In 1891, the idea of providing daily,
year-round express boat service along the west coast of Norway was born,
and Hurtigruten, formerly known as Norwegian Coastal Voyage Inc., took
up the challenge in 1893 when one boat successfully completed a run from
Trondheim to Hammerfest. This started a communications revolution,
giving business and coastal inhabitants better access to the outside
From its beginning, it was believed that tourism could be an
important part of Hurtigruten operations, and today, Hurtigruten has
expanded their operations to include routes from the southern tip of
South America to Antarctica. Hurtigruten accommodates even the most
savvy travellers with spacious suites, comfortable cabins, and a variety
of public areas and panoramic lounges.
Although similar in
exterior, each ship has her own specific style on board in terms of
color schemes and the art and artists chosen to decorate the interior.
The artwork on board is renowned. The people and scenery along their
routes have inspired well-known artists who have brought them to life on
Built in 2007, the MS Fram is Hurtigruten’s newest ship to
join the fleet. It was especially designed for cruising Arctic waters
with its shallow draft, powerful bow and stern thrusters. Through the
extensive use of wood, leather and oak, its interior has a Nordic feel.
She has a dining room, café, library, Internet café, sauna, two heated
outdoor Jacuzzis, a panoramic lounge, and a gift shop.
are stylish and comfortable with two lower-berth beds, and contain air
conditioning, heat, a smoke alarm, and a private bathroom with a hair
dryer. Also, there are several well-appointed suites. The fitness room
located on deck 7; the sauna is on deck 8; the dining room, Internet
café, and reception are on deck 4; the two heated outdoor Jacuzzis are
on deck 7; and the panoramic lounge and library are on deck 7.
Guests on board Hurtigruten ships originate from all corners of the
world. You’ll have the opportunity to meet people from a variety of
countries and cultures — and will perhaps make lifelong friends who
become future travelling companions.
The programs on board the MS
Fram are filled with unforgettable experiences to a region that is
largely undiscovered by tourists. A highlight is sure to be Antarctica,
where you’ll explore this fantastic continent with its unique landscape
and a wildlife including various species of penguins, whales, and seals.
The ship’s fleet of PolarCirkel boats gets you up-close and personal to
flora and fauna during your voyage. And whether it’s a day at sea or an
evening after a day of sightseeing, your time aboard will be an
intensely educational experience.
Frequently Asked Questions About Antarctica Sailing
Q: What is the MS Fram like?
arrival on board, there will be a mandatory passenger drill followed by
a welcome meeting. Security information as well as practical
information about the cruise will be given. The ship complies with all
safety requirements and is classified as a polar vessel suitable for
sailing in icy waters, equipped with a fleet of PolarCirkel boats for
landings. The ship offers a comfortable restaurant, a stocked bar,
lounges, and conference rooms. She also offers a library with a
selection of books about the regions, a fitness room, a sauna, two
heated Jacuzzis and a gift shop that holds assortments of local
souvenirs, handicrafts, postcards, stamps, and basic personal effects.
Unlike traditional cruises, however, there is no organized entertainment
on board; Mother Nature is the entertainer!
Q: Are there lectures/briefings given on board?
ship has experienced lecturers with in-depth knowledge of all the ports
you will be visiting. They will conduct lectures of various topics
during the cruise and hold recaps to sum up each day’s events. Time and
place will be decided by the Expedition Team and will be announced
through the daily program. Do not hesitate to contacting them for
unanswered questions. Information on board is given in English and
Also, as a Vantage customer, you’ll have an experienced
English-speaking Vantage Program Manager to accompany you throughout
Q: How will I know what to expect each day?
Expedition Team will inform about the daily program, arrival and
departure times, excursions, and other activities. To hear all
announcements in the cabin, your TV needs to be set to a specific
channel number. Check you cabin folder for the correct channel number
once on board. Important updates to our programme will be announced to
the cabins via separate speakers. The onboard Expedition Team is
composed of an Expedition Leader, a Trip Coordinator, and several
lecturers. Biographies of the Expedition Team can be found on the
bulletin board located by their Information desk. At the Expedition
desk, you will be able to find information regarding the trip and book
any optional excursions. The program is subject to changes depending on
weather and ice conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Please keep in
mind that the weather and ice conditions in Antarctica are highly
variable and may change quickly. The planned itinerary may change and
landings may be cancelled due to deteriorating conditions. The ship
reserves the right to change the itinerary due to weather conditions and
other unforeseen events.
Q: What are the cabins like?
aboard the ship are comfortable and cozy. All cabins on the MS Fram
have two lower berths. Each cabin has air conditioning, heat, a smoke
alarm, and a private bathroom with a hair dryer. There are only
220-volt/50 Hz sockets, so an adapter and converter are required.
Q: Is there room service?
The cabins are cleaned daily. The ship regrets that meals or drinks cannot be served in the cabins.
