A rendering of the new hybrid ships coming to the Hurtigruten fleet.

Scandinavian expedition line Hurtigruten, which runs expedition cruises primarily along the Norwegian coastline, in Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, has released a series of image renderings showing what passengers will have to enjoy on its two forthcoming hybrid ships.

Confirming its order of the two new ships, which will enter service for the company in 2018 and 2019, Hurtigruten has also unveiled the names of the ships. Legendary Scandinavian explorers Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen will have their names emblazoned on the hull to mark their respective achievements as the first man to plant a flag on Antarctica and the first to ski across Greenland, both of which took place well over a hundred years ago.

Each ship, built specifically with strengthened hulls for safely navigating ice covered areas, will carry 530 passengers in 265 cabins – with six out of every ten featuring a balcony and two in every ten being a suite. Guests will have access to large observation platforms, spas and even infinity-edge swimming pools to allow you to swim right up to the edge of the ship.

Take a look through the new ships here:

Three restaurants will keep guests well fed, offering menus with local delicacies, while a number of bars will also serve as areas to congregate and watch the scenery pass by.

The new generation of Hurtigruten ships will reflect the company’s ongoing focus on environmentally friendly expeditions, with Rolls Royce engines built to minimise consumption of fuel and thereby carbon emissions by 20%. The propulsion units will also utilise battery technology which will charge as it sails, enabling the ships to operate solely on electric power for short periods of time.

Passenger facilities will also be designed with environmental preservation front of mind. Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino has been engaged for the project and has been tasked with guidelines revolving around modernity, quality and guest comfort, using natural materials. The feel of ship’s interior spaces will be inspired by nature, with a colour scheme reflecting the ship’s surroundings and the landscapes of the region.

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