staff and/or local agents to ensure they are correct. However, changes may occur after the date of publication , and there may be occasions when Hurtigruten or local suppliers may withdraw some facilities or additional measurements made by the ship management to comply with covid restrictions.  Should we become aware of any significant change, which may be considered to have an effect on the enjoyment of your holiday, we will do our  best   to advise you.  Many areas we visit are very remote and affected by prolonged cold weather or difficult terrain.  The facilities on offer  will be subject to local conditions.  

Changes to the itinerary and excursions

Every expedition cruise is unique. All routes and excursions are provisional and subject to change as weather, sea and/or ice conditions may affect the itinerary. Excursions may also be subject to minimum/maximum numbers. Hurtigruten  Expeditions  reserves the right to change the itinerary and the content of excursions without prior notice (see terms and conditions).  

Hurtigruten  Expeditions cannot allow children under the age of 5 to travel with us to Antarctica and South Georgia . For safety reasons, children under 12 years of age will be considered for participation  in excursions at  each landing.  

Disabled cabins / Mobility

The  ship  is suitable for wheelchair   users. Persons in need of special assistance must travel with a companion. Please note that the gangway must be used for wheelchair   users to embark  and  disembark. In ports where tidal conditions or other circumstances require  the  use of a portable gangway, or during landings with  e xpedition  boats, it is not possible to use/take wheelchairs.       Extension tours to Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands ,  and Lake Titicaca  are not suitable for wheelchair   users.    Guests who use a wheelchair must bring their own   standard size, foldable chair.  

Flight information

Scheduled flights

The airfares offered are special package tour fares, which cannot be altered or cancelled without charge. All flight package prices are based on specific booking classes. If the relevant booking class is not available, a supplement may apply. On most intercontinental flights and some continental flights, drinks, meals, and snacks are included in economy class. If not included, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. We can offer upgrades to business class on some routes. Depending on the airline, this may also include seats with more legroom. Upgrades are not available on all flights. Luggage allowance varies between airlines and charges may apply if you exceed this limit, or carriage may be refused. As a general rule, each guest can carry a piece of hand luggage weighing approx. 6-8 kg (dimensions and weight depend on the respective airline) on board. Your baggage allowance is set to 1PC (23 kg), but may vary depending on the flight connection; please check with your airline. Further transport guidelines can be found in the respective terms and conditions of our flight partners. If you are planning to take a wheelchair or need assistance at the airport, please advise us at the time of booking. Flights may be scheduled early in the morning or late in the evening, as they are adapted to our travel arrangements and voyages. Please note that some flights may require transfers or stopovers. Times and/or route changes, as well as a change of aircraft type, are reserved. Our common flight partners are Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM/Air France, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, LATAM, Iberia, and Iceland Air. Please note that rebooking or reimbursement of an already issued ticket before departure is only possible for a fee. A transfer or refund of a ticket after departure is not possible. Any flight times advised at the time of booking are provisional and subject to change; please check before you travel.

Included flight Buenos Aires-Ushuaia

Our flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and vice versa are operated by a South American airline. Flights usually depart Buenos Aires early in the morning, and arrive at Buenos Aires in the afternoon or early evening upon return. Please note that the airline will confirm the final flight times between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia only a few days prior to the day of departure. For final flight times and your boarding pass, please contact our hospitality desk at the hotel in Buenos Aires before your cruise.

Only economy class is available on these flights, and no upgrades in higher booking classes is possible. A light meal and non- alcoholic drinks will be served during the flight. You can travel with checked luggage at a maximum weight of 23 kg, and bring one carry-on bag onboard at a maximum of 8 kg.

Please note that this luggage allowance can differ from the airline you use for your long-haul flight to/from Buenos Aires. We kindly ask you to check your flight baggage terms and conditions, and confirm you are within all luggage allowances.

Please note that our flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia depart from and arrive at Ezeiza International Airport Pistarini (EZE). The airport used is subject to change. The latest information will be provided with your travel documents.

Due to late notice about the charter flight times, we strongly recommend planning for an overnight stay in Buenos Aires at the end of your voyage, to avoid missing connecting flights . We are unable to accept responsibility if you miss your own booked return flight in the event of a delay of the flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia.

The standard of the hotels we use is equivalent to 4-5 stars, centrally located or if more convenient for your booked arrangement, close to the airport. There is no official hotel rating  in Norway  and local hotel categories apply. All rooms have private facilities. Single rooms may be smaller and less conveniently situated ,  and may be double rooms for sole occupancy or purpose-built single rooms. Hotels may charge for some facilities,  e.g.  saunas. The price for the overnight  stay  includes breakfast ,  unless otherwise stated  on your confirmation.  

Medical facilities

All guests must have personal travel/health insurance. If you depend on medication, remember to bring sufficient supplies to last through any unforeseen delays. We also recommend that you keep your medication in your hand luggage, properly labelled, and with clear instructions for its use. If you depend on vital medication, please inform the ship’s doctor upon arrival. Illness on board can lead to quarantine, and orders from the captain must be followed.

Passport and visa requirements

Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the required travel documents you will be asked to provide prior to boarding the ship. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents ,  and have them available when necessary. A passport is the only valid identification. For some destinations ,  your passport must be valid for more than six months after you return to your home country. At check-in on board, passports will be collected in order to clear immigrations and customs. It is the responsibility of each guest to ensure they comply with any visa travel document requirements at the time of travel.  Please pay  special   attention to the ESTA/ETA regulations for our North America and Canada  cruises . See details here.

Vaccinations

On some expedition cruises, vaccinations  can be recommended  or may be  required ( e.g.  vaccine against yellow fever) .   All passengers are responsible for ensuring they comply with any requirements at the time of travel. See details here.

Medical questionnaire (mandatory)

A Health Declaration Form is required for some of our expedition cruises and expedition destinations. Please see our Entry Requirements page for full details.

Transfers are included as shown in your booked arrangement (please see your booking confirmation). Hurtigruten offers bus transfers from the airport to the pier and some hotels. The transfer times are set according to the ship’s arrival and departure times, and your arrival and departure times. Delays at the airport are possible. The duration of the airport transfer can vary depending on the destination, but it takes usually between 45-60 minutes (depending on traffic). Exceptions are possible where a longer transfer time is needed, due to a greater distance between airport and port. With your travel documents you will receive further information on your transfer. 

For guests who are not fully mobile, wheelchair accessible transfers are available on request. 

What to wear

On board dress is informal. For all expedition cruises, we advise you to bring breathable rain and windproof clothing.  A warm hat, gloves, scarf, and thermal clothing including thermal underwear can be useful, when sailing to cold  destinations. .  Sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions  and landings,  and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful.    For additional information about footwear, see separate point “Equipment loans” .  

Before travelling

On all our Exp edition   cruises  a  Health Declaration Form  is required. For some  cruises,   an additional part of the form must be completed by your doctor.  To download the  form ,  and  obtain  more information  about it , please visit our  website .  

Passport and Visa

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents you will be asked to provide prior to boarding the ship. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. A passport is the only valid identification. For some destinations your passport must be valid for more than six months after you return to your home country. At check-in on board, passports will be collected in order to clear immigrations and customs. It is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure they comply with any visa travel document requirements at the time of travel.

Vaccines 

On some expedition cruises, vaccinations can be recommended or may be required (e.g. vaccine against yellow fever). All passengers are responsible for ensuring they comply with any requirements at the time of travel. Please check the information on the cruise web pages. 

Transport & add-ons

Flight packages.

Please see the expedition cruise pages for available flight packages. Our Reservations Team will be able to advise you of availability, prices and other details. Any flight times advised at the time of booking are provisional and subject to change; please check before you travel.

