Norwegian-based cruise line Hurtigruten, first launched in 1893, offers year-round sailings around the Norwegian coast as well as expedition cruises exploring the polar regions. There are 18 ships within the Hurtigruten fleet, including the newly launched MS Roald Amundsen, which was the first ship ever to be christened in Antarctica and is the world’s first hybrid-powered cruise ship. Sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen, which launched this year, is the near-identical twin to Roald Amundsen. Three existing Hurtigruten vessels have also been fitted with hybrid technology to become premium expedition ships carrying a maximum of 530 guests and at least six other ships in the fleet will be powered by a combination of electricity, natural gas and fuel made from organic waste by 2021 – making Hurtigruten one of the world’s greenest cruise lines. The line has even introduced electric snowmobiles, charged by the midnight sun and Arctic winds, on the island of Svalbard.

Why choose this cruise line?

Hurtigruten’s environmental credentials are impressive, particularly when it comes to MS Roald Amundsen and sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen. MS Roald Amundsen was the world’s first hybrid-powered ship and features a dynamic positioning system that prevents marine life from being disturbed. There is also no single-use plastic on board, so you can be assured of a green voyage. A hand-picked team of specialists and modern-day explorers make up Hurtigruten’s on-board Expedition Team, who are on-hand to educate and inform guests about the areas they’re journeying to throughout their voyage.

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Cruising with Hurtigruten

Offering an expedition style of cruising, cruises are casual and laid-back, with no traditional formal nights or large-scale entertainment offerings. Hurtigruten ships masterfully combine state-of-the-art technology with premium on-board experiences. The cruise line’s newer expedition vessels feature luxury facilities such as fine dining restaurants, infinity pools, fitness rooms and wellness centres, although the best experiences await onshore with the line’s immersive shore excursions and programmes. The ships typically feature a contemporary and Scandi-chic style of decor, designed to bring guests closer to nature.

Who should travel with Hurtigruten

Intrepid travellers looking to immerse themselves in some of the most amazing and remote places on the planet will love travelling aboard Hurtigruten’s fleet. With lots of walking and hiking required on active shore excursions, passengers need to be fit and able-bodied and so typically are aged in the 50s and slightly above. Depending on where you’re sailing, Hurtigruten voyages typically draw North American, Norwegian and German passengers.

Hurtigruten cruise destinations

For British passengers, Hurtigruten offers hassle-free no-fly cruises from UK ports to incredible destinations including the Norwegian fjords and Iceland. The cruise line also sails to Alaska, Antarctica, Caribbean and Central America, Northern Europe, Greenland, North America, the Northwest Passage, South America and Svalbard. Hurtigruten also offers British Isles cruises, visiting popular Scottish islands such as the Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, and Inner and Outer Hebrides.

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