Joining your Hurtigruten Expedition

What to know before boarding your Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise.

Embarkation requirements

Below you can find the key embarkation requirements for your cruise with Hurtigruten Expeditions. The embarkation screening process may vary per sailing due to different local regulations, updates in the latest scientific and medical advice, and the conditions at the time of sailing. Instructions from local health authorities and changes in legislation may also impact our procedures and how we handle specific cases. Before your departure date, we will do our best to inform you of the latest requirements for your voyage cruise if material changes are made before the sailing.

Vaccination for expedition cruises

For all Hurtigruten Expeditions Cruises in 2022, we require all guests aged 5 years and over to have completed their primary vaccination series  against COVID-19 with  WHO-approved vaccines. You are considered to have completed your primary vaccination series 14 days after receiving the final dose of a WHO-approved vaccine. Please note: A primary vaccination series refers to the initial number of doses required. It does not include booster doses. For example, the primary series of Moderna or Pfizer consists of two doses. 

For all European sailings, guests who completed their primary vaccination series more than 270 days ago must present proof of a booster shot. For all North American sailings, guests who completed their primary vaccination series more than 150 days ago must present proof of a booster shot. The vaccine and vaccine certificate must comply with the local regulations in the area of the cruise.  

Regulations and travel restrictions are constantly changing. You’re responsible for ensuring that you’re considered fully vaccinated by health authorities of each country visited during the sailing, regardless of whether you plan to disembark.     

Hurtigruten Expeditions reserves the right to deny embarkation to guests who do not fulfil the current regulations of each country on the sailing, at the time of embarkation.     

Hurtigruten Expeditions will continue to monitor local requirements and scientific and medical guidance for future expedition cruises.    

If you’re unable to be vaccinated, please contact us to discuss rebooking options.  If your booking was made prior to the adoption of this policy on 1 July 2021, and you are unable to get vaccinated in time for your departure or provide the required proof, please contact us to discuss your options for refund or rebooking to a future departure.   

You should seek health information and advice from a medical professional regarding vaccination.   

This vaccine requirement does not apply to Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express voyages.   

At check-in and embarkation  Our check-in processes have been modified to enable embarkation screening. You will be assigned an embarkation time before your departure date **. We have strict requirements during embarkation to reduce the risk of infection, including: 

  • Health and temperature screening **, including a signed health self-declaration form. You may be refused boarding if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are otherwise subject to isolation, quarantine, or other such restrictions by authorities.    

Show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (see above). 

Test requirements may depend on where you are travelling from:   

European expeditions 

If you're travelling from a European port, all guests aged 5 years and over you will take a mandatory lateral flow/antigen test at the port. If the test result is negative, you will be allowed to board.  The test costs 65 EUR and is charged to your onboard account. Onboard credits can be used to pay for the test. We will provide a waiting area and refreshments while you wait for your results.   

Svalbard expeditions (MS Fram or MS Spitsbergen) 

All guests aged 5 years and over will take a mandatory lateral flow/antigen test at the hotel. If the test result is negative, you will be allowed to board.  The test costs 30 EUR and is charged to your onboard account. Onboard credits can be used to pay for the test. 

Svalbard expeditions (MS Nordstjernen) 

All guests aged 5 years and over must show proof of a negative antigen/lateral flow test taken within 72 hours before embarkation. The test certificate must be issued by a lab or test provider.   

If you are a resident of Longyearbyen, you will be tested on the pier before embarkation.  

North American expeditions  

If you’re embarking in Canada or the USA, all guests aged 5 years and over  will take a mandatory lateral flow/antigen test at specific test centres in Vancouver, Anchorage or Seward. If you embark in Nome, you will take a COVID-19 test in Vancouver before boarding the charter flight to Alaska. If you embark in Cambridge Bay, you will take a COVID-19 test in Edmonton before boarding the charter flight to Cambridge Bay. The test costs 75 EUR and is charged to your onboard account. Onboard credits can be used to pay for the test. 

Test requirements for sailings in West Africa will be published closer to departure. 

You cannot travel if you test positive or inconclusive. If your result comes back positive, we are, of course, happy to rebook you toa future sailing.     

To show proof of recovery from COVID-19, guests must present a certificate of a positive PCR or lateral flow/antigen test dated no less than 10 days and no more than 90 days before embarkation. Such guests will then be exempt from the testing mentioned above. Please note: We require all guests to comply with our vaccination policy, even if they have recovered from COVID-19.  

You may be required to submit certain forms during the embarkation. You’ll receive more information in the travel documents, which are sent to you 3-4 weeks before your expedition cruise.     

Our standard forms are still required for each expedition cruise, such as a doctor’s approval for remote destinations including Antarctica, Northwest Passage, Northeast Greenland and transatlantic crossings.   

Denial of boarding – exclusion policy

During the embarkation process, you may be denied boarding if you do not fulfil the requirements in our procedures. We particularly draw attention to the following: 

  • Guests who do not comply with the vaccination policy will be denied to embark the vessel. 

  • Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be denied to embark the vessel. The same applies to guests who have been in close contact with an infected person.

  • Following a medical assessment, guests who experience new onset of the following symptoms may be denied embarking the vessels:  - Cough - Shortness of breath - Difficulty breathing - Fever or chills - Loss of taste or smell - Vomiting or Diarrhea

For sailings in Antarctica

  • Guests must travel on the Hurtigruten charter flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas. Guests who do not comply with this requirement may be denied to embark the ship in Punta Arenas.

For sailings from Hamburg:

  • From 10 January 2022, guests must either provide a negative rapid antigen test completed no more than 24 hours before they arrive at the embarkation terminal or have a booster vaccine.