Galápagos Islands Cruises
What if you could walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin?
Reasons to explore the Galápagos with us
Take a a once-in-a-lifetime voyage of discovery as we witness the iconic wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the Galápagos Islands. This remarkable archipelago is where Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution, and even today it remains an ecology hotspot and a haven for nature lovers. Join us onboard MS Santa Cruz II, and you’ll find out for yourself just why these islands are one of the most inspiring places on the planet.
Renowned for their exceptional biodiversity, the Galapagos Islands are home to a wide range of plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth. As you explore these volcanic islands you can meet the iconic Galapagos Giant Tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and other endemic species.
With our small ship MS Santa Cruz II, we sail amongst these islands and take you away from the crowds for an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe wildlife up close in their natural habitats.
Charles Darwin’s Legacy
The Galapagos Islands played a crucial role in shaping Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and his ground-breaking work “On the Origin of Species”. We look to continue his legacy and help guests understand the impact of Darwin with planned visits to the Charles Darwin Research Station*.
Through our Science & Education program, we offer a few opportunities to get involved and continue his legacy and our understanding of the natural world.
*Only available on selected voyages.
Alongside the rich biodiversity and historical significance of the islands, the Galapagos offers breathtaking landscapes – from rugged volcanic craters to lush forests and secluded beaches.
Your friendly Expedition Team are locally hired, multilingual Galápagos experts. They’ll accompany you as you explore the islands, guiding you on nature walks and landings, and teaching you about the history and ecology of their home.
We offer a range of outdoor activities throughout your expedition ranging from snorkelling, hiking, kayaking, and cycling, making it the ideal destination for both adventure seekers and nature lovers.
Cruises to the Galápagos Islands
Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands
17 Dec 23, 31 Dec 23 + 5 more departures
MS Santa Cruz II
Expedition Cruise to the Galápagos Islands
19 Dec 23, 2 Jan 24 + 5 more departures
MS Santa Cruz II
Activities in the Galápagos Islands
Galápagos is one of the planet’s most beautiful and ecologically fascinating destinations. You’ll find out why conservation efforts are so important here as you experience the wonders of these unique islands first hand. Immerse yourself in nature as you venture to off-the-beaten track locations to try sea kayaking, SUP boarding, reef snorkelling and more. Here are some of the activities you can join.
FAQs about travelling to the Galápagos Islands
What if you could discover the unforgettable wonders of the Galápagos Islands, Earth's natural wonderland? With Hurtigruten Expeditions, you can! Planning a trip to the Galápagos Islands might seem like a daunting task, but we are on hand to help. For over 120 years we have been exploring some of the most remote and pristine corners of the world, and from the world-leading expedition team onboard, to the captains and crew - we are the leaders in expedition travel. This handy FAQ and Travel Guide for the Galápagos Islands, will get you ready to start exploring these historic islands.
Get set for one continuous Galápagos wildlife watching experience. Each island offers something unique, and as we sail between them we’ll bel earning about the endemic species that have evolved here. Ever since naturalist Charles Darwin put the islands on the map in 1835, these remote and beautiful islands have held us in their thrall. The list of what you can see is long: giant tortoises, turtles, land and marine iguanas, Darwin’s finches, numerous bird species including blue and red-footed boobies and Galápagos penguins, and much more besides.
Welcome onboard MS Santa Cruz II
When you are exploring the Galápagos islands with us onboard the MS Santa Cruz II, you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in high quality surroundings. The small size - with a guest capacity of maximum of 90 allows for a cozy yet classy environment in which to feel right at home.