Scheduled flights 

The airfares offered are special package tour fares, which cannot be altered or cancelled without charge. All flight package prices are based on specific booking classes. If the relevant booking class is not available, a supplement may apply. On most intercontinental flights and some continental flights, drinks, meals, and snacks are included in economy class. If not included, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. We can offer upgrades to business class on some routes. Depending on the airline, this may also include seats with more legroom. Upgrades are not available on all flights. Luggage allowance varies between airlines and charges may apply if you exceed this limit, or carriage may be refused. As a general rule, each guest can carry a piece of hand luggage weighing approx. 6-8 kg (dimensions and weight depend on the respective airline) on board. Your baggage allowance is set to 1PC (23 kg), but may vary depending on the flight connection; please check with your airline. Further transport guidelines can be found in the respective terms and conditions of our flight partners. If you are planning to take a wheelchair or need assistance at the airport, please advise us at the time of booking. Flights may be scheduled early in the morning or late in the evening, as they are adapted to our travel arrangements and voyages. Please note that some flights may require transfers or stopovers. Times and/or route changes, as well as a change of aircraft type, are reserved. Our common flight partners are Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM/Air France, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, LATAM, Iberia, and Iceland Air. Please note that rebooking or reimbursement of an already issued ticket before departure is only possible for a fee. A transfer or refund of a ticket after departure is not possible. Any flight times advised at the time of booking are provisional and subject to change; please check before you travel. 

Included flight Buenos Aires-Ushuaia  

Our flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and vice versa are operated by a South American airline. Flights usually depart Buenos Aires early in the morning, and arrive at Buenos Aires in the afternoon or early evening upon return. Please note that the airline will confirm the final flight times between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia only a few days prior to the day of departure. For final flight times and your boarding pass, please contact our hospitality desk at the hotel in Buenos Aires before your cruise.  

Only economy class is available on these flights, and no upgrades in higher booking classes is possible. A light meal and non- alcoholic drinks will be served during the flight. You can travel with checked luggage at a maximum weight of 23 kg, and bring one carry-on bag onboard at a maximum of 8 kg. 

Please note that this luggage allowance can differ from the airline you use for your long-haul flight to/from Buenos Aires. We kindly ask you to check your flight baggage terms and conditions, and confirm you are within all luggage allowances.  

Please note that our flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia depart from and arrive at Ezeiza International Airport Pistarini (EZE). The airport used is subject to change. The latest information will be provided with your travel documents. 

Due to late notice about the charter flight times, we strongly recommend planning for an overnight stay in Buenos Aires at the end of your voyage, to avoid missing connecting flights . We are unable to accept responsibility if you miss your own booked return flight in the event of a delay of the flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia.  

Pre- and post-programmes

Hurtigruten offers a choice of optional Pre- and Post-Programmes that can be added to your Hurtigruten journey. This can be a half or full-day excursion ,  or an overnight tour. Please note program me s are subject to change ,  and a minimum number of participants applies. For guests who are not fully mobile, Pre- and Post-Programmes are on request.  

LIFE ON BOARD MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN

Alcohol policy.

Guests  are reminded that only  beverages  sold and / or provided in the restaurants, bars, cabins ,  and suites can be consumed on board.   Any  a lcoholic beverages purchased in ports-of-call will  need to  be stored  separately on board  the ship  by our crew. Your purchases will be returned to you and   delivered to your cabin on the last day of  your   sailing.

Cruise card

You will be issued a cruise card upon arrival on board as part of the check-in procedure in accordance with ISPS regulations. All our guests are requested to wear this card when disembarking the ship in all ports of call and landings. The card serves as a control system on the gangway, enabling the ship to know which of our guests are on board or ashore at any time. This card, in addition to being the key card for your cabin, is also your payment card on board. The card is the only means of payment for the onboard facilities. To activate the cruise card account, you must have a Visa, Diners, or MasterCard.

The evening before the cruise ends, the account will be totalled and settled on board and a receipt will be emailed to you. Please note that when using your credit card on board the ship your account will be debited in Euros, the official currency on board the ship. Credit cards that are used to make payments on board must be valid for at least three months after the journey has ended. The rate of exchange will be the one stipulated by your credit card company. Please note that there are no money exchange services or facilities for cash withdrawals on board.

Daily programme

The daily programme is shown on the information screens around the ship and  on  the TV in your cabin ,  with  each day’s  port calls, landings, lectures, meals , and activities on board. For easy access to daily updates on board , we recommend using the Hurtigruten  onboard app. For more information about the Hurtigruten app, please see  here .  

All our published plans are subject to change.

Please note the use of passenger-operated drones is not permitted during your voyage. This is for   general safety as well as the protection of the vulnerable wildlife and other guests’ personal security.

Electricity

The plugs in your cabins are all 220V/50hz. Suites have 110V for shavers. The plugs are continental two pin plugs, which may require an adapter.  

Equipment rentals

On many of our expedition cruises we are landing in areas covered with snow. Terrain might be muddy, uneven, wet, and very slippery. The weather may be inclement and cold. This is part of being an explorer.  

In Antarctica, it is mandatory to use rubber boots for all landings. For nature landings in Arctic Canada, Greenland, Iceland, or other locations, rubber boots are recommended. A pair of special purpose boots can be borrowed on board free of charge for the duration of your cruise, and we will make sure that they are rinsed and declared clean from seeds and other biological material after every landing. This is to avoid unintentionally spreading invasive species into fragile environments. We carry sizes from 32 to 50. If you need a smaller or larger size than this, or prefer to wear your own boots, you are welcome to bring private rubber boots, but please be advised that our Expedition Team will have them checked before going ashore, to make sure they are suitable for landing. 

We also lend out walking sticks on board. If you are more comfortable using your own walking sticks, bring them along with you, but bear in mind that they must be properly cleaned and disinfected after every landing. 

Hurtigruten App

The Hurtigruten APP is your digital guide onboard, it is recommended to download it before you come onboard, To be able to follow the activities on board, make restaurant reservation, book excursions and find A-Z info here from the minute you step onboard. The App will only work while you are on board as it is connected to the ship’s Wi-Fi.  

Internet Usage and Mobile Phones

We offer Wi-Fi on board. But on expedition cruises to remote destinations, coverage and speed will be very limited. Internet will be provided through a satellite connection (if in sight), except when we’re close to mobile communication infrastructure on land. Due to capacity limitations, the included Wi-Fi is limited to browsing and not streaming. Please contact the reception desk if you have any questions related to Wi-Fi usage. 

The areas we sail in have poor mobile connections, or in some cases there are none available on shore. Check with your carrier for details. 

The working language on board is English. Announcements and written information may also be given in French, German and Chinese on selected departures. Lectures will be streamed into the cabins.  

This service is free of charge for all suite guests. There is no self-service laundry for guest. Instead, you will be provided a laundry form that you need to fill out. Prices are listed on this form.  

Lifesaving equipment, life vests and safety on board

The ship complies with international safety requirements, and is a modern vessel suitable for sailing in the respective destinations, including icy waters.  

All guests will be instructed in safety procedures and the use and location of the safety equipment before departure. There is a Safety Notice posted on the inside of the cabin door which we encourage all guests to read carefully. 

During the sailing, special safety regulations will apply on landings with the Expedition boats. Please follow the instructions given by the Expedition Leader and crew/staff. Special lifejackets for use during landings will be provided to all passengers. A mandatory briefing regarding the safety guidelines will also be given. 

You can hand in your mail at the reception, and for the cost of stamps we will forward the post in every port where possible. The time needed  for delivery of mail may be relatively long. Hurtigruten  Expeditions   accepts   no responsibility for lost mail.   

Food & Beverage

On board, we serve a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all in accordance with your daily programme. Mealtimes will be announced in the daily programme. In the Restaurants we are working with time slots. We are asking kindly all guests to book their time slots with the Headwaiter or via our Hurtigruten App. Please provide information regarding special requests for seating arrangements and dietary requirements to your sales office/travel agent before your cruise.  

