MS Midnatsol took her maiden voyage along the Norwegian coast in April 2003 and has become a favourite.

The name Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is something to live up to, and this ship, dedicated to the Norwegian summer, does just that. The interior is bright, its colourful décor is inspired by the warm sunny climate, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display. MS Midnatsol was put into service on 15 April 2003 and is the fourth Hurtigruten ship to bear this name. The ship has a strong environmental profile and a modern design, with Norwegian matierals used extensively throughout its interiors. Together with her sister ship, MS Trollfjord, MS Midnatsol is among the newest in the fleet. What characterises both ships is the large, two-storey panorama lounge above the bow and the large glass expanses that allow natural light to enter as well as providing extraordinary views. There are also 23 beautifully appointed suites, some of which have a balcony.

Ship Specifications

Year of construction 2003
Ship yard Fosen Mekaniske Verksteder, Norway
Passenger capacity 970
Beds 632
Car capacity 32
Length 135.75 m
Speed 18 knots

Facilities on board

MS Midnatsol is an ice class 1X ship, equipped with advanced technology that makes her exceptionally well suited for expedition cruises in Antarctica. The ship started taking explorers on adventures to Patagonia and Antarctica in 2016.

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 waters we sail in. The Expedition Team hosts a lecture and presentations program and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you may 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,” and encourages you take part in various “friluftsliv” hikes and activities during the cruise.

The dedicated Expedition Team has one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage.

Ship facilities:

  • Expedition Team
  • Two-story panorama lounge
  • Bars
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bistro
  • Library
  • Restaurant
  • Separate à la carte restaurant
  • Playroom
  • Shop
  • Hot tubs
  • Fitness room and sauna
  • Amfi theatre for educational lectures and conference facilities
  • Elevator
  • Car deck

Parking spaces on board

Please note the following dimensions for vehicles:

  • Max Length: 650 cm/ 21.3 ft
  • Max Breadth: 250 cm/ 8 ft
  • Max Height: 230 cm/ 7.5 ft
  • Max Weight: 5000 kg/ 11,023 lbs


Expedition Suite

Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on board. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the suites feature seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/WC, and most with double beds. Some suites have more facilities than others. Located on deck 6, 7 and 8.


Arctic Superior

Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both upper and middle deck, they all have bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee -making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, where one doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All the cabins have individual specifications.


Polar Inside

Our cozy Polar Inside cabins can be found on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/WC. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa, while some are equipped with a double bed or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.


Polar Outside

Our Polar outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. They have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.


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