Hurtigruten now offering first electric tour bus in Norway

Emission-free sightseeing with partner Tide

Hurtigruten Norway and Norwegian transportation company, Tide, have operated Norway’s first electric tour bus tour. The partnership means it is now possible to travel on bus excursions with the Hurtigruten completely emission-free.

Concurrently, Hurtigruten Norway is launching a number of new excursions as part of the major investment in Ålesund as a destination after the reopening of Norway.

The new electric tour bus, which Tide has specially developed, will be used on various excursions from Ålesund, which is the port where the Hurtigruten has the longest stay on the route between Bergen and Kirkenes.

Credit: Hurtigruten Norway

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“It is absolutely brilliant that we can now take guests on selected excursions by bus completely emission-free,” said Hedda Felin, CEO of Hurtigruten Norway. “This will be a big investment for us now that the number of guests increases as there are fewer restrictions associated with the pandemic.”

Commercial Director of Tide Bus, Mathias Højsgaard, said it was pleasing that players like Hurtigruten Norway are leading the way and demanding new environmental technology and “helping to pave the way for an investment that will provide a significant reduction in emissions”.

Extensive investment in electric buses

The new bus has a range of 300-400 km, and it is the first of several such buses that Tide and Hurtigruten put into service. Next year, the plan is for electric buses to arrive at several of Hurtigruten’s port ports.

“In the long run, we will have many excursions that can be carried out emission-free in several places in the country, both with electric buses and electric boats. This means that our guests can experience more in the places we call at, and it creates economic ripple effects in the local environment,” added Felin.

Electric tour bus

This is the first electric tour bus in its class to be put into regular traffic. The bus will be used, among other things, to take tourists on new excursions to Alnes lighthouse, on long trips to Romsdalsgondolen in Åndalsnes and on mountain trips in the area around Ålesund, in collaboration with local suppliers.

Hurtigruten is introducing new timetables where the ships are moored in Ålesund for 10 hours on a northbound route for large parts of the year. Therefore, a number of new excursions are now being introduced in Ålesund and the surrounding region, in collaboration with the local tour operator Noreon.

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