Seasickness

Seasickness pills are available in reception. If you are prone to seasickness ,  it is recommended that you bring pills that you are familiar with. You may also buy “sea bands” on board.  

Hurtigruten complies with the ISPS-regulations (International Ship and Port Security System) where all luggage is subject to X-ray/metal detector inspection upon arrival at the port facility or ship. The ISPS regulations also include hand baggage scans in all ports of call throughout the course of the cruise.

Prohibited Items List:

  • Illegal drugs, narcotics and illegal substances
  • All firearms including replicas imitations, non-firing weapons, starting pistols and their components (including but not limited to the following items: Guns, operational or replicas, ammunition of all types, BB Guns, Compressed Air Guns, including Paint Ball Guns, Flare Guns, Gun Lighters, Gun / Firearms Parts, Pellet Guns, Spear Guns, Starter Pistols, Realistic Replicas of Firearms)
  • All Explosives and replicas (including, but are not limited to, the following items: Blasting Caps, Dynamite, Fireworks, Pyrotechnics, Hand Grenades, Plastic Explosives, Bomb Making Components, Gun Powder)
  • Pointed weapons and sharp objects (including, but not limited to, the following items: throwing stars, flick- or gravity knifes, daggers, knifes or scissors with blade longer than 7 cm (including folding pocket knives), open razors, Spears or Spears gun, archery equipment, crossbows, crossbow bolts and long bow arrows, sabers, swords, Skean Dhus or Kirpans, axes)
  • Blunt weapons (including, but not limited to the following items: knuckle dusters, brass knuckles, clubs, coshes, batons, flails or nunchaku and other items adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon)
  • Restraining Devices (including, but not limited to the following items: handcuffs, leg or head restraining straps)
  • High voltage stun devices and items containing incapacitating substances (including, but not limited to the following items: tasers, gas guns, tear gas spray, mace, phosphorus, acid and other dangerous chemicals that could be used to maim or disable, poison)
  • Flammable  substances unless carried in limited quantities (including, but not limited to the following items: petrol, methylated spirits, lighter fuel, paints, thinners, large batteries etc.)
  • Candles or incense
  • Compressed gas tanks, bottles, cylinders (including, but not limited to the following items: dive tanks, propane tanks, large aerosol cans)
  • Items containing heating elements (including, but not limited to the following items: Immersion Heaters, Heating blankets, infrared heaters, flat irons, water heaters, coffee machines, etc.)
  • Remote-controlled or independent flying devices (including, but not limited to the following items: drones, toys, kites of any kind)
  • Self-balancing hover boards, air wheels, scooters, Segway’s
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), ham radios, satellite phones,  transformers, laser and laser pointers, signaling jamming devices

The above list is not exhaustive. The SSO/Captain are authorised to make a professional judgment as to the legality of any item declared, detected or discovered on board.

In our on-board shop you can buy clothing suitable for  e xpedition  cruises . Our Expedition Team will be happy to give you expert advice on how to dress properly according to the destinations. We offer a great range of both warm and practical clothing ,  and we focus on fabrics with natural fibres. We also offer souvenirs, handicrafts ,  and postcards, in addition to a small selection of soap, toothpaste ,  and other personal effects.  

Shore excursions

We offer a rich and varied program of optional shore excursions. In many ports, we offer an included excursion, which can be reserved for no additional charge. In many cases the included excursion can be combined with other optional excursions in the port. Most excursions can be pre-booked but may also be bookable onboard if capacity remains. 

We advise that you book well in advance in order to avoid disappointment due to the excursion being fully booked. Please note that registration is binding, and once on board the Expedition Team will advise you of booking deadlines for excursions still available. Our excursions have English speaking guides unless otherwise indicated and other languages cannot be guaranteed unless otherwise specified. Excursions are subject to change and possible cancellation due to weather conditions. They are also dependent on the number of participants.  

All expedition shore landings and small boat cruising during our exploration of Antarctica are included the programme. Along with the optional excursions available to book, the Expedition Team also arrange a variety of activities during the voyage. These will depend on location and season, but may include hiking, small boat cruising, kayaking, snowshoeing, or camping. A limited amount of kayaking is available for booking prior to select voyages, but all other activities are booked on board and subject to availability.

Explore available excursions

Small boat landings

Guests are respectfully reminded that only  our  stable  expedition  boats enable both water-based exploration and safe landings in otherwise inaccessible areas. You will need to be fairly agile to board these, but there is otherwise no need to worry about travelling in them. The crew will show you what to do and as long as you follow their instructions, after a few times it will become second nature. On all landings in  expedition  boats, guests are expected to wear proper footwear.  For additional information about the footwear, see separate point “Equipment loans”.  Landing operations depend on favourable conditions.  

On board, smoking is only permitted in designated areas on outside decks. Smoking is not permitted in cabins or private balconies. Throwing cigarette butts overboard is strictly prohibited. A cleaning charge of approximately 150 EUR will be applied for smoking in the cabin, to cover the cost of cleaning linen and curtains to return it to a non-smoking standard. E-Cigarettes, according to Norwegian law, are the equivalent of tobacco cigarettes and therefore smoking these is only permitted in the designated smoking areas.  

When the ship is refuelling smoking is prohibited. Announcements will be made on board accordingly.  

Smoking is not allowed during nature landings in AECO and IAATO areas, except for city landings. 

Special requests (e.g. dietary, medical)

If you have special requests ( e.g.  dietary or medical) ,  please inform us as soon as possible ,  and no later   than 8 weeks prior to   your  cruise  departure . We will do our best to meet such requests but cannot guarantee to do so ,  and under no circumstance will any such request be accepted by us so as to form part of a contractual agreement.  

Suite service

À la carte dining option  

On the ships which have a Lindstrøm restaurant, suite guests are offered the chance to dine here. Reservations must be made onboard and are offered upon availability.  

Suite breakfast 

On the ships which have a Lindstrøm restaurant,  suite guests are offered a high-end breakfast, served at the table. Not available on embarkation day. 

Suite check-in 

Suite guests are assigned to the first checkin slots and on vessels with Lindstrøm restaurant a welcome snack and refreshment will be provided here.

We offer a takeaway service on some of the ships from our Fredheim restaurant, 7.30 to 8.30 for breakfast and then from 12.00 noon until 21.00hrs for our all-day dining from the Fredheim menu, available on your TV screen and you can order by phone . 

Welcome greeting  

On embarkation day, the suite guests will find a carabiner watch, a bottle of champagne and a welcome greeting from the captain in their suite after check-in.  

Turn-down service 

Suite guests will receive a daily turn-down service, including fresh towels and chocolate or similar on the pillow.  

Laundry service  

There is no self-service laundry for guests. Instead, you will be provided with a laundry form that you need to fill out. Prices are listed on this form.  

Minibar  

Minibar is available in Suite Cabins and will be replenished on a daily base. The first replenishment is included. 

Room Service

Room service is included for the following suites on MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Roald Amundsen, during Lindstrom opening hours only: 

MA #800 #801

MC #932 #919 #856 #849 #756 #749

Walking on board

We kindly remind you to  take care   when  walking on board the ship while at sea, especially  when  venturing out on deck,  observing   the signs for warning s  of wet and slippery decks. Be aware the doors toward the outer deck are potentially dangerous in windy conditions. Please adhere to the signs and announcements when it is not advised to go outside. While walking inside, hold on to railings but not to door  fram es ,  to avoid injury.  

Facilities & services

There are a wide range of comfortable cabins with private facilities on board for you. Please note that the check-in desk in reception may open before your cabin is ready for use.. You will be informed at check-in when your cabin is ready for you. You may experience some noise and vibration in some of the cabins. This varies depending on the location of your cabin. Also, noise affects people differently and what may be a problem for one guest may not be a problem for others. Please be aware that some cabins on decks with passenger access or lifesaving appliances may have an obstructed view.  