Q: What kind of meals are served on board?
breakfast and lunch, the ship serves a buffet of international
specialties, while a three-course meal is served at the tables for
dinner. Some nights, dinner will be a buffet. A selection of wines is
available for purchase at lunch and dinner. There is a bar (not
included) with a selection of spirits, wines, beers, and soft drinks,
and a lounge with coffee service. The exact hours for meals will be
given on board.
Q: What about special dietary requirements?
advise Vantage at time of booking if you have special dietary
requirements. The chefs will do their utmost to meet your dietary
Q: Are there any other services on board?
small fitness room and a sauna are available to the passengers. The
ship’s shop has a limited assortment of local souvenirs, handicrafts,
and postcards for sale as well as a small selection of soap, toothpaste,
and other personal effects. Woolen sweaters, fleece jackets, and wind/
waterproof hats and gloves are also for sale on board. There is also a
small selection of books and souvenirs for sale. The ship has a library
with a limited selection of books about Chile, Argentina, Antarctica and
the other ports you will be visiting. As a courtesy to fellow
passengers, passengers are asked not to remove any books from the
library at any time.
Q: Are there laundry facilities on board?
Limited laundry service is available on board for a fee.
Q: Is there a doctor on board?
is an English-speaking doctor and nurse on board at all times, and the
MS Fram features a small medical facility with the necessary equipment
and drugs to handle emergencies. In serious emergencies the nearest
hospital will be contacted. Medical consultations as well as medicines
will be charged to the passenger. The price for consultation is
approximately 285 NOK (as of print time).
In case of a medical
emergency in Antarctica, the only means of evacuation are by airplane to
the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, as there are no hospital facilities in
Antarctica. This is very expensive and dependent on favorable weather
conditions. Therefore, comprehensive travel/health insurance is a MUST.
Remember to bring sufficient medication to last through any unforeseen
delays. We also recommend that you keep your medication in your hand
luggage properly labeled and with clear instructions for its use, in
case of the need for emergency treatment by the ship’s doctor. If you
depend on vital drugs, please inform the ship’s doctor. Illness on board
can lead to quarantine and orders from ship’s doctor and captain must
be followed. We strongly encourage all passengers to purchase
travel/health insurance. Check with your local health
authorities regarding recommended vaccinations for travel to the countries visited on this itinerary.
Under the terms of the Antarctic Treaty System, the ship is required to
carry medical information regarding all passengers. Prior to departure,
a confidential medical information report will be mailed to you to fill
out and bring with you at the time of embarkation. Every section of
this form must be completed and the form must be signed by a doctor.
Q: Is this cruise suitable for physically challenged passengers?
of the Antarctic landings are by PolarCirkel boats and the terrain on
shore may be fairly rugged, so you should be reasonably sure-footed.
These sturdy boats enable both water-based exploration and safe landings
in otherwise inaccessible areas.The crew will show you what to do, and
as long as you follow their instructions, it will become second nature
after a few days. These excursions are not suitable for the physically
Q: What if I experience seasickness?
pills are available on board at reception at a low cost. If you are
prone to seasickness, please bring pills you are familiar with.
Q: Is smoking permitted on board?
is only permitted in designated areas on the deck. Smoking in your
cabin, the dining room, and during lectures is not permitted. To show
respect for the environment, please use the provided ashtrays when
smoking outside. Throwing cigarette butts overboard is strictly
Q: What is used for identification on board?
identity card will be issued upon arrival on board as part of the
check-in procedure. All passengers are requested to wear this card when
disembarking the ship in any port of call and on landings in Antarctica.
The card serves as a control system on the gangway enabling the ship to
know which passengers are on board and ashore at any time.
Q: What is used for identification on board?
will be collected by the crew during the check-in process in order to
clear immigrations and customs. Passports will be kept throughout the
voyage and returned at the end of the trip. Please be sure to bring a
photocopy of your passport with you.
Q: What clothes should I bring?
The dress code aboard the ship is casual and you are not expected to dress formally for meals.
All passengers will receive a wind and waterproof jacket as a memento
(sizes XS to XXXL). A Woolen sweater or fleece jacket is required to
wear underneath. For safety and practical reasons we suggest that
passengers wear it on all landings in Antarctica. Passengers will also
be lent one pair of rubber boots to wear during landings in Antarctica.
Various boots in sizes are available on board.
For outer clothing we
suggest several layers instead of one thick piece of clothing, as the
temperature may vary quite a lot during the day. Wind and waterproof
pants/jacket is a necessity at sea and on excursions in Antarctica. You
should also bring gloves (both inner and outer waterproof gloves), a
scarf, and a warm cap/hat to wear outdoors. We also recommend long
underwear and warm socks.
Aboard the ship you may wear ordinary
shoes or tennis shoes. On landings in Antarctica passengers are expected
to wear the rubber boots lent by the vessel.
Q: What other items should I bring?
strongly recommend that you bring a pair of good quality sunglasses.
The Antarctic sunlight and its reflection from the ice are very strong.
