Named after the first ever Hurtigruten ship which set sail in 1893, MS Vesteralen is one of the smallest ships in the Hurtigruten fleet and carries a maximum of just 516 guests at a time.
With many itineraries making multiple shore stops each day, you’ll be kept well entertained with the array of excursions on offer. With some voyages allowing you to witness the summer midnight sun and others taking in winter’s Northern Lights, there are all manner of natural marvels to enjoy.
Cross the Arctic Circle and keep a lookout for walruses and polar bears, or focus your attention on historic sites such as the Arctic Cathedral and ancient city of Trondheim.
Choose between everything from mountain hikes to city shopping onboard Hurtigruten’s MS Vesteralen, and at the end of the day retire back to your comfortable and carefully-designed cabin. With panorama lounges at the front and rear of the ship, you won’t risk missing any of the spectacular scenery passing by.
When you aren’t tucking into locally-sourced Scandinavian cuisine, relax with coffee and cake in the onboard café or with a good book from the available library. There’s a playroom for little ones and a shop where you can buy souvenirs and snacks.
While MS Vesteralen may not boast the casinos and climbing walls of some other cruise liners, it proudly offers access to some of the most incredible natural and historic sites in cruising, with unbeatable routes around the Norwegian coast and into the Arctic.
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.
Seating area, TV, mini-bar
Separate beds, one can be turned into a sofa (some with upper / lower berths).
Separate beds, one bed can turn into a sofa. Some with upper / lower berths.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.