Part of the charming 15-ship strong Hurtigruten fleet, M/S Midnatsol entered service in 2003. Described as ‘the world's most beautiful voyage’, a sailing along the Norwegian coast …
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Part of the charming 15-ship strong Hurtigruten fleet, M/S Midnatsol entered service in 2003. Described as ‘the world's most beautiful voyage’, a sailing along the Norwegian coast offers untold epic landscapes. Hurtigruten operates a year-round sailing schedule with departures from Bergen every day, calling at 34 small ports en route to Kirkenes at the northern tip of Norway. There’s the chance to see the Northern Lights in winter months, while in summer the Midnight Sun is on display in these arctic latitudes – how appropriate to be on a vessel bearing this name.
The 638-passenger Midnatsol has bright interiors with a colourful décor inspired by the sun - a motif reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display. There are 12 grades of accommodation ranging from Inside cabins to the expansive ‘Grand Suite’ and ‘Captain’s Suite’. The lower grade cabins are comfortable but compact (64 to 139 sq ft); Junior Suites measure 193 to 215 sq ft; and of the 19 Suites which come in at 301 to 322 sq ft, five have private balconies and ten have excellent bay windows. Four cabins have wheelchair access.
The ship has seven passenger decks - all accessible by lifts; there’s also a car lift for passengers who want to take their car for exploration once they reach port. All meals are served in the Midnatsol Restaurant – breakfast and lunches are open seating. Food is Norwegian with substantial breakfasts offered buffet-style; while lunch showcases a ‘smorgasbord’ of marinated herring dishes; smoked fish; poached fish; cold meats; salads; hot dishes; as well as desserts and fruit. Dinner is a three-course set meal, where the main course is either meat or fish, generally served with potatoes and vegetables. During the high season, there may be several sittings for dinner which are allocated on the first evening. There’s also the Midtsommer Café.
In the Mysterier and Paradis bars prices are the same as in Norway – i.e. expensive. There’s also a bar on deck. Most passengers enjoy watching the scenery unfold during the day either from the two-deck Panorama Lounge or on deck where there are sun terraces at the bow and stern. In the comfortable amphitheatre interesting films about the geography, geology and natural history of Norway are shown. There is also a library; Internet café; fitness room; and sauna; as well as two Jacuzzis on deck.
We recommend this unique voyage for the seasoned traveller who will enjoy the drama of the Norwegian coastline and the chance to explore some of the smaller, isolated communities dotted around these northern fjords and islands. Passengers can combine the southbound journey into a 12-night cruise, which includes daytime stops at ports only visited at night during the northbound leg of the journey.
outsideThese are comfortable outside cabins, situated on both lower and upper deck. The cabins offer separate beds, where one can be turned into a sofa. These are cabins with limited or no view.
suiteExpeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles. Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.
Year Entered Service 01/01/2003
Total Passengers 0
Cruising Speed 15
Ship Width 70
Total Decks 6
Total Lifts 2
Total Crew 75