Hans Hansson

Polar Tracks Expeditions

Hans Hansson

seasoned & refurbished

About the Ship

The Hans Hansson was originally built for the Norwegian Lifeboat Association and in 2005 underwent a major renovation, including renewing the interior to provide comfortable accommodations for 12 passengers. With an informal and relaxed atmosphere on board, she has a comfortable main saloon, library & recreational area, and kitchenette. 

Being a small vessel, she is able to anchor in small coves making after dinner Zodiac cruising and/or night landings possible, depending on weather and location. Hans Hansson also has a citizen science program that guests may participate in. 

  • Passenger Capacity: 12
  • Fly Cruises (Skip the Drake)
  • 26.5 metres in length
  • 14 day voyages
  • Free kayaking
  • Forward & aft observation deck
  • Central heating & individual heaters
  • Washing machine & tumble dryer
  • En suite & shared bathroom options
  • Open Bridge with protected viewing area just aft of Bridge
  • Polar Library
  • Ice Class C

Why We Like Hans Hansson

  • SIZE

    Carrying just 12 passengers, Hans Hansson offers a truly unique small ship experience to the Antarctic with a wonderful sense of camaraderie amongst passengers and crew.


    Due to her size, she doesn't need to compete with much larger vessels and can remain flexible as far as itinerary, letting the weather & ice decide when and where she goes.


    Twin configurations, rather than triple or quads offer additional space and comfort in the privacy of your own cabin.


    Hans Hansson offers fly cruises departing from King George Island in the South Shetland Islands, allowing you to skip the oft-dreaded Drake Passage crossing and spend more time exploring on the Peninsula.

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