Hurtigruten To Reinvent MS Finnmarken In Its Biggest-Ever Refurb

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The MS Finnmarken. Photo: Agurtxane Concellon/Hurtigruten

Restaurant Aune. Photo: Hurtigruten

MS Finnmarken is set to undergo the most extensive upgrade in Hurtigruten's 125 years of history, re-emerging as a 'brand new' premium expedition cruise ship.

The ship is expected to make her refurbished appearance in 2020 with voyages along the rugged Norwegian coastline on year-round expedition cruises.

"We will transform her into a full-fledged premium expedition cruise ship, with all the comforts, facilities and expertise you need for creating a perfect adventure," says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

The keel-to-mast upgrade will install low-emission engines, complying with all known and upcoming regulations, facilitate shore-power connectivity and prepare Finnmarken for a future battery pack installation.

All cabins and suites will be fully redone using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool to create a relaxed and stylish look. On deck 8 aft, in the current gym and sauna area, five large suites with large panoramic windows will be added.

Four new restaurants will be added aboard MS Finnmarken.

Restaurant Aune, Hurtigruten's new expedition cruise main restaurant concept, will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, while Restaurant Lindstrøm will offer a premium fine dining experience. The informal eatery Fredheim will be added on deck 7 and a new outdoor grill venue on deck 8.

Also added during the upgrade will be Hurtigruten's signature Science Center on deck 4 and the new larger wellness area on deck 7. The outdoor pool area will be fully refurbished, the shop expanded, and her car deck will be replaced by the launching area for Hurtigruten explorer boats and other expedition equipment.