Expedition Sailings along the Norwegian coast in 2016

From 2016 onwards, Hurtigruten will run expedition sailings through Norway's achingly gorgeous fjords and dramatic mountains with three ships. The coastline is a true paradise for avid hikers - and now you can be one of them.


No large cruise ships get as close and so far into the deep, Norwegian fjords as Hurtigruten. If you are dreaming of a journey with real cultural impressions and physical challenges along the Norwegian coast, this is for you.

With Hurtigruten’s Coastal Expedition Sailings we take the very best from our Arctic and Antarctic expeditions and bring them on board our sailings with MS Nordkapp, MS Nordnorge and MS Nordlys.

These three ships can tempt you with a skilled expedition team, activities on deck,  and experiences from Hurtigruten’s exciting excursions. Take advantage of the many guided hiking opportunities on your expedition cruise with our new Hiking Pass – your ticket to hiking heaven.


Joining an expedition team lets you see Norway through native eyes. Together, with their guidance, you will share in new adventures, get closer and deeper into the culture and landscapes of Norway, and create stories that will be remembered forever.

It is this sense of adventure, of inner and outer discovery, that embodies an expedition cruise with Hurtigruten. More than simply enthusiastic hosts, your Hurtigruten expedition team are seasoned travellers, modern-day explorers, and kindred spirits in their love of adventure. Handpicked for their expertise of the local landscapes and relevant fields, they are generous and passionate about presenting insights that will enrich and enhance your journey. It will be their pleasure, and ours, to take you on a unique voyage, and to show you a side of Norway’s coast that is rarely seen or experienced.

On each day of your voyage, the expedition team will present you with fascinating talks on a wide range of topics such as glaciology, wildlife, fishing traditions, Viking history, Nordic folklore, geology, natural phenomena, and so much more. Your team will also organise several delicious tastings of fresh local food for you to sample. These added insights – and tasty treats – will greatly enrich your journey of inner and outer discovery.

Meet our expedition team members!

A journey of discovery led by an expedition team into the heart and soul of Norway's beautiful coast


Say hello to your Hiking Pass that gives you access to special hikes accompanied by your loyal expedition team. Here are some features offered by the Hiking Pass, which can be bought once onboard:

  • Four hikes minimum during winter and spring, six hikes minimum during the summer and autumn months, and more opportunities as local weather permits
  • Guided hikes and lectures on the hike are all conducted in English
  • A hiking kit is available for purchase onboard consisting of a backpack, map, water, and energy bar
  • Depending on the route, hikes can last between 1.5 to 4 hours
  • Most of the hikes are level 4 hikes and require a good standard of fitness

Are you up for the challenge?

If you want to join these expeditions, you have the opportunity of buying a hiking pass for 1500 NOK on board our sailings with MS NordkappMS Nordnorge and MS Nordlys. See you up there!

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