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Hurtigruten's ms Polarlys: Sail under the dancing polar light
Ms Polarlys was built in 1996 and is the third Hurtigruten ship to carry this name. Polarlys is the Norwegian word for polar light, also known as Northern Lights or aurora borealis, which can be seen on some cruises in spectacular display in the Arctic skies. Ms Polarlys is a classic, stylish ship designed with mahogany paneling, polished brass and a selection of contemporary Norwegian art. There are great views from almost every quarter of this vessel.
Who will like sailing on ms Polarlys
If you're an adventure-cruise enthusiast looking for a one-of-a-kind voyage through the remote Arctic waters of the north, but with all the comforts of home, Hurtigruten’s ms Polarlys is for you.
Where Polyarlys sails
Polarlys offers a selection of cruises along Norway’s coast, departing from Kirkenes, Tromso and Bergen.
Cruising on the small, working ships of Hurtigruten provides a one-of-a-kind voyage. Rich history, authentic culture and stunning scenery are the norm on Polarlys voyages, all experienced from cozy, comfortable surroundings.
One dining highlight on Polarlys is the addition of seasonal, locally sourced food to the menu. There is one main restaurant 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 aboard Hurtigruten ships. Rather, passengers are inspired by the dramatic vistas of the north. There are plenty of comfortable places to relax on Polarlys, 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 providing transportation and services to local communities along the route, giving international passengers unique insight into the Norwegian people and culture.
Staterooms on Polarlys 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
- Hurtigruten’s ships visit 34 ports of call on the Norwegian coast, with stops of 30 minutes to six hours.
- 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.
- Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Coastal Cruises cover more than 1,100 miles between Bergen and Kirkenes.
- Every Norwegian Coastal Cruise crosses the Arctic Circle.