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MS Nordlys

A true spectacle of the sea, MS Nordlys is named after the Northern Lights – a magical light display that appears in the sky across the Northern Hemisphere during the months of October and March.

About MS Nordlys

Famous for lighting up the night’s sky with a collision of awe-inspiring colours such as green, red, and pink, the captivating Northern Lights show sometimes even creates red flaming waves that can clearly be seen from the waters. With this in mind, when you step onboard your MS Nordlys cruise you can expect to relax and unwind in an environment that features delicate interiors and vibrant, eye-catching colours.

Once onboard you’ll be able to forget about the world and relax in optimum comfort, while soaking up the inviting maritime atmosphere of this spectacular Hurtigruten ship. Boasting unimposing décor and lots of comfortable reclining chairs and loungers, life at sea has never been so luxurious or enjoyable.

There’s also plenty to keep you occupied onboard – whether you retire to one of the ship’s large panorama and observation lounges to absorb the views or enjoy the ship’s separate a la carte restaurant, you certainly won’t be stuck for something to do.

If you love nothing more than exploring your new surroundings, you’ll also be able to experience and enjoy a vast range of excursions and activities. Exploring Norway has never been more delightful than onboard MS Nordlys.

See What's Inside

The facilities in Huritgruten cabins vary between ships and the various cabin grades. Towels and shower gel/liquid soap are provided in all cabins, in addition to this all cabins
(except for MS Lofoten and some cabins on board MS Vesteralen) also have a hair dryer. Tea/Coffee making facilities are available in suites only.

Expedition Suite

One or two rooms, seating area, TV,
mini-bar, some with private balcony.

  • Suite: 300 - 321 square feet (including balcony)
  • Sleeps: 4

Arctic Superior Mini Suite

Seating area, TV, mini-bar

  • Suite: 194 - 215 square feet
  • Sleeps: 2

Outside Cabin

Separate beds, one can be turned into a sofa, table.

  • Cabin: 75 - 140 square feet
  • Sleeps: 2

Inside Cabin

Separate beds, one bed can turn into a sofa. Some with upper / lower berths.

  • Cabin: 65 - 108 square feet
  • Sleeps: 2

Deck 7

  • Panorama Lounge Orion
  • Observation Lounge Sirus
  • Fitness Room
  • Sun Deck

Deck 6

  • Outside Cabins
  • Mini Suites
  • Inside Cabins

Deck 5

  • Suites
  • Mini Suites
  • Outside Cabins

Deck 4

  • Restaurant Stjernesalen
  • Baby Changing
  • Playroom
  • Arcade
  • Internet Room
  • Shop
  • Café Aurora
  • Information Desk
  • Conference Room Rosa
  • Conference Room Benoni
  • Bar Sirilund
  • Library Knut Hamsun

Deck 3

  • Reception
  • Carlift
  • Laundry
  • Gangway
  • Outside Cabin
  • Inside Cabin

Deck 2

  • Car Deck
  • Carlift
  • Hospital
  • Sauna
  • Outside Cabins

Visiting 34 ports, Hurtigruten have an exceptional opportunity to get fresh produce from local suppliers everyday. This means delicious new and fresh ingredients, both from coastal and inland areas.

Based on the seasons best ingredients, the chefs create either three-course dinners or lavish buffets. Being a coastal voyage, seafood dominates the menu, accompanied with fresh vegetables and delicately flavoured sauces. Each dinner ends with traditional desserts, like home-made cakes, puddings, berries or sorbet. Breakfast and lunch is served buffet style, while dinner is a set dinner.

Restaurant Stjernesalen

Passengers are requested to go to the restaurant on embarkation to make their table reservation. The usual meal times are: breakfast from 08.00 to 10.00 hours (open sitting); lunch from 13.00 hours (open sitting); dinner from 18.00 hours (set seating). During high season, there may be several sittings, the times of which will be shown on board. Full board begins with a buffet dinner on departure from Bergen and ends with brunch on the arrival day back in Bergen. The food is Norwegian and breakfast is buffet style with a selection of cold meats, cheese, eggs, cereals and fruit. Lunch is the famous Cold Table with a choice of fish dishes, cold meats, salads, a selection of hot dishes, desserts and fruit. Dinner is a three-course set meal; there is not usually a choice of menu. Occasionally the Cold Table may be served in the evening and the set meal at lunch time. All vessels are fully licensed.

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Continental

À La Carte

The à la carte menu is a dining experience out of the ordinary - a dinner made from ultra-premium produce from our local suppliers. For those who are taking a classic voyage, full board is included in the price, and you can upgrade to the à la carte option for a small fee.

Even if you don’t have full board, you are still welcome to order the à la carte menu. On most of Hurtigruten ships, the à la carte menu will be served in separate areas of the restaurants. Enjoy two-, three, four- or five-course dinners, and choose from four different starters, five main courses, four desserts and our famous cheese. Additional wine and drinks packages are also available. You can only book the à la carte menu when you are on board.

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: Varies

The emphasis onboard is on relaxation and discovery, and not the commercial entertainment that is so often a part of conventional cruises. Hertigruten’s aim is to get you closer to unique environments and to allow you to share the experience with your fellow travellers. Occasionally there may be some musical entertainment onboard in the evenings.


Selling souvenirs, knitwear, books, postcards, postage stamps and a limited supply of toiletries.

Internet Café

Passwords can be purchased from reception, costs are currently 40NOK for 30 mins, 60NOK for 1 hour and 200NOK for 6 hours (subject to change).

Library Knut Hamsun

The books are in a variety of languages including Norwegian, German and English, also there are game tables available to play cards and chess.

Keep yourself feeling fresh and active in the Fitness Room or sweating away the day in the sauna.

Fitness Room

A basic fitness centre for passengers to enjoy.


Head to the sauna and relax in luxury.


Relax in the jacuzzis whilst floating past the scenery.

Enjoy a lecture on the ship's deck or in one of the conference rooms and learn something new.

The “Fresh Air Factor”

There are often lectures and presentations held on deck out in the fresh air. These lectures and presentations are related to marine and coastal life. For example, there is a performance of "Arctic Circle Ceremony" or "Leaving the Arctic" rituals when crossing the Arctic Circle, cod tongue-cutting demonstrations and training on how to fillet a fish, all of which are led by local fishermen. There are other activities on board, such as hunting for the Northern Lights in winter or sleeping on deck under the midnight sun.

Of course, all of these activities and lectures are voluntary. If you wish to simply relax and enjoy the view of the ever-changing scenery, you are more than welcome to do so.

Also enjoy a lecture in one of the conference rooms.

There is a playroom available for children.


Let your children enjoy their stay in the playroom with activities available to them.

Ship Specifications

122m (400ft)
19m (63ft)
15 knots
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