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ms Spitsbergen: Hurtigruten's newest ship plies coast of Norway
Hurtigruten's newest vessel, ms Spitsbergen, started her operation along the Norwegian coast on special itineraries in July 2016. During fall 2016 and the winter 2016-2017 season, ms Spitsbergen will travel along the Norwegian coastline following the same route as the other ships in the fleet on the Classic Coastal Voyages.
After the 2016-2017 season traveling along coastal Norway, Spitsbergen — named after the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago — will alternate between the Norwegian coast and polar expeditions starting in May 2017.
Spitsbergen’s maneuverability and optimal size make her especially suitable for exploring the coast of Norway and beyond, brining Hurtigruten guests even closer to nature. The interior of this modern and environmentally friendly ship was designed by Tillberg of Sweden, the world's leading marine architecture and interior design firm.
Where Spitsbergen sails
Starting in May 2017, guests can sail on Spitsbergen to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe and Shetland Islands, as well as to Arctic Canada.
In 2017-2018, Spitsbergen voyages along the Norwegian coast will operate in expedition mode with expedition teams, the ideal choice for those who want to explore the coast in an active way.
Modern & environmentally friendly
After a complete reconstruction, Spitsbergen now features modern, comfortable public areas and cabins, with the decor reflecting the color palette of the Norwegian Sea. Tillberg Design of Sweden — the world’s leading company in maritime architecture and interior design — has created a fresh and clean feel in the interior. The ship is environmentally friendly with technical improvements to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. It is equipped and adapted for sailings in polar waters throughout the Arctic region.
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