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Founded in 1893, Hurtigruten specialises in remote coastal voyages to magnificent Norwegian ports, as well as adventurous expedition cruises to Antarctica. With a huge range of excursions to discover these destinations with, as well as onboard experts enriching your journey every step of the way, you'll be immersed in the great outdoors, fascinating culture and delicious regional cuisine.


Many of Hurtiguten’s fleet are famously working ships, taking post, vehicles and goods up and down the Norwegian coastline for a look into local life in true comfort. Each ship has been carefully designed to smoothly navigate destinations you may not be able to experience on larger ships. Thanks to their smaller sizes, they're well equipped to get you up close to some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. While the facilities vary across the fleet, you'll find outstanding service, comfort and cuisine on every Hurtigruten ship, with particular emphasis on science, photography and naturalist facilities onboard newer vessels.

What's more, Hurtigruten have taken careful steps to ensure the fleet is environmentally conscious. Through hybrid-powered expedition ships and no single-use plastics onboard, this sustainable cruise line has set new standards for expedition travel, ensuring the destinations you explore will be maintained for generations to come. In addition, by fuelling ships with biogas, Hurtigruten will be the first cruise line to operate ships with fossil-free, renewable energy.

Ship Launch Date Guest Capacity
MS Eirik Raude2003 (refurbished in 2021)530
MS Fridtjof Nansen2020530
MS Maud2002 (refurbished in 2021)528
MS Nordlys1994 (refurbished in 2019)590
MS Otto Sverdrup2002 (refurbished in 2020)526
MS Roald Amundsen2019530
MS Vesterålen1983490
MS Finnmarken2002 (refurbished in 2020)919
MS Kong Harald1993 (refurbished in 2016)590
MS Midnatsol2003970
MS Nordnorge1997 (refurbished in 2016)590
MS Polarlys2019530
MS Spitsbergen2006 (refurbished in 2016)335
MS Fram2007 (refurbished in 2020)318
MS Lofoten1964 (refurbished in 2003)400
MS Nordkapp1996 (refurbished in 2016)590
MS Nordstjernen1956149
MS Richard With1993 (refurbished in 2018)590
MS Trollfjord2002822


Thanks to the design of each ship and their Norwegian background, Hurtigruten are able to sail to some of the most fascinating destinations around the world. From the stunning landscapes of Northern Europe to the breathtaking glaciers of Antarctica, these expedition cruises vary from leisurely outdoor adventures that the whole family will enjoy, to once-in-a-lifetime experiences more suitable for avid explorers. With so much to see and do, it's a good idea to extend your holiday at the start or end of your cruise. Why not fly to the destination a couple of days early and add on a luxury hotel stay? Not only will you be able to relax after your flight, you'll also be able enjoy land tours to really get the most out of the destination.

Norwegian Fjords

Perhaps Hurtigruten's most popular itineraries, cruises to the Norwegian Fjords will bring you to up to 34 ports in Norway, including Bergen, Kirkenes, Kristiansund and Stavanger. Whether you're visiting in the summer to enjoy hikes in the sun or are chasing the Northern Lights on a dogsled, the Norwegian Fjords make for an unforgettable cruise for travellers of all ages.


Home to some of the rarest species of wildlife in the world, an Antarctica cruise with Hurtigruten is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Ideal for adventurous explorers, this rugged landscape is best explored by smaller ships from which you'll be able to spot pods of whales, get up close to penguins and humongous glaciers, and mingle with an intimate group of like-minded travellers.

Other Hurtigruten itineraries include:

  • South America
  • North America
  • Alaska
  • British Isles
  • Baltics

Shore excursions

No matter which itinerary you choose for your cruise holiday, you'll experience a huge range of excursions that will bring you to the heart of the destination. Depending on the season you're sailing in, you'll find different activities to suit the weather as well as your fitness level.

Typical Hurtigruten excursions include:

  • Walking tours and hikes
  • Cycling tours
  • Watersports such as kayaking, fishing and RIB boat rides
  • Snowsports such as dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling
  • Food and wine tours

Why choose Hurtigruten


Guests who require the use of wheelchairs or other mobility equipment are welcome on Hurtigruten ships. You can bring your own standard-size, foldable wheelchair, though it is advised to travel with a partner as there will be no crew to assist in transportation. There will also be ramps for you to enter and leave the ships in all ports.

