MS Nordkapp

Hurtigruten

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Name: MS Nordkapp

Year built: 1996

Guests: 622

Length: 123 m / 404 feet

Width: 20 m / 66 feet

Speed: 15 knots

Gross tonnage: 11,386

MS Nordkapp

The ‘Nordkapp’, or North Cape, represents the northernmost point of Europe.  The ship named after it, the MS Nordkapp, frequently passes the milestone on its regular voyages from Bergen to Kirkenes. With recent updates including the addition of Jacuzzis, the ship offers plenty of modern comforts to complement the fabulous natural views of the Norwegian coastline that have remained unaltered for millennia.

The Nordkapp also boasts a noted godmother: Queen Sonja of Norway. Wife of ruling monarch Harald (who has another Hurtigruten liner named for him), she christened the vessel in 1996 at its Kværner Kleven shipyard. Later, it would go on to operate routes as far away as Antarctica and Chile before returning home to serve the Norwegian coast again.

Facilities

Food & Drink

1 restaurant, 1 bar and 1 café

Recreational

playroom, panorama lounge

Relaxation

sauna, fitness room, Jacuzzis

Dining

Following the usual pattern for Hurtigruten ships on this route, the Nordkapp boasts a restaurant that offers typical Norwegian cold foods for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is a three-course meal, with mains often based on fresh local seafood or delicious game. Puddings are especially interesting, typically comprising tasty tarts sweetened with seasonal berries.

Entertainment

The great outdoors forms the entertainment for the ship: fjords forming sheer rocky corridors; snowcapped peaks stretching into the distance and verdant hillsides teeming with wildlife are ample distractions from the lack of ‘official’ entertainment options on board.

Spa

There is no spa on the ship, though there is a sauna and Jacuzzis

Enrichment

The ship’s conference rooms occasionally hosts talks and shows, with well-known local naturalists and historians coming on board to present.

Activities

A range of activities, including bird-watching, hiking and kayaking, are available on land.

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