Polar Tracks Expeditions


12-passenger ship

About the Ship

Built in Norway and chartered by the Norwegian state for almost all of her life, the MV Polarfront is a regular in the Polar North.

She secured her reputation as a safe and capable vessel over her many years working in partnership with the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. She took readings of CO2 in the atmosphere and measured the convergence of masses of polar and tropical air, hence the name Polarfront.

The highlight of comfort at sea, the Polarfront has an advanced stabilization system – unique on this type of ship – which increases the pleasure of the maritime experience.

These days, having been converted into an expedition yacht flying the French flag, she offers large, tastefully appointed twin cabins (both lower berths), a common lounge and polar library.

The Polarfront is an excellent polar vessel that offers big ship sophistication in a small ship package.

  • Passengers: 12
  • Crew: 9
  • Two Mark V zodiacs
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Built in: 1976, but underwent a full interior refurbishment in 2017-2018
  • Length: 55 m, Width: 10 m
  • Ice Class: 1C

Why We Like Her


    The Polarfront’s secret sauce is that she is the only 12 passenger vessel with a large hot tub + sauna on the aft deck. The sauna has a large window allowing you to gaze out over the polar land and seascapes while staying toasty warm.


    Her spacious forward + rear decks are ideal for observing wildlife on the ice while minimizing any disturbance. It’s a wonderful place to take in the views with a warm cup of cocoa in between landings.


    A real luxury in a polar environment, heated towel racks mean warm towels when you come in from the cold + drying your gear faster in between excursions.


    Very few ships of this size have a gym on board, but no extra has been overlooked on this French lady! The gym is simple but functional, allowing you to keep fit even when at sea just a few hundred nautical miles from the North Pole.

Upcoming Voyages

Photos of the Ship

Typical Suite Layout

Drag the images below with your mouse to get a 360° tour of the Harmattan suite + the panoramic lounge

Deck Plan

Polarfront ship layout

Insider Advice

We’re a different kind of agency. We work on the ships, with the teams, and are currently active in the polar regions. Our insider advice is truly that – straight from the field – and it’s updated in real time if things change.