Nordlys translates into Northern Lights in English, and it is only natural that décor inspired by the Northern Lights should be apparent in a ship of this name.

MS Nordlys is named after the spectacular natural phenomenon visible in these waters between October and March. Nordlys, meaning the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis), which appear in the sky of the Northern Hemisphere as green and sometimes red flaming “waves” and will leave you with memories that will last forever. MS Nordlys was built in 1994 and its art, décor and colours are all inspired by the Northern Lights phenomenon. With her light and delicate interior, Norwegian artists have created a unique and distinct environment on board. Passangers are encouraged to relax in the ship’s elegant maritime atmosphere, panorama lounges and comfortable reclining chairs.

The art, décor and colors applied aboard this ship are all inspired by the northern lights. The delicate aesthetic creates a distinct and unique onboard ambience. MS Nordlys is a comfortable ship. Passengers are invited to kick back after a long day experiencing one of Hurtigruten´s many excursions and activities in comfy recliners in the ship’s lounges.

Ship Description

Year of construction 1994
Year of refurbishment 2019
Ship yard Volkswerft, Germany
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 471
Car capacity 24
Gross tonnage 11,204
Length 121.8
Beam 19.2
Speed 18 knots

Refurbishment in 2019

In May 2019, MS Nordlys will be refurbished. This means that cabins and common areas will get a makeover, and new cabin grades will be added. As a result, the deck plans will vary depending on when you are traveling with us.

Expedition Team On Board

MS Nordlys has her own onboard Expedition Team that serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures, presentations and activities inside as well as out on the ship´s sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team will host a lecture and presentation 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 encourage you take part in “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.

Special features: 

  • Expedition Team
  • Outdoor explorer deck
  • Large panorama and observation lounges with great views
  • Bar
  • Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Separate à la carte option restaurant
  • Fitness room and sauna
  • Wi-Fi
  • Elevator
  • Conference room
  • Car deck

Parking spaces on board

Please note the following dimensions for vehicles:

  • Max Length: 650 cm/ 21.3 ft
  • Max Breadth: 240 cm/ 7.9 ft
  • Max Height: 220 cm/ 7.2 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.

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 upper decks, they all have bathrooms with shower and WC, tea and coffee-making facilities and TVs. The cabins have double beds. All the cabins have individual specifications.

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Polar Inside

Our cozy Polar inside cabins are found on all decks and include bathrooms with shower/WC. Most have separate beds with one doubling as a sofa, 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. Some cabins have double beds, while others have separate beds, one of which is a sofa bed, or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.


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