The tap water in your cabin is potable. 

Gym and wellness

MS Fridtjof Nansen offers a gym, sauna and outdoor hot tubs, available for all guests. In addition she has a wellness center where the guests may buy treatments as body massage, face-, hand- and foot treatments. The guests may also use the outside pool located on the same deck as the hot tubs, as well as an outdoor gym and running track on the top deck. All opening hours will be announced on board.

Explorer Lounge

The Explorer Lounge offer large panoramic windows with ample and comfortable seats. There will be binoculars for sale in the onboard shop.

Outdoor decks

The ship has spacious outdoor areas. They are perfect vantage points to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Restaurant & Cuisine

On board, we serve a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all in accordance with your daily programme. Mealtimes and type will be announced in the daily programme. In our main dining area, Aune restaurant, the Restaurant Manager will assign tables prior to arrival. Information about table numbers and mealtimes will be in your cabin upon arrival. Please provide information regarding special requests for seating arrangements and dietary requirements to your sales office/travel agent before your cruise.  

 On the ships which have the à la carte restaurant Lindstrøm, our suite guests may enjoy their breakfast there. For dinner, Lindstrøm will be open for all guests, but there is an additional charge for non-suite guests. Reservation is required and will depend upon availability. 

Fredheim is the ship’s third dining option, offering casual dining in relaxed atmosphere, or a takeaway option during the opening hours. There will be no take away option on the last day of the cruise when you disembark the ship. 

Soft drinks, beer, and the ship wine are included for all meals. Coffee, tea, and potable water that has been purified on board is included throughout the day. There is complimentary still and sparkling water for all meals. An upgraded beverage package is also available.  

Room service

Food delivered to the cabin upon order. Subject to charge: Service fee per order.

Exception: included for suites. Opening hours 07:00 – 23:00

No room service available on disembarkation day.

On the ships which have a Lindstrøm restaurant, suite guests are offered the chance to dine here. Reservations must be made on board and are offered upon availability.  

On the ships which have an à la Carte restaurant, suite guests are offered a high-end breakfast, served at the table. Not available on embarkation day. 

Room service  

This service is offered to all suite guests free of charge, within the opening times. 

An exclusive check-in area is available for suite guests, where they may meet and greet some of the ship officers.  

This service is free of charge for all suite guests. This does not apply to MS Otto Sverdrup; only self-service is possible on board this ship. 

Daily replenishment of the minibar is included for suites, except for large bottles of wine, sparkling wine, and Champagne (first round included).   

Activities & entertainment

Entertainment.

An expedition cruise with Hurtigruten is rigged towards maximizing your experiences of the places we are going to. On days when we are not landing we encourage you to spend as much time as possible out on deck. Join our educational talks and lectures at different locations on board. A travel experience is often much richer if you have knowledge and understanding about the nature, wildlife, culture and history of your destination.

Our Expedition Team will make sure you are well prepared for the experiences ahead of you. They will also re-capitulate and answer questions in hindsight. You will not find bingo, arcade games and entertainment theatres often found on conventional cruise ships. Our aim is to get you closer to unique environments and to allow you to share the experience with your fellow travellers. Occasionally there may be some light entertainment on board in the evenings.

Expedition Team

The onboard Expedition Team is composed of the Expedition Leader, the Assistant Expedition Leader, the Expedition Coordinator plus several lecturers and experts. Your Expedition Leader will regularly update you on the progress of the trip as well as the different points of interest and wildlife sightings that may occur. Biographies of the Expedition Team can be found on board. In the ships science center, you will be able to find information regarding the trip and book optional excursions and activities

The ship’s experienced lecturers command an in-depth knowledge of the areas in which we sail. They will conduct, on a regular basis, lectures on topics such as biology, history and geology throughout the voyage. The lecturing schedule will be announced every day in the on board daily program.

Resident photographers

Our on board photographer will be there to assist guests in the use of their photo equipment and to help improve their photo skills. To enhance the experience of the places we explore, we use photography actively with our guests. Slideshow shared onboard before the end of the voyage and made available for all guests in an Expedition Logbook - including a selection of photos as well as the Daily Programs, Expedition Team biographies, Maps from the voyage and more for sharing/download.

Welcome meeting

Upon arrival on board, there will be a mandatory passenger safety drill before departure. There will also be a welcome meeting where security information as well as practical information about the cruise will be given, and an opportunity to meet some of the Officers, crew and Expedition Team members.

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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Fittingly named after the first explorer to successfully cross the Greenland interior, the MS Fridtjof Nansen is a modern ship purpose-built for expedition cruising. The sister-ship to Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen , MS Fridtjof Nansen primarily operates itineraries in Antarctica and the Arctic.

As is customary with Hurtigruten’s expedition fleet, MS Fridtjof Nansen offers guests the chance to enjoy an unrivalled level of in-depth exploration during their voyage. Every itinerary is enhanced by a variety of expedition apparatus, including a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks and underwater drones.

MS Fridtjof Nansen Onboard Accommodation

There are two main categories of accommodation on MS Fridtjof Nansen; cabins and suites. The cabins are divided up between separate grades depending on where they are located on the ship. All of the cabins on MS Fridtjof Nansen boast sea views and are equipped with everything you will need for your cruise, including a double bed, television and en suite bathroom. Larger cabins, such as those found on the ship’s upper decks, also boast a sofa bed.

The suites, as you might expect, are larger and more spacious than the cabins. All suites, aside from those situated on the ship’s corners, have their own private balcony. In addition to the facilities found in the cabins, the suites also have a mini-bar and espresso maker.

MS Fridtjof Nansen Dining

There are three main dining venues on MS Fridtjof Nansen, each offering a great combination of Norwegian and international cuisine. The ship’s main dining room, Aune, promises a variety of fantastic dishes served course-by-course at your table, while Lindstom is a speciality restaurant highly recommended for a taste of authentic Nordic cooking. The third venue, Fredheim, is more informal and serves up light bites and snacks in a laid-back environment.

MS Fridtjof Nansen Facilities

Designed to function primarily as an expedition ship, you will find that much of MS Fridtjof Nansen’s onboard facilities are geared towards exploration and discovery. The ship’s hub is the Nansen Science Centre and it is here where the resident expedition team will lead guests through a series of informative briefings and discussions regarding the region the ship is sailing.

For relaxation and rejuvenation, head to the ship’s wellness centre or out onto the deck where you can enjoy a pleasing soak in the infinity pool or in one of the jacuzzis. After the sun sets, the Explorer Lounge provides a pleasing environment for after-dinner drinks as well as the opportunity to catch-up with new friends and fellow travellers.

For more information on MS Fridtjof Nansen, please call our Voyage Consultants on 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, please make an online enquiry for one of the sailings below.

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Antarctica is a dream destination for many adventure travelers. But, planning a trip to Antarctica can be overwhelming. If you’re looking for the best Antarctica expedition cruise, the MS Fridtjof Nansen ship with Hurtrigruten is a great place to start. 

This modern, beautifully designed and hybrid-powered ship is unbelievable. This MS Fridtjof Nansen review is based on my experience on board the Highlights of Antarctica 12-day cruise with Hurtigruten in December 2022. Keep reading for details on the MS Fridtjof Nansen cabins, restaurants, amenities and more!

Photos from an Antarctica expedition including a sauna, the cruise ship and a penguin.

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Why book Hurtigruten’s MS Fridtjof Nansen to Antarctica?

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Among the companies offering Antarctica expeditions, Hurtigruten is a standout due to their commitment to sustainability . They aim to be “the most sustainable travel operator in the world.” On board the MS Fridtjof Nansen, they have eliminated single-use plastic, provide all passengers with a reusable water bottle with refill stations throughout the ship, and implemented unique innovations that have reduced their carbon emissions by over 20% compared to cruise ships of a similar size.

