When sailing aboard a Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise, you can experience breathtaking fjords and mountains, enchanting cities, natural wonders, and more in a once-in-a-lifetime voyage you won’t soon forget. Cruising year-round, Hurtigruten Expeditions offers a variety of different specialty and exploration-style cruising itineraries. With their fleet of six small ships, Hurtigruten Expeditions sails from 29 ports of call on itineraries ranging between 3- and 25-night Norwegian coastal voyages, including expedition cruises in Spitsbergen (in the Arctic), Greenland and Antarctica. There are multiple short port-to-port variations to choose from on Hurtigruten Expeditions’ Norwegian coastal voyage itinerary.
A Typical Hurtigruten Expeditions Itinerary
Hurtigruten Expeditions is able to offer itineraries in the calm and sheltered waterways of Norway’s shores, that larger ships simply cannot reach, thanks to the intimate size of their ships (ranging from 2,191 to 16,151-tons). This results in closer encounters with landscape and wildlife, as well as rare ports of call. On itineraries focused in the Arctic, you may have the opportunity to see brown bears, penguins, seals, humpback whales, sea lions, native birds, llamas, foxes, elephant seals, and albatrosses first-hand, as well as glaciers, tundras, mountains, national parks and icebergs. Hurtrigruten Expeditions also offers itineraries and voyages to the Caribbean, Europe, Portugal, North America, and more. Onboard a Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise ship, their Expedition Team gives informative lectures about the areas being visited, and guests are able to relax, unwind and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
Three hearty meals are offered per day during a Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise, consisting of traditional Norwegian and continental fare. Breakfast and lunch are in an open-seating format and are buffet-style. Evening meals have assigned seating, with a sit-down waiter service and set menu. At times, lunch can be assigned if the ship is busy. If you’d like to snack between meals, there’s a 24-hour cafeteria as well.
What are Hurtigruten Cruises Like?
The onboard atmosphere is always relaxed and informal during a Hurtigruten Expeditions voyage, with a non-regimented environment. Hurtigruten Expeditions is an alternative to a traditional cruise, as each voyage vessel is a unique combination of a cruise ship and working ship, carrying local passengers and cargo between ports. However, the working aspect of the ship is completely seamless to their cruise vacation guests. While some Hurtigruten Expeditions cruises may feature a pianist or local singer onboard the ship, the real entertainment is the destination being visited. Travelers that like to visit less “touristy” ports of call and enjoy an active, destination-immersed vacation, are a great fit for a Hurtigruten Expeditions voyage.
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Why Choose Hurtigruten Expeditions?
Hurtigruten Expeditions groups their cruise itineraries into five main regions: Norway, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Antarctica and Europe. Hurtigruten Expeditions has navigated the spectacular west coast of Norway for 120 years. During a Norwegian voyage, you can enjoy 1,250 miles of fjord-filled landscapes, with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of shore excursions (including dog sledding, and snowmobiling), and the chance to see the Midnight Sun and the exciting Sea Eagle Safari in summer. Those looking for an adventure cruise should consider a Hurtigruten Expeditions voyage in Spitsbergen, Greenland and Antarctica. Spitsbergen is filled with unspoiled nature and wildlife, with glaciers, whales, seals, birds and rare Arctic flowers. Hurtigruten Expeditions’ Greenland expeditions bring their guests to the world’s most active glaciers, calving of icebergs and close contact with the local Inuit population, all while providing cultural and historic insight through a wonderful variety of shore excursions and lectures. Antarctica offers mountains, fjords, glaciers, icebergs and wildlife, including several species of penguins. Polar circle boat landings, expedition guides and lecturers create an intimate learning experience and are perfect for the well-traveled in search of mind-enriching experiences.
In addition to their standard cruise voyages, Hurtigruten Expeditions also offers cruises that have a certain theme. Some of their current themed cruises include From Vikings to WWII (featuring lectures and presentations by special guest Dr. Terje Leiren), and Christmas & New Years in Norway (providing the chance to explore Normandy with holiday-themed onboard activities). Hurtigruten Expeditions offers an epic 66-day polar expedition cruise crossing the Arctic’s Northwest Passage en route to Antarctica. Please contact us if you’d like pricing and availability information on any of Hurtigruten’s theme cruises.
During a Hurtigruten Expedition cruise, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of unique shore excursions. Possibilities, depending on the time of year and destination, include city tours, snow mobile safaris, riverboat trips, dog sledding, kayaking, concerts, museums and much more! Polarcirkle Boat Landings are often available to Hurtigruten guests in Antarctica, Greenland and Spitsbergen. These special vehicles allow you to get up close and personal with the native wildlife during your Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise, an opportunity not found on many other cruise lines.
What's New for Hurtigruten Expeditions?
Starting in January 2022, Hurtigruten Expeditions will expand its vast itinerary to include the Galapagos Islands. Take an unforgettable trip to a paradise renowned for its unique sights and wildlife through MS Santa Cruz, a charted vessel that carries 90 passengers in an intimate cozy, sailing. Cruises will embark from Quito, Ecuador, and feature the enriching excursions and hand-on-learning experience synonymous with Hurtigruten Group.
Hurtigruten Expeditions has announced the upcoming addition of two new expedition ships to their fleet, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, in partnership with Rolls-Royce. These two fully electric expedition ships, each with a total capacity of 530 passengers, will be the world’s first to be built with true hybrid propulsion. The hybrid ships will be constructed in in two phases: the first will be equipped with an auxiliary electric engine that will reduce the CO2 emissions by 20%. The second ship will be built with a full-fledged hybrid engine capable of powering the entire ship for extended periods of time as well as across greater distances. Both ships are anticipated for 2019. Their interior design will be inspired by elements of nature, accentuated by materials such as granite and oak. Each ship will feature multiple observation decks, three restaurants with destination-inspired cuisine, and a pool deck with infinity pools, hot tubs and bars.
In February 2012, Hurtigruten announced that in less than two years after its launch, their “1893 Ambassador” Loyalty Program achieved an impressive 27,400 members. Members enjoy an exclusive 5% repeater discount on Norwegian Coastal Voyages and Explorer Voyages plus a variety of other benefits. This program is free to join once you have traveled on a cruise that is at least three consecutive nights in length.
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