MS Spitsbergen christening

Lofoten has always been one of the highlights of the classic Norwegian coastal voyages. On 6 July we welcome you to the first ever christening of a Hurtigruten ship in spectacular Svolvær.

Historical christening in majestic Lofoten

MS Spitsbergen is the name of Hurtigruten's new explorer ship - our first addition to the fleet in ten years. On 6 July 2016 we're hosting a party and a christening ceremony with godmother Cecilie Skog in Svolvær to celebrate the special occasion.

The new ship gets her name from the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, where Hurtigruten's founder, Richard With started expedition tourism in 1896. MS Spitsbergen will be christened in Svolvær, a place with a special place in our hearts - for almost 125 years we have brought millions of international guests to incredible experiences in Lofoten. The destination has been named the most beautiful islands in the world several times, and has been branded the best travel destination in the world by National Geographic.

MS Spitsbergen's godmother

The godmother of our new explorer ship is no other than the incredible Norwegian adventurer and explorer Cecilie Skog. Cecilie is the only woman to have visited both poles and the seven highest summits of the world. She's also the only woman to have skied from the mainland to the North Pole. 

Program 6 July 2016:

On the day of the christening, we invite everyone down to the Svolvær harbour. There will be amazing music, excitement and local Norwegian food. Additionally, MS Spitsbergen will be joined by two of our other ships: MS Richard With and MS Midnatsol.

  • Open ship MS Spitsbergen: 10.00-17.00 Oslo time 
  • Christening party with market and activities from 14.00 
  • Official christening ceremony from 20.00
  • Violet Road Concert 21.00
Watch the christening of MS Spitsbergen in Svolvær live here! The streaming of the event starts at 7.45 PM (London time) on 6 July 2016.

About MS Spitsbergen

The ship is modern and environmentally friendly, and we will make further improvements in order to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. She will also be equipped and adapted for sailings in polar waters. The new ship's maneuverability and optimal size makes her very suitable for the operations we are performing today along the coast of Norwegian, and will bring Hurtigruten's guests even closer to amazing nature experiences.

  • Number of guests: 335
  • Berth capacity: 243
  • Gross Tonnage: 7,344
  • Length: 100.54 m
  • Width: 18m
  • Propeller system: 360 deg. pod and tunnel thrusters
  • Speed: 17.1 knots


Images and videos from the christening are available in this Dropbox folder.