Norway Troms county HGR 164032 1920 Photo Espen Mills

Why choose a cruise to Norway with Hurtigruten?

Want to know more about what to expect on a Hurtigruten Norway cruise? Learn more about our history, values, and why you should explore the Norwegian coast with us.

At Hurtigruten, we give you the opportunity to travel with meaning. Our expert knowledge of the coast, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately scaled ships, enables us to offer you experience the best that our home has to offer.

From expert knowledge to world-class food, here's why you should go on a Norwegian cruise with Hurtigruten.

Explorer lounge panorama bar MS Polarlys HGR 150642 1920 Photo Kristian Dale (1)

1. We are not your normal cruise line

You won’t find waterslides, casinos, or a strict dress code on a Hurtigruten cruise ship. Instead, you’ll enjoy an intimate and easy-going atmosphere, where you can relax, recharge, and take in the beauty of the Norwegian fjords.


2. Nobody knows the Norwegian coast better

Since our first sailing in 1893, you’ve trusted us to take you to the intimate places of the Norwegian coast; secret fjords, myth-inspiring mountains, hidden hamlets, and majestic waterfalls. We’ve crossed the Arctic Circle under the glow of summer’s Midnight Sun and shown you the Northern Lights at the North Cape, for the first time or the hundredth time.

Coastal Experience Team MS Trollfjord HGR 163298 Espen Mills

3. You're in good hands

While sailing along a Hurtigruten cruise, you will be accompanied by an expert Coastal Experience Team. Using their hands-on experience of Norway, they have one mission: to enhance your voyage by offering engaging insights on the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter along the way.

A Hurtigruten ship under the Northern Lights

4. We have a Northern Lights Promise

A Hurtigruten cruise is one of the best ways to the aurora borealis. And we're so sure you'll see them during your time on board, that we make you a promise no-one can match. If the Northern Lights do not appear on your voyage of 11 days or more, we will give you another 6- or 7-day Coastal Express trip FREE OF CHARGE.

Torget restaurant on board The Coastal Express

5. Our food showcases Norway's finest

On a voyage with us you won’t just see the Norwegian coast; you’ll taste it too. As we sail its length, we pick from its pantry, sourcing the finest homegrown produce from the ports we visit, for you to enjoy in our onboard restaurants.

Northern Lights above a hot tub on deck on a Hurtigruten cruise in Norway

6. Our ships are built to enjoy the view

Whether from the comfort of your cabin, in our panoramic observation lounge, or in a hot tub on deck. And with fewer than 500 guests on board, it's easy to find a peaceful spot to soak up the scenery.

A snowmobile tour in Norway

7. We work with on-the-ground experts

We partner with local suppliers to offer you a truly authentic experience with every shore excursion. Each has a wealth of knowledge about their local area, and they’re passionate about sharing their expertise and unique offerings with visitors like you.


8. We are committed to sustainable travel

Channelling the same pioneering spirit as our first voyage in 1893, we are embarking on a journey to build our first fully zero-emission ship by 2030. We are also working to improve the efficiency of our entire fleet, cutting CO2 emissions by 25% and NOx by 80%.

Explore Norway and Svalbard on a Hurtigruten cruise

Hurtigruten Norway ship sailing in Raftsundet, Northern Norway. The water is turquoise and the peaks are covered in snow


Our cruises along the Norwegian coast rightly earn their place in the hall of fame of iconic traveller routes, along with other classics like the Orient Express, Europe’s Danube, and the revered Route 66. After all, The Coastal Express is known as "The World's Most Beautiful Voyage" for a reason.

No matter the season, our Norwegian cruises offer thrilling adventures filled with amazing scenery and active experiences.



Sprawling glaciers, jagged mountain formations and scenic fjords – Svalbard showcases Arctic beauty in all its rugged, pristine splendour. Located halfway between Norway and the North Pole, this remote archipelago is a truly wild experience.

And as Svalbard travel experts, there is no better way to experience this beautiful destination than on a Hurtigruten cruise.