Havila Voyages has announced more details of a more environmentally responsible way to explore the Norwegian coast from spring 2021.
The new Norwegian shipping company has ordered four new build ships, designed to be the most environmentally friendly vessels to operate along the iconic coastal route from Bergen to Kirkenes.
The first two ships (Havila Castor and Havila Capella) will operate from 2021, with two more (Havila Polaris and Havila Pollux) following in 2022.
The ships are operating as part of a ten-year Government funded contract to sail the historic route, with Havila operating four of the 11 ships departing daily from Bergen.
Each of the new ships will be fitted with the world’s largest battery packs, meaning they can sail through fjords and other vulnerable areas for up to four hours – quietly and emission free.
The batteries will then be charged in the numerous ports along the route, using clean hydropower.
Additionally, the hull has been specially designed to be energy efficient in the Norwegian coastal conditions – using as little power and therefore emissions as possible.
Meanwhile, surplus heat is recovered from the cooling water, the sea and the energy management system.
The combination of these changes means that each ship’s CO2 emissions have been cut by around 25% and Nox by 80-90%.
The new ships will showcase a modern and stylish Nordic design and offer the most spacious cabins on the coastal route.
Inside cabins start from 10m2, while the two presidential suites on each ship offer a spacious 45m2. Some larger cabins will sleep up to four guests and disabled cabins are also available. All 179 cabins feature free WIFI, USB outlets & a television.
Comfortable lounges with panoramic views will give guests the best possible views of Norway’s ever-changing coastline.
The observation lounge has been designed with a glass roof and reclining chairs – ideal for uninterrupted views of the northern lights or midnight sun.
Other on-board facilities include a fitness room, sauna, shop and conference room.