What is an expedition cruise with us like?

It’s many things rolled into one epic adventure. Here are a few aspects that make our expedition cruises so special.

Whales near a small boat (RIB)
Photo: Genna Roland

Expect the unexpected

Embarking on an expedition cruise, you’ll be traveling to some of the most remote and pristine places on the planet. These are areas where nature reigns supreme and wildlife roams free.

The itineraries of our expedition cruises are not set in stone. This gives us the flexibility to adapt to challenging elements and seize new exploration opportunities as they arise. Diverting from our charted course is an essential and exciting aspect of our expedition cruises.

Whales near a small boat (RIB)
Photo: Genna Roland
Reindeer and MS Fram
Explore the great national parks and some of the most spectacular highlights of the Arctic. One might expect it to be unbearably cold this far north. However, thanks to the Gulf Stream, the Svalbard Archipelago boasts a surprisingly mild climate in summer.
Photo: Arnau Ferrer

The destination

We go beyond the usual highlights and iconic cities, exploring remote communities and hidden vistas few get to see. Encounter rare and exotic wildlife all around you, from elks to eagles, penguins to polar bears, and walrus to whales.

An expedition cruise with us can take you all over the world, including: Antarctica, Alaska, Norway, Lake Titicaca, the Northwest Passage, Machu Picchu, the Caribbean, the Gálapagos Islands, Svalbard, the British Isles, and many more.

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Reindeer and MS Fram
Explore the great national parks and some of the most spectacular highlights of the Arctic. One might expect it to be unbearably cold this far north. However, thanks to the Gulf Stream, the Svalbard Archipelago boasts a surprisingly mild climate in summer.
Photo: Arnau Ferrer

Experts in exploration

A handpicked Expedition Team of experts will be on hand every step of the way to keep you safe on landings and share interesting stores and anecdotes that will further enhance your sense of wonder. The Expedition Team members in total bring decades of experience to your expedition.

Expedition Team members come from all over the world and with very varied backgrounds. You’ll soon see how each one is a treasure trove of relevant information and charming stories. They enhance your experience and take your expedition cruise to a whole new level.

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The ships

Our expedition fleet ranges from small and agile ships to medium-sized, hybrid electric–powered vessels. At your haven at sea, experience an informal and welcoming atmosphere complete with comfortable cabins, luxurious suites, and stylish interiors made from natural materials.

All the expedition ships are modern, ice-class ships suitable for polar sailing. They combine advanced technology with energy-efficient engines that use liquified natural gas and biogas, a renewable fossil-free fuel produced from organic waste. The onboard Science Center is the heart and hub of the ship. Our Science Centers feature advanced microscopes and an impressive selection of biological and geological slides.

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A man riding on the back of a boat

Taking sustainability seriously

We know the importance of being environmentally aware and leaving the smallest footprint from exploring the planet for over 100 years.

For decades, our captains, crew, Expedition Teams members, and returning guests have witnessed firsthand the impact of climate change on vulnerable polar areas. We want the Arctic, Antarctica, and everywhere in between to remain places of pristine nature, pure water, and clean air.

Sustainability is at the heart of who we are and what we do. We want to ensure that our expedition cruises protect both the beautiful natural world and the remote communities in which we visit.

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Hike in Orne Harbor, Antarctica
Hike in Orne Harbor, Antarctica

Are you ready to start your adventure? 

An expedition cruise with Hurtigruten is all these things and more. An expedition cruise with Hurtigruten is the culmination of more than 125 years of exploration history, harnessed into incredible expeditions and momentous experiences that stay with you forever.

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Hike in Orne Harbor, Antarctica
Hike in Orne Harbor, Antarctica