Two Hurtigruten ships enlisted for 'Mission Impossible'

Hurtigruten's Fridtjof Nansen undergoing sea trials in Norway late last year.
Hurtigruten's Fridtjof Nansen undergoing sea trials in Norway late last year.

Two Hurtigruten ships, the Fridtjof Nansen and the Vesteralen, have been chartered by the production company working on the seventh "Mission Impossible" movie starring Tom Cruise.

A Hurtigruten spokesman confirmed that Truenorth chartered the ships from the end of August to the end of September. Iceland-based Truenorth specializes in production services in Nordic countries, including Norway, where the movie is being filmed. Local reports indicate the ships will be used as hotels for the film's production crew.

The latest "Mission Impossible" was filming in Italy when the pandemic forced production to shut down in February. According to reports, the ships have been chartered in order to prevent any further delay of the film, which is scheduled for release in 2021. 

Hurtigruten claimed to be the world's first cruise line to resume service after the global shutdown in March, on coastal sailings in June. However, its expedition ships, including the hybrid-battery-powered Fridtjof Nansen, were forced to suspend service after a Covid-19 outbreak on its sister ship, the Roald Amundsen, last month.


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