MS Nordlys is named after the spectacular natural phenomenon visible in these waters between October and March. Nordlys, meaning the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis), which appear in the sky of the Northern Hemisphere as green and sometimes red flaming "waves" and will leave you with memories that will last forever. MS Nordlys was built in 1994 and its art, décor and colours are all inspired by the Northern Lights phenomenon. With her light and delicate interior, Norwegian artists have created a unique and distinct environment onboard. Passengers are encouraged to relax in the ship's elegant maritime atmosphere, panorama lounges and comfortable reclining chairs. Suited to the mature, destination focused cruiser.

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Main Info
  • Children Allowed
  • Nursery -
  • Smoking Some
  • Style Expedition
  • Decks6
  • Cabins223
  • Size Small
  • Ship Type Ocean
  • Wheelchair Cabins3
  • Crew Members-
  • Launch Year1994
  • CurrencyNOK
Unique Features

Hurtigruten ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set timetable. The ships carry goods, vehicles and passengers between ports, by night and day, as an integral part of Norwegian daily life. The ships are calling at ports around the clock. You may expect some noise and vibration in a few cabins during loading of goods. This varies depending on the location of your cabin and the type of ship. Also, noise affects people differently and what may be a problem for one person may not be a problem for another. Please ask the reservation team for advice on the best cabin location for you.

Disabled Facilities

Hurtigruten are happy to welcome passengers with limited mobility onboard.

Passengers who use a wheelchair must bring their own, standard size, foldable chair. Guest who are able to navigate around the ship unaided in a wheelchair need not to have a travel companion. Those who need assistance may need to be accompanied.

Excursions, however have not been adapted specifically for passengers with walking difficulties. Please talk to the tour leaders when you are onboard who will be able to advise to which excursions are suitable.

Dietary requirements

Special diets can be catered for if requested in good time (preferably when booking). Passengers on strict diets e.g vegans, may find that there is limited choice.

Dress Code

On board dress is informal. Although some passengers choose to change for dinner the dress code is casual rather than formal. The weather in Norway can vary during the course of each voyage or even during the day. To cater for these variations it’s recommended to use the layered dress approach that enables you to adapt to changes in temperature, wind and precipitation conditions easily.

For all voyages it’s advised you to take breathable rain and windproof clothing. A warm hat, gloves, scarf and thermal clothing can be useful, together with thermal underwear, during the winter months. On land where it may be icy, sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful. You should pack a pair of UV protective sunglasses, even during the winter as the reflections of snow and ice can be harmful to the unprotected eye.

Age Restricitons

Hurtigruten ASA cannot accept children under the age of 5 to travel with us to Antarctica. There is no age restriction on our 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.

Deck Plans
Deck 7

  • Panorama Lounge Orion
  • Observation Lounge Sirus
  • Fitness Room
  • Sun Deck

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Deck 6

  • Outside Cabins
  • Mini Suites
  • Inside Cabins

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Deck 5

  • Suites
  • Mini Suites
  • Outside Cabins

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Deck 4

  • Restaurant Stjernesalen
  • Baby Changing
  • Playroom
  • Arcade
  • Internet Room
  • Shop
  • Café Aurora
  • Information Desk
  • Conference Room Rosa
  • Conference Room Benoni
  • Bar Sirilund
  • Library Knut Hamsun

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Deck 3

  • Reception
  • Carlift
  • Laundry
  • Gangway
  • Outside Cabin
  • Inside Cabin

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Deck 2

  • Car Deck
  • Carlift
  • Hospital
  • Sauna
  • Outside Cabins

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Expedition Suite

One or two rooms, seating area, TV,
mini-bar, some with private balcony.

Arctic Superior Mini Suite

Seating area, TV, mini-bar

Outside Cabin

Separate beds, one can be turned into a sofa, table.

Inside Cabin

Separate beds, one bed can turn into a sofa. Some with upper / lower berths.


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).

Library Knut Hamsun

The books are in a variety of languages including Norwegian, German and English, also there are game tables available to play cards and chess.