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Why Cruise with Hurtigruten

Curious about who we are and what we stand for? Learn more about Hurtigruten and why you should explore the world with us.

At Hurtigruten we give you the opportunity to travel with meaning. Building on our explorer heritage dating back to 1893, our explorations are grounded in the likings of people who value learning and personal growth over luxury. We are world leader in sustainable explorer travels in Polar Regions. We offer unique experiences and impart knowledge in a way that leaves the smallest environmental footprint possible.

Our unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet consisting of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enables us to offer you unique nature-based experiences at remote corners of the world.

10 reasons to travel with Hurtigruten

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

10 reasons to travel with Hurtigruten

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

1. Discover amazing destinations

2. Get close to nature and wildlife

Step into nature to fully experience the destinations, on walks, hikes, in boats or kayaks. We take you closer to wildlife than anyone else, with onboard experts who share their knowledge of the animal world.

3. Immerse yourself in local life

Get authentic experiences and engage with local culture. We don't just visit local communities, we give back and make it an important part of your cruise.

4. Landings unique to every cruise

We offer unique opportunities to explore the places you visit. Landings are adapted to the destination, and could involve small boat cruising or hikes, to name a few.


5. Hundreds of activities to choose from

6. Stunning panorama views

We always take the scenic route. Our ships are built to enjoy the view, whether you prefer it from the comfort of your cabin, in observation lounges or out on deck.

7. Gourmet onboard dining

The award-winning food on board is a journey in itself. We offer fresh, local produce and a wide selection of menus on all cruises - including vegan and vegetarian options.

8. Live extraordinary experiences

Make your dreams come true and experience the extraordinary - be it the northern lights, midnight sun or other natural wonders.


9. Sustainable cruising


10. Gain knowledge with the Expedition Team


Perhaps most famous for our Norwegian coast itineraries, we have brought travellers from all over the world to the heart of Norway for 125 years. We are also using our maritime experience on explorer cruises around the world. Feel like exploring Antarctica, Alaska or the Arctic islands? Read more about our wide range of destinations below.

The Norwegian Coast

Our cruises along the Norwegian coast rightly earns its 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, it's known as "The World's Most Beautiful Voyage" for a reason.

Experience Norway's beautiful fjords, charming ports, and rare wildlife under the Midnight Sun or spectacular Northern Lights. Our daily departures take you on voyages where no other ships go. No matter the season, all cruises with Hurtigruten are thrilling adventures filled with amazing scenery and active experiences.


Expedition Cruises

Our history of exploring polar regions outside of Norway traces back to 1896, making us one of the most experienced travel companies in the world. Hurtigruten offers you breathtaking experiences of nature in remote corners of the world, offering voyages that appeal to those who value real exploring.

Get up close and personal with wildlife, culture and incredible scenery - from pole to pole. With our explorer voyages, we take you from the polar bears of Svalbard in the north to the penguins of Antarctica in the south with our fleet of advanced, intimately-scaled expeditions ships.



1. Our ships are filled with Expedition Teams! 

Whether you are sailing with Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast or other remote destinations around the world, you will be accompanied by an expert Expedition Team. They are your hosts on board and ashore, and will provide lectures in subjects such as geography, history, wildlife and more.
Read more: Expedition Teams on the Norwegian coast and Expedition Cruises.

2. We have a Northern Lights guarantee.

100%. That’s how sure we are that the spectacular Northern Lights will make an appearance on your 12-day Hurtigruten voyage. We even back it up with a special promise to you. If they do not appear on your voyage, we will give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage FREE OF CHARGE, so your Hurtigruten experience will be one with zero regrets. 

3. Hurtigruten is not your normal cruise operator.

When you sail with Hurtigruten, you are on an expedition with likeminded adventurers who value personal growth and exploring over luxury. You won't find waterslides, casinos or any sort of dress code. However, you will find a casual and relaxed atmosphere, great food, and all the quality equipment you need to explore new destinations.

4. We are adding two new ships to our fleet.

Modern, hybrid, and inspired by our Scandinavian heritage - in 2019 we welcomed MS Roald Amundsen to our fleet. Next year, in 2020, she will be joined by MS Fridtjof Nansen. Named after two of Norway's most famous explorers, these state of the art ships will follow suit and explore some of the most remote destinations in the world. 
Read more: Sneak peak at Hurtigruten's new hybrid ships.

5. Committed to sustainable travel.

We operate in some of the world’s most pristine and vulnerable natural landscapes. This is a responsibility we take seriously, which is why we educate our guests on how to reduce our environmental footprint. Read more about our efforts to minimize the impact, our use of local food along the Norwegian coast, research and knowledge in polar waters, and much more in "Leaving a Smaller Footprint".

Experience the Norwegian coast on an unforgettable cruise with Hurtigruten


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