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.
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.
Midnatsol means Northern Lights in Norwegian, so it's appropriate that the atrium is decorated with this bright rendition of this amazing phenomenon.
Entering the Trollfjord
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.
Cafe Seating Area
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.
One of the best ways to enjoy the long summer days is on the Sun Deck of the Midnatsol.
Everyone on the Midnatsol loves to be outdoors enjoying the long summer days in Norway!
Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol - Sun Deck Hot Tub
The two hot tubs on the Sun Deck of the Midnatsol are popular places for gathering and enjoying the outdoors.
Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol in the Trollfjord
The mouth of the Trollfjord is only about 100 yards across, but the Midnatsol Captain navigated the passage easily.
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!
Sailing Under the Bridge into Sortland on Vesterålen
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!
Lounge and Seating Area
The Midnatsol has numerous lounge seating areas on the ship, most with windows and great views.
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.
Sailing into Kjøllefjord
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.
Paradis Bar Dance Floor and Piano
Guests can enjoy a drink, live music, and dancing in the Paradis Bar on the Midnatsol.
Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol
The ship looks amazing as she sails through the Lofoten Islands of Norway.
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.
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.
Sailing into Sortland on Vesterålen
We did a shore excursion from Harstad to Vesterålen driving along the coast and the island countryside, rejoining the Midnatsol in Sortland.
The MS Midnatsol has many well-lit seating areas, perfect for watching the spectacular coastal scenery of western Norway.
Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol and MS Polarlys in Harstad, Norway
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.