Our story together
We are generations of sailors, cooks, receptionists, waitresses all working to bind the country together. For nearly 130 years, our ships have been a lifeline to coastal communities of all sizes and a way of life for the people who reside here. We exist because they do and because you do.
You’ve trusted us to take you to the intimate places of the Norwegian coast; secret fjords, myth-inspiring mountains, hidden hamlets. We’ve brought you to spectacular landscapes under the glow of summer’s Midnight Sun and shown you the Northern Lights for the first time or the hundredth time.
You’ve come from near and far to travel side by side with local Norwegians, experiencing everyday life here and coastal culture at its most authentic and real. This is our story together, intertwined and connected at the heart of the Norwegian coast. We warmly welcome you to come and take your place in it.
Captain Richard With establishes the Hurtig Ruten (“Fast Route”) service between Trondheim and Hammerfest, connecting the coastal communities in between.
The route along the Norwegian coast is extended further south to include Bergen.
Kirkenes, near the Russian border, becomes the northern turning point of our voyage.
Ports in the stunning archipelagos of Lofoten and Vesterålen are added to our route.
DS Queen Maud is the first ship of a new generation of Coastal Express vessels which feature cabins with running water and a separate ventilation system.
More than 230,000 passengers, locals and tourists alike, travel on the Coastal Express this year.
Redeployment of Coastal Express ships after World War II is given the highest priority by the government.
The entire fleet now carries over 500,000 passengers a year.
New vessels replace older ships, some with a revolutionary side hatch for easier loading and unloading.
Our 100-year anniversary and the construction of MS Kong Harald mark the dawn of the modern era.
MS Lofoten, built in 1964, is declared a national monument by the Norwegian government, a testament to our faithful service along the coastline.
The northbound voyage aboard MS Nordnorge is broadcast live over five and a half days using 11 cameras. It is the world’s longest live TV documentary.
Hurtigruten Foundation was established to reinvest in the communities we visit and to support environmental initiatives. We also launch our popular Northern Lights Promise for our winter voyages.
Tonnes of single-use plastic items are removed and banned from the ships fleet-wide.