Northern Xplorer announces the launch of its zero-emission luxury cruise liner concept

Northern Xplorer’s aim is to open the door to travel experiences in the Nordic countries using advanced hydrogen-powered ships.
Northern Xplorer announces the launch of its zero-emission luxury cruise liner concept
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In Norway specifically, new government regulation coming into force from 2026 will make zero emissions mandatory in the world-heritage sites of Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord. Northern Xplorer’s current plan is for a series of 14 ships accommodating up to 300 passengers in 150 cabins supported by approximately 100 crew. The first are intended to be operational from 2024/2025, well in advance of the 2026 zero-emission regulations affecting Norway’s world-heritage fjords.

“This will mean the end of polluting cruise ships sailing in what will be the world’s first zero-emission marine zones” said Northern Xplorer founder and CEO Rolf André Sandvik. “Northern Xplorer provides the perfect zero-emission solution with a strong focus on local value creation and empowerment.”

The ships will feature clean technologies including fully electric propulsion, battery energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells and auxiliary renewable energy supply (wind and solar power). Sophisticated HVAC systems will safeguard against pathogen spread while extensive use of recyclable materials will promote circularity. They will also feature advanced LADAR technology to detect marine plastic debris and raise awareness of maritime pollution. Built to the highest classification notations, all the vessels will be performance-optimised for superior energy efficiency and reduced fuel consumption.

NX’s offering is disruptive to the mass tourism mainstream by visiting harbours that large ships cannot access, with attention to detail in service and bespoke excursions that will make every journey special.

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