The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.The ship is purpose built as an expedition vessel with a higher ice-class, chart drawing tools,ship depth sounding database, extractable forward sounding sonar, iceberg search lights, autonomous tracking system, oversized oil retention system for self-sufficiency, and a full ‘expedition tools-deck’ equivalent to a car-deck that holds 25 vehicles. We believe that as an explorer you need an ‘expedition base-camp’ that is comfortable – something that combines ‘all oceans capabilities’ with safety, flexibility and environmental friendliness. That’s Fram – simply the best expedition ship imaginable.
Local artists from the Arctic have contributed to making the MS Fram a modern masterpiece. There is also a permanent exhibition of artefacts from the original Fram used by Nansen and Amundsen, the famous Arctic explorers.
Onboard dress is informal. Although some passengers choose to change for dinner the dress code is casual rather than formal. The weather can vary during the course of each voyage or even during the day. To cater for these variations it is recommend the layered dress approach is taken. For all voyages it is advised you take breathable rain and wind proof clothing. A warm hat, gloves, scarf and thermal underwear, during the winter icy months. On land where it may be icy, sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful.
If you have a special request such as vegetarian, diabetic or gluten free please inform Hertigruten when booking and contact the Head Waiter when onboard. They will do their best to meet such requests but can not guarantee to do so.
The ship is suitable for wheelchairs. Persons in need of special assistance must travel with a companion. Please note that the ship's gangway must be used to in order to embark/disembark wheelchairs. In ports where tidal conditions or other circumstances require the use of a portable gangway, or during landings with Polarcirkel Boats, there is no possibility to use/take wheelchairs. Embarkation and disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq/ Greenland is by Polarcirkel boat and therefore any voyages starting and ending in Kangerlussuaq are not suitable for wheelchair users.
Hurtigruten ASA cannot accept children under the age of 5 to travel to Antarctica. There is no age restriction on any other destinations. for safety reasons, children under 12 years of age will be considered on each landing. It is entirely at the Captain's discretion to allow children on shore landings.
In accordance with Hurtigruten ASA requirement, all travellers to the Antarctica and North East Greenland must complete a confidential medical declaration form, signed by a doctor, stating that they are fit to travel. this form will be sent to you well in advance. The form must be filled out and personally delivered to the doctor upon embarkation. Boarding may be denied if these forms are not presented at the time of embarkation.
One room, sitting area, TV, minibar, double bed, shower/wc
One bed, one sofa bed, table, refrigerator, TV, shower/ wc.
One bed, one sofa bed, refrigerator, TV, shower/ wc.
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.
Qilak means 'sky' in Greenlandic, and the name of the lounge sets the standard. Here you find large panoramic windows, ample comfortable seats and even a pair of binoculars so you can view the wildlife and details of the ever changing landscape.
In the onboard shop you can buy modern clothes suitable for Explorer voyages. The Expedition Team will be happy to give you advice on how to dress properly in the polar areas. A wide range of both warm and practical clothing is on offer. There is also souvenirs, handicrafts, and postcards. In addition, a small selection of soap,toothpaste and other personal effects are available.
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.