Named after the King of Norway, this majestic ship also pays tribute to other famous Norwegians and includes the Nansen club bar and Amundsen café.

Although this ship is named after today’s King of Norway, Harald, you will find other famous Norwegians on board as well. The bar is named after Nobel Peace Laureate, the Norwegian polar pioneer Fridtjof Nansen, and the café is named after explorer Roald Amundsen. As with MS Richard With, MS Kong Harald was launched in 1993 to mark Hurtigruten’s centenary. In the ship’s interior you will see decorative details of the King’s Crown emblem.

MS Kong Harald has its own onboard Expedition Team and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures,presentations and activities inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team hosts a lecture and presentation program and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you can participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of “friluftsliv” (outdoor life), and encourages you take part in the various “friluftsliv” hikes and activities during the cruise.

Our dedicated Expedition Teams has one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the cruise.

The ship’s bar is named after famous Norwegian polar pioneer Fridtjof Nansen, while explorer Roald Amundsen lends his name to the ship´s café. The top deck of the boat features a sun deck, observation salon and panorama lounge, all of which provide splendid views of spectacular coastal scenery.

Ship Specifications

Year of construction 1993
Year of refurbishment 2016
Ship yard Volkswerft, Germany
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 498
Gross tonnage 11,204
Length 121.8
Beam 19.2
Speed 18 knots

MS Kong Harald was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. Onboard are three different restaurants, the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and a fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two hot tubs. Fancy a drink? Visit our comfortable bar at the front of the ship. The vessel also has a large compass area with reception, the Expedition Team, a tour guide, conference room and shop.

Special features: 

  • Expedition Team
  • Refurbished in 2016
  • Three restaurants
  • Bar
  • Panoramic lounge
  • Wi-Fi (for payment)
  • Sauna
  • Fitness room
  • Elevator
  • Conference room
  • Car deck
  • Hot tub


Expedition Suite

Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on board. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, and bathrooms with shower/WC. Most have double beds. Some suites have more facilities than others.

An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.


Arctic Superior

Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic superior cabins. Situated on the two upper decks, the cabins all have bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities and a TV. All of the cabins have double beds, and unobstructed views.

Situated on deck 5 and 6, the cabins are newly refurbished and feature facilities as TV, queen-sized beds, water boilers, coffee and tea.

Note: All Arctic superior cabins on deck 5 have the promenade deck outside.


Polar Inside

Our cozy Polar inside cabins are on all decks and include bathrooms with shower/WC. Most of the cabins have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. Some are equipped with and lower berths. All of the cabins have individual specifications.

Situated on decks 5 and 6, these cabins feature a flat-screen TV.  There are no windows. The cabins have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa.


Polar Outside

Our Polar Outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with shower/WC, and most have flat-screen TVs. The cabins offer separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.


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