Hurtigruten Expeditions is expanding its 2023 Arctic Summer season with seven brand new adventures – taking guests closer to the local people and communities, and deeper into the wilderness of the north.
Spanning 11 to 19 days, the new departures from June to September 2023 will take in some of the most spectacular areas beyond and above the Arctic circle on board the small-size expedition cruise favourite MS Maud.
“We are thrilled to further expand our Arctic expedition cruise offering by introducing MS Maud on a series of best-of-the-best itineraries, handcrafted by our team of experts and based on our almost 130 years of Arctic experience,” said Asta Lassesen, CEO of Hurtigruten Expeditions. “Working closely with the local communities, our small-ship expedition cruises take you where the big ships can’t, closer to the people and nature of the north.”
The new itineraries will depart from Dover, United Kingdom, or Reykjavik, Iceland, and will take guests to Greenland, Svalbard, the British Isles, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland.
With the addition of MS Maud to the Arctic region summer 2023, Hurtigruten Expeditions will offer its widest ever selection of Arctic expedition cruises – with five different ships exploring the Arctic.
Hurtigruten Expeditions’ local connections, combined with the small-sized ships, a fleet of zodiacs, and hand-picked Expedition Team of experts in science, adventure, history, photography and more, secures a unique way to explore wildlife, volcanoes, glaciers, and the world’s largest fjord system.
“From engaging encounters with the local communities to the vast wilderness and rich wildlife, our small-ship expedition cruises unlock one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the most unique areas of our planet,” Lassesen said. “While exploring, our guests and crew not only create local value, but contribute to science projects that are vital to understanding and preserving the areas for future generations of explorers.”
Hurtigruten Expeditions is the world’s largest expedition cruise line, with a fleet of small custom-built ships exploring destinations such as Galapagos, Antarctica, South America, West Africa, and the Arctic.
The new MS Maud Arctic adventures for 2023 include:
- Two True Arctic Expeditions –a unique combination of Iceland, the wild east coast of Greenland, Svalbard archipelago and the rarely visited Arctic volcanic island of Jan Mayen. The 17-day cruises depart and arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland.
- One 20-day epic Greenland summer explorer expedition cruise. With 20 days and a flexible itinerary to explore icebergs, fjords, wildlife and communities along Greenland’s spectacular west coast – including north of Disko Bay.
- Two Iceland Circumnavigation expedition cruises, that take guests on a 11 day deep-dive from Reykjavik to some of Iceland’s most incredible sights – including crossing of the Arctic circle.
- Two 12-day Island Hopping in the North Atlantic expedition cruises that explores Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, and British Isles. Being the first and last adventures of MS Maud’s 2023 summer season, they either depart or conclude in Dover.
The expedition cruises can also be extended with 2-4 day land adventures in Iceland.