Environmental Monitoring of Svalbard - Polar bears
Environmental Monitoring of Svalbard - Polar bears Photo: Jørn Henriksen Photo

Corporate Social Responsibility

Anyone who has already experienced the beauty of the Norwegian fjords and the sheer expanse of the Arctic seas will know just how fragile and worthy of preservation they are. Hurtigruten has therefore set itself the goal of conserving nature and leaving behind as few traces as possible in the regions where it operates.

This does not only mean separating waste but also recycling consumed ship oil and exploiting the heat generated by the engine coolant. The carbon emissions on our ships were reduced by 13,000 tons, not least thanks to a new propeller on MS Richard With. MS Fram, on the other hand, was completely shifted over to Marine Diesel Oil, a fuel obtained from distillate.

A whole host of additional measures is implemented beyond this to help protect the environment and support the regional economy:

Green transition from A to W

Environmental consciousness is something that we take care of every single day, and things are in progress in so many areas. We have put together for you some of the components that contribute to our green transition. Watch this space to follow us completing and improving our “green alphabet”:

Bellona Foundation

An international environmental organization that Hurtigruten has chosen as a partner in environmental issues being analysed these days with a dedicated feasibility study.

Carbon dioxide

Since 2009, the carbon dioxide emissions of our ships have been cut by 13,000 tons.


Our Hurtigruten ships use a type of fuel specially geared to ships. Sulphur emissions are therefore four to twelve times lower, while nitric oxide and soot emissions are drastically reduced.

Fuel consumption

Regular, professional maintenance work helps keep environmental pollution and fuel consumption as minimal as possible. In order to make sure our vessels sail as effectively and fuel-efficiently as possible, our routes are optimised accordingly as well.

Hyperspectral Laser

A hyperspectral laser has been installed on board MS Midnatsol which is able to detect even the faintest hint of oil pollution in the sea.


Local suppliers regularly provide the ship with regional, fresh products, thus reducing transport routes and cutting storage costs. We also place great value on sustainable fishing.

Marine Diesel Oil

Ships crossing the 62nd parallel north use environmentally friendly Marine Diesel Oil instead of heavy fuel oil.

Norwegian Polar Institute

In collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute, we keep count of the polar bear population on Spitsbergen.


In December 2015 Hurtigruten presented its ambitions to reduce emissions at the Climate Conference in Paris and further aligns with political initiatives that aim at emission reduction policy.

Water temperature

For the past 80 years we have worked together with the Institute of Marine Research in Norway, measuring the water temperature along the Norwegian coast for research purposes.


Also read our corporate social responsibility statement and its related foundation.