In the coming year, Hurtigruten will station the MS Otto Sverdrup, which was renovated at the beginning of 2020, formerly MS Finnmarken, in Hamburg. The shipping company is planning a total of 30 calls by the expedition ship in the Hanseatic city in the coming year. 17 departures are for Norwegian destinations in winter; 13 departures are in the summer months. MS Otto Sverdrup has had low-emission drive technology since its conversion.
Hamburg as the starting point for trips excludes air travel that is harmful to the environment in most cases. The routes, which are specially tailored to the seasons, offer traditional and new ports of call. There is more time available in these, as there is no timetable connection as in the regular service of the Hurtigruten post ships. Daily activities as well as natural phenomena such as the midnight sun in summer and northern lights in winter are offered.
MS Otto Sverdrup - Photo © Hurtigruten
As for the northern lights, Hurtigruten enters for winter travel Northern Lights Promise. The prospects of seeing the northern lights are very good north of the Arctic Circle. If the northern lights are absent for the entire trip, Hurtigruten promises guests another trip in the next northern lights season.
MS Otto Sverdrup is described as a compact and sustainable expedition ship. The 138 meter long ship offers 526 guest beds and the latest equipment. All cabins and suites have been renovated. Natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool dominate. The restaurant concept looks three restaurants in front. Employees of the German-speaking expedition team inform in Hurtigruten Science Center about sustainability, science, culture, history and photography. The Science Center is equipped with touch screens, microscopes, presentation technology and other technology.
MS Otto Sverdrup - main restaurant Aune - Photo © Hurtigruten
Environmental friendliness is the focus. To minimize emissions, MS Otto Sverdrup is operated with a combination of bio-diesel and normal diesel. The emission of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides is reduced. The certified biofuel is generated from waste. It does not contain palm oil; the production thus has no negative effects on the tropical rainforests. The new, low-emission engines meet all currently known and planned regulations. In addition, MS Otto Sverdrup is equipped with a shore power connection, which is used to supply the ship with electricity in appropriately equipped ports. The ship will be converted to hybrid propulsion when it is next in the shipyard in 2022.