Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol Photo Gallery

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Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol Sailing Along the West Coast of Norway

Hurtigruten ms Midnatsol Norwegian Coastal Liner
Linda Garrison

Hurtigruten launched the MS Midnatsol in 2003 and the ship has sailed the fjords and western coast of Norway between Kirkenes and Bergen since then. The 1000-passenger ship has cabins for over 600, plus can carry an additional 300+ ferry passengers, 45 cars, and tons of freight.

In addition to the comfortable dining venues and cabins, the Midnatsol has very bright and cheerful common areas, which goes along well with her name, which means "northern lights".

These photos of the ship provide a tour of the indoor and outdoor common areas on the ship, as well as the exteriors of the ship. Since we often took shore excursions that disembarked in one port of call and rejoined the Midnatsol at a later port, I got some great photos of the ship that you don't normally get on a cruise ship.

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Atrium

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Atrium
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

Midnatsol means Northern Lights in Norwegian, so it's appropriate that the atrium is decorated with this bright rendition of this amazing phenomenon.

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Atrium and Reception Area

Atrium and Reception Area on the Midnatsol
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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Entering the Trollfjord

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Entering the Trollfjord
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

Those of us on the sea eagle watching shore excursion left the Midnatsol after the ship left Stokmarknes and was sailing through the passage of Raftsundet. The Trollfjord is off this passage, cutting into the island of Austvågøy. We got great views of the ships during this excursion as she continued towards Lofoten.

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Lounge near Cafe

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Lounge near Cafe
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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Cafe Seating Area

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Seating Area near Cafe
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

The MS Midnatsol Cafe, which is used by both the ferry and cruise passengers, has several nearby rooms used for seating and relaxing. Guests can enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the coastal scenery.

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Sailing into Kjøllefjord

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Sailing into Kjøllefjord
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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Sun Deck

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Sun Deck
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

One of the best ways to enjoy the long summer days is on the Sun Deck of the Midnatsol.

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Sun Deck

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Sun Deck
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

Everyone on the Midnatsol loves to be outdoors enjoying the long summer days in Norway!

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Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Sun Deck Hot Tub

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Sun Deck Hot Tub
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

The two hot tubs on the Sun Deck of the Midnatsol are popular places for gathering and enjoying the outdoors.

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Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol in the Trollfjord

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol in the Trollfjord
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

The mouth of the Trollfjord is only about 100 yards across, but the Midnatsol Captain navigated the passage easily.

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Window Seats

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Window Seats
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

One of the things I enjoyed about the Midnatsol was the use of seating next to almost every window area of the ship. And, there were a lot of windows!

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Bar

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Bar
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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Sailing Under the Bridge into Sortland on Vesterålen

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Sailing Under the Bridge into Sortland on Vesterålen
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

Our guide and bus driver timed our shore excursion arrival in Sortland perfectly. We drove across the bridge at the exact moment the MS Midnatsol sailed underneath!

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Bar

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Bar
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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Lounge and Seating Area

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Lounge and Seating Area
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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At the Dock in Sortland on Vesterålen

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - At the Dock in Sortland on Vesterålen
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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Lounge and Seating Area

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Lounge and Seating Area
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

The Midnatsol has numerous lounge seating areas on the ship, most with windows and great views.

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Internet Room

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Internet Room
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

The Midnatsol has free WiFi For those who bring along their own computers, tablets, or other WiFi-enabled devices. In addition, the ship has free-use computers hooked to the Internet midship near the Library on deck 8.

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Sailing into Kjøllefjord

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Sailing into Kjøllefjord
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

Those of us on the reindeer spotting excursion disembarked the Midnatsol in Mehamn, rejoining the ship two hours later in Kjøllefjord. We got a good look at the ship as she sailed into the harbor.

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Paradis Bar Dance Floor and Piano

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Paradis Bar Dance Floor and Piano
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

Guests can enjoy a drink, live music, and dancing in the Paradis Bar on the Midnatsol.

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Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol

Hurtigruten ms Midnatsol Norwegian Coastal Liner
Linda Garrison

The ship looks amazing as she sails through the Lofoten Islands of Norway. 

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Paradis Bar

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Paradis Bar
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

The Paradis Bar on deck 8 is a good place on the Midnatsol to enjoy a drink and listen to live music in the evening.

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Panorama Lounge

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Panorama Lounge
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

Like many passenger ships, the Midnatsol has a nice Panorama Lounge with sweeping views of the sea and surrounding Norwegian coast and fjords. This one is forward on deck 8.

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Sailing into Sortland on Vesterålen

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Sailing into Sortland on Vesterålen
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

We did a shore excursion from Harstad to Vesterålen driving along the coast and the island countryside, rejoining the Midnatsol in Sortland.

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Seating Area

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Seating Area
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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Seating Area

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Seating Area
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

The MS Midnatsol has many well-lit seating areas, perfect for watching the spectacular coastal scenery of western Norway.

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Main Theater

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Main Theater
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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Close-up View of the Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol in the Trollfjord

Close-up View of the Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol in the Trollfjord
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol and MS Polarlys in Harstad, Norway

Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol and MS Polarlys in Harstad, Norway
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison

With a dozen ships sailing the western coast of Norway, it's not unusual to see a Hurtigruten sister ship. The Midnatsol and Polarlys both docked in Harstad when the Midnatsol was southbound and the Polarlys was northbound.

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Midnatsol Model

Midnatsol Model
Midnatsol (c) Linda Garrison
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