|Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen - Hurtigruten New Ships 2018 / 2019|
Hurtigruten - an expedition and Norwegian Fjord experts have released the names of its two new hybrid powered expedition ships currently under construction.
The first two ships have been named the Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen after the two Norwegian polar pioneers. The ships are due to be delivered in 2018 and 2019.
“On December 14th, it will be exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole,” said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten. “It has been 128 years since Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland and it is 120 years since Richard With, Hurtigruten’s founder, first started exploration tourism in the Arctic. So what could be more natural and appropriate than to name our new ships after these inspiring trailblazers.”
The new ships are designed by Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with the recognized Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino.
The interiors designs are expected to mirror the exterior waters and landscapes bringing the natural surroundings indoors. 60% of the cabin will have balconies and 20% will be suites.
"Materials will be predominantly Norwegian and be inspired by nature with the innovative use of granite, oak, birch, wool, among other materials. All of which will be characterized by an innovative Scandinavian approach to interior design," said a statement.
The vessels will have three restaurants with menus reflecting local flavours and destinations. A special pool deck will include infinity pools, Jacuzzis and bars.
“These ground-breaking expedition ships will revolutionize adventure travel at sea,” added Skeldjam. “We are combining Hurtigruten’s 120-years of know-how with cutting-edge technology and design, and a strong commitment to sustainability, to offer the modern-day adventure traveller unprecedented experiences.”