This voyage takes you along North America’s eastern seaboard, offering a variety of cultures, historic sites, and dramatic natural scenery. Experience the changing of the seasons as the landscape begins to display its stunning autumn colors. Starting in Halifax, Canada, we head south to discover Maine’s magnificent coast and wilderness, enjoy the charm of Cape Cod, and end with an overnight stay in historic Boston.
• Discover the beautiful coastline from Canada down to New England in the USA
• Experience small-town charm in Nova Scotia and Maine, and big-city bustle in Boston
• Plenty of walking and hiking opportunities for scenic views of the coast
• See the colours of the East Coast during autumn, one of it’s most beautiful seasons
Your journey begins in Halifax. There are red-brick heritage buildings, parks, the landmark Citadel Hill National Historic Site, top-quality museums, Alexander Keith’s original 1820 brewery, and a 4km seafront boardwalk. We definitely recommend spending an extra day or two here on a Pre-Programme before embarking on on MS Fridtjof Nansen.
Welcome to this historic town at the intersection of traditional Anglo-Scottish and Acadian French cultures. Situated in the world's largest lobster fishing grounds, Yarmouth boasts the largest fishing fleet in Atlantic Canada. View the grand sea captain homes built in 1850 or enjoy the picturesque views and hiking trails at Cape Forchu Lightstation.
Stroll the downtown Historic District here and peruse its shops, restaurants and cafés. The native Passamaquoddy Tribe have called Moose Island home for at least 10,000 years, an area which also attracts seals, eagles, and whales. We may see Old Sow in nearby Passamaquoddy Bay, believed to be the biggest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere.
Surrounded by Acadia National Park, simply stunning in the fall, and perched by the sea on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor has a special ambiance that is classic Maine. You’ll find some of the region’s best restaurants here, with a focus on seafood. Whales, seals and puffins can also be spotted along the coast.
This small coastal town situated in Penobscot Bay, like many towns in Maine, began around the lobster-fishing industry, but is now known for its boutiques, fine dining, and galleries. Art appreciators can spend time at Maine Contemporary Art and the world-famous Farnsworth Art Museum that contains works by Andrew Wyeth and other New England painters.
This buzzing city has a strong community spirit running through its art and music scene, as well as seafood that’s big on local flavours. Tour historic Old Port, known for its working waterfront, art galleries, and restaurants in converted warehouses.
Visitors are drawn to this colourful town for the beautiful beaches, restaurants, and charming shops. Artists began frequenting Provincetown a century ago and it is one of the oldest continuous art colonies in the country. Nearby Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary attracts 17 species of whale, including humpbacks and the rare North Atlantic right whales.
From its history as the oldest city in America to its near-on fanatical sports fans, the melting-pot city of Boston is a true treasure trove of Americana at its most authentic. Join one of our optional excursions to tour the city, which is also home to prestigious Harvard University and legendary sports teams such as the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics. Walk the Freedom Trail for a sense of the city's revolutionary roots, taste the region’s favourite creamy clam chowder, or enjoy the dynamic contemporary art, music and theater scenes. Spend the night in the city using MS Fridtjof Nansen as your base before disembarking the next day.
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
19 September, 2021 to 27 September, 2021
The Polar Outside cabins are primarily on the middle decks with windows, most are spacious, have flexible sleeping arrangements and TV for excellent and high standard accommodation. Can accommodate two to four passengers.
Arctic Superior class cabins are comfortable and roomy accommodation and most have balconies. Flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa beds, TV and other features make this one of our most popular categories. Our Arctic Superior concept includes a kettle, tea and coffee. Can accommodate two to four passengers.
These suites are large, well-appointed cabins with expansive windows and most have balconies. Some have a private outdoor hot tub. The suites feature flexible sleeping arrangements with comfortable sofas, sitting areas and TV. They can accomodate up to four people.
Expedition suites are exclusively in upper and mid-deck locations. Our Expedition Suite concept includes a bathrobe, espresso maker, and more. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.
Vessel Type: Expedition
Length: 140 m
Passenger Capacity: 530
MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe. Featuring Hurtigruten's revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen will be a near identical twin to her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen. Combining state of the art technology and premium on board experience with Hurtigruten’s 125 years of experience and unparalleled destinations, the two Norwegian built ships introduces the next generation of adventure travel.
Cabins and public areas
The stunning scenery will be reflected in a rich and comfortable interior design. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool will be used to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. All cabins are outside, 50 % will have private balconies, aft suites will feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views.
The core of the onboard experience is the Nansen Science Center, an edutainment venue to guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas we explore. Nansen Science Center will also be the on board HQ for the Expedition Team.
MS Fridtjof Nansen's three restaurants will host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from our rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration. Whether enjoying your meal at Aune Main Dining, Fredheim – the informal international meeting place, or the specialty restaurant Lindstrøm, you will indulge in low key yet refined, modern Norwegian Nordic cooking – where our honest and delicious cuisine reflects our destinations.
After a day of exploring new destinations, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the elegant Explorer Lounge, a large gym and Wellness center, or enjoy the scenery and sunsets on the massive in- and outdoor Observation Decks with the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as one of the highlights.
Everything you need for an expedition cruise
Each expedition voyage is accompanied by a hand-picked team of specialists and modern-day explorers. Highly experienced, passionate and knowledgeable, the Expedition Team will be your guides and guardians on your voyage of exploration, instructing you on safety, sustainability and science. MS Fridtjof Nansen will feature a variety of custom built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones and Expedition Boats for safe landings in remote areas.
In the footsteps of a great explorer
The newest addition to our fleet will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896). Interestingly, after Nansen's Fram expedition, the ship was passed on to another great explorer who secretly planned an expedition to the South Pole - Roald Amundsen.
Voyage on board in selected cabin category
All meals while on board
On board lectures
International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
Passport and visa costs where applicable
Transfers unless otherwise stated
Pre and Post voyage accommodation
Beverages on board unless otherwise stated
Meals while ashore