Havila Voyages has taken delivery of its first state-of-the-art ship, Havila Capella, which is due to start operating along the Norwegian coast on 1 December 2021.
The new Norwegian shipping company has ordered four newbuild vessels in total, designed to be the most environmentally friendly ships to operate from Bergen to Kirkenes.
The second ship will be delivered in January with two further ships arriving in the summer of 2022.
The ships are operating as part of a ten-year Government contract to sail the historic route, with Havila operating four of the 11 vessels departing daily.
The 12-day voyage takes in 34 different coastal ports, passes through four UNESCO Heritage sites and crosses the Arctic circle twice.
The CEO of Havila Voyages, Bent Martini commented:
‘We have been looking forward to this day for many months and are delighted to have taken delivery of our first ship. Launching a brand-new shipping company is a very special event to be part of, especially given this is the largest investment in tourism we have seen along the Norwegian coast.’
Martini also says he is looking forward to showing off the ship to his fellow Norwegians and to the passengers who will travel on her.
‘We can’t wait to share information about Capella, so on the journey from Turkey to Norway we will post movies and photos on social media, giving a sneak preview of the ship and life onboard.’
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.
A myriad of other features are also designed to lessen the impact of their operations such as using energy generated from surplus heat, energy monitoring systems and the use of liquid natural gas.
Havila Capella will showcase a modern and stylish Nordic design, with décor that reflects Norwegian landscapes and uses natural materials.
The observation lounge will be fitted with a glass roof and reclining chairs so guests can stay warm while enjoying uninterrupted views of the northern lights or midnight sun.
Meanwhile, those who wish to feel the wind in their hair can enjoy the scenery from the spacious deck and promenade areas.