What is an Expedition Cruise with Hurtigruten

Learn what you can expect when you set out on an adventure with Hurtigruten

A Hurtigruten expedition is so many things rolled together into one epic adventure. Here are just a few aspects that help make these cruises so special.


Expect the Unexpected

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


Itineraries on these expedition cruises are not completely set in stone. This gives the captain the flexibility of responding to challenging elements and to grasp new opportunities for exploration as they arise. The option to divert from the course is an essential and exciting aspect of expedition cruises.


The Destinations

Go beyond the usual highlights and iconic cities, going further to 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 walruses to whales.


An expedition cruise with Hurtigruten ventures to places many have only ever dreamed about: Antarctica, Alaska, Norway, Lake Titicaca, the Northwest Passage, Machu Picchu, the Caribbean, the Gálapagos Islands, Svalbard, the British Isles… the list goes on.


Experts in Exploration

A handpicked Expedition Team of experts will be with you every step of the way, keeping you safe on landings and revealing details, facts, and stories that enhance your sense of wonder. Each team member brings decades of experience to your expedition.


Members come from all over the world and from all walks of life. You’ll find each of them to be a walking treasure trove of fascinating facts and charming stories. Together, they’ll enhance your experience and take your expedition to a whole new level.


Hurtigruten Ships

Their expedition fleet ranges from small and agile ships to medium-sized, hybrid-powered vessels. At home on your haven at sea, you’ll experience an informal, welcoming atmosphere, comfortable cabins, luxurious suites, and stylish interiors made from natural materials. 


All are modern ice-class ships suitable for polar sailing, combining advanced technology with efficient engines and light fuels. Onboard Science Centers act as the heart and hub of the ship, featuring advanced microscopes with an impressive array of biological and geological slides.


Taking Sustainability Seriously

Exploring our spectacular blue planet for more than a century has taught Hurtigruten the importance of being green.


Over decades, their Captains and crew, Expedition Teams, and returning guests have witnessed the impact of climate change on vulnerable polar areas with their own eyes. They 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 they are and what they do. From the beautiful natural world to remote communities, they want to ensure their expedition cruises protect them both. 


Are you ready to start planning your Hurtigruten expedition? 

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