There are unparalleled views from almost every quarter of this stylish vessel.

MS Polarlys was built in 1996, and she is the third ship in Hurtigruten to have this name. Polarlys is the Norwegian word for polar light, a name given to the special Arctic phenomenon we chase in our winter programme “Hunting the Light.” MS Polarlys is a stylish ship, furnished with mahogany panelling, polished brass, and a choice selection of Norwegian contemporary art. Together with the extensive use of wood in the public areas, this has created a unique maritime atmosphere.

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.

MS Polarlys 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. We have a comfortable bar at the front of the ship where you can enjoy a nice traditional drink and a large compass area with reception, the Expedition Team a tour guide, conference room and shop.

Ship Specifications

Year of construction 1996
Year of refurbishment 2016
Ship yard Ulstein Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 619
Beds 503
Car capacity 26
Gross tonnage 11,341
Length 123
Beam 19.5
Speed 18 knots

Special Features

  • Expedition Team
  • Refurbished in 2016
  • Three restaurants
  • Multe bakery and ice cream bar
  • Explorer bar lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna
  • Fitness room
  • Elevator
  • Conference room
  • Car deck
  • Hot tubs 

Car space on board

Please note the following dimensions for vehicles:

  • Max Length: 650 cm/ 21.3 ft
  • Max Breadth: 245 cm/ 8 ft
  • Max Height: 225 cm/ 7.3 ft
  • Max Weight: 5000 kg/ 11,023 lbs


Expedition Suite

Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/WC, and 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 both the upper and middle decks, the cabins all have bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities and TV. Most have double beds, and some have bunk beds. All the cabins have individual specifications.

(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. The cabins have separate beds with one doubling as a sofa, or are equipped with 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. The cabins also have bunk beds and individual specifications.

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