Rendering of Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten's forthcoming hybrid-powered expedition ship

(12:20 p.m. EDT) -- Hurtigruten has revealed the names of its new hybrid-powered expedition cruise ships.

Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, named after the two Norwegian polar explorers, will be the first expedition vessels to sail with fully electric hybrid technology when they launch in 2018 and 2019.

"It is exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole; 128 years since Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland; and 120 years since Richard With, Hurtigruten's founder, first started exploration tourism in the Arctic," said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

"What could be more natural and appropriate than to name our new ships after these inspiring trailblazers?"

The new ships are designed by Rolls-Royce, along with Norwegian yacht designer Espen Oino.

--By Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.