Why Cruise with Hurtigruten

Curious about who we are and what we stand for? Learn more about Hurtigruten and why you should explore the world with us.

At Hurtigruten we give you the opportunity to travel with meaning. We have been exploring polar waters since 1893 - over 125 years! Our explorations are grounded in the tastes of people who value learning and personal growth over luxury. We are world leader in sustainable explorer travels in Polar Regions. We offer unique experiences and impart knowledge in a way that leaves the smallest environmental footprint possible.

Our unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet consisting of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enables us to offer you unique nature-based experiences to the most remote corners of the world.




Perhaps most famous for our Norwegian coast itineraries, we have brought travelers from all over the world to the heart of Norway for 125 years. We are also using our maritime experience on explorer cruises around the world. Feel like exploring Antarctica, Alaska or the Arctic islands? Read more about our wide range of destinations below.

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    The Norwegian Coast

    Our cruises along the Norwegian coast rightly earns its place in the hall of fame of iconic traveler routes along with other classics like the Orient Express, Europe’s Danube, and the revered Route 66. After all, it's known as "The World's Most Beautiful Voyage" for a reason.

    Experience Norway's beautiful fjords, charming ports, and rare wildlife under the Midnight Sun or spectacular Northern Lights. Our daily departures take you on voyages where no other ships go. No matter the season, all cruises with Hurtigruten are thrilling adventures filled with amazing scenery and active experiences.


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    Explorer Cruises

    Our history of exploring polar regions outside of Norway traces back to 1896, making us one of the most experienced travel companies in the world. Hurtigruten offers you breathtaking experiences of nature in remote corners of the world, offering voyages that appeal to those who value real exploring.

    Get up close and personal with wildlife, culture and incredible scenery - from pole to pole. With our explorer voyages, we take you to 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.


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    Northern Lights Cruises

    The Northern Lights simply cannot be described in words - they have to be experienced. And there's no better place for it than northern Norway, above the Arctic circle and right under the auroral oval. 

    If you wish to see the aurora borealis with Hurtigruten, you can travel between October 1 and March 31 (and be covered by our Northern Lights Promise) on the Classic Roundtrip Cruise, or sail on our popular Astronomy Cruise with a northern lights expert.


    1. 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 Explorer Cruises.

    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 Roundtrip Cruise along the Norwegian Coast. 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. 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.

    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 will welcome MS Roald Amundsen to our fleet - the world's first hybrid cruise ship. The following year, 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


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