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Hurtigruten's Midnatsol: Cruising in the land of the midnight sun
The name Midnatsol (midnight sun) is something to live up to, and this ship, dedicated to the Norwegian summer, strives to do just that. The interior's bright, colorful decor is inspired by the region's long, sunny days, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian artwork on display. Ms Midnatsol was put into service in 2003 and is the fourth Hurtigruten ship to bear this name.
The ship has a strong environmental profile and modern design, with Norwegian materials used extensively throughout its interiors. Together with her sister ship, ms Trollfjord, ms Midnatsol is among the newest in the fleet. What characterizes both ships is the large, two-story lounge with panoramic views, and an abundance of glass allowing natural light to flow into the interior. There are also 23 nicely appointed suites, some with a balcony.
Who will like sailing on ms Midnatsol
If you value the spirit of exploration across the Arctic Circle, a chance to meet locals traveling between Norway's coastal communities and an abundance of unspoiled nature, a cruise on Hurtigruten’s ms Midnatsol is for you.
Where Midnatsol sails
Midnatsol offers cruise packages along the coast of Norway. Embark in Bergen and journey to the old royal city of Trondheim, the Lofoten archipelago and the “Arctic capital” of Tromsø. Some itineraries include visiting an Igloo hotel, interaction with local Sami people and a chance to view the otherworldly Northern Lights.
Hurtigruten has great appeal for cruise lovers who want an out-of-the-box experience in an evocative land. Because these smaller working ships are used for transportation and services by the people of Norway's coastal communities, they offer a wealth of opportunities for cultural immersion and personal connections. Life on board is comfortable, cozy and full of possibility.
One dining highlight on ms Midnatsol 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.
There's not much organized entertainment onboard Hurtigruten ships. Instead, passengers are inspired by the dramatic landscapes and seascapes of the north. There are plenty of comfortable places to relax, however, 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. This is a working ship busy providing transportation and services to local communities along the route, giving international passengers unique insight into the Norwegian people and culture.
Staterooms on Midnatsol are comfortable, functional and offer a variety of configurations, from standard cabins to mini-suites and suites. Amenities include such standards as a hair dryer, room safe and TV.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Itineraries take in more than 1,100 miles of the evocative Norwegian coastline with its cities, towns and rugged northern landscapes.
- 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.