MS Midnatsol

About MS Midnatsol

MS Midnatsol was built in 2003 in Norway and recently underwent a full-scale refurbishment. Categorised as an ice class 1X ship, she has been purpose-built for expedition travel and offers soft-adventure style cruises in Patagonia, Antarctica and the Arctic Circle.

At 16,151-tons, MS Midnatsol is a relatively small ship which makes her the perfect size for traversing the remote waters of the polar regions. Her name translates to ‘Midnight Sun’ and depending on when and where you cruise on her, you may well experience it for yourself.

Choosing MS Midnatsol for your expedition will certainly not disappoint. With an emphasis on letting Mother Nature provide any and all entertainment there is a fluidity to each experience that is truly new unique. Whether you are cutting through a mass of pack ice in search of the Arctic’s fabled polar bear or gearing up for a kayaking adventure in Antarctica, it’s definitely the case that no two itineraries are the same.

MS Midnatsol offers her expedition guests a total of 301 staterooms across 11 categories, accommodating a maximum of 674 guests. The largest staterooms onboard are the Owner’s Suites, but she also offers oceanview, balcony and inside grades. All of the accommodation comes equipped with private bathroom facilities, while the the majority also benefit from entertainment stations and telephones.

Dining aboard MS Midnatsol is relaxed and informal. The restaurant offers seating at any one time for 335-guests – therefore dinner is offered at two fixed times – 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Dinner is a la carte, but breakfast and lunch are both buffet-style and there is usually a 3-hour window for each. All of the ingredients onboard are seasonal and fresh, and most of it is locally sourced which adds to the authenticity of the experience.

Entertainment is offered in the form of guest lectures and outdoor deck activities, such as star gazing or wildlife spotting. While there are no show-style performances in the evenings – and you certainly won’t find a disco onboard – MS Midnatsol does offer a fully-stocked bar with floor-to-ceiling windows, a two-story panorama lounge, library, Midstommer café, sauna, shop and fitness centre.

Lectures and presentations by scientists and wildlife experts take place in the Mane Amphitheatre, while the Sun Deck is the place to enjoy a special ‘Arctic Baptism Ceremony’. A traditional custom on MS Midnatsol, the ceremony features a Neptune-costumed crew member, icy seawater and a much-needed shot for warming up!

135.6 metres
21.3 metres
Guest Decks
Guest Capacity
Total Berths


Antarctica, Arctic

Ship Highlights

  • Main restaurant
  • Sun Deck w/Jacuzzi
  • Onboard science laboratory
  • Library
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Bar

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