Passengers bear witness to the conflagration at Hurtigruten.
33-year-old Harald Sundberg from Bergen told Verdens Gang that he was eating breakfast when the fire broke out.
- I was sitting in the restaurant along with a passenger from Australia and had breakfast. He asked if I felt the strange smell, and I did. We started to move out from the breakfast room on the fourth deck when we saw the smoke, he tells VG's online edition.
A witness on the quay told the newspaper that the police have cordoned off the area and that poured out smoke.
- It smells very bad here now, of burnt oil. I looked past the smoke divers boarded. The atmosphere is characterized by panic, but it is an unusual situation, says Jonas Oddstad to VG.
According to Petra Sestrak, press officer at Hurtigruten there may have been Swedes on board the ferry.
- I do not know how many. We have passenger lists, but are not sure if anyone has checked out or in since the update, she said.
Neither the police in Ålesund was at 13:30 o'clock a clear picture of which countries the passengers are from.
- We are currently compiling lists of evacuees. We know that there are several nationalities on board, but the more we do not know right now, says Ann Camilla Housing, press officer at the police in Alesund.