In addition, passengers can contribute by hanging a green tag on their cabin door to indicate that their towels and sheets don’t need changing in order to save energy and water. Each time passengers participate in this program, a donation is made to the Hurtigruten Foundation . Paper schedules for each day’s activities have been replaced with an app and are posted on monitors throughout the ship.

Over a decade ago, Hurtigruten eliminated the use of heavy fuel oil in their ships and continues evaluating new green fuel options as they become available. In short, if sustainability is important to you, Hurtrigruten is a great option for you to consider.

The MS Fridtjof Nansen is a modern ship, built in 2020 in Norway, and is named after a Norwegian explorer most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical north pole in the late 1800’s. It’s capacity is 528 passengers, however for Antarctica expeditions it’s more common for the ship to carry ~300 passengers to allow more time for everyone to enjoy landings and other activities.

Wooden sauna benches look out towards a wall of windows on board Hurtigruten's MS Fridtjof Nansen ship.

The ship is exquisitely designed and built from Scandinavian materials. On board you will find an impressive selection of amenities including a fitness center, spa, sauna, two outdoor hot tubs, a heated pool, a classroom, a science center, three restaurants and a lounge. There are three main types of cabins to choose from, all of which are beautifully designed and more spacious than other cruises I’ve experienced. There is a satellite television, two reclining chairs, and heated bathroom floors in all cabins with additional amenities such as a balcony available in some cabin types.

Although expedition trips are often stereotyped as “basic” accommodations, Hurtigruten’s MS Fridtjof Nansen is modern and luxurious.

Hurtrigruten has been leading expeditions and sailing to remote destinations for over 100 years. While they operate cruises in destinations around the world, they specialize in polar expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

The MS Fridtjof Nansen ship is one of their newest ships. From November to March it sails to Antarctica from Ushuaia, Argentina. The remainder of the year it sails to destinations in the Arctic region such as Norway. 

A comfy lounge chair looking out of a wall of windows on board the MS Fridtjof Nansen in Antarctica.

I could rave about the MS Fridtjof Nansen for hours, but will do my best to touch on what I love the most about this ship:

  • Hybrid-powered 
  • The crew (housekeeping, wait staff, expedition crew, and front desk team)*
  • Daily landing and zodiac cruise (weather dependent)
  • Wifi included
  • Beer and wine included with meals
  • Very well organized**
  • Broad range of workshops, classes and activities – you can even stream them live on the tv in your room if you aren’t feeling up for attending them in person!
  • The food (let’s just say I gained a bit on board because it was so good!)
  • Commitment to safety
  • Seamless travel experience ***
  • Beautifully designed and comfortable cabins

Interior of the Arctic Superior Cabin with balcony on board the MS Fridtjof Nansen.

* Even during our very rough Drake Passage crossing, the housekeeping and wait staff were incredible. I was amazed at how they continued to provide service in those conditions. 

** Because the MS Fridtjof Nansen is on the larger size for Antarctica expeditions, the crew needed to be very organized to ensure everyone got an opportunity to experience each landing, cruise and the optional add-on excursions without feeling rushed. They were so well organized and communicated effectively to passengers. I always felt like I knew what was going on, where I needed to be, and where to go.

Passengers boarding a zodiac boat from the MS Fridtjof Nansen expedition launch area in Antarctica.

Being a larger ship and with the latest technology, the MS Fridtjof Nansen seemed to handle the Drake Passage better than some of the older and smaller ships. The first day of my trip had over 10 meter (33 foot) swells through the Drake Passage. Two ships who left after us but on the same day had to turn around and depart again a day or two later. If you are concerned about crossing the Drake Passage, the MS Fridtjof Nansen may help make it more manageable for you.

*** From start to finish, my Antarctica expedition on the MS Fridtjof Nansen was seamless. Included in your package is a hotel in Buenos Aires the night before, orientation with Hurtigruten’s ground crew at the hotel, transfer to the airport in Buenos Aires, a charter flight to and from Ushuaia, and transfer into Ushuaia from the airport. Once on board, any additional expenses are charged using your room key and settled at checkout. Hurtigruten has many options for excursions before or after an Antarctica expedition as well!

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There is very little I didn’t love about my experience on Hurtigruten’s MS Fridtjof Nansen Antarctica expedition. Here are three things you should be aware of before booking your trip.

An Antarctica expedition is expensive. There’s no getting around that. Within that already expensive range, an Antarctica expedition on the MS Fridtjof Nansen is in the middle to high end of cost depending on how far you book in advance and what cabin you choose to stay in. However, for all the reasons I listed above, I feel that there’s strong value for the cost if you can afford it. 

Pro Tip: If you book more than 90 days in advance, you can spread the cost of your Antarctica expedition with Hutrigruten out. Check their terms and conditions for the latest info but at the time of this being written, 25% is due at the time of booking with the balance due 90 days prior to departure. 

On top of the cost already being relatively high, there is also the consideration of the single occupancy cost. Prices for Hurtigruten’s Antarctica expeditions are based on double occupancy, assuming two passengers will be sharing a cabin. Those traveling solo are subject to a single occupancy cost which is generally a percentage of the cabin price. For instance, say you book your cabin for $8000 USD and the single occupancy cost is 75% of the cabin rate, you would end of paying an additional $6000 or $14000 total to have the room to yourself. 

Pro Tip: Check Hurtigruten’s special offers page as they occasionally waive the single occupancy fee. Currently there is an offer that waives all single occupancy fees on specific expeditions in 2023!

There are several Facebook groups (Hurtigruten Insiders, Antarctica: Bucket List to Booked) where people will post that they are looking for roommates. Obviously, do this at your own risk. Alternatively, consider booking with a travel agent like I did and they may be able to pair you up with other solo travelers. 

A scientist giving a lecture about Antarctic fish on board the ship in Antarctica.

Finally, expeditions are different from typical cruises. They are geared towards outdoor activities, photography, and educational experiences. If you are looking for live music, theater, or other entertainment you may be disappointed. However, if you enjoy learning about Antarctic wildlife, the history of Antarctic exploration, wildlife photography, knot tying, and climate change you won’t be bored.

Ok, one more thing. As a coffee lover, I was very disappointed in the coffee on board. It might be the type of bean they use but despite my best efforts, I could not drink it. If you love coffee, consider bringing your own.

This was among the best travel experiences I’ve had to date. From the ship, to the crew, to the food, and the seamless experience created by Hurtigruten from start to finish, I loved every minute of my experience on board the MS Fridtjof Nansen as part of Hurtigruten’s Highlights of Antarctica package. 

A trip to Antarctica is a bucket list item for many people. Having talented and experienced expedition crew members and photographers on board made sure that we made the most of this one in a lifetime adventure. It’s also arguably the most remote destination in the world. The crew and ship made me feel safe throughout the expedition and with the included wifi on board, I was able to stay in touch with my family and let them know I was safe.

The observation deck on board the MS Fridtjof Nansen ship in Antarctica.

How Does Hurtigruten’s MS Fridtjof Nansen Compare to Alternatives?

There are many options to choose from when booking an Antarctica expedition. As part of my research, I spoke with people who have traveled with different expedition companies. Here’s what I learned from them and through my own research.

Quark was the most highly rated and consistently recommended in my research. Their first expedition was in 1991 to the North Pole and since they’ve expanded and evolved to include destinations around the world. 

Their ships are on the smaller side and offer a more intimate experience with a capacity of under 200 passengers. While they may not be the cheapest, one traveler I spoke with who has been to Antarctica twice told me the “staff are far better than any other tour company.” 

Oceanwide Expeditions  

Oceanwide Expeditions specializes in voyages to the Arctic and Antarctic regions. They aim to maximize time off of the ship either on shore or on zodiac boats. Their ships are on the smaller side as well, with maximum passenger capacity of under 200 people.

