"The liner faced problems with an engine and cannot continue the voyage," a police spokesman told the VG media outlet.
According to police, the rescue operation may last for a long time.
Cruise ship “Viking Sky” with 1300 passengers aboard has sent out #MAYDAY as it drifts closer to the shore in Hustadvika on the northwestern coast of Norway. There’s bad weather in the area and eye witnesses estimate the ship is approximately 1km from the shore #vikingsky pic.twitter.com/5qfxcvIQsZ— Alexander Hansen (@AlexanderXV) 23 марта 2019 г.
The spokesman also noted that three helicopters were sent to the site of the emergency.
#Mayday helicopters now shuttle evacuated passengers to shore, 10-15 per trip, from #Norwegian cruise liner Viking Sky. 1300 persons on board. Wave hight: 8-9 meters/25 ft. Ship is listing in high seas. #storm #cruiseship #Norway cc: @joleaneKing pic.twitter.com/cw0fSlmxse— Øyvind Ekelund (@Oyvine) 23 марта 2019 г.
Police added that they organise a camp for evacuated people on the shore.
Causes of the incident remain unknown.