A new cruise ship, specialized for sailing through ice, will start cruising to Greenland next summer. The ship will set out to sea from Reykjavík harbor for the first time on 27 May 2007.
The cruiser, which is under construction in Italy, belongs to Norwegian shipping company Hurtigruten Group, which owns close to 20 cruisers and ferries. Morgunbladid reports.
The new cruiser, MS Fram, is 113 m long and 20 m wide and can carry 500 passengers. It will offer cruises for one or two weeks along the shores of Greenland.
According to Hanne Kristiansen, information officer at Hurtigruten Group, passengers will fly directly to Greenland in the future and board MS Fram there; only the first voyage will take off from Iceland.
It is planned that the ship will cruise off Greenland in summer, but in Antarctica on the other side of the planet when winter comes to the northern hemisphere.