MS Midnatsol

MS Midnatsol Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Midnatsol

Year built2003  /  Age : 16
Flag state Norway
BuilderFosen Mekaniske Verksteder (Rissa, Norway)
Classcruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsBergen-Kirkenes
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)136 m / 446 ft
Beam (width)21 m / 69 ft
Gross Tonnage16151 gt
Passengers1000
Crew75
Passengers-to-space ratio24
Cars45
Decks9
Cabins301
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2017

Current itinerary of MS Midnatsol

MS Midnatsol current cruise is 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage. Prices start from USD 1606 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 14 May, 2019 and ends on 25 May, 2019.

Date / TimePort
14 May    Departing from Bergen, Norway hotels
15 May    Floro, Norway
15 May    Maloy, Vagsoy Island, Norway
15 May    Torvik, Leinoya Island, Norway(Morning)
15 May    Alesund, Norway(Morning)
15 May    Geiranger, Norway(By Tender)
15 May    Alesund, Norway
15 May    Molde, Norway
16 May    Kristiansund, Norway
16 May    Trondheim, Norway(Morning)
16 May    Rorvik, Norway
17 May    Bronnoysund, Norway
17 May    Sandnessjoen, Norway
17 May    Nesna, Norway
17 May    Ornes, Norway(Morning)
17 May    Bodo, Norway(Afternoon)
17 May    Stamsund, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
17 May    Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway
18 May    Stokmarknes, Hadseloya Island, Norway
18 May    Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway
18 May    Risoyhamn, Andoya Island, Norway
18 May    Harstad, Hinnoya Island, Lofoten Norway
18 May    Finnsnes, Norway(Morning)
18 May    Tromso, Norway(Morning)
18 May    Skjervoy, Norway
19 May    Oksfjord, Norway
19 May    Hammerfest, Norway
19 May    Havoysund, Havoya Island, Norway(Morning)
19 May    Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway
19 May    Kjollefjord, Norway(Afternoon)
19 May    Mehamn, Norway
19 May    Berlevag, Norway
20 May    Batsfjord, Norway
20 May    Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway
20 May    Vadso, Norway(Morning)
20 May    Kirkenes, Norway
20 May    Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway
20 May    Batsfjord, Norway
20 May    Berlevag, Norway
21 May    Mehamn, Norway
21 May    Kjollefjord, Norway
21 May    Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway(Morning)
21 May    Havoysund, Havoya Island, Norway(Morning)
21 May    Hammerfest, Norway
21 May    Oksfjord, Norway(Afternoon)
21 May    Skjervoy, Norway
21 May    Tromso, Norway
22 May    Finnsnes, Norway
22 May    Harstad, Hinnoya Island, Lofoten Norway(Morning)
22 May    Risoyhamn, Andoya Island, Norway(Morning)
22 May    Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway(Afternoon)
22 May    Stokmarknes, Hadseloya Island, Norway(Afternoon)
22 May    Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway
22 May    Stamsund, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
23 May    Bodo, Norway
23 May    Ornes, Norway
23 May    Nesna, Norway(Morning)
23 May    Sandnessjoen, Norway(Afternoon)
23 May    Bronnoysund, Norway
23 May    Rorvik, Norway
24 May    Trondheim, Norway
24 May    Kristiansund, Norway(Afternoon)
24 May    Molde, Norway
24 May    Alesund, Norway
25 May    Torvik, Leinoya Island, Norway
25 May    Maloy, Vagsoy Island, Norway
25 May    Floro, Norway(Morning)
25 May    Arriving in Bergen, Norway hotels

Review of MS Midnatsol

Launched in 2003, ms Midnatsol is the third and last of three “Millennium-class” Hurtigruten ships, together with ms Finnmarken and ms Trollfjord.

NEWS: In 2021, Hurtigruten adds 4 old ships to the company's expedition fleet - Spitsbergen (2009), Midnatsol (2003), Trollfjord (2002) and Finnmarken (2002). This fleet also includes Fram (2007) and the 3 newbuilds - Roald Amundsen (2019), Fridtjof Nansen (2020) and TBN (2021).

