When boarding a ship that can make an old seafarer’s eyes sparkle with excitement and voice crack slightly with pride, you know you are on a special vessel. “This ship can dance,” exclaimed her owner, a man in his seventies who has probably spent as many days at sea as he has on land. The Kinfish is certainly manoeuvrable, as evidenced when she deftly slipped her mooring and left the port of Bergen in Norway, taking myself and the other passengers on a voyage that allowed us to discover the true extent of the ship's capabilities.
Without a doubt, the Kinfish is one of the nicest-looking small ships I’ve ever come across. A vessel with history and character, she is utilised during the winter months on exciting research expeditions, such as uncovering the history of Norway by scouring the seabed in search of Viking remains.
Her ongoing winter work in the research sector offers several benefits to the passengers travelling with her for a summer expedition to the Arctic. Designed for rougher waters and tougher conditions than you will ever find around the Svalbard archipelago, she boasts a fantastic stabilisation system for comfortable cruising, superior to that normally found in vessels of this size. Thanks to the state-of-the-art navigational equipment used on the bridge, passengers are able to sit here in comfort and view three-dimensional scans of the seabed.
While the bridge was the perfect place to sit, chat and scan the horizon, I was keen to get outside and explore the Kinfish’s outdoor areas.
Like the other small expedition vessels in our fleet, the Kinfish is equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and shallow draught to allow her to navigate into the furthest reaches of Svalbard, visiting the wildest of landing sites and areas seldom seen by human visitors. Her manoeuvrability will maximise the opportunities to explore and seek out wildlife, while her flexible and varied deck space provides the perfect stage for your Arctic adventure to play out on. To find out how you can join her on one of our expeditions to Svalbard in 2018, visit our Polar Bear Explorer page.
Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to the Arctic.