Hurtigruten has unveiled its flagship voyage for the 2023 season for guests to follow in the footsteps of famous Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen along the Northwest Passage.
Departing on 18 August 2023, The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of the Great Explorers, is a 26-day itinerary onboard the explorer’s namesake ship, MS Roald Amundsen. Expedition fans will venture from Nome in Alaska through the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, and the Amundsen Gulf before arriving at Halifax, Nova Scotia. With a team of experts covering biology and wildlife, the onboard Expedition Team will also include a professional photographer, an archaeologist, and one or more Inuit cultural interpreters.
Known as one of the most challenging stretches of water to navigate, the MS Roald Amundsen will attempt to navigate the ice floes and islands of the stunning Northwest Passage while bringing to life the local history and culture of the surrounding area for guests. The onboard Expedition Team will choose locations along the route to arrange escorted landings and small boat cruising for onshore exploration in addition to opportunities to spot wildlife in all its natural habit from whales, seals and, on the rare occasion, polar bears.
“This is one of our most ambitious and adventurous itineraries to date, offering our guests the chance to become true explorers as we navigate one of the most challenging stretches of water in the world,” said Damian Perry, Managing Director of Hurtigruten Asia Pacific.
“We believe in delivering truly life-changing and memorable experiences for our guests and navigating the Northwest Passage is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Following a year of border restrictions and lockdown, we know from our Australian and New Zealander customers that their appetite for exploration certainly hasn’t dwindled, and we look forward to welcoming them onboard for their next adventure with us.”
MS Roald Amundsen accommodates around 500-guests is a state-of-the-art, battery hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship, specifically designed for expedition cruising.
Onboard, guests can expect a welcoming and comfortable environment in the public spaces and personal cabins, while being spoilt for choice when it comes to where to dine, with restaurants Aune, Fredheim and Lindstrøm serving Norwegian and Nordic traditional fare, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration.
Prices for the voyage start from $26,236 per person twin-share.