MS Nordlys is named after the Northern Lights, the spectacular natural phenomenon visible in these waters between October and March. Built in 1994 and refurbished in 2019, this ship's art, décor and colours are all inspired by the Northern Lights phenomenon, all of which have been enhanced with modern flourishes. With her light and delicate interior, Norwegian artists have created a unique and distinct environment onboard. Passengers are encouraged to relax in the ship's elegant maritime atmosphere, panorama lounges and comfortable reclining chairs. Exuding Hurtigruten’s characteristic style and high standards of service thanks to a dedicated crew, guests can enjoy a relaxed and informal cruise while being led into an immersive and explorative journey into Norwegian and Arctic life.
Dining is a relaxed and informal affair with menus planned around fresh, seasonal ingredients, taking advantage of local produce to satisfy healthy appetites stimulated by the fresh sea air. There is also a 24-hour cafe for snacks and drinks should you get peckish at any point.
The emphasis here is not on big glitzy shows, as evenings are spent winding down after a busy day of exploring. Many guests like to head to the Explorer Lounge or Panorama Bar where they can grab a drink and discuss the days events with fellow travellers, often swapping stories of whale sightings or sharing pictures of the amazing views captured during the cruise. Occasionally, there may be some live music onboard in the evenings.
From the tranquil Knut Hamsden library to the various lounges, there are plenty of different spaces to explore onboard MS Nordlyss. For those looking to relax after a busy day exploring, the sauna is the perfect place to steam away those aching muscles. Alternatively, if you’re keen to keep up your workouts even during a holiday, the small fitness room is the perfect place to stay active.
If you’d like to add a more educational aspect to your trip, make the most of the lectures and presentations led by the expert Expeditions Team who are there to help you learn more about the places you visit.
This was a good trip despite challenges with weather that can't be helped. Consequently very little visibility of Northern lights. Plenty of snow though! Nordlys is a good ship and although due for refit this year was still very comfortable. It must be remembered that this is a post ship so a lot of the stops are very short. However the scenery was fantastic and more spectacular than the Northern lights anyway. Would be interesting to do this to again in the summer. Don't forget you are effectively in Norway, so expect Norway prices for everything. The expedition team were well informed and very helpful in all aspects. Food superb. All in all a good trip with a very professional line. Would go with this company again.
We have just returned from the most amazing holiday of a life time. Our whole experience from start to finish has been great and we can't recommend the staff, food and service of the on-board Ms Nordlys team enough!
Wonderful food (but with very expensive drinks) and first class team organising excursions (albeit very expensive) and providing lots of interesting talks and information on points of interest along the way. We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, which was the main reason for choosing this cruise. However the schedule for the second half of the trip leaves very little time to go ashore and explore the local towns in daylight.
Small but select, comfortable. Food amazing! Staff wonderful.