Hurtigruten, Norway’s famous passenger and freight shipping service, has transported goods, locals and tourists to numerous ports on the Norwegian coast daily since 1893. The company, known for outstanding exploration trips beyond the Arctic Circle to view the Northern Lights, also travels further afield to Greenland, Iceland, Spitsbergen, Southern Europe and Antartica. New ultra-modern, hybrid vessels are expected to join the fleet from 2018. Well-travelled passengers enjoy the casual atmosphere and modest facilities, content to simply enjoy the stunning scenery and good company.
Within the wider fleet, MS Fram is Hurtigruten’s original expedition vessel, spending most time in Greenland and on pole-to-pole voyages. 2016 sees the newly launched MS Spitsbergen, built with an ice-strengthened hull to explore polar waters. Hurtigruten will introduce the world’s first silent and fully electric Arctic and Antarctic expedition ships in 2018 and 2019. The ground-breaking hybrid propulsion will allow for greater fuel efficiency and emission-free sailing in environmentally sensitive areas.
Voyages extend to Northern Europe, Iberia, the Mediterranean, Svalbard (Spitsbergen), Iceland, Greenland, Transatlantic, South America and Antarctica.
Cabins are furnished in a comfortable and basic style; some have outside windows and limited suites are available. There is a small library, observation lounge, bar, Wi-Fi service, fitness area and sauna. Entertainment includes a lecture schedule attended to by subject experts and workshops led by the resident photographer. Bracing walks on deck and interesting conversation with fellow guests are popular ways to spend the time. Specialised landing craft enable shore visits to remote locations.
Dining is relaxed with a buffet service for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is served at fixed times.
The 1893 Ambassador Programme offers repeat guests a range of benefits and discounts.
Photos courtesy of Hurtigruten