From 19 January 2024, all MS Otto Sverdrup sailings will be operated by Hurtigruten Norway.

Norwegian Coastal Express
MS Otto Sverdrup

MS Otto Sverdrup

MS Otto Sverdrup is a German-language ship offering exciting, sustainable expedition cruises along the Norwegian coastline

MS Otto Sverdrup  Ship walkthrough


About the ship

MS Otto Sverdrup (formerly MS Finnmarken) is named after a great Norwegian polar hero. Sverdrup was one of the first to ski across Greenland – together with Fridtjof Nansen and three other Norwegians. He was a key member of polar expeditions and captain of the legendary Arctic ship Fram. He also served as a Hurtigruten captain between expeditions. Otto Sverdrup was captain on the first Hurtigruten ship to sail from Norway to Svalbard, M/S Lofoten.

Ship features

Sustainability is the core of every detail of your Hurtigruten Expeditions adventure. Hurtigruten Expeditions is constantly pushing boundaries and aims to become completely emissions free.

Hurtigruten Expeditions is the first cruise line in the world to permanently introduce biodiesel fuel on a number of ships – including MS Otto Sverdrup. As is the case with the rest of the Hurtigruten Expeditions fleet, single-use plastics are banned on MS Otto Sverdrup. This ship is also equipped for shore power, completely eliminating emissions when docked in ports with shore power facilities.

Welcome aboard

In the ship's 2020 renovation, natural Scandinavian materials like granite, oak, birch and wool were used to create a relaxed and stylish atmosphere that adds to the premium onboard experience. This ship also offers a chance to indulge yourself in our new Wellness area, complete with gym, treatment rooms and sauna, and guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and hot tubs on deck 7. To take in the magnificent scenery, outdoor observation decks are located on decks 5, 6 and 8.

Luscious local food

Prepare your tastebuds for a voyage of discovery aboard your expedition ship. Mouthwatering meals inspired by the region’s flavours and lovingly crafted from many locally sourced ingredients await you.

Restaurant Lindstrøm, MS Otto Sverdrup. Photo: Espen Mills

Restaurant Lindstrøm

A speciality restaurant named after Adolf Lindstrøm, the favourite chef of the Norwegian polar heroes.

Restaurant Fredheim, MS Otto Sverdrup

Restaurant Fredheim

The ships’ informal and social meeting place – named after a 1900s hunting station on Svalbard.

Restaurant Aune, MS Otto Sverdrup

Restaurant Aune

Named after the Norwegian ship chandler and polar expedition supplier Tinus Aune.

Taweaway Food Onboard-OS

Take Away

We offer a variety of meals for takeaway. Come and collect after placing an order from your room.

Premium Beverage Package Onboard

Premium Beverage Package

Upgrade to our premium beverage package.


A haven like home

MS Otto Sverdrup is casual, comfortable and complete with everything you need for your adventure. It’s fitted out with quality natural materials in a simple and functional north-European style and uses the German language throughout.

Expedition Suite, MS Otto Sverdrup

Cabins and public areas

Norway's stunning scenery is reflected in the ship's interior design. Comfortable cabins and suites feature natural Scandinavian materials, such as granite, oak, birch and wool. Our stylish and welcoming public areas create great places to watch the world's most beautiful coastline pass by.

Explorer Lounge Bar, MS Otto Sverdrup

Explorer Lounge & Bar

The Explorer Lounge & Bar, with comfortable sitting areas at the top of the ship and large panoramic windows, gives you incredible views of nature.

Fitness and relaxation

Your ship is ready to keep your mind and body in great shape, with all of the facilities you require. Whether you want to move your body or calm your soul, you’ll find just what you need aboard your home-away-from-home.

Gym & Fitness Room, MS Sverdrup

Fitness Room

The MS Sverdrup also offers a complete gym.

Sauna, MS Otto Sverdrup

Sauna, Spa and Relaxation

After a day of exploring, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the hot tubs, exercise in the gym, enjoy the scenery in the elegant Explorer Lounge & Bar, or browse in the on-board shop.

Swimming Pool, MS Sverdrup

Hot Tub

Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and hot tubs on deck 7.


Polar Inside

Our Polar Inside cabins are on decks 3, 5, and 6 and include a bathroom with a shower. These cabins have either a queen bed or separate beds.  Some have upper and lower beds. Each Polar Inside cabin has its own unique specifications.

Inside cabin - Decks 3, 5, 6

Cabins on decks 3, 5 and 6 that sleeps up to two people, with a double bed or flexible sleeping arrangements and TV, kettle, tea and coffee, slippers, hair dryer. Some cabins have upper/lower bed.

Cabin code: I2

  • Mixed beds
  • No window


Explore our decks

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8


MS Otto Sverdrup

  • Year built - 2002
  • Capacity - 530
  • Year of refurbishment - 2020
  • Ship yard - Kleven Yards, Norway
  • Gross tonnage - 15 690 T
  • Speed - 15 knots
  • Length - 138,5 m
  • Beam - 21,5 m

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