We recommend wearing them at all times when outdoors! Also, due to high
light refraction from ice and snow combined with a thinning ozone layer,
we suggest all passengers wear a high UV factor sunscreen when
We recommend you to bring a pair of binoculars to get a
closer look at wildlife and nature, as well as a camera to capture this
unforgettable experience. When using your camera you should always use
UV or skylight filter and lens hood. If you use special brands of film,
make sure you bring your own — special films are difficult to obtain in
South America. Professional photographers normally prefer slow speed
film (100 ASA or less) in Antarctica. Of course, you’ll want to bring
extra batteries for your camera as battery life is shorter in cold
areas. There are sockets in the cabins for charging video camera
batteries. We recommend that you bring sufficient video film, as the
ship’s kiosk only carries limited stocks. Be sure to bring high UV
To protect your valuables while on excursions, a
small waterproof backpack is a must. Be aware that water spray is to be
expected during transfers from ship to shore and on board our
Also, you should pack enough toiletries, medication, and film to cover any delays.
Q: What is the environmental policy?
waste is stored on board until it is deposited for treatment ashore.
The ship does not dump waste in the sea and you are asked not to leave
any waste ashore when you are on excursions. In populated areas there
are containers for depositing waste; please use them. Please respect the
saying: “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures!”
Human traffic in Antarctica is strictly regulated by the International
Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), which prohibits more
than 100 people from being ashore simultaneously. Passengers will be
instructed on how to comply with IAATO guidelines. Hurtigruten is a full
member of IAATO.
Q: What are the procedures for life-saving equipment, lifejackets, and safety on board?
ship complies with all safety requirements, and is classified as a
polar vessel suitable for sailing in icy waters. Upon arrival aboard
ship, all passengers will be instructed in safety procedures, as well as
the use and location of the safety equipment. There is a safety plan
situated on the inside of the cabin door. We stress the importance of
becoming acquainted with the ships safety plan. Special safety
regulations will apply on landings with the Polarcirkel boats. Please
follow the instructions given by the expedition leader and crew/staff.
Special lifejackets for use during landings will be handed out to all
passengers before the first landing. A mandatory briefing regarding the
safety guidelines will also be given.
Q: What are the security regulations?
Fram complies with the ISPS (International Ship and Port Security
System) regulations, and all luggage is subject to X-ray/metal detector
inspection upon arrival port facility or ship. You are kindly asked to
keep this in mind packing your luggage for the voyage. The ISPS
regulations also include hand baggage scans in all ports of call
throughout the course of the voyage.
Q: What is the method of payment on board?
arrival aboard the ship you will receive a cruise card, which works as a
“credit card” in addition to being the key card for your cabin. The
card may be used as means of payment in all the facilities on board.
Prior to your final departure from the vessel, your account will be
added up and settled on board. Hurtigruten regrets that there is no
facility for cash withdrawals or currency exchange on board.
Q: What currency is accepted on board?
on board is the Norwegian Kroner (NOK). Visa® and MasterCard® are also
accepted on board. Please note that when using your credit card on
board, your account will be debited in Norwegian Kroner (NOK) with the
rate of exchange of that day.
Ashore, U.S. dollars are accepted as
well as local currencies. Some shops might accept U.S. cash, though this
is not a common practice. In some places ashore major credit cards are
accepted. Be aware that smaller towns only accept cash in local currency
and sometimes U.S. dollars.
Q: What is the tipping policy?
has learned that many of their guests wish to give a special thanks to
their service crew on board. It is as your discretion to honor service
rendered by the crew in bars, restaurant and cabins. In order to give
you some guidelines, Hurtigruten recommends 75 NOK (approximately $12
USD) per passenger per day as an average gratuity. Whatever amount you
decide to give, please fill in the form you will find in your cabin and
give it to the purser two nights before the end of the cruise. The
amount will then be debited to your cruise account.
Q: Can I bring alcoholic beverages?
Guests are respectfully reminded that only beverages bought from the
ships restaurants and bars can be consumed on board. Alcoholic beverages
that are purchased in ports-of-call and from the onboard shops will be
stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of
the sailing. According to Norwegian law, persons over the age of 18 are
allowed to purchase beer and wine. Spirits are only available to persons
over the age of 20 years.
Q: Is there a bar service?
The ship has a bar service offering spirits, wines, soft drinks, and coffee at a charge.
Q: How do I keep in touch on board?
All cabins are equipped with a telephone. In order to call from the ship, a card has to be purchased at the reception desk.
There is an Internet café on board and access may be purchased at
reception. Wireless access is only available in the Deck 4 reception
area. There is no connection in the cabins and suites. Please note that
the connection is a 516 MB line and that both internet and telephones
from time to time will be out of range due to vessels location
geographically. The ship’s e-mail address is email@example.com, and
the phone number is +47 51 40 64 40.
There is a mailbox at reception.
Depending on the carrier company with whom you have subscribed, mobile
phones will function in some places on shore. Check with your carrier
company for more details. Guests may use their own GSM telephones on
board the ship at all times at an international price level. The price
will vary depending on which mobile operator you use. Please check with
your carrier company for rates and if your subscription is valid on the
MCP Satelite System board.
For further information on Hurtigruten and your ship, please refer to their website at hurtigruten.us.