Hurtigruten’s MS Finnmarken will undergo an extensive upgrade next year, and relaunch in 2021 as a premium expedition cruise ship.

The revamp is described as “the most extensive upgrade in Hurtigruten’s 125 years of history”.

The refurbished ship will explore destinations along the Norwegian coastline on year-round expedition cruises.

Daniel Skjeldam, chief executive at Hurtigruten, said: “We will transform her into a full-fledged premium expedition cruise ship, with all the comforts, facilities and expertise you need for creating a perfect adventure.”

Cabins and suites will be refurbished using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool.

Four new restaurants and a science centre will be added, along with a larger wellness area.

The outdoor pool area will be fully refurbished, the shop expanded, and the car deck will be replaced by the launching area for Hurtigruten explorer boats (ribs) and other expedition equipment.

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