Hurtigruten founded expedition cruising in 1896 and is the undisputed global leader in sustainable cruising, offering small-ship adventures to the most spectacular places on Earth.
What to Expect on a Hurtigruten Expedition
Authentic adventures. Scientific exploration. Lasting memories. That's what expedition cruising offers travelers who seek enriching experiences in remote regions of the world. Aboard small, specially designed ships (including the world's first battery hybrid-powered ship), guests sail to far-flung destinations and learn, interact with, and understand the planet through science, education, and sustainability..
Onboard lectures, state-of-the-art science centers, and adventure-packed excursions replace slot machines, Broadway-like shows, and formal dress codes. Guests help conduct research for some of the world's leading institutions through Citizen Science projects overseen by the cruise industry's first and only on-staff Chief Scientist. Excursions include hiking, snorkeling, wildlife-spotting, bird-watching, or meeting with local communities.
Scientists support rich onboard programming alongside an industry-leading expedition team. Guests experience the awe-inspiring wonders of expedition travel: an Arctic wind in summer, the Northern Lights in winter, or watching endemic species in their natural habitat. Attire is casual, and fluid mealtimes allow guests to trickle in and out of excursions. The destination is the show stopper, allowing guests to bask in some of the most dramatic scenery on earth, like glaciers, fjords, and volcanic archipelagos.
Safety, respect for, and conservation of the planet is the top priority. From being the the first cruise operator to ban single-use plastics and heavy fuel oil to building the first hybrid ship, Hurtigruten aims to leave the destination in the same -- or better -- condition when they leave.
From once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sightings to locally sourced cuisine, Hurtigruten will bring you closer to the natural world in the most sustainable way possible. You'll learn about local cultures, food, and history, returning home as an ambassador for the places, people, wildlife, and ecosystems that you experience—and you'll have some great stories to tell.