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Polarlys Review

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining
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Polarlys
-- / 5.0
52 reviews

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Passengers
482

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Launched
1996

Shore Excursions
33
Sails To
British Isles & Western Europe
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Polarlys Overview

One of six of Hurtigruten's "Contemporary Ships" (along with Nordnorge, Nordkapp, Nordlys, Richard With and Kong Harald), Polarlys sails voyages that explore Norway's coastal communities and stunning fjords.

Polarlys is a sibling to Nordnorge; check out that review here.

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Polarlys
5 night norway cruise

Tromso, Tromso, Trondheim, Molde, Alesund, Bergen

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Where does Hurtigruten Polarlys sail from?

Hurtigruten Polarlys departs from Bergen

Where does Hurtigruten Polarlys sail to?

Hurtigruten Polarlys cruises to Bergen, Alesund, Molde, Trondheim, Tromso and Geiranger

How much does it cost to go on Hurtigruten Polarlys?

Cruises on Hurtigruten Polarlys start from £1,249 per person.

Is Hurtigruten Polarlys a good ship to cruise on?

Hurtigruten Polarlys won 5 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins and Best for Dining in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value

Hurtigruten Polarlys Member Reviews

Fjord4Fun
Sail Date: Mar 2019
Checking into our ship, MS Polarlys, was easy and our cases were delivered to our cabins.... Read More
Madradiant
Sail Date: Feb 2020
I went on this cruise with my brother and his wife. We had always wanted to visit Norway and thought the winter cruise with the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights would be a great idea. We were not... Read More
Nashash
Sail Date: Feb 2020
We chose this cruise as it is a ferry and not overally "touristy" as an anniversary and birthday present for us. This was such an experience. The staff are amazing the scenery is fantastic. Normally we never... Read More
SteveH2
Sail Date: Mar 2018
Apart from the sheer wonder of the Northern Lights the beauty of the Norwegian coastline and the comfort of the ship Polarlys was an added bonus !... Read More

Hurtigruten Fleet

Midnatsol
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

82 reviews

Midnatsol is a luxury cruise ship, cargo vessel, car and passenger ferry, and expedition vessel. It sails year-round up and down the west coast of Norway.

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Nordnorge
4.0 / 5.0
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Norway's 1,250-mile coast attracts traditional cruise passengers to a Nordnorge voyage. Meanwhile, young European backpackers use the ship as a means of transportation between towns.

Fram

Fram was designed for expedition cruises to some of the most remote places on the planet. The ship spends ample time in Arctic waters.

Trollfjord
4.0 / 5.0
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Trollfjord joined Hurtigruten in 2002 and is one of the most modern ships in the fleet. Trollfjord sails Baltic Sea voyages year round from Bergen.

Finnmarken
4.0 / 5.0
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Finnmarken is just one of four vessels in Hurtigruten's fleet to be built in the 21st century. It carries cruisers along with cargo along Norway's coast.

Polarlys

Polarlys, built in 1996, sails voyages that explore Norway's coastal communities and stunning fjords as part of Hurtigruten's fleet of "Contemporary Ships."

Nordkapp
4.0 / 5.0
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Nordkapp, meaning North Cape, links Bergen to some 35 ports along the Norwegian coast as far north as Kirkenes, a mining town near the Russian border.

Nordlys

One of Hurtigruten's six "Contemporary Ships," Nordlys sails voyages that explore Norway's coastal communities and fjords. Full cruise passengers are primarily 50-plus and European.

Richard With
4.0 / 5.0
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Like the rest of Hurtigruten's Norwegian coastal fleet, Richard With is a working ship that makes calls around the clock, picking up passengers and goods.

Vesteralen

Hurtigruten's Vesteralen was built in 1983 and overhauled in 1995. The vessels sails Scandanavian itineraries, focusing on the spectacular Norwegian Fjords and offering regional cuisine.

Lofoten
3.5 / 5.0
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MS Lofoten, named after the island chain off the northern Norway coast, was one of the last ships designed for Hurtigruten as a break-bulk cargo passenger ship.

Kong Harald
4.0 / 5.0
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Kong Harald is the first of Hurtigruten's ships to have undergone a total ship refurbishment. The line hopes the refreshed look will attract a younger crowd.

MS Spitsbergen
4.5 / 5.0
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Hurtigruten's 335-passenger Spitsbergen launched in 2016 in the Arctic Circle before heading to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe and Shetland Islands and Arctic Canada.

MS Roald Amundsen
4.0 / 5.0
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The world's first hybrid powered cruise ship, the MS Roald Amundsen, is named after the pioneering Norwegian-born polar explorer who led the first expedition to traverse the Northwest passage in 1911. 

Fridtjof Nansen
4.5 / 5.0
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MS Fridtjof Nansen is the second of Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered expedition ships, which is scheduled to launch in 2019. The first is MS Roald Amundsen, which is scheduled to launch in May 2019.

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