MS Finnmarken in Stokmarknes
MS Finnmarken in Stokmarknes / Hurtigruten
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Family sightseeing
Family sightseeing / Hurtigruten
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Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool / Hurtigruten
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Fiinstuen Club Room
Fiinstuen Club Room / Hurtigruten
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Fitness room
Fitness room / Hurtigruten
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Polar Outside Cabin
Polar Outside Cabin / Hurtigruten
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Expedition Suite
Expedition Suite / Hurtigruten
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MS Otto Sverdrup

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Launched in 2002 as MS Finnmarken and renamed MS Otto Sverdrup after a Norwegian polar explorer who was a contemporary of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen, this 530-guest vessel is one of three almost identical ships in Hurtigruten’s Millennium class, all built to accommodate the growing popularity of coastal Norwegian cruises. Designed to be a touch more upscale than her two Millennium-class siblings, MS Otto Sverdrup features gleaming Art Deco interiors and bonus spaces like an al fresco café and a pool flanked by hot tubs. The hybrid-powered ship now sails coastal Norway cruises from Hamburg and caters to a mostly German clientele.

What We Love

Local Cuisine: Hurtigruten serves just-caught fish and fresh ingredients sourced from regions around Norway, including smoked salmon, clip fish, and salted leg of lamb.

Pool and Sauna with a View: Don’t take these features for granted — MS Otto Sverdrup is the only ship in Hurtigruten’s Millennium class that offers both of these amenities.

Panoramic Lounge: This space hosts the best seats in the house for landscape- and nature-peeping.

Best Known For

Nature: No matter the season, there’s flora and fauna to capture on camera and landscapes known only to Norway: dramatic fjords, tumbling waterfalls, rugged mountains, and, of course, the Northern Lights.

Coastal Itineraries: Hurtigruten has been cruising up and down the coast of Norway from Kirkenes to Bergen since 1893. Today, it still runs a similar itinerary with the dual functions of a ferry and cargo service and tourism vessel. MS Otto Sverdrup cruises to handpicked coastal ports with tourism as its focus.  

Who It's Best For

Soft-Core Adventurers with a Cultural Bend: Offshore, you’ll have the option of dog sledding, snowmobiling, and attending midnight concerts in an Arctic church; while on board, you can kick back to the scenery and attend an occasional class like a cloudberry tasting or fish-filleting demonstration.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Standard Cabins Are Tight: Fitting more than two people in a starting inside cabin could be a squeeze (and expect bunks, not double beds). Book the higher categories for parties of three or more.

Slow Internet Access in Remote Regions: Be prepared for some sluggish browsing — in some areas, the Wi-Fi connection is slow and spotty at best.

It Can be Sleepy On Board: While the shore excursions and exploration in port can be quick-paced, there are few organized onboard activities. 

Lisa Cheng
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger