Projects We Have Funded

We fund and collaborate with projects, researchers and enthusiasts around the world who help bring knowledge, awareness and action to our vulnerable ecosystems and endangered wildlife.

Galapagos HGR 159624 1920 Photo John Chardine

Studying Threats from Heavy Metals to the Waved Albatross of the Galapagos Islands

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Lofoten Norway HGR 160804 1920 Photo Getty Images

Green Development Pioneers in Norway’s Lofoten Islands

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Rope competition organized during summer camp for children and youth in a remote village in Greenland.

Fourteen projects receive funding from the Hurtigruten Foundation

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Alaska’s Copper River Delta

Checking Shorebirds for Microplastics at Alaska’s Unique Migration Stopover

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Photo: David Gonzalez

The Guardians of the Kelp Restoring an Underwater Forest

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Two Greenlandic children smiling at the camera

Securing vulnerable Greenlandic children safe spaces and a brighter future

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Credit: David Merron Photography / Getty Images

Meet the Scientist Tracking Whales in Antarctica with Expedition Guests

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Lofoten-Norway-HGR-158095-Photo Agurtxane Concellon

Nine projects receive funding from the Hurtigruten Foundation

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A Whale seen in Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica
Photo: Yuri Choufour / Hurtigruten Expeditions

Tracking Whales Using Guests’ Photos to Deepen their Understanding

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Investigating Humpback Whales in Antarctica by Engaging Expedition Cruise Guests

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mashpi reserve cloud and rain forest view from canopy

Expanding a Research Facility in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

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Remote and beautiful area Cape Horn

Inspiring Locals with Adventure Tourism in the Cape Horn Commune

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After 20 years without any surveying, MarAlliance is leading a project to gather critical information on the state of the reef ecosystems needed by local communities and the Guna General Congress.

Protecting Coral Reefs in Panama Through Local Stewardship

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The South Georgia Heritage Trust is planning an ambitious project to make parts of the island safer for wildlife and people.

Removing Hazardous Waste from Abandoned Whaling Stations on South Georgia

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Through regular beach patrols, approximately 40 kilometres of nesting beach are now actively protected each summer.

Safeguarding Nesting Turtles with Poacher Patrols and Community Engagement

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Foundation - aktiv i friluft

Cleaning up Wildlife-Killing Plastic on Svalbard’s Remote Beaches

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 Turtle Foundation

Eight new projects receive funding from Hurtigruten Foundation

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Inspiring the kids of Salta to pursue education

Teaching Argentinian Children to Revere and Protect Their Natural Inheritance

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Photo: Sukkertoppen Vel

Enhancing the Trails up Sukkertoppen Mountain to Encourage Sustainable Use

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Combating Invasive Mice to Save Unique Seabirds from Extinction

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Norway-HGR-102393 1920- Photo Photo Competition

Mountain Steps Help More People Access the Spectacular Nature of Norway

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An orca in the surface of the water

Hope for Endangered Orcas

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The Galápagos Petrel

Protecting Critically Endangered Petrels on the Galápagos Islands

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Climate Sentinels

Climate Sentinels

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Mountain Summit

Seven New Projects Receive Funding

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HRF, Project, Saving near-extinct birds by eradicating rats on South Georgia, Main picture

Saving near-extinct birds by eradicating rats on South Georgia

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Penguins on a glacier in Antarctica

Tracking Antarctic penguins

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Svalbard dog rescuing team

Volunteers on Svalbard are training rescue dogs to help save lives during avalanches

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Snowy mountain under the sun

Bringing Science from the Arctic to a wider Audience

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List of All Funded Projects 2016 - 2023

Below you'll find all projects and initiatives we have funded or co-funded since our start in 2016.

Name of organization ProjectYear grantedAmount (NOK)Location
South Georgia Heritage TrustHabitat Restoration Project2016100 964South Georgia
The Association of Greenlandic ChildrenSapiik2016100 964Greenland
UK Antarctica Heritage TrustMaintaining Antarctic cultural heritage201643 270Antarctica
Clean CoastBeach cleaning project201650 000Norway
SvolværCity of Lights201740 000Norway
Benjamin VidarPolar Permaculture201850 000Svalbard
Nordkapp og Omegn turlagMaintenance of mountain trails in Honningsvåg201850 000Norway
Ørsta NæringskontorGrindaløde på Haukåssætra på Urke 201850 000 Norway
Hanna Saiminen KlæboeHurtigruten Ambassador20181 972Norway
South Georgia Heritage TrustHabitat Restoration Project2018102 000South Georgia
Polar Citizen Science CollectiveTo make science more available, enjoyable and impactful to polar travellers. Enhance level of polar citizen science.201880 000Arctic
Eco PantaoPlastic recycling and waste management in the Phillipines201960 000Phillipines
Eirik Audunson Skaar & Corey MorrisThe Plastic Crab - Art and knowledge against marine plastic201950 000Norway
Hearts in the IceThe first women in history to overwinter in the Arctic201950 000Svalbard
NorguideGlacier Rephotography on Svalbard- visualising Climate Change2019107 400Svalbard
Norwegian Rescue DogsTraining of avalanche rescue dogs on Svalbard2019200 000Svalbard
Svalbard TurnNeither bird nor fish - in a sea of plastic201960 000Svalbard
Challenges of AntarcticaChallenges of Antarctica 2020 Expedition201950 000Antarctica
The Association of Greenlandic ChildrenSapiik2019100 000Greenland
Naturvernforbundet i Sør-VarangerPrestøy Liftup201910 000Norway
Oceans InitiativeSouthern Resident Killer Whale Conservation in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S and Canada2019100 000USA
Perleporten KulturhusCapo Nord- establishment of ensemble in the North Cape Region201975 000Norway
Hjelmsøy VelforeningHjelmsøytreff201990 000Norway
Lenvik MunicipalityParked piano20196 000Norway
SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography & Hurtigruten Science ProgrammeMolecular Learning Laboratory 201930 280Onboard
Sea Skrova  Sea Skrova Ocean Festival201950 000Norway
Disko Arts FestivalDisko Arts Festival on Greenland 20192019191 556Greenland
Nordkapp og Omegn turlagSkipsfjorden Outdoor Area2019100 000Norway
South Georgia Heritage TrustEnriching the Visitor Experience at Grytviken2019112 623South Georgia
The Association of Greenlandic ChildrenSapiik2020100 000Greenland
World Wildlife Federation (WWF)Plastic in the Ocean2020200 000Global
Norwegian Sea Rescue Society / RedningsselskapetSafety along the Norwegian coastline2020200 000Norway
Artist Erika KimberlyRestoration of Iconic Midnight Sun Shoe Mosaic in Honningsvåg202040 000Norway
Træna Kommuneluntary Week Træna (Dugnadsuke Træna) Vo2020100 000Norway
RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Gough Island Restoration2020100 000Gough Island / Tristan da Cunha
Climate Sentinels Climate Sentinels expedition202090 000Svalbard
California Oceans Alliance OrganisationDetermining the amount of plastic exposure in the world’s largest predators in the most remote wilderness on the planet202088 000Antarctica
OceanitesChanges in the Vastly Warmed Antarctic Peninsula2020183 248Antarctica
The Association of Greenlandic ChildrenSapiik2021100 000Greenland
Oceanites, Inc. Changes in the Vastly Warmed Antarctic Peninsula2021183 248Antartica
RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Gough Island Restoration2021100 000Gough Island / Tristan da Cunha
KulturskolenStøtte til nye instrumenter (Navnseremoni - FN)202130 000Svalbard
Projects chosen by Hearts in the Ice202145 000Svalbard
Fundación de Conservación JocotocoProtection of the critically endangered Galapagos Petrel202184 168Galapagos
Honningsvåg Turn og Idrettsforening & Nordkapptrappas venner (Friends of the North Cape Steps)Construction of the North Cape Steps2021100 000Norway
