Hurtigruten to christen ship under midnight sun

Ship to herald new era in adventure-packed future
One of the Nordic region’s most amazing natural phenomena, the midnight sun, will be used for the first time in history to christen a new ship, cruise and ferry line Hurtigruten’s MS Spitsbergen.
Scheduled to take place on July 6, the ceremony will see the new explorer ship christened in the port town of Svolvaer in the Lofoten archipelago – a highlight of Hurtigruten’s voyages since 1893.
Named after the largest island in Svalbard, the vessel will start its first season in Norway before alternating between sailings along the Norwegian coastline and polar expeditions.
Adventurous guests will be able to join her on a range of voyages including In the Wake of the Vikings, which sails along the Viking trail from Bergen via the British Isles to Iceland, landing on several of the North Atlantic’s most beautiful islands.
In Svalbard, among the many unique landings guests will get to experience is L’Anse aux Meadows, a small fishing village on the UNESCO World Heritage List where a Norwegian family discovered a Viking settlement in 1960.
Explorer tourism is a fast growing industry and Hurtigruten says that the arrival of MS Spitsbergen adds greater flexibility to its global operations. With four ships now set up to traverse the poles, the opportunities for guests to explore the wildlife and cultural experiences in this region of natural beauty are extensive.
In the high north, the line now offers voyages to Greenland and Iceland, around Spitsbergen, and from 2017 will also lead explorations to Arctic Canada. In the Southern Hemisphere, Hurtigruten takes guests around Antarctica’s waters, along both the coasts of South America and, from 2017, as far as the Amazon rainforest.
TTG Nordic