Expedition Favorite MS Fram Gets a Complete Makeover

After a decade of exploring some of the most spectacular waters on our planet,
Hurtigruten’s MS Fram will receive a full makeover—and reemerge as a brand-new expedition ship.

SEATTLE, WA - November 28, 2018  – Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, is thrilled to announce a large-scale refurbishment project regarding MS Fram. Custom built for exploring the Arctic, Antarctica, and other destinations in Hurtigruten’s extensive expedition cruise program, this will be her first refurbishment since she was launched in 2007.

“The original Fram was the most famous ship of its time and kept pushing the frontiers in the golden age of polar expeditions. Our MS Fram was built to embrace that legacy. With this upgrade, she will keep setting the standard for expedition cruises, and deliver unparalleled, premium expedition experiences for her guests,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.

The keel-to-mast upgrade will bring several new features to the ship; highlights include:

  • All cabins and suites will be fully refurbished. Using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool, this will create a relaxed and stylish look and feel, and add to the premium onboard experience.

  • The main dining room will be converted into two restaurants:
    • Aune, with its use of natural elements in design will be the more informal of the two, and will serve Scandinavian food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Lindstrøm, named after the favorite chef of Norwegian polar explorers, will be both a cocktail lounge and fine dining restaurant, with strong roots in traditional Norwegian cooking.
  • A brand-new signature Science Center will be packed with state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets such as touch screens, science equipment and other interactive features. The “edutainment” area will be the place guests and staff meet, mingle and create a deeper understanding of the destinations MS Fram explores.
  • The forward-facing Qilak Observation Lounge will be completely refurbished and reemerge as Explorer Lounge and Bar. In addition to handcrafted cocktails, this area also serves unbeatable views. 

  • MS Fram will also undergo major technical upgrades during her extensive drydocking, including upgrading her engines to the highest environmental standards.

Reemerging as brand new in the spring of 2020, MS Fram will offer guests unparalleled expeditions in premium surroundings, with breathtaking views and unforgettable encounters with wildlife, nature and culture on destinations like the Arctic, Antarctica, the Northwest Passage and warmer waters such as the Caribbean and South America.

“We take our guests where other ships can’t, closer to nature with the special Hurtigruten edge. I spend most of my free time exploring and know the value of an expedition base that is safe, flexible and still offers premium comfort and experience to explorers,” says Skjeldam.

The complete MS Fram upgrade is just the latest in recently-announced news:

For more information, please contact:

Holly Winter
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
+1 305 443 5454
[email protected]



Hurtigruten is the world leader in exploration travel. As the largest cruise operator in polar waters, and with 125 years of know-how, we offer immersive experiences to some of the world’s most pristine and remote destinations, including Antarctica, Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard, and more. Hurtigruten’s fleet consists of 14 expedition ships, custom built for adventure travel. In addition, three new groundbreaking  ships will be delivered; MS Roald Amundsen in 2019, MS Fridtjof Nansen in 2020, and a third new build in 2021. These will be the most advanced and environmentally friendly expedition vessels at sea, as well as the world’s first hybrid electric-powered cruise ships. Hurtigruten is an industry leader in sustainability, with a deep commitment to improving the marine environments we call home.