Norway is one of the best preserved regions in the world. Unsurprisingly, this favorite destination for cruise companies is promoting ecotourism. At seaZen, the pioneer of 100% solar powered navigation since 2016 we also promote new uses of tourism. We already knew the Hurtigruten company, because it operates the main shipping line crisscrossing the coast of the country - from north to south and vice versa - by offering magnificent cruises aboard its ships. We knew less about the energy transition that this legendary company is operating with its hybrid ships. But there is no coincidence when one also thinks of the fact that Norway is the European country with the highest rate of electric vehicles. Everything is a question of use.
Discovering Norway with the Hurtigruten company allows you to soak up the coastline otherwise than on board a classic cruise ship. Hurtigruten's units travel the Norwegian coast all year round to transport goods and locals as well, but always to reveal the beauty of the fjords to travelers.
Eager to offer travelers an authentic cruise and to contribute to the fight against environmental degradation, Hurtigruten has launched the construction of its third hybrid liner taking advantage of an unprecedented technology allowing it to signigicantly reduce its fuel consumption. Completely electric, this new hybrid ship will be delivered in 2021 and will join its twin MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Roald Amundsen. Embarking aboard these three units of Hurtigruten means traveling on more efficient, more environmentally friendly and safer ocean liners.
Commissioned in 2019, the MS Roald Amundsen is mainly dedicated to cruises in Antarctica, but will also offer routes to Norway at certain times of the year from the Tromsø region of northern Norway. With a planned launch in 2020, the MS Fridtjof Nansen will travel along the Norwegian coast from north to south, departing from Hamburg along the routes, to allow passengers to fully discover the famous Norwegian fjords.
Snow, sea and Norwegian fjord
These environmentally friendly vessels are also designed to offer a high level of comfort and unparalleled entertainment options. On board these two units, passengers have access to a fun-educational center equipped with high-tech equipment such as interactive displays and scientific instruments. To deepen and broaden their knowledge of Norwegian regions, they can interact with the crew. In addition to the outdoor and indoor observation decks, this vessel is also equipped with an observation lounge called the Explorer's Lounge. Thanks to its panoramic windows, this space allows passengers to enjoy the landscape, a drink in hand.
Dotted with spectacular fjords attracting travelers from around the world, Norway is an ecotourism destination par excellence. One of the stops to visit during an eco-cruise in Norway is Geiranger Fjord, located on the west coast of the country. It is one of Norway's best-known and most imposing fjords. Since 2005, it has been classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. This fjord offers exceptional landscapes of snow-capped peaks, lush vegetation and waterfalls down steep cliffs. During the navigation, before arriving in the city of Geiranger, you will see the famous waterfalls of the Seven Sisters.
The Lofoten Islands are one of the jewels of Norway
Considered the gateway to the Arctic, Tromsø is an unmissable part of a cruise in northern Norway. This is the starting point for polar expeditions. With a unique architecture, a rich past and a culture alive, not to mention a thrilling nightlife, the city has not usurped its nickname of Paris North. Although culturally active, Tromsø is still close to nature. Nestled in the heart of a sumptuous landscape, it is home to the northernmost botanical garden in the world.
How to encourage these steps and accelerate the deployment of hybrid cruise ships? Maybe in the first place using electric or hybrid cars for us everyday uses like our Norwegian friends. Then using solar boats for sea trips on the Cote d'Azur. Silent and odorless they traveled 1,500 miles in 2 years without consuming a kilowatt on the power grid!