World-renowned yacht designer Kurt Strand has unveiled details of new concept Aurora Borealis, a 122-metre (400-foot) superyacht designed for luxurious adventures in the harsh conditions of northern Norway.
The Norwegian designer’s latest project aims to let guests enjoy the natural beauty of the Arctic Ocean and northern Atlantic, while enjoying the warmth and comfort of a truly spectacular seafaring vessel. In order to get the best of both worlds, the Aurora Borealis is able to transform its expansive exterior spaces depending on the weather, with retractable balconies and large gates available to guests.
Spanning six enormous decks, this 20-metre-beam vessel – Azzam, the biggest superyacht in the world, has a beam just 0.8 metres wider – is able to comfortably accommodate 20 guests across eight VIP suites (all measuring 100 square metres). In addition, Aurora Borealis will boast an owner’s suite stretching across 400 square metres of decadent living space, with full privacy, exclusive Jacuzzi, sun lounge area, 180-degree views, gym, spa, office, library and wine cellar.
Communal areas aboard Aurora Borealis are numerous thanks to the extra-wide beam in the aluminium-and-steel hull; the superyacht includes a cinema, beauty salon with gym and spa, and an alpine ski slope track system. There are 48 private cabins for crewmembers, as well as a dedicated living area.
Outside is a grand helicopter pad on the aft deck, as well as a swimming pool with retractable glass floor so that up to two helicopters can be safely stored in the hidden hangar. The aviation club, complete with bars and launch area, is part of the hangar, and in inclement weather, the main gate here can be shut so that guests are still able to access the pool area.
In the hull side of the lower deck are four fold-out gates for tender storage, with a massive selection of toys available. There is also a drive-in bay for a submarine and 13.7-metre (45-foot) tender.
Aurora Borealis’ engine room is equipped with advanced propulsion systems designed to be kinder to the environment. There is a trio of electric Azimuth pods powered by hydrogen fuel cell generators, as well as diesel-powered back-up generators in case of emergency. Although the hydrogen technology is currently rarely used outside the automotive industry, Strand is determined to break new ground in the field and implement the systems aboard superyachts.
For more information, visit Strand Crafts.