Safer Together

We have introduced measures on all our Hurtigruten Expedition ships designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Health & Safety

Your safety is our highest priority

The safety of our guests, our employees and the communities we visit is our priority. We’ve partnered with experts in health and safety to design and implement protocols and procedures across our expedition fleet. *

We continuously evaluate our health and safety procedures and update the information on this page. Therefore, the procedures are subject to change. Specific measures may vary per sailing, local regulations, updates in scientific and medical advice, and the conditions at the time of sailing. We will do our best to inform you of the specific measures in place for your cruise before departure.

Third-party certification

When we relaunched our operations in 2021, our onboard health and safety procedures were third-party accredited by Bureau Veritas (BV), a leading independent certification body. BV conducted a strict and thorough safety audit regarding hygiene, sanitation and limiting the spread of infectious diseases on board.

What we do

Embarkation screening

We’ve put in place strict embarkation requirements for both guests and crew members. Specific requirements may vary by sailing but may include pre-travel testing, health screening and proof of vaccination.

Health and safety protocols

In addition to enhanced cleaning and disinfection, we’ve introduced specific COVID-19 protocols, including face mask regulations, capacity limitations and other measures.

Continuous monitoring to identify risks and take action

We regularly monitor the health of our guests and crew during each cruise. If required, we’ll initiate the robust procedures we’ve established for outbreak prevention and response.

Onboard Medical Centre with high-quality care and expertise

We’ve expanded our onboard medical capabilities. Our expedition ships feature a well-equipped Medical Centre staffed with a doctor and nurse, available at all hours.

What you do

Travel requirements

We expect you to follow all applicable travel or quarantine restrictions you may be subject to, whether at home or your expedition destination.

COVID-19 travel map: Use our interactive map to keep updated on what’s open for travel and get details on any potential entry requirements.

Please note that our embarkation procedures and requirements may be stricter than national regulations. Therefore, it’s important that you read the information below, where we provide an overview of our procedures and requirements.

Monitoring and testing

We ask all guests to be alert for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow procedures for informing our crew if you develop any symptoms.

Life onboard

We look forward to welcoming you on board!

We monitor the health of everyone on board throughout the cruise. Around the ship and at the entrance of our restaurants, we have installed contactless temperature scanners to screen guests daily. We also operate regular health and temperature screening of the crew.

Face masks on board

We currently require all guests aged 6 years and over and crew to wear an FFP2 (without an exhalation valve)/N95/KN95 face mask when moving around the ship and during embarkation and disembarkation. We do not accept fabric, homemade, face shields or visors.

Cleaning and hygiene

We’ve enhanced our standard practices with additional cleaning protocols to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

All public spaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected throughout the day, and hand sanitiser is available throughout the ship. We have increased the frequency of all cleaning procedures, especially for high touch areas.

Guest cabins are cleaned and disinfected daily. Our housekeeping staff are equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are trained in new methods to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Expedition lectures and activities

One of the highlights of a Hurtigruten Expedition is the wide array of expedition activities we provide onboard, from lectures to activities in our Science Center. We’ve introduced enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures for public areas such as our Science Center. Hand sanitiser will be available and touch points are regularly cleaned.

Hotel and wellness facilities

Our pool, spa, gym, and other wellness facilities are open on all ships where they’re available. Use of these facilities and certain services may be limited.

We’ve introduced procedures in these spaces, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection and limited guest capacity. In some cases, you’ll need to make a reservation in advance.

Medical services

Our expedition ships feature a small onboard hospital available at all hours. Every ship has a medical team with a doctor and at least one nurse, supported 24/7 by dedicated land-based experts. Our medical staff can conduct a rapid or PCR COVID-19 test on board and are trained in outbreak prevention and response.

Testing

You may be required to be tested on board during the cruise. Additional testing may be required, for example if a positive case is detected during your cruise.

Book a COVID-19 test for your return home

You may be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test during your trip home. You can take an antigen/lateral flow test or a PCR test on board and receive a certificate with the result. An antigen/lateral flow test costs 65€, and a PCR test costs 145€ ***. Please speak to reception to arrange a test.  This service is available on all ships except MS Nordstjernen.

Please note: You’re responsible for making sure that you comply with all entry requirements.

Positive cases, isolation and quarantine

Guests are requested to self-isolate in their cabin and call reception immediately if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever or chills, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhoea. Our medical staff will conduct a rapid COVID-19 test on board if guests or crew develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19. If required, we have robust procedures in place for outbreak prevention and response.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is developing, we are assessing our procedures for isolation and quarantine. Our procedures are based on local legislation, medical advice and risk assessments. The isolation and quarantine periods may be reduced or removed. Currently, we operate with the following standards:

European Expeditions:

  • Guests who show symptoms and test positive for COVID-19 will isolate in their cabin for 6 x 24-hour periods from the time of their positive test.

  • However, guests in isolation will take a lateral flow/antigen test on day 3 and 4. The guest can leave isolation on day 4 if both tests return a negative result.

  • Close contacts do not need to quarantine. However, they are required to take one lateral flow/antigen test per day for five days after being deemed a close contact.

Alternatively, guests who test positive or are defined as a close contact can choose to leave the ship at their own expense.

USA Expeditions:

Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will move to a single isolation cabin where they’ll stay for 5 x 24-hour periods from symptoms onset. Guests can only leave isolation on day 5 if the following criteria are met:

  • They are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication

  • Other symptoms have improved

  • They receive two negative antigen/lateral flow results, with at least 24 hours and no more than 48 hours between tests.

  • If either test taken during isolation returns a positive result, the guest will continue to isolate. They will isolate until day 10 or until two consecutive negative test results (with at least 24 hours and no more than 48 hours between tests) are received, whichever comes first.

Upon leaving isolation: After leaving isolation, guests are required to follow certain rules until the 10th day after testing positive:

  • They must dine in their cabin

  • They must continue to wear a well-fitting mask when outside of their cabin

Close contacts: Close contacts will not have to quarantine. However, they are required to take one lateral flow/antigen test per day for five days after being identified as a close contact. They must also dine in their cabin and wear a face mask at all times, including in a shared cabin and while outdoors.