Since 1893, Hurtigruten have been offering passengers a new take on the cruising experience, with each voyage featuring a vast variety of unique sights, experiences and excursions. Hurtigruten ships provide a daily lifeline to communities in some of the most beautiful and remote places along Norway’s western and northern coast between Bergen and Kirkenes. The cruise line also operates a daily passenger and freight shipping service as well as some of the world’s finest explorer voyages in Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Spitsbergen and across the Atlantic.
When the Norwegian government decided to create a connection between the north and the south, Richard With and his friend, Anders Holthe, took on the challenge of thoroughly mapping the seas along the coastline. In 1893, Captain Richard With’s steamer, DS Vesteraalen, was brought into regular service along the coast of Norway and Hurtigruten were established. Over 120 years later, Hurtigruten is still a key part of Norwegian life.
Hurtigruten cruise ships
Known as the ‘greenest fleet in the world’, Hurtigruten is leading the way in innovative technology for green and clean exploration. With the introduction of hybrid powered ships, biodegradable hydraulic oils and lubricants as well as the promise to ban single use plastics with Hurtigruten, the future is green.
Each ship is designed to allow you to fully appreciate the spectacular scenery through which they sail. Comfortable cabins, panoramic lounges and a friendly atmosphere comprise the core of the on board experience. Informality is key, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the landscapes at will, whilst the modest size of the ships encourage passengers to interact with like-minded and interesting people.
The cruise line will dazzle you with their specialised destination focused itineraries. Travel with Hurtigruten and experience an ever changing landscape of sapphire fjords, snow-capped peaks, quaint farms and bustling fishing villages hugging the Norwegian coast line – not forgetting, of course, the Northern Lights.
The Northern Lights Promise
The Northern Lights Promise offers those travelling on Hurtigruten Northern Lights Voyage the security of knowing that if you do not experience the Northern Lights, you will receive a free voyage to try again. Terms & Conditions for the Northern Lights Promise can be found here.
From kayaking on the River Nid to Husky sledging through the Arctic wilderness or fishing for piranhas in Maica Lake, Hurtigruten’s extensive collection of excursions offers more opportunities to delve deeper into what makes Hurtigruten the worlds leaders in exploration travel. If you're preparing for your trip to Norway to see the northern lights, take a look at Hurtigruten's range of exciting excursions here.
With four excursion categories to choose from; Active, Culture, Nature and Food and four physical levels; Level 1: Suitable for everyone, Level 2: Suitable for most, Level: Average physical condition and Level 4: Good physical condition, there really is an excursion for everyone.
Dining with Hurtigruten
Whether you choose the lavish buffet, or a three-course sit down meal, you can rest assured that Hurtigruten’s chefs have used only the very best seasonal ingredients. Locally sourced fresh produce is collected from port each day and used to prepare a range of dishes, including traditional Norwegian seafood and the heavily African-influenced cuisine that characterises Brazil.
Hurtigruten have a wide range of comfortable cabins for you to choose from. Expedition Suites have one or two rooms (depending on the grade), a seating area with a TV and coffee making facilities. Arctic Superior cabins have private facilities with TV and coffee making station. P and U graded Arctic Superior cabins have twin beds (one of which can be turned into a sofa). Polar Outside cabins all have private facilities with twin beds, one of which can be turned into a sofa. While Polar Inside cabins are much the same, with private facilities and twin beds.