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Why Cruise with Hurtigruten

Curious about who we are and what we stand for? Read on to learn all about Hurtigruten and why you should explore the world with us.

In Norwegian, the phrase 'hurtig ruten' translates to 'fast route'; it’s no wonder we chose this for our company name, after traveling along the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes in just seven days—aboard a steamer ship in 1893, no less! Since then, for the past 125 years, we have expanded our offerings: from 6-day, 7-day, and 12-day cruises along the coast of Norway, to expeditions that travel all over the world, including Antarctica, Alaska, Iceland, and the Northwest Passage.   




Whether you’re eager to meet a few friendly penguins or longing to search for the elusive polar bear, we offer it all. Our expeditions to destinations like Antarctica, Svalbard, and Iceland are, simply put, unmatched: our ships are floating base-camps-at-sea, built specifically to cruise amongst extreme conditions and access remote regions. They also come with tools to assist you in fully exploring your surroundings, like kayaks, trekking poles, and snowshoes. Read more about our wide range of destinations, below.

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Norwegian Coastal Cruises

Our cruises along the Norwegian coast—nicknamed 'The World's Most Beautiful Voyage' by Lonely Planet—have earned their place on lists of iconic traveler routes, along with other classics like the Orient Express, the Nile River, and Route 66. 

Experience Norway's beautiful fjords, charming ports, and rare wildlife under the Midnight Sun or spectacular Northern Lights. Our daily departures take you on cruises where no other ships go; no matter the season, our journeys along the Norwegian coast are filled with amazing scenery and unique experiences.


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Expedition Cruises

Our history of exploring polar regions traces back to 1896, making us one of the most experienced travel companies in the world. Hurtigruten offers breathtaking experiences in remote corners of the world, expeditions that appeal to those who value thorough exploration of seldom-visited destinations.

Get up close and personal with wildlife, culture and incredible scenery - from pole to pole. With our explorer voyages, we take you from the polar bears of Svalbard in the north to the penguins of Antarctica in the south with our fleet of advanced, intimately-scaled expeditions ships.



1. Hurtigruten is not your normal cruise operator.

When you sail with Hurtigruten, you are on an expedition with likeminded adventurers who value personal growth and exploring over luxury. You won't find waterslides, casinos or any sort of dress code. However, you will find a casual and relaxed atmosphere, great food, and all the quality equipment you need to explore new destinations.

2. We have a Northern Lights guarantee.

100%. That’s how sure we are that the spectacular Northern Lights will make an appearance on your 12-day Hurtigruten voyage. We even back it up with a special promise to you. If they do not appear on your voyage, we will give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage FREE OF CHARGE, so your Hurtigruten experience will be one with zero regrets. 

3. Our ships are filled with Expedition Teams! 

Whether you are sailing with Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast or other remote destinations around the world, you will be accompanied by an expert Expedition Team. They are your hosts on board and ashore, and will provide lectures in subjects such as geography, history, wildlife and more.
Read more: Expedition Teams on the Norwegian coast and Expedition Cruises.

4. We are adding two new ships to our fleet in 2019 and 2020.

Modern, hybrid, and inspired by our Scandinavian heritage - in 2019 we welcome MS Roald Amundsen to our fleet. The year after, she will be joined by MS Fridtjof Nansen. Named after two of Norway's most famous explorers, these state of the art ships will follow suit and explore some of the most remote destinations in the world. 
Read more: Sneak peak at Hurtigruten's new hybrid ships.

5. Committed to sustainable travel.

We operate in some of the world’s most pristine and vulnerable natural landscapes. This is a responsibility we take seriously, which is why we educate our guests on how to reduce our environmental footprint. Read more about our efforts to minimize the impact, our use of local food along the Norwegian coast, research and knowledge in polar waters, and much more in "Leaving a Smaller Footprint".

Experience the Norwegian coast on an unforgettable cruise with Hurtigruten


Curious to learn even more about Hurtigruten? Keep on reading! Whether you'd like to know more about the countless destinations we visit—and our special offers that can help get you there—or our fleet of purpose-built expedition ships, just click the appropriate button below. And, if you'd like to be among the first to know about our latest brochures and special offers, be sure to sign-up for our newsletter

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