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MS Polarlys

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MS Polarlys takes its name from the Norwegian word for Polar Light, the natural Arctic phenomenon pursued by the ship in winter. Having been refurbished in 2016 this stylish ship expertly combines Hurtigruten’s individual feel with a contemporary, Arctic-inspired interior. With several eateries, comfortable public spaces and an onboard Expedition team ready to help you make the most out of your cruise, a voyage with MS Polarys is guaranteed to be an enchanting and memorable experience.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/1996
Tonnage 11341
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 3
Number Of Decks 6
Number Of Elevators 2
Maximum Capacity 619
Crew 64
Refurbished 2016

Ship Facilities


As is characteristic of the Hurtigruten fleet, dining onboard MS Polarys is a relaxed and informal occasion, with freshly-prepared dishes made from seasonal, local ingredients beautifully served at each mealtime. Despite the small size of the ship, the three restaurants onboard means that guests can enjoy a range of different menus:

  • Torget Main Dining- this casual main restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner made by the dedicated team of chefs.
  • Kysten Arctic Fine Dining- for a more private, intimate setting, treat yourself to a meal at this exquisite restaurant serving some of the best seafood in the world alongside exotic meat and other produce sourced from the Arctic wilderness.
  • Brygga Bistro- if you’d prefer café-style food, this bistro serves sandwiches, burgers and beverages throughout the day.


While the emphasis on MS Polarlys may not be on glitzy entertainment like on larger cruise lines, this doesn’t mean that guests will be disappointed by what is on offer. Once night falls, many guests like to head to either the Explorer Lounge or Panorama Bar. Here, in amongst the comfortable and stylish décor, you can order your favourite drink, sit back and relax or exchange stories of the day with fellow cruisers. Given the more intimate aspect of this cruise ship, you’re bound to find new friends during your voyage.

Things to do

Hurtigruten like to ensure guests travel in comfort and style, and MS Polarlys is no exception. With so much to see onboard, cruisers will be sure to have the time of their life.

  • Expedition Team
  • Fitness Room and Sauna
  • Two hot tubs

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