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MS Polarlys

Another simple, stylish vessel in the fleet of Hurtigruten cruise ships, MS Polarlys has a traditional maritime atmosphere to it. Expect to find mahogany paneling, polished brass features and a selection of Norwegian contemporary art dotted around the walls onboard.

About MS Polarlys

Travelling a number of Scandinavian routes, the ship’s name means ‘polar light’. Also known as the world famous Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, this spectacular natural phenomenon is just one of the magical sights you might see onboard Hurtigruten’s MS Polarlys.

Explore the UNESCO-listed alleyways of Bryggen and travel to the top of Mount Floyen on the Floibanen Funicular. Cruises visit the Geirangerfjord – often called the jewel in the crown of Norway’s fjords – passing snow-topped mountains and awe-inspiring waterfalls. Experience boutique shopping and witness wonderful wildlife in Tromso or revel in the phenomenon of Hammerfest, which experiences 24 hours of sunlight in the summer months and sometimes none at all in the winter.

Onboard, a choice of restaurants offer a la carte dining or casual buffet fare, while the observation lounge and panorama lounge provide unobstructed views with plenty of space for guests to look out.

A bar, café and onboard shop are areas to wander through when not on land, providing quality snacks, drinks and souvenirs. The sun deck offers plenty of space to take in the incredible views passing by, while the ship is also home to a spacious sauna, for true Scandinavian indulgence.

Popular with photographers and nature-enthusiasts alike, go off the beaten track with an Arctic cruise on the comfortable and timeless MS Polarlys.

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: 301 - 321 square feet (including balcony)
  • Sleeps: 4

Mini Suite

Seating area, TV, mini-bar

  • Suite: 194 - 215 square feet (including balcony)
  • 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

  • Sun Deck
  • Library
  • Observation Lounge
  • Bar
  • Panorama Lounge

Deck 6

  • Outside Cabins
  • Suites
  • Mini Suites
  • Inside Cabins

Deck 5

  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Mini Suites

Deck 4

  • Restaurant Polarlset
  • Baby changing
  • Playroom
  • Fjorden Arcade
  • Café Lokalen
  • Shop
  • Café
  • Bar
  • Conference Room Loppa,
  • Conference Room Vest-Fjorden
  • Conference Room Folda
  • Conference Room Stad
  • Club Bar Midnattsol

Deck 3

  • Laundry
  • Carlift
  • Lobby
  • Reception
  • Gangway
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins 

Deck 2

  • Car Deck
  • Carlift
  • Hospital
  • Trim Fitness Centre
  • 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 season's 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 Polarlyset

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 tge 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).


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.

Trim Fitness Centre

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

123m (404ft)
20m (64ft)
15 knots
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