This expedition company is highly specialized in travel to Antarctica with their first full season voyages beginning in 2013. Their newest ship, the MS Seaventure, began sailing to Antarctica in 2021 bringing their fleet to three ships total.

Polar Latitudes is Founder-owned and operated. Leading Antarctica expeditions is their passion. In fact you may even find that the owner is with you on board your ship! 

G Adventures is one of the more budget-friendly Antarctica expedition options, geared towards a younger crowd and solo travelers. Solo travelers are given the option to share a room with another traveler of the same sex with options to secure your own room for a cost.

Unlike the other expedition companies on this list, G Adventures does not specialize in Antarctic or polar travel. They offer tours around the world on every continent. So, while they do specialize in curating and hosting travel experiences at a more affordable cost, if you are looking for deep expertise and passion for Antarctic travel other expedition companies may be a better fit.

This family-owned company specializes in Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Similar to Hurtigruten, they focus on sustainability as well as diversity. They currently have just one ship sailing to Antarctica with another joining their fleet in 2023. Both are small, with less than 100 staterooms. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Hurtigruten Antarctica Expeditions & the MS Fridtjof Nansen

It’s likely that you have a million questions about Hurtrigruten and the MS Fridtjof Nansen. I’ll answer the most frequent questions I receive here but encourage you to check out the extensive FAQ on Hurtrigruten’s website as well.

Each day in Antarctic waters, weather permitting, all passengers can take part in a landing and a cruise. A landing typically includes a hike, wildlife viewing, and other activities. Passengers are transported from the ship to land on a small zodiac boat. A cruise is a zodiac boat ride in the harbor or channel around the ship to look for wildlife, icebergs and other sites. Both the landing and the cruise vary in duration but tend to be up to 2 hours each.

Kayaking on an Antarctica expedition cruise with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten offers four optional add-on activities on their Antarctica expeditions. These are kayaking, snowshoeing, camping and the science boat. Due to limited spaces in these activities, interested passengers must attend an info session on board and, if still interested, submit their name for a lottery. 

The biggest thing to know about Antarctica expeditions is to be flexible. The weather can change very quickly, creating unsafe conditions for landings and cruises. The expedition leader is responsible for deciding if it is safe to complete the day’s activities. Expect changes, it’s part of the experience.

On the MS Fridtjof Nansen, passengers are provided with boots, a wind and waterproof shell jacket, and a life jacket. For safety and operational reasons, all three were required to be worn anytime passengers leave the ship. 

Me on a land excursion on an Antarctica expedition cruise.

For landings, hiking poles were available. For all optional excursions such as kayaking, camping and snowshoeing all necessary gear is provided.

For more tips read my complete Antarctica cruise packing guide!

Upon check-in all passengers are assigned to a group, which are named after Antarctic wildlife. To minimize waste, the daily schedule is updated on the Hurtigruten app which is accessible to all passengers and on monitors on board. The daily schedule will show what time each group should report to the Expedition Launch area.

Meals can be scheduled through the app at any of the three restaurants, but drop ins are ok as well.

All three meals are included with your expedition. Beer and wine is included with both lunch and dinner. There is one restaurant on board that provides takeaway if you prefer to eat in your room or elsewhere on board. In general, breakfast and lunch are buffet which includes vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, and plant-based options. Dinner tends to be seated service with a different menu each day. 

Personally, I don’t think so. If you do the math, you would need to drink 4-5 drinks per day in addition to the beer and wine included with your lunch and dinner in order to get your money’s worth. Individual drinks can be charged to your room and paid for at checkout.

There is very little you need to pay for once on board the ship. Typical charges would include any optional excursions, drinks in the lounge, spa services, postage, laundry and purchases at the gift shop. All charges on board are made using your individually assigned room key. At checkout the account can be paid using a credit card. 

Tips can be given directly to staff or placed in an envelope at the front desk.

The Prepared Girl’s Guide to Packing for Antarctica

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Make packing for Antarctica easy with this downloadable and printable packing list.

Still have questions about Antarctica expeditions with Hurtigruten or the MS Fridtjof Nansen? Drop a comment below! I’d be happy to answer them.

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I’m so excited for you and your wife! It’s going to be an incredible adventure. Great questions! I did camp out on the ice and loved it. I don’t recall the exact cost but believe it was around $450(US). Camping is one of the most popular excursions (that’s not included in the cruise) and has very limited spots. Expect there to be a mandatory info session while you’re onboard crossing the Drake Passage. If after attending the info session, you are still interested in going (they explain how it all works in more detail) you have to put your name into the lottery. In general, they treat people in the same cabin as a pair so if one of you gets in its likely both of you will. So be sure to attend the info session and put your names in the lottery.

As far as bathrooms while camping, they do recommend you limit liquid intake that afternoon but there are portable cartridge toilets you can use. They dig out a spot in the snow and build a half wall of snow around one side of them for privacy. It’s quite cold so you won’t want to have to use it multiple times if you don’t have to. Keep in mind the sun doesn’t set this time of year so it will be light out all night. I was fairly warm in the sleeping bag they provided but put hand warmers in my socks and in my chest pocket overnight to make it more comfortable.

Hope this helps – have an amazing trip!

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Great blog. Turns out my wife and I are already booked on the FRIDTJOF NANSEN departing on Dec 2nd. Great minds think alike!

I’d like to know whether you camped out on the ice or if you have any information or recommendations? Also, how expensive is it? Finally, my wife has eard there is a hygene requirement that prevents a camper from even urinating during the entire experience. Is that correct?

Looking forward to your reply.

Cheers, Les

You’re welcome, Jessica! I’m so excited for you!!!

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Thank you for your the clarification. Well, I went for it! I booked it!

You’re welcome, Jessica! I completely understand why stepping foot on Antarctica is important for you – it was for me too! I’m really glad you asked this because I can see this wasn’t clear in my post. Hurtigruten allows you to set foot on Antarctica and that is included with the costs of the expedition cruise. Every day we were in Antarctica we got to go on land (referred to as a “landing”) and on a zodiac boat ride (referred to as a “cruise”) around the harbor. This is weather dependent (as is everything in Antarctica) but it’s reasonable to expect to go on land several times during your trip.

The excursions that cost extra and had limited spots were camping, kayaking, and snowshoeing.

I hope this helps address your concern!

Thank you for writing about your experience on this cruise. I’m thinking about booking it, but the only thing that concerns me is the chance of not being able to actually walk on Antartica. You said that due to limited spaces in these activities, you get to participate if your name is picked in the lottery. Is it a relatively small amount of people interested in actually setting foot on land? Or did a lot of people on the cruise end up disappointed because they didn’t get pick?

The Drake shake was quite the experience, for sure, but it’s also part of the adventure! I’m glad we got to experience it but was also glad when it was over 🙂

Thanks, Josy! I can relate. Cruises are not really my thing, but I’m learning that sustainable expedition cruises are 🙂 I was really impressed by all the elements of the ships design and services that were environmentally friendly – and, yes, posh too! That sauna is so dreamy.

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Sounds like you had an amazing time! That ship does look very impressive.

Antarctica is on my list, but the Drake shake doesn’t sound like fun at all.

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Oooh I have been looking forward to your Antarctica posts Susan! This actually sounds amazing. I mean, it is pricy, but the mean reason I have never wanted to go on a cruise was as they are so, so bad for the environment (before covid…since covid I’ve added the petri dish aspect of cruising…)

Trust you to find a sustainable option that isn’t going to ruin the very place you wanted to visit! It all looks so gorgeous and posh too!

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  • Year of built 2020
  • Length (LOA) 140 m / 459 ft
  • Passengers 600
  • Destination Akureyri
  • ETA June 4, 23:00
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The one destination no traveller can ever be fully prepared for

M y to-do list to become Antarctica-ready is long. Topping it is completing a medical form confirming I’m fit to travel to the remote White Continent.

