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Hurtigruten Cruises

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About Hurtigruten Cruises

This historic line has been sailing Norwegian waters since 1893. It initially began operating as a daily passenger and freight service for locals along the 780-mile coastline between Bergen to Kirkenses. Operating 365 days a year, it remains a life-line for many smaller inaccessible towns and villages.

It has since evolved to combine a vital transport link with cruise experience for overseas visitors that want to enjoy the beauty of the Norwegian fjords, islands and coastal scenery. As ships hug the coastline there is always something to see, plus the opportunities to time voyages to coincide with the summer spectacle of the midnight sun and winter northern lights.

Following the introduction of expedition vessels, which sail to Norway and other parts of the globe, in 2020 the Hurtigruten Group decided to create a pair of distinct brands to differentiate between the two very different coastal and expedition experiences on offer. This culminated in 2023 -- the year Hurtigruten Norway's Coastal Express celebrated 130 years of operating the original Norwegian coastal route -- with the name shortened to Hurtigruten, which translates as "the fast route" in Norwegian.

This section currently has nine ships; MS Nordstjernen, MS Trollfjord, MS Kong Harold, MS Nordkapp, MS Nordlys, MS Nordnorge, MS Polarlys, MS Richard With and MS Vesteralen. In January 2024 they will be joined by the hybrid-powered vessel MS Otto Sverdrup which will transfer from the line's separate adventure travel arm, Hurtigruten Expeditions which has six ships and is now known as HX following the 2023 rebrand.

The Hurtigruten ships carry between 104 and 619 passengers. The 500-passenger MS Trollfjord recently underwent and extensive refurbishment, which purposefully combines nostalgic retro features with updated amenities to reflect the line's 130th anniversary year,

Both Hurtigruten and HX are wholly owned by the Hurtigruten Group which also includes Hurtigruten Svalbard, which operates hotels, restaurants and land-based activities. The parent company also has a 25 percent stake in Ecuador-based Metropolitan Touring, which offers sustainable travel in the Galapagos.

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Hurtigruten Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Hurtigruten cruise ships?

Hurtigruten appeals to well-traveled folk that want to marvel at the Norwegian scenery, mix with locals, eat traditional cuisine and have the option to participate in outdoor adventures and activities along the way. To make the most of the sailings, it helps to be mobile.

Do I have to dress up on a Hurtigruten cruise?

No. These sailings are very casual, with no need to dress for dinner, and the most important thing is to pack comfortable outdoor clothing. Norway has four seasons the Hurtigruten website provides useful packing tips on what to bring, depending on the time of year. Whatever the season, make sure you bring a swimsuit to make the most of the outdoor hot tubs. If you do forget anything, the ships have boutiques selling Norwegian knitwear and clothing.

Is everything free on Hurtigruten cruises?

Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing policy so you can decide how little or how much you want included. This starts with the basic fare which includes all meals with and the cabin category with the cabin number and dining time allocated at check-in. The select package (the most popular) allows passengers to book specific cabins and preferred dining time, complimentary tea, coffee and Wi-Fi The platinum option includes all the select perks plus a drinks package with dinner, two shore excursions on 11- and 12-day voyages and one shore tour on 6- and 7-day itineraries, airport transfers, daily turn-down service and a welcome basket on embarkation day.

What are Hurtigruten’s most popular activities?

The scenery is undoubtedly the star of the show. On the classic longer sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes and back ships stop at 34 coastal communities throughout the day and night, with city stays of several hours and some stops of just 10 to 45 minutes to allow foot passengers and freight on and off. The extensive shore excursion program also focuses on nature, with popular options including husky dog sledding, guided hikes and hunting the northern lights. (Hurtigruten is so confident passengers will see the aurora borealis between late September through March on voyages of 11 days or more that it offers a free week-long voyage if the northern lights are not sighted).

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: Active passengers that love the great outdoors and want an authentic experience exploring Norway's stunning coastline and fjords on small, comfortable vessels.

Not for: Cruisers looking for big luxurious ships filled with onboard entertainment, activities and dining options, sun-seekers and fans of leisurely sea days.

Hurtigruten Cruises Cruiser Reviews

First time cruisers

Their talks are always amusing and interesting with lots to learn about Norway and its history and culture.Very interesting with lots of little stops in communities that don't have any other means of transport, and the scenery is breathtaking.Read More
Lea Di

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Nordlys - Platinum Upgrade

It is not really advertised very well, and it's not cheap but so worthwhile and gives you all kinds of advantages - priority boarding, a clothing package (Helly Hansen puffer jackets, waterproof pants, thermals, raincoats, rainhats, sun visors, as well as a Hurtigruten overnight bag to pack it in when you disembark), our room was made up every day with water and chocolates left on our bed, a couple of free excursions, alcohol package, a guaranteed, reserved window table for breakfast and lunch and best of all every night you can dine in the Kysten restaurant, rather than the main dining room.Nicholas and Alexandra both went above and beyond every night to ensure we had a great experience dining with them.Read More
Debra 1960

6-10 Cruises

Age 63s

A nice ship, an interesting area but massively over-promised on wild-life sightings

The expedition crew however, other than delivering some very interesting lectures on their specialist subjects seemed in the main to know little about our cruising ground and when we went ashore were generally no-where to be found.So, from a wildlife viewing point of view the cruise hugely under-delivered and as that had been one of the main reasons for booking it we ended up wishing we had made other arrangements instead of booking with Hurtigruten.Read More
rwsuth

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Beautiful old ship

Overall a fantastic experience and Hurtigruten andthe staff onboard this beautiful old ship did excellent to keep us entertained with evening presentations about the history, wildlife and experiences of the journey to where we going 80 degrees North !Climbing Fjords and Glaciers and seeing all the wildlife around especially the sighting of Polar bears which was the highlight of the trip!Read More
Steve Scharms

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

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