The company started off as a functional ferry company before launching their expedition cruising experience. Expect one-of-a-kind adventures with the Northern Lights overhead!
Hurtigruten’s expedition ships can take you to some of the world’s most fascinating, remote regions where you’ll come face to face with polar bears and penguins. The diverse fleet and super-skilled crew help make this possible, with popular routes covering regions across Europe, the Americas, the High Arctic region and even Antarctica. They excel in providing an in-depth journey throughout Norway, navigating expertly around the country to see the gorgeous fjords, traditional fishing ports and Northern Lights.
Do you want to follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorers like Roald Amundsen? One of the most intriguing itineraries is the Northwest Passage route, sailing from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans by way of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. You’ll see Inuit villages and chilly, remote landscapes along the way.
By: Bush, Dorchester on 15th Mar 2018
The ship is a working one so you are in and out of small ports all the time. I found the shore excursions extremely well organised and the guides very enthusiastic.
By: Marshall, Leeds on 5th Mar 2017
Seeing the Northern Lights on a number of occasions on the cruise was amazing... Make sure you take lots of warm clothes and a good camera with a tripod!
MS Maud was previously known as Midnatsol and is one of the largest ships in the Hurtigruten fleet.
MS Trollfjord is one of the most modern Hurtigruten ships. It features large bay windows providing excellent views.
MS Nordnorge offers broad decks and is known for ist attentive service onboard.
MS Nordkapp is a comfortable ship that will make you feel at home during your cruise adventure.
MS Polarlys was named after the stunning aurora borealis. Discover the fascinating Nothern lights onboard MS Polarlys!
MS Fram offers modern technology making it the perfect ship for expedition cruises and exploring polar regions.
MS Nordstjernen was named after the polar star that was used to guide ships north. It’s the perfect ship for exploring Norway!
MS Vesterålen boards only 510 passengers, making it one of the smallest ships of the Hurtigruten fleet.
MS Kong Harald was introduced to celebrate the cruise line’s 100th anniversary.
MS Richard With was named after the founder of Hurtigruten. The ship has been sailing since 1993.
MS Nordlys was named after the stunning Northern lights you can discover whilst cruising with Hurtigruten.
MS Otto Sverdrup was formerly known as MS Finnmarken and is the only Hurtigruten ship to have a pool.
Since 2016 MS Spitsbergen has been sailing for Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coastline.
MS Roald Amundsen is Hurtigruten‘s new flagship that will join their fleet in 2019.
MS Fridtjof Nansen will be the newest addition to Hurtigruten, joining the fleet in 2020.
Tipping is not common practice on Hurtigruten ships. Instead, service charges are left up to your discretion, so you won’t see any automatic charges popping up on your bill at the end of the cruise. If you do decide that you’d like to reward crew members for their service, you’ll find tip boxes and envelopes in the ship’s main restaurant.
The dress code at Hurtigruten is dictated by the weather, which ranges from mild to extreme! The cruise line recommends packing plenty of layers, so that you can adapt easily to any changes in outdoor conditions with comfort. Breathable, windproof rain gear is a must-have, as well as thermal clothing, a warm hat and gloves for winter voyages. Sturdy shoes are a good choice if you’ll be tackling onshore terrain. At dinner, you can break out the smart clothing if you wish, but it’s left up to you.
Naming cermony of Hurtigruten MS Spitsbergen
Spectacular Northern Lights
Nordic cuisine is having a moment, and there’s no better way to give it a try than onboard a ship where the catch of the day comes straight from each port you pass through. Dining options are quite simple compared to larger cruise lines, with a single restaurant and set dining table. Don’t worry though, there’s no chance of getting bored as the meals will vary between barbecues, a la carte dining and buffets.
So what’s on offer? Expect plenty of locally sourced produce, as Hurtigruten works closely with local suppliers along the coastline to provide a farm-to-ship experience. Handpicked cloudberries and sustainably grown root vegetables come straight from local farms, king crab from the Barents Sea, and cheese from Lofoten. You’ll have the chance to sample free-range reindeer meat if you like, although a specialty vegan menu is always available too!
Breakfast typically includes a full buffet with fresh fish, homemade smoothies, hot egg dishes, yoghurt, granola, fruit jam, bread and local cheeses. Coffee and tea is complimentary. At lunchtime, taste rustic regional dishes with your choice of one fish, one meat and one vegetarian main option alongside a full salad selection with bread and cheese. It’s all topped off with homemade cakes and desserts. At dinner, you’ll enjoy elegant buffets and three-course dinners in the main restaurant. There’s also a Panorama Bar, offering light snacks, teas and specialty coffees to keep you warm.
While tea and coffee are complimentary on most tickets, there are a few different packages to choose from should you wish to enjoy a wider selection of beverages with the price of your cruise. Cruise packages come in three levels, and you’ll need to upgrade to the highest Platinum package to enjoy complimentary drinks with your dinner.
Hurtigruten is not a flashy, Vegas-styled sort of cruising experience, so you won’t find any Broadway spectaculars here. Instead, the emphasis is on the once-in-a-lifetime sort of excursions that you’ll be able to take part in. Go sledding with huskies, visit penguin colonies, paddle through icy waters in a canoe, or learn more about local Inuit communities. Hurtigruten cruises are a dream for animal lovers, giving you the chance to herd reindeer and spot whales, polar bears and eagles. You’ll also get to enjoy unique cultural events like a midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral.
Gather in the Explorer or Panorama Bar in the evenings to enjoy piano music whilst mingling with fellow passengers and sipping a cocktail or two. There’s a full programme of guest lecturers on many cruises, including astronomers, physicists and scholars who can give you insight into each destination.
Hurtigruten’s ships are beautifully decorated with some in an old-world Art Deco style, all geometric shapes and wooden accents. They offer a sleek, cosy interior to explore, with smaller expedition-style cabins than luxury cruise ships. Neat and compact, cabins feature private bathrooms, convertible beds and basic hotel amenities. If you upgrade to a suite, you can expect added touches of luxury including seating areas with a TV, bathrobes, and slippers. This modern fleet offers plenty of contemporary public facilities to keep you comfortable throughout your stay, including Wi-Fi access, washing machines, dryers and a library. Curl up with a good book as you admire the stunning views from your cabin, or relax in the public lounges.
You’ll get a daily programme announcing the schedule of activities, with plenty of demonstrations, interactive experiences and presentations to choose from. These may take place inside the vessels or outside on deck depending on the weather.
The onboard shop sells a variety of sundries, or you can get ready for expeditions with the ships’ equipment rental service, including walking sticks, binoculars and rubber boots. Some of the fleet includes an outdoor Jacuzzi or hot tub to relax in and watch the stars, and the MS Finnmarken includes a full-sized swimming pool as well. There’s also an onboard gym and fitness centre to let you keep up with your fitness routine or even start a new one!
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