Hurtigruten has named its first two hybrid-powered expedition ships Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen after the Norwegian polar pioneers.
The new ships have been designed by Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino.
They are due to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, while there are also plans for an additional two vessels.
“It is exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole; 128 years since Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland; and 120 years since Richard With, Hurtigruten’s founder, first started exploration tourism in the Arctic. What could be more natural and appropriate than to name our new ships after these inspiring trailblazers,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
The interiors of the ships will be in Scandinavian style, and use predominantly Norwegian materials, according to the company.
The ships will have large observation platforms on several decks. A majority of cabins will have their own balcony, while a small number will be suites.
The vessels will have three restaurants with menus inspired by local flavours and destinations. A special pool deck will include infinity pools, Jacuzzis and bars.
The ships will feature new hybrid technology, which will make sailing with electric propulsion for 15-30 minutes a reality.
The technology, in combination with the construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board, will reduce emissions from the ships by 20 percent.
Skjeldam added: “These ground-breaking expedition ships will revolutionise adventure travel at sea. We are combining Hurtigruten’s more than 120-years know-how with cutting-edge technology and design, and a strong commitment to sustainability, to offer the modern-day adventure traveller unprecedented experience.”
The itineraries for Roald Amundsen will be announced in November.