Havila is a family owned Norwegian shipping company that will sail the classic coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes with the Norwegian coast most environmentally friendly ships from December 2021. Four new ships will be doing the Kystruten Norwegian Coastal Route (Bergen to Kirkenes and return), running on alternate days to Hurtigruten.
The four new ships will be loaded with the world's largest battery pack, and for four hours, they will sail without noise or emissions through vulnerable fjords. The batteries are charged with clean hydropower at shore, and when the batteries are low, they will switch to natural gas which cuts CO2 by around 25%. The hull is specially designed for maximum energy efficiency, and excess heat from cooling water and sea used for heating on board.
On the menu, there will be locally made dishes from local producers, and all unnecessary plastic will be avoided. Havila are already exceeding the authorities requirements for cutting emission, and they will be setting sail with zero emissions as the target.
The Havila Voyages is part of the Havila group that dates back to the 1950s. It all started when the founder, Per Sævik, bought his first fishing boat in his teens. From fishing and herring fishing, Havila is now a group operating in shipping technology, offshore, transportation and tourism.
In 2022 and 2023, the ‘Havila Capella’, ‘Havila Castor’, ‘Havila Polaris’ and ‘Havila Pollux’ will be ready to deliver unforgettable and comfortable voyages for their passengers. All the ships will be identical: 122.7 metres long, 22 metres wide and able to carry 640 passengers (172 day-passengers and Cabins for 468 passengers).
Read here if you would like to see the Havila sailing schedule and deckplans.
Havila are building new ships and a new organization so from start they have been able to adapt to the new situation with the Covid-19. Several measures are being taken in to account with the design of the ships. For example, Havila is equipping all the new ships with washbasins at the entrance to the main restaurant and have closed café counters so that only the staff can touch the food served there.
The operation of the ships will be based on international standards and orders from the authorities. In addition, they are taking their own special measures to strengthen infection control and make sailing safer. For instance, as part of their training, staff will get H&S training with good infection control knowledge.
All Cabins will have free wifi, USB outlets, television and wardrobes. Travelling with Children? There is a small play area level six.
Coastal Interior (10 – 15 m2). Interior cabins are good and affordable alternatives. Some of these can also accommodate four people. 2 Separate beds.
Interior Accessible Cabins:
Coastal Interior Accessible rooms for 2-4 people (16-18 m²). Two separate beds as well as a sofa or sofa bed. These cabins in the Accessible category have a universal design and thus have a larger bathroom.
The cabin has a large wardrobe, desk and private bathroom with shower. There is a TV, fridge and hairdryer in addition to making coffee in the cabin.
Seaview Superior cabins:
Ocean seaview superior cabins have a window and views of nature. The cabins are on average 15 square metres. The cabins have a sofa or sofa bed. You can choose between different bed solutions; double bed, two separate beds or single bed with fold-down bunk in addition.
There is a TV, fridge and hairdryer in addition to making coffee in the cabin. The cabin has a large wardrobe, desk and private bathroom with shower.
Travelling with children? All ships have a small playcorner/room on deck 6 by the Bow lounge and all outside cabins can fit a babycot.
Seaview Superior Accessible Cabins:
This is the largest of the exterior standard cabins, and the cabins are on average twenty square metres. The cabins in the Accessible category have a universal design and thus have a larger bathroom. Seaview superior accessible has a double bed in addition to a sofa.
There is a TV, fridge and hairdryer in addition to making coffee in the cabin. The cabin also has a large wardrobe, desk and private bathroom with shower.
Mobility Friendly Cabins:
There are wheelchair access cabins in the Interior Accessible, the Seaview Accessible and the Junior Suite. These cabins have bathrooms 5.1m2.
Seaview Deluxe Suites:
With Deluxe seaview, you live completely aft of the ship with large windows facing backwards so that you see the landscape pass and disappear far behind. Up to 4 people (30 m²) with 1 double bed and 1 sofa bed, coffee table, work table w / chair and cooling tray.
Panoramic Deluxe with panoramic view suites:
These cabins are at the very front of the ship and have floor-to-ceiling windows. You look ahead to the sailing route, and can feel like a skipper on the ship. Up to 2 people (30 m²) with 1 double bed, seating area with table, work table w / chair and cooling tray. Tea and coffee included.
Junior Suite with Balcony:
How about having your very own balcony? A place that is just yours, where you can have a coffee or read a book, feel the fresh air and just be completely at peace. Inside the suite, the room is divided by a half wall with a swivel TV so you can watch TV from both the living room and bed - unless you want to watch the view coming in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Up to 4 people (22-25 m²) with private balcony (6-9 m²) and window from floor to celing. Bathrobe and slippers, welcome pack and breakfast in main dining or à la carte included. Enjoy separate double bed and recliner, Vribar TV, work table with chair, 2 wardrobes with fridge drawer, desk with chair and a sofa or sofa bed with table. Tea and coffee included.
There are only two presidential suites on each ship (45 m²) with private balcony (15 m²).
In the living room you have both a sitting area and dining room furniture in addition to a large sofa in front of the TV. The bathroom has both a shower and a bath. And on your own balcony awaits your own jacuzzi where you can hottub under the starry sky, the northern lights or the midnight sun.
Welcome pack awaits you when you get on board and you get personal follow-up, extra service and good offers throughout the trip. Those staying in the Presidential Suite can choose from a buffet breakfast in the main restaurant or have breakfast served in the à la carte restaurant. You can make the same choice for dinner, and depending on the season, also for lunch.
Bathrobes and slippers are of course included in a suite equipped with everything you need. Higher grade linen and wider bed. Minibars are free and are replenished daily.
Bathroom sizes vary between the cabins - the interior cabins have bathrooms 1.5m2, seaview cabins have bathrooms 2.0m2 and suites have 5.4m2. Wheelchair accessible cabins have bathrooms 5.4m2 as well.
Main Dining (buffet free ship)
Lecture halls & Conference facilities
Flexible service areas