Built in 1958, the M/V Kinfish has recently been transformed from a Norwegian research vessel to a classic passenger ship, ready to explore the icy waters of the Spitsbergen archipelago. The bridge has been fitted out with advanced safety equipment, allowing the M/V Kinfish to safely navigate the calm Svalbard waters. With room on board for just 12 passengers, the ship has an intimate atmosphere, and her small size allows her to access some of the smaller fjords and coves along the coastline.
The Kinfish story began back in 1958 when the U.S. Ambassador in Norway ordered her construction. She was donated to the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue and according to official record, assisted a total of 571 vessels and rescued 57 men. In 1985, she was used as a hydrographic survey vessel in the oil and gas industry. In 1994, under ownership of the Norwegian government, she had a major upgrade and was used for the mapping of the Norweigan coastline seabed and was part of the pioneering project of mapping the uncharted waters around Svalbard. Since 2018, Kinfish is currently in service under ownership and management of Northern Expeditions.
The newly refurbished six en-suite guest cabins have comfortable beds with proper duvets and crisp white linen. There is also a small desk, shelves and under bed storage.
There are two bright and spacious lounges, a dining area and bar, as well as an open bridge and ample deck space from which to admire the stunning Arctic landscapes. The ship's mudroom has an additional bathroom, allowing guests to clean up following onshore excursions.
All meals are included throughout your time on the M/V Kinfish, enjoy delicious Nordic-inspired cuisine and European dishes served by the fantastic on-board chef. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate, soft drinks and alcohol are also included on board. Any special dietary requirements can be catered for with sufficient notice.
Cruising aboard the M/V Kinfish you will witness the incredible rugged landscapes of Svalbard and encounter wildlife such as the polar bear, the undisputed ‘King of the Arctic’. The small size of the ship allows you to explore even the smallest and most secluded fjords, and provides opportunities for up close wildlife photography. The deck space of the M/V Kinfish is spread over different levels, which is perfect for active travellers and avid photographers who want to capture the wildlife and scenery from different perspectives.
There are two zodiacs on board, each carrying up to six passengers, and allowing closer access to some of the area’s best natural attractions - sail past icebergs and watch as huge chunks of ice calve off the face of mighty glaciers. The zodiacs are also perfect for small group onshore excursions, on shore you may come across Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer and the impressive Arctic flora.
On our Swimming with Killer Whales and Humpbacks safari, track the movement of the orca pods as they hunt for huge shoals of herring. When you find the whales, you will head out in zodiacs to get closer to the water and, weather conditions permitting, you'll be able to take to the water in small groups and swim alongside these magnificent mammals. Be one of the very few people in the world that will have got this close to the orcas in the wild.
As well as joining our Specialist-led trips, you can also charter the M/V Kinfish for exclusive use. By fully chartering an Arctic expedition ship, we can offer the flexibility to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements, whether your focus is photography, wildlife, history, or simply seeing the best that the Arctic has to offer.
Founder & Ceo
Founder & Ceo
The M/V Kinfish delivers like no other vessel up there. With comfy cabins, multiple relaxing communal areas and some great viewing decks, the Kinfish really is a great little ship. A maximum of 12 clients makes any expedition aboard the Kinfish an intimate one, but with enough space to find your own corner if required. A huge bridge, open 24 hours a day, means there is plenty of room for everyone to be up there at the same time, either chatting to the Captain, spotting for bears, or watching the ship calve through the ice as you venture into the frozen realms of the north. With stabilisers (few other ships of this size have these!) and state-of-the-art positioning technology, the Kinfish provides both the flexibility for exploration and the versatility to access where few others can.