Maria Rossi (Individual)Book project: On thin ice202175 000Svalbard
Oceans InitiativeSouthern Resident Killer Whale Conservation in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S and Canada202144 500USA and Canada
The Municipality of Cambridge BayItqaumavit (A Place of Memories) Welcome Park 2021100 000Canada
Universidad de los AndesMarine Mammal Conservation in Antarctica: a Citizen Science Initiative202175 000Antarctica / Colombia
Ushuaia te abrazaKnowing our birds and environment202121 306Argentina
California Oceans AllianceGiving Tuesday20212 400USA
Aktiv i FriluftMajor beach clean-up on the western shore of Prins Karls Forland 2022100 000Svalbard
Cape Horn AdventuresCitizen paddling in the Cape Horn Commune 202265 000Chile
Happy WhaleAccessible whale science aboard 202250 000USA
MarAllianceImplementing participatory coral reef monitoring and protection in the Panama‘s indigenous territory of Guna Yala202250 000Panama
Mashpi LodgeIncreasing research facilities at Mashpi Reserve 202250 000Ecuador
South Georgia Heritage TrustReducing the historical footprint on South Georgia 202250 000South Georgia
Sukkertoppen VelNew hiking tracks to Sukkertoppen (Sugarloaf Mountain) in Ålesund202250 000Norway
Turtle FoundationProtection of endagered sea turtles on the island of Boa Vista / Cape Verde202285 000Cape Verde
Norwegian Refugee CouncilHumanitarian assistance2022144 000Ukraine
UNICEFHumanitarian assistance2022144 000Ukraine
Aktiv i FriluftMajor beach clean-up on the shores of Isfjorden202275 000 Svalbard
Brutikken LongyearbyenSecond-hand store in Longyearbyen202220 000 Svalbard
Charles Darwin FoundationHistorical contamination analysis in the Waved Albatross202250 000 Galapagos / Ecuador
Fundación de Conservación JocotocoConservation of the critically endangered Galapagos Petrel nesting sites in San Cristobal Island202280 000 Galapagos / Ecuador
LofotrådetEcosystem Accounting for Lofoten as Pilot Region202275 000 Norway
Prince William Sound Science CenterPlastic Ingestion by Migrant Shorebirds During Spring on Alaska’s Copper River Delta202250 000 Alaska / US
TarevokterneRestoring kelp forest in Northern Norway to increase biodiversity and contribute to enhanced knowledge around this topic202250 000 Norway
Universidad de los AndesGenes, genomes and people: connecting science and guests in Antarctica2022100 000 Antarctica / Colombia
Oceanites, Inc.Changes in the Vastly Warmed Antarctic Peninsula202299 297USA
ELF - Estonian Fund for NatureChristmas gift from employees202210 000Estonia
RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)Christmas gift from employees202210 000UK
South Georgia Heritage TrustChristmas gift from employees202210 000South Georgia
Honningsvåg Turn og Idrettsforening & Nordkapptrappas venner (Friends of the North Cape Steps)Christmas gift from employees202210 000Norway
Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco Christmas gift from employees202210 000Galapagos / Ecuador
California Ocean AllianceChristmas gift from employees202214 000USA
Norwegian Rescue Dogs SvalbardChristmas gift from employees202222 000Svalbard
Children's school supplies in the PhilippinesChristmas gift from employees202224 000Philippines
Hospital Clowns (Sykehusklovnene)Christmas gift from employees202243 000Norway
UNICEF (Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine)Christmas gift from employees202250 000Ukraine
Universidad de los AndesGenes, genomes and people: connecting science and tourists in Antarctica-conference participation202386 000Antartica
Universidad Nacional de CórdobaExploring the Unseen: a cost-effective, scientifically rigorous and tourist engaging underwater survey of the West Antarctic Peninsula202367 000Argentina (Córdoba)
The Kon-Tiki Museum, Thor Heyerdahl’s Research FoundationIvi Tupuna. Restoring history and identity for anisland culture in transition.202350 000Chile (Rapa Nui /Easter Islands)