History - construction and ownership

The shipowner Hurtigruten is a Norwegian passenger shipping company specializing in cruise and ferry services. The "Norwegian Coastal Express Route" (Bergen-Kirkenes) is a cargo-passenger ferry service along Norway's western and northern coast. Hurtigruten's cruise ferries sail nearly the entire length of Norway and complete this roundtrip itinerary in 11 days. The route also includes Lofoten Islands and Vesteralen Islands.

MS Midnatsol cruise ship

The 16,151-ton, 1,000-passenger cruise ship ms Midnatsol sailed her maiden voyage in April 2003 along the Norwegian coast. Her name means Midnight Sun and this magnificent ship has become a favourite with a bright interior (decorated with a celestial theme), colourful décor and modern art of Norway on display. Together with MS Trollfjord, her sister ship, she is one of the newest in Hurtigruten fleet. This has been the 4th cruise ship to be named ms Midnatsol since the creation of the company.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Midnatsol itinerary program is based on Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Ship's routes include the beautiful Norwegian's fjords. Midnatsol is mostly used as a ferry for both passengers and cars. However, some guests stay on board for round-trip 12-day itineraries out of Bergen and Kirkenes.

In 2016 Fall the Hurtigruten expedition ship Spitsbergen replaced Midnatsol, which started its inaugural Antarctica cruise itinerary program in South America.

Cabins

MS Midnatsol has a total of 301 cabins (of which 23 Suite, 213 Oceanview, 61 Inside) in 11 grades. Cabins as sizes vary from 64 to 484 square feet. Four are wheelchair-accessible. Most ms Midnatsol staterooms are 75-140-sq. foot Oceanview rooms. The largest aboard ms Midnatsol are the Owner’s Suites. Passengers may take advantage of some staterooms amenities such as telephone, bath products, radio, heated floors, and a writing desk.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MS Midnatsol features various dining venues. Dining in the main restaurant is relaxed and informal. All menus are planned around seasonal fresh ingredients and benefit from local produce to satisfy guests' healthy appetites stimulated by the sea air. The 24-hour cafe offers drinks and snacks. There is also a selection of lounges and bars with drinks available.

MS Midnatsol cruise ship

Follows the complete list of ms Midnatsol restaurants and food bars.

  • Midnatsol Restaurant (ship’s 335-seat dining room, with floor-ceiling windows and a large buffet station in the middle; offers buffet-style Breakfast 7:00 - 10:00 a.m. and Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner is in two fixed seatings - at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., waiter served, with a 3-course menu and a la carte menu with light snacks).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Onboard MS Midnatsol you can have an unforgettable cruising experience. What would you say about 35 ports of call in seven days? This unique ship is a combination of a cargo ship, car and passenger ferry, expedition vessel and a luxury cruise ship. Many passengers use Hurtigruten’s ships as transportation, point-to-point along the coast of Norway, up to 50 travel with their automobiles.

MS Midnatsol cruise ship

Evenings cannot be boring with the existence of the Mysterier Bar, a full-service bar with unforgettable views. If passengers do not like noisy places, they can go to some quiet place like the Sun Deck and stargaze or watch the Northern Lights. Except staying all the time on board the MS Midnatsol, guests could benefit from exciting shore excursions and lectures by historians and naturalists about Norwegian culture, the Northern Lights, and Norwegian Christmas traditions.

