A new expedition ship is being added by Hurtigruten in the first expansion of its 12-strong fleet in a decade.
The 320-passenger vessel is six years old and is due to enter service next year after a “total reconstruction”.
The ship, named Norway Explorer, will be specially adapted for sailing in polar waters.
It will replace MS Midnatsol (pictured) along the Norwegian coast when that ship moves to Antarctica for the 2016/17 winter season.
Chief executive, Daniel Skjeldam, said: “The new ship’s manoeuvrability and optimal size will bring Hurtigruten`s guests even closer to nature experiences.
“We invest in our fleet to ensure that Hurtigruten remains a world leader in sustainable explorer travels along the Norwegian coast and in polar waters.
“It’s been close to ten years since last time Hurtigruten invested in a new ship. The new ship was built in Portugal in 2009 and has been given the temporary name MS Norway Explorer.”
He added: “This investment gives us increased flexibility and opens great opportunities to enrich our guests’ unique polar experiences.
“The vessel complements our fleet of expedition ships and also opens a window of opportunity to expand our service and offers at destinations such as Greenland, Svalbard and Antarctica.”
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