MS Fram

Named after, and in honour of, one the greatest wooden ships to ever sail the waves and one of the most famous expedition vessels ever built, Hurtigruten’s MS Fram has a lot to live up to. The original Fram was a polar expedition ship that allowed the great explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen to venture into Antarctica and the Arctic Circle.

Taking its lead from this iconic vessel, MS Fram was built in 2007 with the goal of taking inquisitive travellers closer to unique wildlife, landscapes and communities than ever before. Designed specifically to cope easily with the extreme conditions found in the polar waters that she crosses, this ship can take up to 276 guests into the icy wilderness. With the highest safety standards in place and excellence manoeuvrability in tight spaces, Fram will not only take you to the edges of the Earth in style but leave you captivated long after you have returned to normality by the wonders you will witness.

The ship covers regions at both the south and north extremities of the world, allowing you to take more than just a tentative step into unknown territories. With a wealth of knowledge on board in the form of specialist leaders that work in specific fields, you will be able to attend regular lectures on the places you visit and glean anything you wish to know from this helpful expedition team. And with itineraries that focus on different aspects, such as wildlife spotting, trekking, meeting vibrant yet unexposed communities and even camping in the wilds, you can tailor your expedition to your own personal interests.


MS Fram offers a wide array of accommodation in the form of 135 different rooms that range from stylish outside suites offering excellent ocean views, down to comfortable inside cabins which still leave you plenty of space to live it. There are also a couple of cabins that can be adapted for people with disabilities. The facilities inside these rooms will vary depending on the grade that you book but here are a few things that may be included:

  • Sitting area with chairs or sofa
  • TV
  • Minibar
  • Spacious double bed, twin beds or bunks for 3/4
  • En-suite shower and toilet facilities
  • Private balcony (on some grand outside suites only)
  • Fridge
  • Table
  • Desk
  • Telephone

Please be aware that some outside cabins may have restricted or completely blocked views.

On Board Facilities

Apart from the accommodation offered, there are plenty of public areas which you are free to use during your time on the MS Fram. These include:

  • A sauna with locker rooms and a shower
  • Observation deck
  • Sundeck
  • Two Jacuzzis
  • Fitness room
  • Bar
  • Passenger Bridge
  • Observation lounge
  • Access to the ship’s entire bow
  • Restaurant
  • Arcade
  • Lobby
  • Gift shop
  • 2 Lecture halls
  • Conference room
  • Internet room
  • Bistro
  • Laundry room with washer and dryer
  • Front desk
  • Passenger lifts

Possible Activities and Excursions

There is also an extensive range of activities that are offered during voyages on the MS Fram. These include:

  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Sleeping on the deck under the stars
  • Nature walks
  • Air tours
  • Camping
  • Snowshoeing
  • Small boat cruises
  • Talking with local people
  • Whale safaris
  • Town and city sightseeing
  • 4x4 tours
  • Horse riding
  • Fishing
  • Helicopter flights
  • Cable car rides

Please note that these activities will incur additional charges and may only be available during certain tours. Many of them will also have a maximum number of people who can participate and may also be subject to weather conditions.


Year of construction: 2007
Ship yard: Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity: 318
Beds: 276
Car capacity: 0
Gross tonnage: 11647
Length: 114
Beam: 20.2
Speed: 13 knots

MS Fram Expeditions