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MS Nordlys

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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.

Please note, MS Trollfjord will temporarily replace MS Nordlys Coastal Express voyages between 23rd September 2024 until 28 November 2024.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/1994
Tonnage 11204
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 4
Number Of Decks 6
Number Of Elevators 2
Number Of Restaurants 3
Maximum Capacity 590
Crew 70
Refurbished 2019

Ship Facilities


MS Nordlys boasts three restaurants onboard that you can enjoy throughout your sailing:

  • Torget - the main dining restaurant, with a selection of dishes to choose from
  • Brygga - a stylish bistro serving a variety of food from salads to pizzas and more food with a Nordic twist
  • Kysten - delight in an range of a la carte dishes

Alongside these, there’s other dining and bar options you can enjoy on MS Nordlys. These include the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, alongside the Panorama bar that’s located at the front of the ship that’s perfect for an afternoon drink.


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.

Things to do

From the tranquil Knut Hamsden library to the various lounges, there are plenty of different spaces to explore onboard MS Nordlys. 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 Coastal Experience Team who are there to help you learn more about the places you visit.

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