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Hurtigruten's Kong Harald: Expedition cruising in Norway & across the Arctic Circle

Have you sailed on Hurtigruten's ms Kong Harald? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.


The Hurtigruten ms Kong Harald pays tribute to the king of Norway as well as other famous Norwegians. In addition to the ship itself named for King Harald of Norway, the bar is named for polar pioneer and Nobel Peace Laureate Fridtjof Nansen, while the café is named in honor of explorer Roald Amundsen. As with ms Richard With, ms Kong Harald was launched in 1993 to mark Hurtigruten's centenary. In the ship's interior, passengers can get a close-up look at the decorative details of the King's Crown emblem.

Who will like sailing on Kong Harald

Adventurers wanting a unique cruise vacation in some of the most extraordinary and remote waters on the planet, yet with all the comforts of home, will find Hurtigruten’s ms Kong Harald an ideal match.

Where Kong Harald sails

Ms Kong Harald offers cruise packages along the coast of Norway and across the Arctic Circle. Cruises between Kirkenes and Bergen make calls at Hammerfest, Tromso, Vesteralen, the Lofoten Islands, Trondheim and Kristiansund.

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Cruises on this ship

Kong Harald is a combination passenger-cargo ship, which offers daily year-round service along the Norwegian coast, giving cruise passengers an opportunity to experience the Norwegian people and culture from a close-up and very personal perspective. 


One dining highlight on Kong Harald is the addition to the menu of seasonal, locally sourced food. There is one main restaurant onboard and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the cost of meals is included in the cruise fare. In addition to the dining room, there is also a 24-hour cafe with snacks and drinks available for an additional cost.

Lille Lungegårdsvannet in Bergen, Norway.
Vidar Flak / Creative Commons BYLille Lungegårdsvannet in Bergen, Norway.


There's not much organized entertainment aboard Hurtigruten ships. Instead, passengers are inspired by the dramatic landscapes and seascapes of the north. There are plenty of comfortable places to relax, alone or with newfound friends. Inside are cozy lounges with views and there's space outside to roam and take in the surroundings as well.


Kong Harald’s staterooms are comfortable, functional and offer a variety of configurations, from standard cabins to mini-suites and suites.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Nice digs
  • Where: MS Kong Harald
  • Because these are working ships providing transportation and services for local residents, cruise passengers experience Norway's people and culture in a uniquely personal way.
  • The ethereal Northern Lights and midnight sun are among the sights passengers might see.
  • Kong Harald visits destinations rich in Viking history and set against a backdrop of unspoiled nature.

Fast facts

622 Passengers [?]
70 Crew
6 Decks
1993 Maiden voyage
11,204 Tonnage [?]
399 Length in feet
19 Width in feet (max beam)
15 speed mph

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