Built locally over five decades ago, MS Lofoten was last ship designed for Hurtigruten as break-bulk, lift-on, lift-off cargo-passenger ships. For this reason, she serves as a picturesque reminder of an earlier era of sea travel and offers an experience like no other available today.
Named after the dramatic scenery of the Lofoten Islands situated just north of the Arctic Circle, MS Lofoten is a much-loved ship with the type of charm and character only a vessel of this age could command. Her public spaces are evocative of a small country hotel with wood panelling, brass railings, plush carpets, polished wooden floors, and comfortable armchairs and sofas. Cosy, spotlessly clean and well-maintained, MS Lofoten offers a truly unique voyage, with a special programme that enhances the heritage of Hurtigruten and the spirit of the 60s.
MS Lofoten features 87 cabins that can sleep 151 passengers, with double occupancy, single occupancy and four-berth cabins. Because MS Lofoten is an older vessel, cabins vary in size, layout and berth configuration, even within the same category, adding to her charm. Passengers looking for luxury will not find it here, but those seeking adventure and a unique and memorable voyage will be delighted to sail with MS Lofoten.
Norwegian specialties and international cuisine is on offer in the main restaurant, a charming room with original Norwegian paintings depicting maritime scenes and earlier Hurigruten ships. With the small number of guests aboard MS Lofoten, each meal is carefully prepared and beautifully presented. An extensive buffet is laid out for breakfast, featuring bacon, eggs, European cold meats and cheeses, Norwegian-style marinated herring, cereal, bread, muffins, fruit juice, and hot beverages. Delicious lunches and four-course meals are served later in the day. Additionally, a café aft of the main restaurant provides excellent views from the seating by the windows, and serves lighter meals, snacks and drinks.
Settle into a comfortable seat in the Panorama Lounge on Boat Deck for viewing the cargo handling activity and the sea ahead. Shore excursions range from bus trips to the North Cape, to dog-sledging in winter. When two Hurtigruten ships are in port together, passengers may visit the other ship simply by presenting themselves at the gangway. This popular activity usually occurs twice on both the northbound and southbound legs of the voyage. Hurtigruten also offer additional activities specially made for voyages with MS Lofoten.