Hurtigruten is sometimes referred to as the Norwegian Coastal Express. The 11 coastal ships sails almost the entire length of the country, completing the round-trip journey from Bergen to Kirkenes and back again in 12 days, calling 34 ports. This Classic Round Voyage along the Norwegian coast has been described as the “World's Most Beautiful Sea Voyage”.
Hurtigruten's expedition ships, MS Fram, MS Midnatsol, MS Nordstjernen and the new MS Spitsbergen, offer Explorer cruises to Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Spitsbergen, Europe, the Americas and across the Transatlantic.
Hurtigruten provide new ways of exploring. They offer Explorer voyages that let you discover the polar areas of the world. Expeditions like this mean travelling in remote regions where weather and ice guide the route. Voyages on MS Fram, MS Midnatsol and MS Nordstjernen have flexible schedules, where Hurtigruten make the best out of the conditions at hand.
The Expedition Team onboard are not only expert lecturers, they are also your hosts onboard and ashore. They will give professional lectures on topics like biology, history, geology and the eras of human exploration. They also take you on landings and hikes whilst informing you about how to make the most out of your stay without disturbing the fragile wildlife and nature.
Hurtigruten holds the highest maritime reputation. There is only one way to develop such a reputation. It combines hours at sea, years of operation and generations of immersion in the philosophy and traditions of polar water exploration.
Only Hurtigruten expedition vessels contain two critical features, to deliver adventure in a safer and more comfortable way. They are purpose-built expedition ships designed especially for comfortable Explorer voyages, with emphasis on relaxation and discovery.
Hurtigruten use the best available landing craft for each expedition voyage. The Polarcirkel boats are a unique landing craft used by Hurtigruten that provide far superior performance than Zodiac-style boats. Their unique hull design and interior construction with “step-bow and railing” access, provides greater comfort and safety.
Transatlantic East - Q921B
Transatlantic West - M930
Western Europe - Q927