Hotellgjeng i resepsjonen på Havila Capella. Foto Josefine Spiro

Family owned since the 50s

The world's largest battery pack

Locally grown and produced food

Zero emissions as a target

130 years ago, a Norwegian captain set out on the first express voyage along the magnificent coastal line of Norway. At the time, he fulfilled a state-imposed mission; to connect the people of Norway with steamship routes for mail and passengers. Little did he know that the very same route, which is now stretching all the way from Bergen in the west to Kirkenes in the North, would become among the most popular tourist attractions in Norwegian history. The reason is obvious; traveling the Norwegian fjords this way reveals the most breathtaking views of the rugged cliffs, sea birds, harbors, and small villages that dot the entire coastline.  

Now you can experience the traditional coastal route – and the best of Norway – in brand new, and more eco-friendly ships. Feel the power of nature; the majestic mountains, the vivid water, the stunning Northern lights dancing across the night sky, all while enjoying the modern comfort of a Havila Voyages coastal cruise ship.   

Our story

 “We sail through the world heritage, and so will those who come after us”. These words have been spoken many times by Per Sævik, the founder of the Havila Voyages. It all started in the year 1957, when he – at the age of 16 – bought his very first fishing boat. It was paid for by money he had earned from working on another fishing boat – every second day since the age of 12.   

The years went by, and step by step, Per managed to build an empire of shipping related business. Today, the Havila Group is operating in shipping technology, offshore, transport and tourism, with Havila Voyages as its latest grant. The main office is located in the small coastal town, Fosnavåg – in Per Sævik’s home municipality – on the west coast of Norway.  

Black and white photo of Per on a boat as a young boy.
Black and white photo of Fosnavåg in the old days.
Per as a young man holding up a big fish he has cought

Per Sævik, now past 80 years old, is still chairman of the board, and he is determined to take care of the nature and local environments through which the brand-new coastal cruise ships sail.  

Meeting the Future  

It is not without reason that the Havila Voyages’ first ship, Havila Capella (maiden voyage in December 2021) was crowned as the winner of the Next Generation Ship Award at Nor-Shipping 2022.  Our four new ships are loaded with the world's largest battery pack ever installed on a passenger ship, meaning that we can sail through vulnerable fjords, such as the world heritage Geirangerfjord, for four hours straight with zero emissions.  

“The fact that we can run for four hours on battery is not only revolutionary when it comes to protecting the environment – it’s a revolution in safety. Up till this day, the captain, the crew, and the passengers on any ship, have shared one concern: What if there’s a blackout? A battery pack this size is a backup that has never existed on any ship before. It will ensure that we always make it ashore safely, even at the unlikely event of the engines breaking down”.  

(Tom-Rune Einarsen, captain at Havila Capella)  

Kaptein Tor-Rune Einarsen på Havila Capella

The batteries are charged with clean hydropower ashore, and when we don't use the batteries, we run on LNG (liquid natural gas) which – along with general efficient hybrid operation – cuts CO2 emissions by around 40 per cent. NOx emissions are reduced by 90 per cent compared to equivalent ships on the route. 

The hull is specially designed for maximum energy efficiency, and excess heat from cooling water and sea is used for heating on board.   

  Learn more about the coastal cruise ships of the future

Serving in Hildring Fine Dining. Photo Marius Beck Dahle

On our menus, you will find a range of top-class dishes made from raw materials, mostly supplied by local producers. In addition, we avoid all unnecessary use of plastic, and we try to limit the food waste on board to a maximum of 75 grams per passenger per day, while at the same time making sure that no one goes hungry.   

Learn more about our food concept 

We are Here for You  

After all, you are the one we want to please. We sincerely care about your wellbeing, and we want you to have everything you need to get an eventful, educational, and rewarding journey. Our employees are our greatest resources, and they will meet you with friendly smiles and a high degree of knowledge, doing everything in their power to see you well through your voyage.  

Eat better, sleep better, live better – and create memories for life.  

Josefine on her first voyage on board Havila Capella

The First Encounter

A Travel Report from a Freshman Cruiser

Are you ready to get inspired? Our digital content creator, Josefine Spiro, tells about her first encounter with Havila Voyages.

 

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