Most ships will have at least one accessible room. A request will need to be made at the time of booking if you require this cabin.

Loyalty scheme

Once you've been on a cruise holiday with Hurtigruten, you'll be invited to join the dedicated loyalty club, 1893 Ambassador Programme. Through this complimentary loyalty scheme, you'll gain access to members-only benefits, including 5% repeater discounts, free bicycle rental, a membership card and free gifts in your cabin. As well as all this, you'll also get early access to new itineraries, special offers and events hosted by Hurtigruten.

What's included

 All onboard meals sourced from local producers
Gym facilities
Daily activities

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Hurtigruten have taken on an enriching and insightful approach to entertainment onboard the fleet. The Expedition Team are the experts in delivering engaging lectures on wildlife, botany, history and even Norse mythology. Along the way on your cruise, they'll also point out key points of interest and wildlife sightings. Head up on deck with your binoculars and let nature entertain you through unforgettable sights and sounds.

Looking to wind down after a long day of exploring onshore? Grab a book, find a cosy armchair and enjoy some peace and quiet, or head to the outdoor hut tub to soak under the stars. While you won't find Broadway theatre onboard the Hurtigruten cruise ships, instead you'll get the most out of your destination and have plenty of time to relax in between exciting excursions.

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Just like every other aspect of Hurtigruten, the dining onboard aims to immerse you in the local cuisine of the destinations you visit - particularly Norwegian delicacies! Offering the most authentic dining at sea, Hurtigruten source many of their produce from the local ports they visit. Being Scandinavian specialists, chefs will bring out fresh lobster, prawns and other sea food right from the catching nets to your table.

Onboard Hurtigruten ships, you'll have at least three dining venues to choose from, including an a la carte restaurant with outstanding service, as well as a casual buffet for you to fill up on as much as you like at breakfast and lunch.

Gratuities/Tipping Policy

Gratuities are not included in your cruise fare and are left to your discretion. However, it is advised to tip certain members of crew based on the level of service you receive. You can do so by filling in the tips form left in your cabin and dropping it in the box at reception.

Dress Code

The dress code is informal onboard, but passengers may choose to change for dinner into more formal wear, though keep in mind that the weather in these parts of the world is very varied! Stay comfortable and warm with lots of layers.

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Through a complimentary onboard kids programme, Young Explorers, Hurtigruten have ensured that even the most adventurous of expeditions are family friendly. Created for children aged 6 to 12, your kids will make friends while learning about local culture, nature and sustainability through a range of daily activities.

Young Explorers is available year-round on the following ships:

  • MS Finnmarken
  • MS Roald Amundsen
  • MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • MS Otto Sverdrup

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Flexible Booking Terms

Book a new Hurtigruten voyage sailing in 2021 or 2022 between 1st September and 31st December 2020 to qualify. Cancel for any reason in the future and we’ll return your deposit* within 14 days. Cancellations must be made at least 90 days before sailing date if departing between January and September 2021 and 180 days before sailing date if departing between October 2021 and December 2022.

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Covid-19 safety measures

  • Before Cruising

    Before embarking on a Hurtigruten cruise all guests will hand in a health questionnaire and undergo a temperature check. Meanwhile all crew must have a health check and have taken an official Covid-19 course for infection management.

  • Onboard

    Onboard, social distancing is made possible thanks to reduced guest numbers, more dining sessions, no self-service buffets and markings for where to queue throughout the ship. When it comes to cleaning, each ship has a team dedicated to the continual sanitation of communal areas, while use of saunas, pools and gyms will be restricted, while guests will have access to hand sanitizers throughout the ship. In addition, embarking and disembarking will be managed to avoid overcrowding.

  • Medical

    Staff are first-aid trained and expedition ships heading to remote destinations carry a doctor onboard. Should they be needed, several cabins are reserved as isolation accommodation.

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