Hurtigruten are taking their eco-friendly ethos to the next level by introducing silent, electric-powered and emission-free catamarans to their voyages.

The new battery-powered vessels, custom built for Polar water exploration are part of Hurtigruten’s new partnership with Norwegian startup Brim Explorer.

Brim Explorer’s first vessel, which is under construction in Norway, will debut in August 2019, operating under the Hurtigruten Svalbard brand.


It will offer Hurtigruten guests travelling along the Norwegian coast several excursions including The Lofoten Islands (spring and summer), based out of Svolvær and Northern light voyages (winter) based out of the Arctic capital of Tromsø.

The second catamaran launching in spring of 2020 is a 24-metre vessel which will go on a variety of daily silent and sustainable ocean excursions from her homeport Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard.

The electric ships can be charged at virtually any port and operate on batteries for 10 hours with a cruising speed of 10 knots.

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said he firmly believed that the future of travel was emission-free.

“Brim and Hurtigruten found each other through our common passion for the oceans. Their vision to change the way people experience the Arctic is a perfect match to our bold sustainability ambitions,” he said.

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