Hurtigruten’s new hybrid expedition ship Roald Amundsen has touched water for the first time.

Roald Amundsen, due to be delivered in July, is being built at Kleven Yard in Norway where the launching ceremony took place on Saturday.

The 530-passenger vessel will be fitted with large battery packs for reduced emissions.

Roald Amundsen will now go through its final fitting before it is delivered.

Hurtigruten will deploy the new vessels Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen in Antarctica alongside existing vessel Fram.

The ships have been branded the world’s greenest, safest and most advanced expedition ships.

The new vessels will feature custom-built expedition equipment, including a fleet of Blueye underwater drones, kayaks and large inflatable explorer boats used for landings in otherwise inaccessible destinations.

Both Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen will have three restaurants inspired by Nordic and Norwegian heritage.