In mid-September Hurtigruten’s groundbreaking expedition cruise ship Roald Amundsen became the first battery-hybrid powered ship to ever traverse the legendary Northwest Passage.
As Roald Amundsen arrived at Nome, Alaska, in the evening of 10 September, captain Kai Albrigtsen could make a significan entry in the ship’s logbook:
The first complete passage of the more than 3,000 nautical miles passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by hybrid propulsion.
Every expedition cruise with Hurtigruten is unique, yet this green milestone is making history with our guests.
Only a few years ago, building cruise ships with battery packs was considered impossible; now Roald Amundsen pays tribute to the great explorer she is named after by traversing one of the world’s most fabled stretches of sea by hybrid propulsion, says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
For centuries, the renowned passage connecting East and West has spellbound ocean explorers.
Norwegian polar pioneer Roald Amundsen made the first complete passage from 1903 to 1906.