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Hurtigruten Cruises

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Fleet includes ships that sail the Norwegian coast, every day, year-round, and expedition ships that explore the poles and other adventurous locales

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Roald Amundsen
MS Roald Amundsen (Photo: Hurtigruten)

7 Night
North America Cruise

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Fridtjof Nansen
MS Fridtjof Nansen  (Photo: Oscar Farrera/Hurtigruten)

12 Night
Central America Cruise

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8 Night
Trans Atlantic Cruise

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Trollfjord

6 Night
Norway Cruise

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17 Night
Alaska Cruise

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12 Night
Greenland Cruise

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11 Night
Norwegian Coast Cruise

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14 Night
Norway Cruise

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Central America Cruise

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Norway Cruise

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Norway Cruise

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22 Night
Antarctica Cruise

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11 Night
Antarctica Cruise

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Central America Cruise

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Canary Islands Cruise

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Hurtigruten Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Hurtigruten cruise ships?

You'll meet a real cross section of society on a Hurtigruten voyage. Norwegians use the local coastal service as a means of transport and often only stay on for a couple of ports. Other travelers treat the Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen round trip as a regular cruise and come from all over the world but particularly the U.K. and Germany.

On the expedition ships, again, there will be multiple nationalities, including more North Americans. Expect to meet the kind of people who care about sustainability and value learning and adventure over luxury. You'll find some families onboard the Norwegian voyages and even the expeditions, which tend to attract an older audience.

Do I have to dress up on a Hurtigruten cruise?

Not really. There's no formal dress code, although you should not arrive at dinner in shorts. The non-expedition ships are slightly dressier than the expedition fleet.

Is everything free on Hurtigruten cruises?

No, and the pricing structure is complicated. On the Norwegian coastal voyage, you can opt for a Basic, Select or Platinum package, all of which have different inclusions. The Basic package is very basic indeed -- you don't even get included tea or coffee; the others have varying inclusions related to beverages, Wi-Fi and dining. None of the packages include excursions, though you can purchase excursion bundles to save money.

On the expedition cruises, soft drinks, wine and beer with meals, and tea and coffee and limited Wi-Fi are included. Some excursions by Zodiac are included but others cost extra.

Gratuities are not expected, but tip boxes are available for anybody who wants to reward a crew member.

What are Hurtigruten’s most popular activities?

The most popular activities for cruisers choosing Hurtigruten are the land-based shore tours, and with several port calls in one day (on the Coastal Voyages), there are plenty of opportunities for passengers to get out there and see Norway's vast wilderness. Among the most popular choices are hiking, kayaking and cycling and in winter, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and husky driving. On northern lights sailings, staying up late to try and see the lights (or requesting a wake-up call) is also quite popular.

On the expedition voyages, you'll rarely see anyone skip a shore excursion, and onboard the lectures always draw a crowd as well. Many cruisers also enjoy participating in "citizen science" projects.

Why go with Hurtigruten?

  • The classic Norwegian coastal voyage is arguably one of the most scenic in the world
  • Selected winter voyages in Norway offer a Northern Lights Promise -- or a free cruise
  • State-of-the-art, sustainable expedition program explores the poles and the tropics

Best for: Adventurous types who enjoy cultural immersions

Not for: Luxury travelers or anyone seeking lots of onboard activities

Hurtigruten Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Lucky Cruise

C) The last landing at Colonsay was quite badly organized with a lack of information (even misleading) on how to reach the gardens, inadequate transport - one mini bus which people had long waits for.B) lack of information prior to the trip - information and pre-boarding forms were sent out 7-10 days before departure.Read More
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SeekingSerenity

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Cannot recommend this trip or ship highly enough.

The passenger and his wife were transported to the other ship on a Zodiac and we were told some days later that he was well and about to head back to the UK.My wife did experience seasickness on the first day as medication bought at home had no effect.Read More
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alexhaddow

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Incredible Trip

I’m glad that we decided to take the longer cruise which had more days in Antarctica and crossed the Antarctic Circle.There was a storm on our first day inside the Antarctic Circle and a landing was canceled once because of the size of the waves.Read More
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Christina94063

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

An Honest Appraisal of Hurtigruten Coastal Express & the MS Nordnorge

First, our expectations: It’s a working supply ship, so…rustic, probably dated, not necessarily the most comfortable ship, possibly loud during loading/unloading, boring (very little choice in on-board activities) but the food would be good.They had made hotel reservations for each and every one of us, and in addition, refunded us for the 2 days we missed on the boat (which was in truth only 24 hours).Read More
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cmolaison

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

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