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Hurtigruten's Lofoten: Retracing Viking culture

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

Snapshot

Launched in Oslo in 1964, Lofoten is a grand dame of the Hurtigruten fleet. She combines a sense of nostalgia with an intimate, informal atmosphere. Her name comes from the Lofoten Islands, which lie just north of the Arctic Circle and are famous for their dramatic scenery. Lofoten was also the northernmost seat of Viking culture.

Today's ms Lofoten carries on the tradition of Hurtigruten's original ship of the same name. She was refurbished and refitted in 2003, but much of the original style and atmosphere have been artfully preserved. This 'venerable old lady' offers charm and function. Lounges and decks with panoramic views frame the striking scenery for passengers, while cabins are plain but comfortable and cozy.

Who will like sailing on ms Lofoten

If you're a cruise enthusiast looking for a memorable vacation in the wild and beautiful landscapes of the north—but with all the creature comforts of home—Hurtigruten’s ms Lofoten is a fine choice.

Where Lofoten sails

Lofoten sails a variety of itineraries throughout the year along the coast of Norway, with sights and highlights varying depending on the time of year. 

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Cruises on this ship

Cruising on ms Lofoten combines a spirit of adventure and exploration with a destination rich in history, culture and stunning natural scenery. It's all experienced from comfortable, modern accommodations and public spaces. 

Dining

One dining highlight on Lofoten 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.

Fjords in Norway.
Gary Bembridge / Special to CruiseableFjords in Norway.

Entertainment

There's not a lot of 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, including cozy lounges with views. And there's space outside to roam and take in the surroundings as well. Hurtigruten's working ships provide transportation and services to local communities along the route, giving international passengers unique insight into the Norwegian people and culture.

Staterooms

Lofoten's staterooms are comfortable and functional with a variety of configurations, from standard cabins to mini-suites and suites.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: MS Lofoten
  • Where: Raftsund Strait
  • The ethereal Northern Lights and the midnight sun are among the sights passengers might see.
  • 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.
  • Lofoten visits destinations rich in Viking history, set against a backdrop of unspoiled nature.

Fast facts

400 Passengers [?]
40 Crew
5 Decks
1964 Maiden voyage
2,661 Tonnage [?]
286 Length in feet
13 Width in feet (max beam)
2003 REFURBISHED

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