Hurtigruten is offering adventurous guests the choice between brand new expedition cruises to handpicked ports on revamped ships that are also retrofitted for green hybrid propulsion, or environmentally friendly classic coastal cruises to all 34 ports from Bergen to Kirkenes during Hurtigruten’s 2021 season.
The extensive program now combines industry-leading technology and a legacy dating back to 1893 and includes departures from Germany, the UK, and Norway; the Americas office will be focused primarily on the Norwegian embarkations.
“We’ve sailed these waters since the 1800s. Hurtigruten captains drew some of the first charts of these pristine waters. Family and friends ashore still dim the lights when our expedition ships pass the homes of our crew members. This is our home, and we take advantage of our unparalleled know-how of nature and culture to offer our guests a unique way to immerse themselves in Norway by sea,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
Norway – Your Way
Hurtigruten invites guests to explore the monumental Norwegian coast in line with their personal adventure travel desires and from their preferred choice of embarkation port. Their expedition cruises are directly accessible from both Hamburg, Germany, and Dover, England, as well as via a direct route from Bergen, Norway.
The sailings will be operated by the current MS Trollfjord, MS Finnmarken, and MS Midnatsol that, subsequent to hybrid transformations and renewals of interior, will be renamed MS Maud (Roald Amundsen’s legendary polar vessel), MS Otto Sverdrup (a Norwegian polar pioneer and also one of Hurtigruten’s first captains), and MS Eirik Raude (a Norse explorer better known as Erik the Red, who discovered Greenland and named Iceland) respectively.
“What could be more appropriate than paying tribute to these exploration icons, than to mark that Hurtigruten now has the most extensive expedition cruise offering along the Norwegian coastline,” said Skjeldam.
The new expedition cruises combine the magic of the fjords with a wide choice of exciting activities, superb comfort and delicious food. All expedition cruises also include co-exploring with highly skilled onboard expedition teams.
Hurtigruten’s signature Science Center will also be added to all three ships packed with touch screens, microscopes and other interactive features.
“These ‘edutainment’ areas will be the onboard headquarters for exploration and learning,” added Skjeldam.
New Exclusive Ports
A total of nine new and exclusive ports were handpicked for the inaugural itineraries of MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude to be explored at the very best times of the year. These nine will be combined with recognised Hurtigruten ports depending on season and place of embarkation.
“These tailored itineraries call in specially selected ports, and let guests get closer, explore further, learn more, and stay longer,” says Skjeldam.
The new Hurtigruten expedition cruise ports are Lofoten (Reine & Å), Vesterålen, Senja, Lyngen Alps and Havnnes, Træna, Alta, Fjærland, Narvik and Stavanger.
In parallel with the new expedition cruises, Hurtigruten will also offer a renewed series of the original coastal Norway voyage itineraries.
“Calling at all of the traditional 34 ports, as we have since 1893, is a legendary way to visit Norway by sea, and represents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get up close to the real Norway,” said Skjeldam.
Coastal guides will enhance the experience of Norwegian nature, wildlife, culture and outdoor living, or as the Norwegians call it, Friluftsliv.
All original coastal voyages will be offered by ships that have recently undergone significant emission-reducing upgrades or that are soon to enter Hurtigruten’s green transformation program, making it possible to experience the Norwegian coast more sustainably than ever before.