Follows the complete list of ms Midnatsol lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Car Deck (capacity of 45 cars)
  • Conference Rooms (Stjerne and Sol; host multimedia presentations, lectures by scientists/wildlife experts, films about Norway; no onboard show program is offered)
  • Mane Amphitheatre (hosts multimedia presentations, lectures by scientists/wildlife experts)
  • Midtsommer Cafe (24-hour cafeteria, with a la carte menu for snacks; has a separate seating area “Cafe” used for reading)
  • Kids Playroom (no organized activities/babysitting are offered); Video Games Arcade
  • The Shop (sells Norwegian souvenirs, Hurtigruten logo merchandise, jewellery, toiletries, clothing)
  • Promenade Deck (full-circle open-air deck space)
  • Panorama Lounge (2-deck high, with floor-ceiling windows)
  • Paradis Bar (a seating area served by the Mysterier Bar)
  • Mysterier Bar (with floor-ceiling windows; features a selection of Norway’s Aquavit liquors)
  • Internet corner/Internet Cafe (4 Internet computers and a printer, free of charge); Library
  • The Hamsun Room (decorated with wood-panels and paintings by Norwegian artist Kenneth Blom; great to use the free Wi-Fi)
  • Horisont Hall and Horisont Gallery (indoor observation lounge with panoramic windows, served by the Polar Bar)
  • Polar Bar (12-seat, with great views of Atrium levels below)
  • The TRIM Fitness (equipped with exercise bikes, treadmills, free weights); Saunas (for men/women); 2 jacuzzis
  • The Sun Deck is the place for Hurtigruten’s special ceremony “Arctic Circle baptism”, including a Neptune-costumed crewmember, icy seawater, and a shot for warming up.

MS Midnatsol wiki

Midnatsol cruise ship (the name means "Midnight Sun") joined Hurtigruten's fleet in 2003 as sister to Trollfjord. It is the fourth Hurtigruten ship to bear this name. One of the previous namesakes was the Lindblad Expeditions ship National Geographic Explorer. The Midnatsol ship boasts colourful decor, Norwegian modern art collection on display, large, 2-story panorama lounge above the bow, as well as large glass expanses which allow natural light to enter and provide extraordinary views.

Fun fact is, that in August 2004, the "Hurtigruten 365" series was recorded by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation aboard ms Midnatsol. The result was 20 episodes shown on television.

MS Midnatsol cruises along Norway's coast. Some use the vessel as transportation (ferry). Other are cruise passengers booking the full 12-day round trip itinerary. Departing from port Bergen, the ship sails to port Kirkenes roundtrip. This is an Arctic outpost near Russia's border, stopping at uniquely picturesque 34 ports along the way. Norwegian coastal cruise passengers can opt for 5-11 nights stays, with the full 12-day sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes, then going back southbound. In most ports of call are offered Hurtigruten-sponsored excursions and tours. A ceremony "Crossing the Arctic Circle” welcomes newcomers.

On Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voyages, the company offers flight-cruise package deals. Bookings are protected with ATOL Certificate. ATOL stands for "Air Travel Organisers' Licensing" (Civil Aviation Authority, UK).

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MS Midnatsol Itineraries

The below listed MS Midnatsol cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Hurtigruten fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 May 14 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1606
2019 May 25 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1823
2019 Jun 05 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $2133
2019 Jun 16 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $2222
2019 Jun 27 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $2222
2019 Jul 08 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $2086
2019 Jul 19 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $2086
2019 Jul 30 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $2086
2019 Aug 10 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1911
2019 Aug 21 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1911
2019 Sep 01 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1739
2019 Sep 12 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1739
2019 Sep 23 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1470
2019 Oct 04 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1255
2019 Oct 26 17 days, one-way from Montevideo to Buenos Aires Montevideo
2019 Nov 11 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires $4948
2019 Nov 22 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires $4948
2019 Dec 03 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires $4948
2019 Dec 14 17 days, round-trip Antarctica - White Christmas with Penguins Buenos Aires $6083
2019 Dec 29 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Jan 09 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Jan 20 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Jan 31 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Feb 11 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Feb 22 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Mar 04 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Mar 15 17 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Montevideo Buenos Aires
2020 Apr 08 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1255
2020 Apr 19 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1470
2020 Apr 30 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1470
2020 May 11 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1670
2020 May 22 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1896