MS Nordlys

Both the name and the interior design of this modern expedition ship are inspired by the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

The art, décor and colours employed aboard this ship are all inspired by the northern lights. The delicate aesthetic creates a distinct and unique on-board ambience. Passengers are invited to relax after a long day experiencing Hurtigruten´s various excursions and activities in comfy reclining chairs in the one of the ship’s lounges.

MS Trollfjord to temporarily replace MS Nordlys. From 23 September 2024 until 28 November 2024, MS Trollfjord will replace MS Nordlys on voyages of The Coastal Express. For more information on this, please see our FAQs.

  • Size small
  • Style Expedition
  • Type ocean
  • Year of launch 1994
  • Year of last refit 2019
  • Gross tonnage 11204t
  • Length 121.8m
  • Width 19.2m
  • Speed 15kts
  • Decks 6
  • Language Norwegian & English
  • Currency Norwegian Krone (kr)
  • No. of passengers 590
  • No. of cabins 223
  • -wheelchair access 3
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.

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It is not common practice to tip on Hurtigruten ships on the coastal voyage, but if you feel that crew members should be rewarded for providing exceptional service, tip boxes are placed in the restaurant together with envelopes.

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Expedition Suite

Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on board. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the suites feature seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/WC, and with double beds. Some suites have more facilities than others.

An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Arctic Superior

Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic superior cabins. Situated on upper decks, they all have bathrooms with shower and WC, tea and coffee-making facilities and TVs. The cabins have double beds. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Outside

Our Polar outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Some cabins have double beds, while others have separate beds, one of which is a sofa bed, or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Inside

Our cosy Polar inside cabins are found on all decks and include bathrooms with shower/WC. Most have separate beds with one doubling as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.


Reflecting our love of food and Norway, each of our onboard restaurants is named after an aspect of the Norwegian coast. Together, they offer our guests an exciting exploration of Norwegian cuisine.


Enjoy the art of relaxation as you cruise the Norwegian coast with great views and good company. Our Coastal Experience Team is on hand to enhance your trip with a series of lectures and activities on board.

Health and fitness

Keep yourself feeling fresh and active in the Fitness Room or sweating away the day in the sauna.

Kids and Teens

During your voyage, our onboard Coastal Experience Team will enhance your experience by offering engaging insights on the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter along the way. Join one of their expert lectures, listen to them talk about wildlife on deck, or head ashore with them on a `friluftsliv´ hike.

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