“You don’t think I’m just going to sign this, do you? You’re over 50 – anything could happen,” says my GP, before ordering a blood test and an ECG to check for different heart conditions.

I pass the tests with flying colours, but she’s right about one thing: something unexpected does happen. There’s no inkling, though, when I land in Buenos Aires, Argentina, practically fizzing with excitement. I’m focused on finding tango, a glass of malbec and a mouth-watering steak before peeling myself out of bed at 2.30am to make the early morning charter flight 3000 kilometres south to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.

As Argentina’s pancake-flat pampas crumples and fractures into the snow-capped peaks and sparkling fjords that make the Tierra del Fuego archipelago so picture-perfect, any fatigue from the short night’s sleep evaporates. Descending into Ushuaia, we spot the dock where our expedition ship, HX’s hybrid-powered MS Fridtjof Nansen, is preparing for our arrival.

We cool our heels beforehand, visiting nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and the End of the World Post Office perched on a short rickety pier. So many people are crammed into the shanty – Australia Post should be so lucky – that I don’t linger as I’m planning to send postcards from Antarctica’s Penguin Post Office.

Our jaunt includes inspecting a beaver dam and a glimpse of a curious Arctic fox. It only whets the appetite for more wildlife.

At last, we board and glide away from frosty Ushuaia down the Beagle Channel. Swaddled in my warmest gear, I head to the deck to sip a pink cocktail. Raising it to the afternoon sun, I toast to looking at the world anew through rose-coloured glasses.

By next morning, those glasses have slipped right off, thanks to the “Drake shake”. The swell’s up on the Drake Passage – one of the world’s roughest ocean crossings – pinning me to the bed. I’m blissfully unaware I’m missing the mandatory safety briefing for sea-kayaking (rookie mistake – and if I ever get a second chance, I’d apply an anti-nausea patch before setting sail).

The sea mellows on day two; icebergs shimmer into view. Distant white blobs don’t make great photos but I can’t help snapping away. Soon enough, icebergs appear more frequently and at closer range; only the most spectacular are immortalised in pixels. On board, the 335 passengers are organised into animal groups to facilitate Zodiac shore transfers. I become a Cape petrel, a common seabird in these parts that has a fondness for following ships.

By the time we reach Brown Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, I’ve adapted to nature’s rhythms here. It’s still twilight when we hit the sack but our cabins’ blackout curtains (cleverly edged with magnets) make it easier for us to fall asleep, and help the ship avoid bird strikes.

Brown, an Argentinian research station, is unoccupied when we visit early in the cruising season, but it has a fascinating history. In 1984, the station’s doctor was ordered to stay on for the winter. To say he was unhappy is an understatement – he torched the original facilities and station personnel were duly rescued.

Unlike the bad doctor, we can’t wait to step ashore at this stunning spot in aptly named Paradise Bay. The Nansen’s expedition team has pegged a path for us to follow. It’s a steep scramble up the first few steps hacked into the snow, but using two trekking poles helps keep me upright. When I reconvene with fellow Cape petrels (after pausing at a penguin “highway” to allow the waddling birds right of way), most of us are emotional and a little teary that we’ve stepped onto our seventh continent.

Gentoo penguins have gathered here to build their pebble nests and breed – but it’s too early to see chicks or experience the pungent smell of penguin poo that late-season cruisers often mention. Two crabeater seals laze in the distance. Some lucky passengers camp overnight on a small offshore island (tip: if you’re keen but relegated to the waiting list, complete the safety briefing in case there’s a last-minute drop-out).

The next day brings our final landing – although we don’t know this yet. The Cape petrels, last to go ashore yesterday, are first to reach Petermann Island in the Wilhelm Archipelago. Tramping through cotton-ball snow, I wonder if early explorers ever felt overwhelmed by the beauty. My gloves stay stuffed in my pocket on this sunshiny day (I felt colder back in Ushuaia). Penguins are belly-sliding along their thoroughfares, feeding and fornicating (who wouldn’t want to be a penguin in November?).

Mostly, we see gentoos, although several Adelies, Antarctica’s littlest penguin species, lurk too. As we return to the ship, penguins porpoise through the water alongside us, demonstrating their astonishing speed in their natural environment. “I don’t ever want to go to a zoo again,” says a passenger, voicing my thoughts.

With pack ice preventing a third-day shore landing, I join a science-boat outing to collect water samples and see the Secchi disk water-visibility technique in action. Port Lockroy’s Penguin Post Office team also boards the ship to talk about life at their base and to sell souvenirs.

It’s still a sensational day. We’ve slid right past icebergs with electric-blue innards (the disco colour is the result of air bubbles, which can interfere with the passage of light, being squeezed out of dense ice).

Throughout our journey, passengers gravitate to the MS Fridtjof Nansen’s Science Centre.

Geeking-out here takes many forms, from peering into microscopes to examine water samples for tiny phytoplankton to chatting to the multidisciplinary science team members aboard the ship.

My journey includes an Australian expert on marine mammals, Connor McGarry, who grew up watching migrating whales from his family’s balcony near Busselton, Western Australia. “Being in a small community, you’d see blows and ring your neighbours,” he says.

Between giving lectures for passengers, he also collects data on the abundance, distribution and behaviour of ice-loving seals – Weddell, crabeater and leopard – while noting their surrounding ice conditions. This, he says, will help scientists understand how seal populations and their distribution might change or overlap as sea ice inevitably changes.

Passengers can also take a squiz at a wildlife list pinned to the wall to see what animal and bird species have been clocked during their journey and inspect “green stay” and food-waste charts that document daily on-board sustainability efforts.

For each day that a passenger declines housekeeping services, 50 euro cents is donated to the Hurtigruten Foundation. These funds have supported organisations with projects ranging from restoring Norwegian sea-kelp forests and refurbishing a Greenland museum to using AI for whale science interpretation.

Our ship’s hotel manager, Gabriela Murara da Rocha, says green-stay numbers rise on rough sea days and sea days towards each cruise’s end when passengers are tired. Food waste calculation takes into account both excess production from the kitchen and leftovers from plates – which is higher on nights when there’s a buffet for dinner.

From my dining room window seat that night, I’m hypnotised by the Lemaire Channel’s silky waters, ruffling like silver taffeta in our wake.

Suddenly, dinner’s interrupted: a surprise announcement crackles through the loudspeakers. Due to an onboard medical emergency, we’re returning immediately to Ushuaia. Antarctica is unpredictable - the human body even more so - yet it’s a disappointment. Some of us will never step foot on the continent again.

In a daze, we drift to the open deck, where nature heaps consolation prizes upon us. Orcas are frolicking among the ice floes, as if to bid us farewell, and the White Continent is completely coloured-in thanks to a sunset that doesn’t know the meaning of restraint.

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Cruise HX’s 12-day Highlights of Antarctica trip, which includes charter flights between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, and a pre-trip hotel night in BA, starts from $9655 a person twin-share. Longer Antarctica itineraries are also available. HX’s polar-class ships, MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Roald Amundsen, are near-identical. Antarctica’s cruising season runs from November to March. See HXexpeditions.com

Fly LATAM and Qantas fly from Sydney and Melbourne to Santiago, Chile (some flights travel via Auckland, so you might mix and match airlines). LATAM offers frequent onward connections to Buenos Aires, Argentina. See latam.com , qantas.com

Download While cruising Antarctica, it’s rare to see other expedition vessels – but the MarineTraffic app will reveal you’re aboard one of many ships exploring the continent.

The writer travelled as a guest of HX (formerly Hurtigruten Expeditions).

MS Fridtjof Nansen

MS Fridtjof Nansen

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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About the ship

The newest addition to our fleet will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896).

