Hurtigruten christens expedition ship Fridtjof Nansen

Fridtjof Nansen (Photo: Hurtigruten)

Norwegian cruise operator Hurtigruten formally named its newest expedition ship in a ceremony in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, on Tuesday, September 14.

Fridtjof Nansen was named in honour of a famed Norwegian Polar explorer and scientist. It has a length of 140 metres, a beam of 23 metres, capacity for 530 passengers, and a battery hybrid propulsion system.

Norwegian shipyard Kleven Verft delivered the newbuild to Hurtigruten in December 2019.

Fridtjof Nansen is the second in a series of battery hybrid expedition ships ordered by Hurtigruten. The first ship, Roald Amundsen, was delivered in mid-2019.

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