Consisting of powerful state-of-the-art expedition ships, polar ice-breaking vessels and brand new, environmentally sustainable hybrid propulsion ships, the custom-built fleet is designed specifically to sail in remote areas.
Unlock the wonders of the world on expeditions to the planet's most remote and fascinating places like the polar regions of the Arctic to Alaska to Europe, through South America and down to the ends of the earth in Antarctica.
Delve deeper, get closer, and explore even further through a wide range of adventures. From glacier hikes to sea kayaking to wildlife encounters, many are designed for more active guests, but most excursions anyone will enjoy.
Since 1893, the Hurtigruten ships have been a hallmark of the Norwegian coast. True expedition vessels sailing to the Arctic and Antarctica, and many destinations in between, each ship carefully blends modern comforts and technology with true character.
What is the difference between Hurtigruten's Coastal and Explorer voyages?
Hurtigruten Coastal voyages are not like conventional cruises. 11 Coastal ships sail the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes and return to Bergen. They call at 34 ports and depart Bergen everyday, providing a transportation lifeline between cities and villages while exploring stunning fjords and UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the more than 1,000 miles of Norway’s pristine coastline. This mixture of local encounters, spectacular scenery, and additional optional excursions provides an unmatched opportunity to experience and interact with the beauty and charm of Norway and its people.
Explorer voyages build on Hurtigruten's unique explorer heritage dating back to 1893, appealing to those who value life experiences and personal growth over excessive luxury. On an Explorer voyage you will be accompanied by a highly skilled crew and expedition team on one of five intimately-scaled expedition ships (MS Fram, MS Midnatsol, MS Nordstjernen, MS Spitsbergen, and MS Roald Amundsen). These expedition-style voyages will take you on breathtaking nature-based experiences in remote corners of the world: Antarctica, Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland, Europe, North America, South America, the Caribbean and Central America, Northwest Passage, and across the Atlantic Ocean.
Do I need a passport to sail with Hurtigruten?
Yes. All guests checking in at the Hurtigruten terminal or on board our ships have to present a valid Passport or government approved ID Card. Explorer voyages only accept passports that must be valid 6 months after the voyage.
Since no country owns Antarctica, no visa is required. However, the countries that signed the Antarctic Treaty’s Protocol on Environment Protection require that visitors from those countries (including the USA, Canada, EU and Australia) need permission. This is nearly always through tour operators and cruise lines like Hurtigruten.
Are ships wheelchair accessible?
Hurtigruten is happy to welcome guests who are not fully mobile and all ships (except MS Lofoten) have at least one cabin equipped for travelers using a wheelchair.
Is Wi-Fi accessible on all ships?
Yes, Wi-Fi is available on all ships for a fee. Please note depending on the vessel’s location, internet connectivity and telephone usage may be out of range or limited due to the remote locations in which Hurtigruten sails.
Which ships have fitness rooms and jacuzzis?
All ships with the exception of MS Lofoten have fitness rooms. Jacuzzis can be found on MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fram, MS Spitsbergen, MS Midnatsol, MS Trollfjord, MS Polarlys, MS Kong Harald, MS Nordkapp, and MS Finnmarken (which has a pool as well.)
Should I bring my own boots for the landings?
If you have a pair you like, we recommend that you do bring your own boots, with suitable grip for uneven terrain. However, Hurtigruten also rents out special high-quality Muck Boot® rubber boots to wear throughout the landings and hikes free of charge. These boots will be kept on the ship’s tender deck and guests will have their own pair throughout the voyage. Muck Boots are mandatory for all Antarctica and North East Greenland voyages.
What are the difficulty levels of the various shore excursions?
Hurtigruten has four levels for their various shore excursions:
Involves a high level of physical activity over an extended period, in terrain that may often be unever, slippery and steep. You would be expected to carry your own backpack and equipment. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Excursions have not been specifically adapted for people with disabilities and some are not suitable for people with walking difficulties. Please contact CruiseInsider so our experts can work with Hurtigruten to design tours to meet your specific needs.
Will I see the Northern Lights on my voyage?
Unfortunately there is no guarantee of that. On Hurtigruten's Explorer voyages, cruises are mostly sailing under the Midnight Sun. For better chances of seeing the Northern Lights we recommend booking Hurtigruten's Norwegian Coastal voyages in winter or cruises through Spitsbergen. Speak to a CruiseInsider expert for the best times and itineraries to help you maximize your chances of experiencing Aurora Borealis.