Interestingly, after Nansen's Fram expedition, the ship was passed on to another great explorer who secretly planned an expedition to the South Pole - Roald Amundsen.

Ship features

Each expedition voyage is accompanied by a hand-picked team of specialists and modern-day explorers. Highly experienced, passionate and knowledgeable, the Expedition Team will be your guides and guardians on your voyage of exploration, instructing you on safety, sustainability and science.

The stunning scenery will be reflected in a rich and comfortable interior design. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool will be used to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. All cabins are outside, 50 % will have private balconies, aft suites will feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views.

MS Fridtjof Nansen's three restaurants will host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from our rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration.

Welcome aboard

An HX trip includes everything from daily excursions and activities to our onboard Science Centre, meals, gratuities, drinks* and more. All designed to give you the expedition experience of a lifetime.

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A stimulating setting

Your expedition ship will quickly feel like your home away from home. The clean and elegant interior design stems from Hurtigruten’s Scandinavian roots, blending high quality with casual functionality.

Arctic Superior (TT) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma.

Interior and Cabins

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Science Center

This is the core of the onboard experience. The Science Center is packed with state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets such as touch screens and science equipment. This is where guests and staff/crew meet, mingle, and create a deeper understanding of the areas you explore. The flexible venue features lecture spaces, a small library, and specialty areas for workshops in photography, biology, and more. This is also where you'll find Hurtigruten’s hand-picked Expedition Team.  

Explore the Science & Education program

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Explorer lounge & bar

Relax and rejuvenate in the elegant Explorer lounge & bar. Sink into a comfortable armchair and gaze out at the magnificent views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

A guest photographing from the observation deck on board MS Fridtjof Nansen, Camp Frieda, Greenland. Credit: Andrea Klaussner.

Explore with your tastebuds

Discover delicious food prepared in the state-of-the-art kitchens on board MS Fridtjof Nansen. Our creative chefs use local ingredients and take inspiration from regional flavours to take you on a culinary tour.

Enjoy fine dining in Lindstrøm Restaurant on board MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma.

Restaurant Lindstrøm

A speciality restaurant named after Adolf Lindstrøm, the favourite chef of the Norwegian polar heroes. Fine dining in Restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests. Non-suite guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in Lindstrøm for an additional cost.

The relaxed atmosphere of Fredheim Restaurant on board MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit Clara Tuma

Restaurant Fredheim

The ships’ informal and social meeting place – named after a 1900s hunting station on Svalbard.

Aune Restaurant on board MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

Restaurant Aune

Named after the Norwegian ship chandler and polar expedition supplier Tinus Aune.

MS FN - Pool Bar

Enjoy the refreshing pool with your favourite cocktail. What better way to get into holiday mode than by sipping on a cocktail while in the hot tub, creating a great atmosphere with great views.

Taweaway Food Onboard-OS

You are welcome to enjoy a Fredheim meal in your cabin.

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Dietary Requirements

Dietary Requirements

Guests who require special diets or have food allergies can contact the Restaurant Manager in the restaurants during opening hours.

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Revitalise and rejuvenate

Aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen, you’ll have everything you need to stay active and keep your mind healthy. A full suite of facilities lets you exercise and relax to your heart’s content.

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Sauna, Spa and Relaxation

The ship has a wellness center where the guests may buy treatments as body massage, face-, hand- and foot treatments.

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Fitness Room

After a day of exploring new destinations, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the large gym and Wellness center.

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After a day of exploring new destinations, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as one of the highlights.

Cabins and Suites

Expedition suite.

Add some indulgence to your voyage aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen and reserve one of our Expedition Suites. Spacious, serviced, and with bed combinations for up to four people, these well-appointed apartments offer special features such as private balconies, expansive windows, and hot tubs. Suites feature a double bed that can be divided into two single beds on request at the time of booking, and some have a sofa bed. All have a private bathroom with a shower and toiletries, a TV, a safe, European two-pin plug sockets, a single-serve coffee machine, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Naturally, the accommodation includes a full range of premium facilities as well as a minibar (charges apply), daily turn-down service, and laundry. Complimentary fine dining in our Lindstrøm restaurant is part of the experience, and a takeaway service means you can enjoy all meals exclusively. Champagne on ice and a platter of delicacies are provided for your enjoyment as you set sail.

MA | XL Suite with balcony

Extra-large upper-deck suite

Private balcony

Large windows

Double bed (optional twin)

Bathrobes and slippers available on request

Guests: up to 4 | Size: 46-48 m2

Cabin Code: MA

  • Double bed | Optional Twin
  • Private balcony and large windows

Living space in the XL Expedition Suite | With balcony (MA) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

MB | XL Suite

Extra-large lower-deck corner suite

Seating area

Double Murphy bed

Guests: up to 4 | Size: 44 m2

Cabin Code: MB

  • Large Windows

Living space in the XL Suite (MB) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

MC | Corner Suite with balcony

Upper-deck corner suite

Bathrobes and slippers on request

Guests: 2 | Size: 20-30 m2

Cabin Code: MC

  • Private Balcony

Living space in the Corner Suite | With balcony (MC) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

MD | Large Suite with balcony

Large upper-deck corner suite

Large windows and a private balcony

Wheelchair accessible, may be available for general booking

Guests: 4 | Size: 35 m2

Cabin Code: MD

Bedroom in the Large suite | With balcony (MD) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

ME | Suite with balcony

Upper-deck suite

Sofa bed or seating area

Guests: up to 4 | Size: 22-28 m2

Cabin Code: ME

Bedroom in the Suite | With balcony (ME) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

MF | Corner suite

Guests: 2 | Size: 22 m2

Cabin Code: MF

Bedroom and living space in the corner suite (MF) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

XT | Outside cabin with balcony

Upper-deck cabin

Bathrobes and slippers available for request

Guests: up to 4 | Size: 18 m2

Cabin Code: XT

Bedroom in an Arctic Superior cabin (XT) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

TT | Outside cabin

Large lower-deck cabin

Guests: 2 | Size: 27 m2

Cabin Code: TT

Bedroom in an Arctic Superior: Outside cabin | Lower/middle decks (TT) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

XTD | Outside cabin with balcony

Guests: 2 | Size: 15-19 m2

Cabin Code: XTD

An Arctic Superior: Outside cabin | Upper deck | With Balcony (XTD) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

XY | Wheelchair-accessible outside cabin with balcony

Wheelchair-accessible cabin, may be available for general booking

Bathrobes and slippers are available on request.

Guests: 2 | Size: 19 m2

Cabin Code: XY

Balcony in an Arctic Superior: Outside cabin | Upper deck (XY) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

XTJ | Outside cabin with balcony

Private balcony (limited view)

Some with sofa bed

Cabin Code: XTJ

  • Private Balcony | Limited View

Partially obstructed view in an Arctic Superior cabin (XTJ) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

TY | Wheelchair-accessible outside cabin

Bedroom in an Arctic Superior: Outside cabin | Upper deck | Accessible (TY) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

RR | Outside cabin

Lower-deck cabin

Guests: up to 4 | Size: 19-23 m2

Cabin Code: RR

Bedroom in a Polar Outside cabin (RR) onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Credit: Clara Tuma

Arctic Superior

Arctic Superior cabins are comfortable and spacious. These cabins feature a double bed that can be divided into two single beds in some cabins on request at the time of booking. Some also have a sofa bed, and many have a private balcony. All have a private bathroom with a shower and toiletries, a TV, a safe, a minibar (charges apply), European two-pin plug sockets, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. A bathrobe and slippers are also available free of charge. 

Polar Outside

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Specifications

  • Year built - 2020
  • Capacity - 530
  • Ship yard - Kleven Yards, Norway
  • Gross tonnage - 20889 T
  • Speed - 15 knots
  • Length - 140 m
  • Beam - 23,6 m

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