No stranger to innovation, Hurtigruten has placed itself firmly at the forefront of sustainable travel with the launch of its newest vessel: MS Roald Amundsen.
With an explorer heritage dating back to 1893, it should come as no surprise that Hurtigruten is the world leader in exploration travel. For 126 years, Hurtigruten’s fleet has traversed the Norwegian coast between Bergen and Kirkenes – commonly referred to as “The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage” – taking in majestic fjords, charming ports and rare wildlife. However, as is the nature of exploration, it was not long before the company set its sights on other beautiful and remote destinations: Antarctica, the Arctic, Alaska, Europe, and the Americas.
Evidently, Hurtigruten is not your average travel operator; their focus is on personal growth and experience over luxury and you can be sure you’ll be surrounded by likeminded adventurers when you sail with them. In fact, an expert Expedition Team accompanies each Hurtigruten expedition providing lectures on geography, history, wildlife and more.
But it’s not just exploration travel in which Hurtigruten is leading the way. Operating in some of the world’s most pristine and vulnerable landscapes, the company recognises its position of responsibility and operates according to an unshakeable commitment to sustainability – leaving the smallest environmental footprint possible.
At the convergence of Hurtigruten’s dual commitments to exploration and sustainability comes the announcement of the newest vessel to join their fleet, MS Roald Amundsen. Much like her namesake – the legendary Norwegian explorer who was the first person to cross Antarctica and reach the South Pole – this state-of-the-art vessel leads the way towards an ever more sustainable way of travelling.
It is the first of three hybrid ships the company will add to its fleet over the next few years, each sailing with electrical propulsion to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 per cent. The MS Fridtjof Nansen will sail her maiden voyage in 2020, with a third ship due in 2021. These three ships represent the single largest investment in Hurtigruten’s history, underlining the company’s commitment to its environmental vision.
Specially constructed for voyages in polar waters, MS Roald Amundsen serves as a premium basecamp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way. In fact, not only is its electrical power system more environmentally friendly but it also provides a better voyage experience, with near silent propulsion through some of nature’s most incredible landscapes. Guests will be able to glide alongside glaciers and get up closer than ever before to marine wildlife.
MS Roald Amundsen is fully equipped for the unique Hurtigruten learning program – with lecture theatres and a science centre – while also delivering on the company’s sophisticated standards, offering an infinity pool, private hot tubs, underwater drones and the largest LED screen at sea. There truly is no better ship on which to experience polar exploration in an environmentally conscious way.