Mariuxi Prieto PinoSchool supplies for two little schools in the Continental Coast of Ecuador 202350 000Ecuador
Falklands ConservationWatch Group Education Programme/Award Scheme202346 000Falkland Islands
Association of Greenlandic ChildrenStrengthening Local Greenlandic Communities202390 000Greenland
Kommuneqarfik SemersooqIttoqqortoormiit Museum Refurbishment Project2023100 000Greenland
Oxen Expedition Engagement NetworkNunavut and Greenland Community Engagement2023100 000Greenland & Canada
Skálanes Nature and Heritage CentreMarine macro-litter in in Seyðisfjörður: occurrence, sources, and mitigation strategies202380 000Iceland
The University Centre in SvalbardAt the bottom of the Arctic food chain: mercury uptake, distribution and excretion in Svalbard reindeer202350 000Svalbard, Norway
TarevokterneRestoring kelp forest in Northern Norway to increase biodiversity and contribute to enhanced knowledge around this topic.202370 000Norway
Wild Lab ProjectsCoexisting with the kittiwake in Tromsø: Citizen science to help an endangered species202380 000Norway
Cordova Chamber of CommerceRegenerative Tourism Destination Development & Stewardship202380 000USA
HappywhaleAI for Whale Science Interpretation2023100 000USA
La LupaTierra del Fuego Collection of Scientific Outreach2023 100 000Argentina
Association of Greenlandic ChildrenStrengthening Local Greenlandic Communities2023 150 000Greenland
Børns Vilkår”Hør mig!” – New counseling options for all Greenlandic children and young people 2023100 000Greenland
Sisimiut Youth Center NutaraqSisimiut Harbour Trail2023 150 000Greenland
Naturvernforbundet A “How to make a marine protected area in your community” guide2023 75 000Norway
Nordkyn Turlag Glass igloo202335 000Norway
TarevoktereRestoring kelp forest in Northern Norway to increase biodiversity and contribute to enhanced knowledge around this topic2023 146 000Norway
University Museum of BergenPlanktonics – citizen science eDNA for pelagic biodiversity2023 100 000Norway
OSM-FoundationHurtigruten Center for Learning2023 60 017Philippines
Howell Conservation Fund, Inc.2024 Return To Henderson Island Plastic Pollution Expedition2023 75 000 Pitcairn Islands
Niafrangs VennerClean Tikati Kafountine2023 100,000 Senegal
Aktiv i FriluftProject 'Forlandet' (beach-clean up)2023 50,000 Svalbard
Floortje Zonneveld and Sanne Moedt (Individuals)Arctic Research in Times of Change202325 000Svalbard
Norske Redninghunder SvalbardCertification course202375 000Svalbard
Surfers Against Sewage UKMillion Mile Clean by Surfers Against Sewage202330 000UK
Friends of the National Center / University Corporation for Atmospheric Research(UCAR)|National Center for Atmospheric Research (NSF NCAR)Community Storytelling About Climate Change with a Travelling Exhibit in Coastal Alaska202350 000USA
The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz (Ari Friedlaender)Measuring the impacts of climate change on Ocean Sentinels, the humpback whale, in Antarctica2023179 775USA
Fundación de Conservación JocotocoProtection of the critically endangered Galapagos Petrel2023357 858Ecuador
Charles Darwin FoundationShared habitat: sea turtles and recreational activities in Galapagos + other projects of CDF2023357 858Ecuador
Galapagos ConservancyProtection of the Galapagos Islands2023357 858Ecuador
OSM-AD FoundationEnd of year grants202368 475The Philippines
Hospital Clowns (Sykehusklovnene)End of year grants202346 092Norway
Save The Children InternationalEnd of year grants202345 197Global
Norwegian Rescue Dogs SvalbardEnd of year grants202338 336Svalbard
HappywhaleEnd of year grants202330 128Global
Off Road Kids StiftungEnd of year grants202325 644Germany
Marine Conservation SocietyEnd of year grants202323 561UK
TarevoktereEnd of year grants202323 040Norway
Galapagos Conservancy (town of Puetro Ayora, Galapagos)End of year grants202320 866Ecuador
OXEN Expedition Engagement NetworkEnd of year grants202318 330Greenland & Canada