Hurtigruten (definition: "fast route" in Norwegian), has been in business since 1893. They began as a transport company, servicing the cities, towns and islands along the 1,550-mile coastline from Bergen to Kirkenes, almost 200 miles above the Arctic Circle. Today, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages along those same coastal itineraries, in addition to expedition cruises to unique destinations offer breathtaking beauty and stunning diversity of wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Europe, Africa, South America, Central America, Arctic Canada, and Antarctica. From small expedition ships staffed with naturalists and expedition leaders to bigger ships with wilderness or wildlife-themed shore tours, passengers have a wealth of options to embrace the outdoors.
Hurtigruten's expedition cruises explore destination that others simply cannot reach, from the pristine wilderness of Antarctica to the farthest reaches of the Arctic. They offer the widest selection of expedition cruises with over 40 itinerary options, more than 70 departures and over 200 excursions in Antarctica, Arctic Canada & Northwest Passage, Greenland, Norway and Svalbard.
Hurtigruten's two new hybrid-powered expedition ships combine 125 years of know-how with spectacular design and cutting-edge technology. The new MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof are named after two of the greatest heroes in polar exploration history. They designed their fleet of 13 ships with safety, comfort, and environmental protection as their guiding principles. Each ship features modern facilities carefully blended with true character. Hurtigruten seeks to minimize the impact of their activities and put a great deal of effort into preserving their destinations, strengthening their environmental initiatives, and running a responsible and sustainable operation.
Hurtigruten's expedition teams are highly trained experts who serve as your hosts on board, during landings, and on shore. They love to share their knowledge and passion, and are dedicated to creating a relaxed and educational atmosphere for our guests. From whale watching to penguin peeping to iceberg gazing, Hurtigruten's expedition leaders have a front row seat to some of the world's most amazing experiences.
Hurtigruten boasts of it "Norway Coastal Kitchen" method, emphasizing daily cuisine that reflects the regions through which it sails. This focus means nearly all food onboard is fresh, purchased in each port. Sometimes fishermen even sail out to the ship to hand-deliver the fish themselves. Local specialties are served daily and food-based activities are held onboard depending on the towns and regions through which the ships pass. "Fish ice cream" is often offered to those who are brave enough to try it.