With her bright and cheery décor, MS Vesterålen provides a relaxed and informal atmosphere in which to enjoy the spectacular sights of this picturesque region.
Named after the first Hurtigruten ship that sailed along the rugged Norwegian coast back in 1893, MS Vesterålen offers a remarkable voyage along Norway’s beautiful coastline. Like many ships in the Hurtigruten fleet, MS Vesterålen is a working ship, carrying cruisers, cargo, mail, cars, day-trippers and local passengers who might only be on board for a couple of days, or even hours, as they travel between ports along Norway's coast. For this reason, she is best suited to travellers who are not looking for a resort experience at sea, but who seek an authentic means of seeing Norway’s wonderful coastline, ports and villages.
MS Vesterålen offers guests the choice of spacious Inside or Outside cabins for their voyage. Interior cabins are warm and cosy and will become your home-from-home while you sail up and down the stunning coastline. Outside cabins are bright and airy, offering your own private window on the beautiful fjord views.
Experience delicious authentic Norwegian cuisine and eat like a true local with Hurtigruten’s unique dining concept, Norway's Coastal Kitchen. Guaranteeing seasonal, fresh food from the local area, the talented chefs proudly tell the story of the local coastline through their delicious dishes. There is an exceptional opportunity for the chefs to obtain fresh produce from local suppliers at each port, so the Arctic char on your plate is likely to have been caught just hours earlier by a local fisherman. Guests can expect substantial breakfast and lunch buffets, with Norwegian specialities and international favourites, as well as fine dining each evening. For lighter snacks, a café serves an array of salads, sandwiches, cakes and drinks.
The magnificent views and the chance to visit the charming villages and towns on route contributes to the particular appeal of this ship. On shore excursions might include dog-sledding or a visit to Nordkapp, depending on the season. Relax in the panoramic lounge, with its floor-to-ceiling windows offering front-row seats to magnificent views, or relax in one of the smaller lounges at the front and back of the ship with a good book and a drink in hand. When crossing the Arctic Circle, guests will experience a light-hearted ceremony conducted by the crew, who have even been known to dress up and recant mythical stories of the local regions through which the ship sails.