Hurtigruten Introduces Electric Explorer Catamarans

Exploring some of the most pristine waters of the planet has never been more eco-friendly – as Hurtigruten introduces silent, electric-powered and emission-free catamarans

The world leader in exploration travel has partnered with the Norwegian startup Brim Explorer, introducing battery powered catamarans custom built for Polar water exploration.

Debuting in the spring of 2020, the 24-meter vessel will operate a variety of daily silent and sustainable ocean excursions from her homeport Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard – operating under the Hurtigruten Svalbard brand.

“Brim and Hurtigruten found each other through our common passion for the oceans. Their vision to change the way people experience the Arctic is a perfect match to our bold sustainability ambitions. We firmly believe the future of travel is emission-free,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said.

Featuring large battery packs, the hybrid catamaran will be one of the world’s most flexible electric ships. She can be charged at virtually any port and operate on batteries for 10 hours with a cruising speed of 10 knots.

“A green footprint is the future of the travel industry – in the Polar regions and elsewhere. With a great idea and dedicated partners like Hurtigruten, we have set out to build a ship unlike any the world has seen,” Brim Explorer co-founder and CEO Agnes Árnadóttir said.

Brim Explorer’s first vessel – similar to her sister that will operate exclusively under the Hurtigruten Svalbard brand – is currently under construction in Norway. Debuting in August 2019, she will offer Hurtigruten guests travelling along the Norwegian coast truly unique excursions:

  • The rugged and awe-inspiring Lofoten Islands (spring and summer), based out of Svolvær.
  • Clean and silent northern light voyages (winter) based out of the Arctic capital of Tromsø.

With their clean, futuristic design, both ships will feature large windows that will take the 140 guests closer to the elements – with as little impact as possible.